Hoda and Kathie Lee

Win a Signed Copy of Hoda Kotb’s New Book!

January 15, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Hoda Kotb is mostly known for her Today show antics with co-host Kathie Lee Gifford (check out their February cover story here!), her award-winning broadcast journalism, and her battle with breast cancer, all of which she wrote about in her memoir Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee. Today she’s releasing her next book, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives, and this time she gets back to her news journalism roots by telling the amazing and inspiring stories of six others. Interested yet? Because we’re giving away three copies signed by Hoda and all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to enter. Good luck! Only one entry per person, per email address.

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Obsess Less About Germs

November 14, 2012 at 9:53 am , by

What is that nice stagehand doing to me, right, on the Today Show set—and why is a toilet there, you might ask?

Oh, the glamor of television! He was unzipping my dress to hook a microphone pack onto my bra so I could talk to Hoda and Kathie Lee about the Germs story in our November issue. We wanted to show some household items that may (or may not) carry germs that can make you sick. Thus, the toilet.

It’s cold and flu season, and you’ve got to protect yourself from those viruses. But do you need to obsessively clean every square inch of your home? No.

In fact, experts told us, while germs are everywhere, only about 1 percent of them are the bad kind that can make you sick—and many actually keep you healthy. Plus, even if you come in contact with bad bacteria or viruses, they won’t make you sick unless they get into your body. How do they do that? Mostly by your hands. So your first line of defense is to keep your hands out of your eyes, nose and mouth. And wash your hands often with good old plain soap and water. (The antibacterial kind may contribute to antibiotic-resistant bugs.)

Before we went on the air, Kathie Lee shared that she’s not a germophobe at all—and she seldom gets sick. Good for her! See our TV segment by clicking here. Some of the advice will surprise you!

And see all of our info and advice in “A Non-Neurotic Guide To Germs” in the November issue of Ladies’ Home Journal or by clicking here.


The Power of Good Posture

August 31, 2010 at 10:40 am , by

PostureI’ll never forget my first elegant New York dinner party. It was the late 1990s and I was invited to a seated dinner at a posh Upper West Side apartment, attended by a fascinating assortment of writers, artists, photographers and musicians. As I sat down next to a very attractive gentleman, he noted, “You have really good posture.” Maybe it wasn’t the compliment of my dreams, but it was memorable!

I do have good posture. I don’t know if my mom instilled that in me, or if years of yoga classes straightened out my spine. But for those of us who sit at a desk for hours a day, good posture is vital to our health. So I was thrilled when we ran a story in our September issue called “Don’t Be a Slouch,” and when the Today Show asked me to come on and demonstrate some of my good-posture moves.

Check Out My Posture Moves with Hoda and Kathie Lee on the Today Show
I was in the Today Show studio for a run-through the night before with producer Bruce Lamb, above, and we decided we would demonstrate the old “balance a book on your head” posture move. It’s not as easy as it looks! To see how Kathie Lee and Hoda did with their book balancing (and to see my techniques for sitting at a computer, holding a cell phone and carrying heavy bags), watch the Today Show video clip here. It’s a blast, and I guarantee it’ll have you practicing your dance moves while carrying books on your head—and sitting up straighter, too.