Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

A Family on the Run

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Every once in a while, I interview people who are extraordinary in ways that aren’t measured by TV ratings, movie opening weekends, or social media likes. And this story is one of my latest (and favorites) to that end.

Here is the story of the Gonzales family in Los Angeles, for the February 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping: Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles.

It’s the story of a family of four who—through tragedy and kindness—became a family of nine. And when they discovered the organization Marathon Kids, which encourages kids and families to run together, they became closer, healthier and happier as one very (very, very big) family.

The Gonzalez parents with four of the kids.

It was truly an honor to sit down with this wonderful family as they shared their story. Check it out here on the Good Housekeeping site. Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles. It’s inspiring in more ways than one.

—Amy

Pep Talks from Jillian Michaels

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In the TV pitching industry, there is a term MOP: Most Often Pitched. In my world, I just crossed a threshold into more of an MOI: Most Often Interviewed. And lucky for me, the person topping my list is the wildly fit, talented and wise Jillian Michaels, whom I recently interviewed for the November 2016 cover of Health magazine.

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She has a lot of insight on eating healthy (of course) and staying fit (duh)–even getting your body back after a hiatus like a pregnancy, injury or the holidays. But as always, she also has some big thoughts on conquering life itself. As my favorite quote of hers this month says:

The middle is the answer to everything. If somebody asked me, “What is the secret of life?” I would say, “Middle.”

Here’s my full story Jillian Michaels: “I’ve Taken a Lot of Punches But I’m Still Standing” which is in Health magazine on stands now. Click it or grab it and find out what advice Jillian would give her younger self, what she really thinks of millennials, and the 3 best pep talks she’d give us in our worst moments of self-defeat. Though my favorite part is listening to the advice she gave her young daughter before her first day of school. I just may have to use some of that myself…

-Amy

 

Healthy Home-Cooking with Giada DeLaurentiis

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

e466edf52622de43_health1016covsubs This month, for the cover of Health magazine’s October 2016 issue, I had a fun and insightful conversation with Giada DeLaurentiis — chef, TV host, cookbook author, children’s book author, restaurant owner…oh my, the list goes on. She was full of fun stories, great tips and suggestions on how to make home cooking easier, healthier and tastier than ever.

You can read my conversation with Giada on Health.com, Giada DeLaurenttis: “I’ve Never Been a Takeout Girl” and follow along as we talk about what lesson she still uses most from cooking school, what she thinks of cooking shortcuts like canned beans, and her flavor obsession of the moment…which is now on my shopping list.

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And if you want a truly interactive experience, sign up for Health magazine’s No Takeout Challenge, which offers one new recipe per day, prep ideas and shopping lists, plus (the best plus) Giada’s encouraging video tips for making meals at home that are quick, flavorful and easy on your wallet. Sounds #yum to me.

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—Amy

Hannah Davis Gets HEALTH-y

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

HannahTOC_Page_1This month, I took a long gorgeous drive up to Malibu to meet Hannah Davis, who was wrapping up her photoshoot at an insane rented house overlooking the ocean. I sat with Hannah—model, television host, swimsuit goddess and all-around cool chick—on the outside patio while we talked for Health magazine all things health, fitness, food, Project Runway Jr. and weddings (she’s engaged to Derek Jeter).

Here’s a taste of the story. You can read the full interview at the Health.com site, Hannah Davis: I Don’t Want to Go to Birthday Parties and Not Eat Cake.

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—Amy

Pretty Little Health Cover with Ashley Benson

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

FHEALTHAshleyBensonCOVERor the cover of the March issue of Health magazine, I sat down for the second time with Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.

We met up at the Sunset Towers Hotel for lunch and talked all things squat-doing, party-going, food-eating, anxiety-beating, and happiness-making. You can read the full story on Health.com: Ashley Benson: You Have to Become One with Your Own Body. And the magazine is on newsstands now. For a taste of how gorgeous she looks and how real she is, here’s a sneak peek of the March 2016 issue.HEALTHAshleyBensonCOVER

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—Amy

Julianne Hough: Dance Dance Revolution

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

One of my summer cover stories this month is the perfect healthy beach read: Julianne Hough for the July/August 2015 cover of Women’s Health magazine.

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I spoke with her on the set of the photo shoot where Julianne went leaping and jumping around the pool and, like the last time I interviewed her for Redbook magazine, she was warm and fun and made me want to get up and move a little more to the music. Grab a copy of the issue to read the full interview and get her dance workout tips.

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—Amy

To Live The Good Life: DO Talk to Strangers

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Peel your eyes off your devices and what do you find?

DrOzStrangersCOVER People—real, friendly, right in front of you—who can spark up your day and nourish your soul. Learn why experts want you to talk to strangers in my new piece for the Dr. Oz magazine The Good Life. 

My story, called “Start with Hello” isn’t available online, but it is in the June 2015 issue of the magazine, which is on stands now. I’m really proud of the story, which  has actually inspired me to look up from my iPhone and talk to more strangers than I ever would—in the market, at the UPS store, at the coffee shop; standing beside me or working the counter. And the experts are right: it has made me happier.

Here’s a small preview of the piece. If you like what you read, grab a copy! And while you’re waiting in line to purchase it beside a few strangers, well, you know what to do…

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—Amy

Tracy Anderson: Strong is the New Sexy

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

I’d heard of Tracy Anderson, of course. And I knew she had a loyal following, ranging from women friends of mine to celebrity clients like Lena Dunham and Julianne Hough, to her business partner in crime Gwyneth. And once I got to sit down with Tracy for the May 2015 issue of Health magazine, I finally get it.

No kidding that she has such devoted followers! And now that I’ve started doing her workouts myself, I count myself as one of them.

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Granted, I still can’t get through one of her workouts without resting (like, eleven times) but this being bathing suit season and all, I’m going to keep trying. Read my interview with Tracy Anderson on the Health site. And then get moving.

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—Amy

Eva Mendes: Hey, Girl

Friday, March 13th, 2015

My other cover story this month was Eva Mendes for the April 2015 issue of Women’s Health. And the story has been garnering quite a lot of press because the actress/fashion designer/new mom is a believer in keeping her private life private.

Lucky for us, she did open a window into her amazing life, and we got to have a fun chat at the magazine photo shoot in Venice, CA!

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Grab a taste of the interview on the Women’s Health website: Women’s Health Cover Star Eva Mendes Isn’t Ready to Dole Out Motherly Advice—Yet. Or, check out the story in the April issue on stands now!

—Amy

Dr. Oz Magazine: Where’s Your 4 a.m. Zen?

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Man, I used to be so good at sleep. If sleep was a school subject, mine was like recess: a break so stress-free, that by the time the bell rang, I was refreshed and ready to go. And then things changed overnight—literally overnight.

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Here’s what I mean: I can still fall asleep easily, usually dozing off with a book in my hands into a dreamy, deep slumber. But once a week or so, I wake up at 3 or 4 a.m.—sometimes because I heard a car alarm, sometimes because I have to pee—and instead of drifting back into Dreamland, my mind takes a detour through Worryville. Yep, that’s when I get the bright idea to stress about the work I have to do and the relationships I have to fix and the bills I have to pay. And the more I worry, the more awake I feel, and the more stressed out I get about how tired I’ll be the next day—you know, when I have work to do and relationships to fix and bills to pay! It can take me an hour or two to fall asleep again, and by morning when my alarm goes off, I’m groggy, foggy, and annoyed. Plus, those problems I tossed and turned over? They don’t even seem as big a deal anymore—and I’m mad at myself for losing sleep over them!

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Now, let me guess: This has happened to you, too, right? If so, check out my cover story for the January/February 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life magazine: Turn Off Stress So You Can Sleep.

I got to speak with the biggest experts in the sleep and insomnia fields, who helped me understand 1) why we wake in the night 2) what’s keeping us up 3) how to fall back asleep and 4) how to avoid middle-of-the-night wake-ups in the first place.

The advice has helped me immensely in my own life, and I hope the piece helps you, too. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life to see if it works for you, too.

Sweet dreams,

—Amy