Why You Absolutely, Positively Need 7 Hours of Sleep

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Prepare to cringe: For this study I’m about to tell you about, 164 men and women had a live common cold virus sprayed directly up their noses! So cringe-worthy, right? And what researchers found was that, of those 164 people, those who regularly skimped on sleep were way more likely to actually catch a cold, NPR reports. So, if you were thinking about staying up late to watch an entire season of Friends tonight, you might want to rethink your plans.
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Philly Races for New Runners: 10 Best 5Ks, Trail Runs and More This Fall

A happy finisher at the Boxers' Trail 5K | Photo by Charles Bouril

A happy finisher at the Boxers’ Trail 5K | Photo by Charles Bouril

Okay, so you’ve printed out our Couch to 5K Philly Style training plan, taped it to your mirror and, by gum, you’re going to become a runner if it’s the last thing you do. Good for you! Soooo … now what?

It’s time to pick a goal race to help you stick with your training plan — that’s what. The good news is, there are plenty of awesome races in Philly and beyond. In fact, we went ahead — with input from local runners — and picked some of the best upcoming runs in the region to help you get moving.

From wine-fueled 5Ks to scenic trail runs, check out our top picks for fall runs for newbie runners.  Read more »

Philly Woman Instagrams Period Blood, World Freaks Out

If you are a woman living in 2015, chances are, you’ve scurried to the bathroom with a tampon or pad tucked up your shirt sleeve or in your back pocket or maybe even in your waistband — you know, if it’s summertime and you don’t have shirt sleeves and your back pocket is exposed to the world (i.e. your coworkers). Because periods aren’t supposed to be talked about and evidence of them is certainly not supposed to be seen. At least that’s how we’ve all been conditioned. But one Philly woman, Louelle Denor, a philosophy student at Temple, has taken to Instagram to counter this idea with a very bloody selfie capturing her face, a Softcup, and a hand covered in period blood.
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What Vegan Pizza Actually Tastes Like (According to a Non-Vegan)

Vegan pizza from Blackbird Pizzeria — the Haymaker Pizza on the left and Nacho Pizza on the right.

Vegan pizza from Blackbird Pizzeria — the Haymaker Pizza on the left and Nacho Pizza on the right.

About a month into my maternity leave this summer, I learned the hard way that my son, Noah, can’t tolerate dairy. Our first indicator: I ate ice cream, breastfed him a couple of hours later, and then my husband and I spent the entire ensuing night dealing with an inconsolable kid, whose stomach was hard as a rock and was clearly in a boatload of pain. The doctor confirmed the allergy a week later. Whoopsie.

So I haven’t had a lick of dairy since. All in all, the dietary switch hasn’t been too challenging — I’m using soy creamer in my coffee (thank God he can deal with soy) and Earth Balance vegan butter in cooking and baking — but I have missed a few things. Top of the list, of course, is pizza. Sausage pizza, if I’m being perfectly honest.  Read more »

Meet the 2015 Health Hero Challenge Semifinalists!

health heroDrumroll, please! We are very excited to introduce you to the 16 semifinalists for this year’s Health Hero Challenge, our fourth annual search for Philly’s Health Hero. Once September 15th rolls around, we’ll be opening the contest up to reader voting here so that you — yes, you! — can select a winner.  Read more »

Savor the Summer: Simple Salmon and Quinoa Salad Recipe

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Salmon and quinoa salad | Photo by Becca Boyd

Although the market is already showcasing early apples and some pretty stellar butternut squash, my shopping bag will be full of corn and tomatoes till they’re good and gone. These summertime staples are not only delicious, they epitomize what we love most about summer living: that it’s easy.

So in a final salute to summer, let’s stave off the high-heat roasting for at least a few more weeks and soak up the fresh summer flavors while we can. This dish can be served warm, room-temp or cold, and tastes great with my other summertime staple, corn on the cob.  Read more »

Be Well Workout of the Week: The 10-Move, Two-Person Challenge

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For this week’s workout, grab a friend — heck, grab a BIG group of friends — and get ready to sweat. Everything in this workout will be done with two people or, if you have more than two, two groups of people: When you’re doing an exercise, your friend rests (and cheers you on, duh), and when you rest, it’s their turn to work hard. Or you’ll be alternating exercises, so when you’re doing a wall squat, your friend is doing a plank, and then you switch. Got it? You’re going to start off switching between wall squats and planks then move on to more active bodyweight exercises. Now, get your stopwatch ready and challenge each other to work hard!
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