Optimistic Women May Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Need a reason to look on the bright side? A new study suggests that optimists’ glass-half-full approach to life may actually offer some health benefits. Women 50 or older who are optimistic are less likely to get heart disease and die of any cause in a given time period compared to women their age who are more pessimistic, according to a study published this week in the Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Breast-Feeding May Protect At-Risk Women From Breast Cancer

Women with a family history of breast cancer may have a new weapon against the disease: breast-feeding. In a new study of more than 60,000 nurses, women who had mothers, sisters, or grandmothers with breast cancer halved their own risk of developing breast cancer before menopause if they nursed a baby for at least three months. The researchers say that breast-feeding could be the equivalent of taking the drug tamoxifen for 5 years, which is a well-known way to cut breast cancer risk in women with a family history of the disease.

Gear Guide: Folbot Citibot Folding Kayak

I love boats—and no wonder, since I grew up on the shores of Lake Champlain. I’m especially fond of kayaks, as they allow you to be so close to the water, it’s almost as if you’re part of the water. Living landlocked as I do now, though, I don’t get to use boats of any kind very often. So when I was offered a chance to test the new canvas Folbot (pronounced “fole-boat”) Citibot Folding Kayak during a visit to my sister, Kym, at her lakeside home in upstate New York, how could I say no?

Take a Cue From Obama: Have a Beer Summit for Your Health

Reasons why a beer may be just what the President (and doctor) ordered.

Blog It Off: Losing Weight With 1,000 of Your Virtual Friends

Blogging is different than keeping a food journal. It's not just a list of calories in and calories out—people are with you every step of the way.

Fallen Off the Wagon? 4 Ways to Get Back on Track

When I first started my journey to find my Feel Great Weight, there was a lot of climbing on and falling off the weight-loss wagon.