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Michael Strahan’s Trainer Reveals How to Get in “Magic Mike” Shape

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) — Want to know Michael Strahan’s secret weapon for get­ting into ripped, chis­eled, rock solid Magic Mike–wor­thy shape? Meet his per­sonal trainer, celebrity fit­ness guru, Latreal “La” Mitchell.

As a Pro Foot­ball Hall-of-Famer, Stra­han was already pretty phys­i­cally fit. But Mitchell has helped trans­form his body into tip-top shape, sky­rock­et­ing his con­fi­dence and mus­cle tone to con­quer the sil­ver screen — shirtless.

But that trim trans­for­ma­tion doesn’t come overnight, even if you’re a celebrity.

The best weight-loss tip I can give is being patient,” Mitchell told ABC News. “If some­one gains weight over the last 10 years, they want to lose it. All of a sud­den they want to lose it now. So be patient and start elim­i­nat­ing things slowly, and the weight will def­i­nitely come off.”

Now Mitchell is giv­ing our ABC’s Good Morn­ing Amer­ica view­ers a free per­sonal train­ing ses­sion live on the ABC News web­site, help­ing to con­tinue the new work­out while you watch the series called All-Access Celebrity Work­out. It’s another 30-minute livestream work­out that you can do right along with us from the com­fort of your own home.

Take a look at Mitchell’s extra work­out tips to keep you in A-list shape:

  1. It’s not impor­tant how you got to be this way, it’s impor­tant that you are tak­ing care of your­self now.
  2. Break the scale obses­sion and its emo­tional and eat­ing roller-coaster — instead look at how your clothes fit and how you feel.
  3. Be kind to your­self — con­grat­u­late your­self on accom­plish­ments and for­give your failures.
  4. Renew your com­mit­ment to tak­ing good care of your­self every day.
  5. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.”

As with any exer­cise rou­tine, if you have any con­cerns about start­ing a work­out regime, check with your health care pro­fes­sional to see whether it’s right you.

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Sugary Soda Linked to Cellular Aging

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Sug­ary soda seems to do more dam­age to the body than pre­vi­ously suspected.

Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia San Fran­cisco researchers con­tend, “Reg­u­lar con­sump­tion of sugar-sweetened sodas might influ­ence dis­ease devel­op­ment, not only by strain­ing the body’s meta­bolic con­trol of sug­ars but also through accel­er­ated cel­lu­lar aging of tissues.”

In other words, the DNA of peo­ple who drink the equiv­a­lent of 20 ounces of sug­ary soda daily is almost five years older than those who don’t con­sume car­bon­ated beverages.

Since diet soda doesn’t have the same effect on cel­lu­lar aging, the researchers assume the heavy sugar con­tent in most sodas is to blame.

If there’s an upside to the study, it’s that Amer­i­cans are con­sum­ing less sug­ary drinks than in years past.

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There's a Secret to Eating a Healthier Bowl of Pasta

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Peo­ple love pasta but it’s not exactly the health­i­est thing for you. For exam­ple, the car­bo­hy­drates in pasta can cause weight gain while the glu­cose from the starch spikes the body’s blood sugar.

How­ever, a show called Trust Me, I’m A Doc­tor on Britain’s BBC sug­gests there’s an easy way to reduce some of the less ben­e­fi­cial effects of pasta.

The solu­tion, accord­ing to Dr. Denise Robert­son of the Uni­ver­sity of Sur­rey, is to let your pasta cool down before eat­ing it and then, reheat it.

Robert­son had peo­ple eat freshly made pasta, pasta that was cooled down or reheated pasta with each par­tic­i­pant then giv­ing a blood sam­ple every 15 min­utes for two hours.

The result was that while cold pasta reduced the blood sugar increase, reheated pasta actu­ally cut the increase by 50 per­cent com­pared to the just cooked pasta.

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Those Who Feel Good About Aging Take Better Care of Themselves

iStock/Thinkstock(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Middle-aged Amer­i­cans who don’t have a prob­lem with get­ting older tend to take bet­ter care of their health.

Eric Kim, a Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan doc­toral stu­dent, says in a study that too many peo­ple 50 and older seem resigned to the fact that a cer­tain amount of phys­i­cal and men­tal decay is inevitable so to them, it makes lit­tle sense to take advan­tage of pre­ven­ta­tive health care services.

That’s why Kim says it’s impor­tant to have a pos­i­tive mind­set about the aging process. He explains that when peo­ple are com­fort­able in their own skin and hope to remain vig­or­ous and healthy in their 50s, 60s and 70s, they get their cho­les­terol checked reg­u­larly and undergo colonoscopies.

For men, higher aging sat­is­fac­tion also involves prostate exams while women will undergo a mammogram/X-ray or pap smears.

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CDC Issues Updated Guidelines on Ebola Treatment

Credit: James Gathany/Centers for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion announced on Mon­day new guid­ance for the use of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment for health­care work­ers treat­ing patients with Ebola.

Not­ing suc­cess­ful and safe treat­ment of patients at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal, Nebraska Med­ical Cen­ter and the National Insti­tutes of Health Clin­i­cal Cen­ter in Bethesda, Md., the CDC put out “enhanced guid­ance” focus­ing on ensur­ing no skin is exposed when per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment is used, and that all health­care work­ers are trained, prac­ticed and com­pe­tent with PPE and are super­vised by a trained mon­i­tor who watches every worker put PPE on and take them off.

Hos­pi­tals are advised to have at least two options of per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment, des­ig­nated areas for putting PPE on and tak­ing it off, trained observers and dis­in­fec­tion of gloved hands.

Still, the CDC warns that focus­ing only on changes to PPE can give a “false sense of secu­rity” and that train­ing and prac­tice is integral.

In order to stop the spread of Ebola in health­care set­tings, hos­pi­tals should also make sure they enact prompt screen­ing and triage of poten­tial patients, lim­ited per­son­nel within iso­la­tion rooms and effec­tive envi­ron­men­tal cleaning.

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Man Runs Marathon Forwards and Backwards

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Ryan Chukuske never imag­ined eight years ago that he would run a marathon, let alone one twice in one day. But the Min­nesota run­ner proved oth­er­wise Sun­day, run­ning 52.4 con­sec­u­tive miles in the Mankato Marathon. The run is 26.2 miles long.

The slo­gan is, ‘Go Bold for Mankato,’” he said. “So, my friend said why don’t you do some­thing bold this year. I don’t usu­ally say no to any run­ning challenges.”

Chukuske, 33, began the day at three in the morn­ing, run­ning the entire course back­ward in four hours and 10 min­utes before tak­ing his spot at the start­ing line at 8 a.m. when the offi­cial race began. He fin­ished with a rank of 272nd out of 444 in 4 hours and 30 minutes.

I’m num­ber one in 52 [miles],” he said laugh­ing, adding that he fin­ished in eight hours and 40 min­utes altogether.

Chukuske started run­ning in 2006 in an attempt to lose weight. He weighed 270 pounds, about 80 to 90 pounds over­weight at the time.

Now, the 180-pound run­ner has turned his guide for a health­ier lifestyle into a pas­sion, hav­ing writ­ten two books on the sub­ject and run in over 30 races and marathons, includ­ing the New York City Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and the Walt Dis­ney World Marathon.

I’m trained to run like this all the time,” he said. “I put into 80 to 100 miles a week consecutively.”

He ran his best time of 3 hours and 27 min­utes last year in the 2013 Mankato Marathon, com­pared to Den­nis Kipruto Kimetto, the male with the fastest marathon record of 2 hours, 2 min­utes and 57 sec­onds, accord­ing to the Guin­ness Book of World Records. Kimetto achieved the record in Sep­tem­ber 2014 at the Berlin Marathon, which is the same length as Mankato.

Guin­ness could not con­firm whether there is a record for run­ning a marathon back­ward and for­ward, though it does have a record for run­ning a marathon back­ward, held by Xu Zhen­jun, who achieved it in the 2004 Bei­jing Inter­na­tional Marathon in three hours, 43 min­utes and 39 seconds.

Chukuske ded­i­cated his per­for­mance this year to those who are unable to run because of phys­i­cal impair­ments, say­ing that he runs “for every­one. I put in miles for peo­ple who want to but can’t.”

When asked whether he would con­sider run­ning the 52.4 miles again, he replied, “In a heartbeat.”

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Third Ebola Patient Treated at Emory University Hospital Released

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) — A patient who was hos­pi­tal­ized at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal last month with the Ebola virus was dis­charged on Sun­day, the hos­pi­tal said.

The patient, who was not iden­ti­fied, was the third Ebola patient treated at Emory Uni­ver­sity, fol­low­ing Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Write­bol. Accord­ing to a hos­pi­tal state­ment, the patient was dis­charged after being “deter­mined to be free of virus and to pose no pub­lic health threat,” and asked to remain anonymous.

A fourth patient, Amber Vin­son, who con­tracted Ebola while treat­ing Thomas Eric Dun­can — the first per­son to be diag­nosed with Ebola in the United States — at Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal in Dal­las, remains at Emory Uni­ver­sity Hos­pi­tal. She arrived at Emory on Oct. 15.

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The Heartbreaking Poem a Nurse Who Cared for Thomas Eric Duncan Wrote in Tribute

Will Mont­gomery(DALLAS) –  The last nurse to leave the hos­pi­tal room where Thomas Eric Dun­can died has writ­ten a poem about the Ebola patient, penned dur­ing the sleep­less days after Duncan’s death, a source told ABC News.

The source pro­vided the poem to ABC News, not­ing that the nurse who wrote it asked to remain anony­mous. Dun­can, the first per­son in the United States to be diag­nosed with Ebola, died at the Dal­las hos­pi­tal on Oct. 8. Two of the nurses who cared for Dun­can — Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vin­son, 29 — have been diag­nosed with Ebola.

(Editor’s note: THR refers to Texas Health Resources, the com­pany that owns Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hospital.)

This is the poem:

A mes­sage to you

Inspired by the THR Family

You came to us sick, fright­ened, con­fused
What hap­pened next became inter­na­tional news.
We saw you so ill, with every­thing to lose
Our goal was to help you because that’s what we do.
Alone in a dark ICU room
We fought for your life, our team and you.
We cared for you kindly
No mat­ter our fear
You thanked us each time that we came near.
As each day pressed on, you fought so hard
To beat the virus that dealt every card.
No mat­ter how sick or con­ta­gious you were
We held your hand, wiped your tears, and con­tin­ued our care.
Your fam­ily was close, but only in spirit
They couldn’t come in; we just couldn’t risk it.
Then the day came we saw you in there
We wiped tears from your eyes, know­ing the end was draw­ing near.
Then it was time, but we never gave up
Until the good lord told us he had taken you up.
Our dear Mr. Dun­can, the man that we knew
Though you lost the fight, we never gave up on you.
All of us here; at Presby and beyond
Lift our hats off to you, now that you’re gone.
You touched us in ways that no one will know
We thank you kind sir for this chance to grow.
May you find peace in heaven above
And know that we cared with noth­ing but love.

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