Tips from a Trainer: Amber Owens

Though I normally seethe silently at the sight of a brand-new mommy with a slammin’ post-baby body, I can’t hate on Amber Owens. She got back into great shape when her daughter was still teeny-weeny, and she earned her physique. Here, the Atlanta-based trainer, fitness instructor and mother of an almost-two-year-old shares her tips on addressing two tough trouble spots: armpit squish and back fat.

Tracking foodborne illnesses

Feeling sick to your stomach? Where did you have lunch? A new report released by the CDC finds nearly half of all foodborne illnesses in the U.S. each year are in some way associated with restaurants and delis.

Georgia ranks No. 5 on the national courtesy scale

Does cursing make you feel better? You might want to move to Ohio. A study of the most profane states found the Buckeye State tops the list of most likely to curse -- followed by Maryland, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois. Residents of Washington, Massachusetts, Arizona, Texas, and Virginia are least likely to let go with a four-letter word. Georgia only makes the "occasionally profane" category.

Olympic moves at school

Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, who holds the world record in the decathlon and heptathlon, is in Atlanta this week to compete in a track and field event and to meet with school kids to introduce a free classroom program that offers five-minute brain breaks throughout the day.

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Seeing orange at a new gym

Wrapped around my torso using a strap that presses directly against the skin, the monitor was slightly uncomfortable. But it made me feel like the subject of an experiment. That was kind of cool. And kind of true: the experiment was my own, though.

From delusion to the hospital

A wiry guy scampers up a smooth wall to the top of a building, then takes a flying leap to another roof, launches off the edge and at the last possible moment gracefully grabs onto a window ledge, drops down twenty feet onto a Dumpster, does a back tuck off the side and lands on the grass in a perfect crouch. No, I’m not talking about Spiderman. The guy I’m talking about, the guy I’m training to be, is doing Parkour.

Lose money or gain weight?

Would you rather lose $1,000 or gain 20 pounds? A new survey says more than half of Americans would rather lose the cash. Probably because it's a lot harder to eventually lose the weight.

Test driving 6 Atlanta nutritionists and personal trainers

Our writer checks out three nutritionists to discover why he can't put on weight, while another writer seeks personal trainers to help her figure out why she can't do sit-ups.

Georgia Regents earns $10M for diabetes study

The Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine at Georgia Regents University in Augusta recently received $10 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to continue research studying how genetics and environment might impact type 1 diabetes. The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young (TEDDY) study started in 2003 as an international collaboration by six clinical centers in the United States and Europe.

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