Past Stories

Burn, Baby, Burn!

What makes you fat? The answer is pretty simple—taking in too many calories and not burning enough. But what exactly is a “calorie?” What is this invisible but quantifiable measurement of ingestible substances...


You Might Be A Redneck . . .

Hot town, summer in the city, back of my neck gettin’ dirty and gritty . . . and sunburnt. Uncomfortable and funny-looking, yes, but sunburn can lead to far more than a red neck. At the very best, excessive sun…


Pain in the Vein

If there’s something our society is good at, it’s sitting on our asses. We sit at our desks, on the couch, on planes, on trains and, especially if you live in Southern California, in our automobiles. California&rsqu...



Season of Sweat

It’s bathing suit season again, which means a whole lot more flesh exposure, but also a whole lot more exposure to ice cream, snow cones, margaritas, burgers, fries and more, whether you’re at home, at parties, at a...


Raise Your Hand!

Kids out of school plus longer days plus more vacation time plus oppressive heat equals one thing—boredom. There are only so many hours in a day that you can lounge by the pool reading Us Weekly and sippin’ on mojit...


Nice Melons!

  A couple weeks ago, the Weekly wanted you to celebrate National Eat Your Veggies Day. Well, it turns out that the entire month of June is National Fruits and Vegetables Month, so even though the month is almost over,&hel...



Proper Peeper Protection

Apparently there’s at least one day or month in each year dedicated to celebrating every possible subject known to humankind—and July happens to be Dry Eye Awareness Month. The Weekly has the whole story on how to m...


Jitters!

You’re bonking during your beach volleyball game, so you grab a Red Bull. You’re snoozing in the sand rather than splashing in the waves, so you sip on a 44-ounce Coke. You’re having a hard time concentrating ...


Gimme a C!

It’s happened to everyone–you’re hanging out by the pool and sippin’ on a margarita, when suddenly you sneeze. And then your nose starts to run and then you start coughing and then you feel all achy. It&...



Ginseng and Taurine and Guarana, Oh My!

This time of year, your schedule is probably still packed with summer events such as going to weddings, concerts, clubs, festivals and fairs, as well as surfing, playing beach volleyball, water skiing, camping and attending a b...


Pigging Out on Campus

It’s that time of year again–time to pick out a shiny new Trapper Keeper and head back to school. Maybe you’re just starting college and looking forward to all those challenging classes, sporting events, parti...


All the Right Moooos

Okay, so you care about the environment. You drive a hybrid vehicle, bring your own bags to the supermarket, recycle, mostly buy organic, use energy-saving appliances and/or youíve carbon-offset your recent flight, road ...



Hearty Har-Har

What did Kermit the Frog say when Jim Henson died? Nothing. Hah . . . A stupid joke perhaps, but whether you are laughing with me or laughing at me, you’ve probably heard the old adage that laughter is the…


Sugar Tips

So, you think you’re so good–when faced with the option of an iced-cold can of Coca Cola Classic or a sleek and refreshing bottle of Diet Coke, you go for the sugar-free version. But then why did you just gain…


The Summer Six-Pack

This summer has been long and hot and it seems that you’ve spent mucho mas hours drinking Piña Coladas than sweating on the Stairmaster at the gym. Now your belly is wigglin’ just a little bit more than you w...



Not Just a Fidget of Your Imagination

Have a little extra junk in your trunk after a long, lovely summer of hot dogs, Häagen-Dazs and hops? Never mind a marathon to whittle away those extra pounds; maybe you just need to fidget more. That’s right—f...


Getting Your ABZs

Not that you would guess it in SoCal, but the summer will be over on Sept. 23 and it’s time to start thinking about taking care of your health again. We’re going to start you off real simple–just a little…