Georgia 20th most obese state

We need to exercise more. A new report says 29.1 percent of Georgians are obese, making the Peach State the 20th most obese state in the country. Based on data released in July 2013, Louisiana is the most obese state and Colorado is the least.

Don’t just buy it—cook it

Michael Pollan, author of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and the standard-bearer of the local food movement, has been promoting his new book lately, "Cooked." The basic premise, he told Stephen Colbert on "The Colbert Report" this week, is this: "The most important thing about your diet is not a nutrient, but an activity: cooking."

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.

We love our fast food

How much time do you spend in that drive-thru? On an average day, we get a little more than 11 percent of our calories from fast food, according to a new study from the CDC.

How to shed pounds

This being the land of Chick-fil-A and Coca-Cola, it’s no wonder that more than a quarter of Georgians are clinically obese, making us the seventeenth-most-obese state in the country.

Exercise gift ideas

Looking for ideas for the health nut on your holiday list? We have them. Nutritious drinks, relaxation, exercise classes, and something for your pup.

Would grocery shopping with a nutritionist help people eat healthier?

Kristina Lewis, a medical researcher with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, snagged one of the inaugural awards from the New York Academy of Sciences’ Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.

But it looks like a carrot!

It's obviously not healthy to wait until you're an adult, with mature taste buds, to start eating vegetables. So how do we coax children to eat carrots, broccoli, lettuce and the like?

Bioenergetic assessment in Crabapple

At a brand new natural wellness center in the Crabapple area of Milton, I took a bioenergetic assessment. You rest your hand on a mouse-like contraption and it's like a polygraph test where your body 'fesses up how it's out of whack.

Holy guacamole: Mexican food is healthy… when it’s authentic

To beloved local cocinero Eddie Hernandez of Taqueria del Sol, too many local restaurants contribute to a prevailing misconception of Mexican fare as greasy, mystery-meat-stuffed calorie bombs with a side of rice and beans—dishes that are nowhere to be found in Mexico. He has curated a few of his favorite recipes for the masses and given us a fresh take on Mexican cuisine. And guess what: All of it is healthy.

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