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7593292430_49e747e996_zHeart attacks are the number one cause of death for American women but, as it turns out, many of us don’t know the differences between how men and women experience heart attacks. This first-person account is eye-opening and a great reminder to pay attention to our bodies and speak up if something feels wrong.

Since it hit the reality TV scene, The Biggest Loser has been controversial for the speed with which its contestants lose massive amounts of weight. A new study, comparing Biggest Loser-style weight loss with gastric bypass surgery and published in the journal Obesity, found that losing so much weight so fast can have a very negative impact on a person’s metabolism. Additionally, while there isn’t official information about how all of the contestants fare after leaving the show, anecdotal evidence suggests that many people gain back the weight. As much as we’d love a quick fix, all of this suggests what we have always believed: The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to exercise, eat healthy foods and build new habits.

If you’re ready for a truly inspiration weight loss story, meet Larry Evans. When he decided to start losing weight, he weighed 800 pounds. Today, he weighs 641. Working with his doctor, he is committing to changing his lifestyle—and he’s inviting all of us to watch as he makes progress.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and for many it’s about more than pink ribbons. Lindsay Avner, founder of the non-profit Bright Pink, is on a mission to educate women about breast and ovarian cancers. You can read her story here and find out how regular cycling classes keep her invigorated.

And now, kittens trying to climb stairs.

Image: Natesh Ramasamy

 

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