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.

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.

Finding your inner chef

I stare at the partially-mashed glob of sweet potatoes, immersed in a bowl of water. It looks like Jabba the Hutt is taking a bath. This can’t be right. I consult the recipe card from Garnish & Gather, a new Atlanta business that provides cook-at-home kits with local, organic foods and pre-measured ingredients for simple recipes from notable chefs like Seth Freedman and Julia LeRoy.

Smoothies that fit the season

Forgive me for this outrageously healthy-sounding recipe, but it is January, and therefore all new year's diet resolutions are still in force. I usually think of smoothies more as summertime desserts: sweet blends of bananas, oranges, pineapples, mangoes, and other tropical or colorful ingredients. They're refreshing, but not always diet- friendly. And they're certainly not local.

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.

Watch the Fat Map

No doubt you've heard a lot about the U.S. obesity epidemic. If you're tired of reading about it and just want to see it, check out the CDC's obesity-over-time map, sped up for your viewing pleasure.

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."

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.

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.

Sanjay Gupta talks placenta diets, bird poop facials

Globetrotting CNN doc Sanjay Gupta is an expert on just about everything. The good-natured Gupta joined Bravo's Andy Cohen and weighed in on all kinds of odd medical trends, playing a game of "Healthy Fad or That's Bad."

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