What Dieters Can Learn From Kirstie Alley

Alley cut herself some slack after reaching her goal weight. But that little bit of slack led her to gain 83 pounds. Learn why maintenance is often the hardest part of weight loss.

Experts Predict Swine Flu Will Be Back Next Season

The H1N1 swine flu epidemic appears to be losing steam, but experts are looking ahead to try to predict how the virus may affect next year’s flu season. The World Health Organization announced this week that the number of swine flu cases worldwide could reach 2 billion if the outbreak continues to spread and lasts two years. And because influenza tends to thrive and spread more rapidly in colder, less humid environments, it makes sense that this particular strain of virus may subside during summertime in the United States, just as seasonal flu does, and return in the fall and winter.

Job Loss Linked to Risk of Hypertension, Heart Disease, Other Conditions

As if losing your job isn’t bad enough, a new study suggests that people who are laid off are at higher risk of being diagnosed with health conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and even arthritis, compared with those who keep their jobs.

Gear Guide: Raleigh Alysa FT1 Women's Performance Hybrid Bike

I’ll admit it: I’m a bit of a bike snob. I’ve always shied away from hybrids because, well, they’re pokey. At least that’s how I’ve always thought of them. But recently, I’ve begun to hear a lot about “performance” hybrid bikes, like the new 8-speed Raleigh Alysa FT1. Supposedly, this new breed offers something close to the speed of a road bike. A non-pokey hybrid? Definitely worth a test ride or two.

Eat Yourself Young: Your Plate May Be the Least Pricey Beauty Treatment Around

My girlfriends and I are constantly sharing our expensive lotions and potions to ward off wrinkles, but research suggests that no matter how much product you put on your face, hair, and body, you have to be putting the right nutrients in your diet in order to look your best and have great skin, a super smile, and luxurious locks.

7 Low-Cost Mother's Day Gifts Good for Mom's Health

This Mother’s Day, skip the flowers and forget the chocolate (unless it’s dark)! Give your mom something she really needs—the gift of good health. No, you don’t have to buy her a treadmill. There are many other things you can do to give mom a boost in terms of her physical (or mental) wellbeing. Most moms will truly appreciate the fact that your Mother’s Day gift is aimed at keeping her happy, healthy, and in your life for a long, long time.

How I Reached My Feel Great Weight

I’m committed to maintaining my Feel Great Weight without missing out on any important moments, like birthday celebrations or nights out with friends, but I’ll need you to hold me accountable.

Is There Any Way to Make Cinco de Mayo Light?

Cinco de Mayo is one day of the year that we all are a bit south of the border. Our homage to the day that celebrates Mexico’s independence generally involves eating liberal amounts of Mexican foods and beverages.

Twitter Map Tracks Swine Flu Tweets in Real Time

What do you get when you cross swine flu with Twitter, the social networking service much loved (and hated) for its rapid-fire 140-character updates known as tweets? No, it’s not chatty a new virus called Switter. What you get is a map of the United States with the twitterverse—at least in regards to swine flu—updated in real time. Click on the colored dots, and you can see who’s twittering about swine flu (some guy in Texas! A lady in Glasgow!) at any given moment. (Added bonus: The site sheds light on Twitter’s popularity around the world; for example, not a lot of Twitter fans in Montana.)

Stressed About Swine Flu? Relax a Little!

Right now, people should not panic about swine flu, says Belinda Ostrowsky, MD MPH, an expert at the Division of Infectious Disease at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York.