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July 6, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Tracy Anderson added to her fitness empire of studios, workout DVDs and other products when she and her business partner, Gwyneth Paltrow, opened the serene, members-only Tracy Anderson Studio in Brentwood in April. Anderson, one of the best-known fitness instructors, grew up dancing and hoped to become a professional. But she gained 35 pounds when she moved to New York to study and turned to fitness -- which became her career. Tell me what people should consider when they're deciding where to work out. They need to make sure that it is attainable in their lifestyle, not for a short period of time, so I always tell people they need an at-home option and a destination option.
July 1, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A San Diego Superior Court judge rejected a claim Monday by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination. The ruling by Judge John Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, means that the Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as part of a health and exercise curriculum. Dean Broyles, president and attorney for the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy, had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a couple with two children in the school system.
July 1, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
I have little sympathy for folks like Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, devout Christians who sued the Encinitas Union School District, claiming that teaching yoga to their kids twice a week amounted to unconstitutional religious indoctrination. Despite the quasi-spiritual trappings, yoga, as it's widely practiced by millions of Americans of all faiths, is no instrument of religious indoctrination. It's exercise. In Encinitas, it's being taught to kids in an effort to reduce bullying, obesity and overcompetitiveness.
June 13, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
They're starting to work on parade floats on Japan's Kyushu Island , where the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival is just around the corner. The summer event , which is expected to draw about 1 million spectators during its July 1-15 run, isn't just a parade. It's an exercise in silliness. Parade participants race through the streets of the lively harbor town of Hakata, carrying elaborately decorated 1-ton floats on their shoulders. The object is to reach the finish line before teams from other neighborhoods.
June 5, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping nibbled on empanadas at the home of a Costa Rican coffee farmer. His wife played the steel drums in Trinidad and Tobago. With smiles and, of course, money, China is on an unusual charm offensive to win the love it thinks should accompany the country's economic rise. The trip that will culminate with a summit in Rancho Mirage with President Obama is part of a concerted effort by the new Chinese government to enhance its world power status. "The Chinese are well aware that they have an image problem abroad so they've taken this diplomatic offense to enhance their 'soft' power," said Mario Esteban, an expert in China's activities in Latin America at the Autonomous University of Madrid.
May 18, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
As more people get their health information from TV and the Internet, it becomes crucial to have experts on the small screen who can provide accurate information. That's where Travis Stork, co-host of the TV show "The Doctors," comes in. Stork, an emergency room physician, is passionate about educating the public on how to prevent the illnesses that bring so many people in to see him in a crisis. Here, Stork, a onetime contestant on "The Bachelor," talks about getting outdoors, redefining fast food and using television as a positive influence.
May 18, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - North Korea fired three short-range missiles off its east coast Saturday, following through on months of threats to conduct a missile launch. The South Korean Defense Ministry reported that it detected two launches in the morning and another in the afternoon. Its initial assessment was that the missiles were short-range surface-to-ship or surface-to-surface missiles capable of traveling up to 72 miles, rather than the new medium-range Musudan missile that analysts fear could threaten U.S. troops in Guam or Okinawa, Japan.
May 7, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
There's a fair amount of circumstantial evidence that regular exercise reduces a woman's risk of developing breast cancer. But contradictory findings, and lingering questions as to how physical activity would work to ward off breast cancer, have clouded the picture, apparently leaving some women on the couch, waiting for that scientific fog to lift. C'mon ladies, get up and take the girls to the gym. A new study shows that without making any other changes in their lifestyles, young women who got an average of 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous aerobic exercise five days a week showed significantly improved estrogen metabolism after just 16 weeks.
May 3, 2013 | By David Horsey
This week, a 5-year-old Kentucky boy was playing with the mini-rifle he had gotten as a gift and ended up shooting and killing his 2-year-old sister. Apparently, even kindergartners have a right to keep and bear arms that shall not be infringed. For many people, it was a revelation that there are companies that manufacture guns specifically for children. The boy in question had a Crickett rifle, a smaller version of an adult weapon designed specifically for little trigger fingers.
April 25, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
For Dr. Antronette K. Yancey, a UCLA public health professor, exercise could be fun and done in short bursts in the workplace, schools and even places of worship. Her campaign to urge people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives led to a 2010 book about the topic - "Instant Recess: Building a Fit Nation 10 Minutes at a Time. " Long before First Lady Michelle Obama launched a national conversation on physical fitness, Yancey was talking about the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle and the benefits of exercise, colleagues said.
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