In the 1950 driver's education film, "Last Date," actor Dick York plays Nick, a bad boy who drives recklessly. A peer warns Nick that he's destined to commit "teenicide," defined in the film as "the fine art of killing yourself, and maybe someone else, with an automobile before you reach the age of 20." Predictably, a subsequent joyride ends ...Read more
"You can't separate the mind and body," Jack LaLanne once told USA Today. The Godfather of Modern Fitness, he lived to be 96 and learned early in life that exercise (combined with proper nutrition) could give your body and mind a significantly younger RealAge. In his heyday, critics called LaLanne a nut and a charlatan, but it turns out he was ...Read more
"You are what you eat" is an old saying originally penned in 1826 by the gastronomic food-wizard Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in his essay on the physiology of gout. He wrote, "Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es" [Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are]. The same could be said for the trillions of bacteria in your ...Read more
When Sade (pronounced "sha-day") sings "Smooth Operator" your heartbeat slows, your shoulders relax, you feel calmer. That's good for heart 'n' soul! Well, smoothies can do the same for you if you make them with spinach or other dark green, leafy veggies.
Researchers from Sweden's Linkoping University have studied the nutrient lutein -- a fat-...Read more
When Egyptian Mohamed ElShorbagy became the No. 1 squash player in the world this year, did his lifelong Mediterranean diet give him an edge? We're betting it did. The plant-centric, fiber-rich diet that includes healthy oils, legumes, cereals, fish, lean proteins and not much meat or dairy provides what you need to have a healthy heart and very...Read more
Legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson (aka the "Zen Master") knows that meditation is a great discipline and an effective tool for creating winning basketball teams. From the Chicago Bulls to the LA Lakers, Jackson has won 11 NBA titles, and his mantra has always been "one breath, one mind."
But you don't have to be part of an official team to use ...Read more
In 2012, actress Dame Judi Dench told the press that her eyesight was failing and she was unable to read her scripts. Her solution? Her daughter and agent would help her learn her lines. Dame Judy, now in her mid-80s, had been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, a common eye disorder that can cause blindness. By 2020, it's estimated...Read more
When Magneto -- a Marvel Comics human-mutant who generates and controls magnetic fields -- teamed up with the X-Men, it came as a surprise that the once-villainous character was now on the side of good. Sometimes the good guys need a hand to get their work done.
That turns out to be the case with the super-vitamin/hormone D. True, it's a ...Read more
When 7-foot-tall Chicago Bulls power forward Lauri Markkanen wanted to do something about climate change, he launched a campaign called #DontChoke that asks people to take simple steps to decrease their carbon footprint. His choice: Give up red meat.
Good move: A 2014 study revealed that producing beef requires 28 times more land, six times ...Read more
Sarah Michelle Gellar played Buffy Summers in TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which, among other things, was about getting through high school on very little sleep. Buffy spent most nights fighting mythical creatures. As a result, she could barely keep her eyes open in class, and her academics suffered.
While most high-schoolers aren't out all...Read more
The Houston Astros play baseball in Minute Maid Park. The Tampa Bay Rays are in Tropicana Field. Great publicity for the orange juice industry, but is orange juice really good or bad for you? Turns out, it can be a little of both.
Pulp-free orange juice is filled with natural sugar (21 grams in 8 ounces), and that means calories (112 per) as it...Read more
When the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show" aired in 1959, Ron Howard was 5 years old. He was born on March 1, so if he'd started kindergarten that year in a state with a Sept. 1 cut-off date for enrollment, he would have been 5 years and 6 months old. That would have been OK.
What's not OK, according to Harvard and Massachusetts General ...Read more
In her acclaimed 1995 series, "Cooking With Master Chefs," Julia Child stressed the joys of herbs and spices. To her, the beauty of American cuisine was that it has few boundaries, allowing you to create a style all your own. Clearly, you listened! Today American's spend almost $1 BILLION a year on spices and $300 million on herbs!
That's great...Read more
If you're thinking about starting (or expanding) your family and would like an excuse to go to a taping of "The Dr. Oz. Show," come to NYC and you might get a two-fer. It seems that sperm counts everywhere (researchers also looked at Los Angeles; Palo Alto, California; Houston; Boston; and Indianapolis -- the Brit publication Daily Mail reports ...Read more
Movies about food are as common as indigestion after a greasy meal. Some, like "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," make it clear that when unhealthy food choices rain down on you, it's time to take action to save the planet. Others, like "Babette's Feast," are revelries on flavor. They both get it right. You can experience the joys of great ...Read more
In 1987, first lady Nancy Reagan had surgery for early-stage cancer in her left breast. The tumor was just 7 millimeters in diameter, the smallest size malignancy doctors were able to detect through mammography at that time.
Since then, mammography has become much more able to identify early-stage breast cancers -- thanks in large part to the ...Read more
In his memoir "Dream Weaver," musician Gary Wright describes how as a youth in New Jersey he was taught to swim by Olympic gold medal swimmer and Tarzan actor Buster Crabbe, who was giving swimming lessons at Palisades Amusement Park.
"I was about 7 years old ... [and] he looked at me and said, 'Can you swim?'
"'No,' I answered, 'I came here ...Read more
The Mars-exploring spacecraft InSight made a 300-million-mile journey that was artfully guided by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. After six months of speeding through space at 6,200 miles per hour, a controlled six-minute descent placed the fully functional spacecraft on the Martian surface.
Well, we're here to ...Read more
In the 1989 tear-jerker "Steel Magnolias," bride-to-be Shelby (Julia Roberts) permits her adoring fiance to order his own groom's cake. It's shaped like an armadillo and has gray icing. "Worse, the cake part is red velvet cake. Blood red," Shelby tells her friends. "People are going to be hacking into this poor animal that looks like it's ...Read more
After undergoing periodontal surgery, comedian and television personality Whoopi Goldberg returned to her seat on "The View" and admitted to the public that, despite her excellent dental insurance, she's never taken care of her teeth and is paying the price. "Your mouth is connected to your entire system," she told viewers. "If you do not take ...Read more