Do You Have an Inspiring Weight-Loss Story?

Reader Katey Dyck's before-and-after photos.

Reader Katey Dyck’s before-and-after photos.

We love hearing from our readers; you guys just inspire us to pieces.

That’s why we relaunched our Inspiration series last month with a slew of new, real-life weight-loss stories aimed at motivating and, well, inspiring other readers to get off the couch and make meaningful changes for their health.

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Calling All History Buffs: This Philly Public Art Bike Map Is Awesome 

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia™

If you’ve been hard-pressed to find even the slightest bit of motivation to hop on your bike during these colder months, here’s something that might get you back in the saddle: Museum Without Walls’ Outdoor Sculpture Bike Map.

Museum Without Walls is a program of the Art Association for Public Art, and this awesome map they’ve created offers two routes for bikers to explore Philly’s outdoor sculptures. Both loops take you past at least 18 outdoor sculptures, some dating all the way back to the 1870s, along with great views, like the view across the river from Laurel Hill Cemetery. Plus, along the way, you can hear all about the history of many of the sculptures you’re seeing by listening to the free Museum Without Walls audio. How cool is that?  Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About the Latest Peanut-Allergy Research

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Peanut allergies affect a lot of people — we’re talking 2.8 million Americans. But if the latest surge in peanut-allergy news is any indication, it looks like the ubiquitous nut allergy could soon be a problem of the past. (Fingers crossed.) This month alone, three studies have come out claiming to have found a way to either prevent or treat the all-too-common peanut allergy.

Below, a primer on the latest in peanut-allergy studies. Study up.  Read more »

Cecily Tynan Talks About ACL Injury, Surgery and Recovery

Cecily Tynan at physical therapy | Photo via Facebook

Cecily Tynan at physical therapy | Photo via Facebook

The past month has been a bit of a medical whirlwind for 6 ABC meteorologist Cecily Tynan. In January, she took a tumble skiing in the Poconos and suffered a left ACL tear. She’s since undergone surgery to repair the damage, and has been working hard in daily PT sessions.

Yesterday, Action News ran a segment about her injury, surgery and recovery: “When Dr. [Robert] Frederick showed me the MRI and said, ‘You have an ACL rupture’ — you know, it’s gone — I think I started to cry because I knew I’d be out for a long time,” she says. Read more »

Mindfulness: Hippie Nonsense or the Key to Happiness?

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Much has been written about the concept of mindfulness in the past decade. Corporations have adopted mindfulness-training programs for employees. Elementary schools now teach mindfulness to students. It’s become a word that rolls off the tongue, but few of us really understand its utility.

To oversimplify, the goal of mindfulness is to slow down and to be present in your life as it happens. Critics of the mindfulness movement decry mindfulness as bohemian psychobabble. These critics point out that the simple concept of slowing down and savoring the present moment shouldn’t need to be taught. After all, children don’t need to be instructed to be present, because children are nothing if not exclusively attuned to their present environment.

And the critics are right. We were all born with the capacity for mindfulness. But there has been one recent invention that has ultimately derailed our abilities to stay mindful: That invention is the smartphone. Read more »

Is Your Back Killing You?

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If you’re sitting at your desk right now trying your darndest to find a way to sit so that your back will just stop hurting for two whole minutes — is that too much to ask?! — then this is for you: This Thursday, our pals at Philly Personal Training are hosting a free back-pain workshop with personal trainer and physical therapist Shaun Logan. Read more »

Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon Announces 2015 Race Date

Photo via Competitor

Photo via Competitor

UPDATE 2/25: We’ve had questions from a few readers about when, exactly, registration opens for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly, and now we have answers. When we first reported on this yesterday, the race’s website stated that registration would open on Thursday, February 26th at 12 a.m. PST. Yes, PST — as in, Pacific Standard Time, which would make it 3 a.m. here on the East Coast.

I was confused, too — after all, we’re none too familiar with operating on that timezone in these parts — so I reached out to the race’s PR department for answers. Turns out, PST was a typo — “It was a mad scramble to get everything up and running so we could launch as soon as we received permission from the city for the special 2015 date,” explains Competitor Group’s Dan Cruz — and in the scramble, the wrong timezone was accidentally entered into the registration details. Cruz tells me registration will actually open tonight at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, so set your alarm accordingly.

As we reported before, the first 1,000 runners to sign up will get a discounted entry fee of $55. After that, it jumps to $65.

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ORIGINAL: It’s official: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon is officially on the calendar for Saturday, October 31st, 2015 — that’s right, Halloween. Read more »

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