Health & Wellness


Author Rebecca Burns

  • Rebecca Burns

    Deputy Editor & Digital Strategist

    Rebecca Burns is an Atlanta-based journalist, editor, and author.

    She served as editor-in-chief of Atlanta magazine from 2002-2009 and later spent several years as director of digital strategy for Emmis Publishing, working with editors and publishers in company’s family of city and regional magazines—which includes Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Texas Monthly.

    In fall 2012 she returned to Atlanta magazine to serve as deputy editor and digital strategist. She writes and edits feature articles and oversees special projects such as the annual Groundbreakers awards. She launched and manages the Daily Agenda blog and edits the companion section in the print magazine.

    Burns, whose own writing and reporting focus on civil rights and social and economic justice, is the author of three books. The latest, Burial for a King (Scribner, 2011), is account of the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Her next book—The Second Burning of Atlanta—will chronicle the Great Fire of 1917.

    Burns teaches journalism at Emory University and the University of Georgia and is a frequent speaker at colleges, schools, and civic organizations.


Yes, my home office has gone vertical, too

Now moving into Ikea hackery, this experiment is getting out of hand

In an effort to catch up on a book deadline, I took last week “off.” In other words, I traded my office at work for my home office and seven days of round-the-clock archive research and writing. Read more...

Yup, I’m still standing

At week three, standing at work has become routine

My yoga instructor used to say that it takes three weeks to form a habit and three weeks to undo a good behavior. I’m not sure what science, if any, was behind that claim, but over time I’ve found that to be a pretty good rule of thumb. Read more...

Taking a Stand: Standing might be natural, but you can still do it wrong

If you’re on your feet for hours, posture matters. A cushy mat doesn’t hurt, either.

Twenty-five years ago I met my future father-in-law for the first time over dinner at the sorely missed (by me, anyway) Indigo Coastal Grill in Morningside. It was a pleasant evening that involved fish cooked in parchment paper and glasses of zinfandel (it was the eighties, after all). I felt confident of successfully making a decent first impression. Read more...

Taking a Stand: If you're standing at work, get ready for distractions

As my standing-desk experiment rolled out, everyone wanted to talk about it

A full week into my standing-desk experiment, I’ve got one definitive piece of advice for anyone who might be considering this: If you are going to stand at work, don’t start when you’ve got a big project due. Everyone, and I mean everyone—from your boss to the office manager to the interns—will do a double take while walking past your desk, then feel compelled to double back to discuss your newly odd behavior. At length. Read more...

Taking a Stand: Could simply sitting less save your life?

Part one of my standing-desk experiment

All kinds of things put our health at risk. But unlike the obvious dangers of smoking, booze, or reckless driving, one of the worst threats is just . . . sitting still. Read more...

Healthy chickens, dumb phones, and deaf husbands

Notes on what's new in research

Giving chickens an Italian oil blend won’t produce preseasoned meat, but it could ward off salmonella contamination, a University of Georgia study showed. Read more...