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Busy Philipps Flies to Be with BFF Michelle Williams on Anniversary of Heath Ledger’s Death

Ledger was survived by his partner at the time, Williams, and their young daughter, Matilda.

Busy Philipps took a flight to be with best friend Michelle Williams on the 10-year anniversary of Heath Ledger‘s death.

On Monday evening, Philipps, 38, shared a photo of her view of the sunset from an airplane with a red heart emoji. Then, hours later, she posted a follow-up selfie of her with Dawson’s Creek costar Williams.

“It’s ok,” Philipps wrote along with the picture that showed the All the Money in the World star, 37, with her eyes closed and leaning on her longtime confidant.

Ledger and Williams dated after meeting on the set of their 2005 film Brokeback Mountain and welcomed daughter Matilda in October 2005. They separated in September 2007.

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A decade ago, Ledger was found dead from an accidental overdose in his New York apartment. He was 28.

A toxicology report revealed a fatal mix of prescription drugs in his system. Ledger was survived by his partner at the time, Williams, and their young daughter, Matilda (now 12).

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In tearful videos posted to her Instagram story on Monday, Philipps expressed grief while driving in her car as the song “Time to Pretend” by MGMT plays in the background.

“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friend Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,’” she said in one of the videos. “It came out after he passed away and I remember when it came out, because [I thought] it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song. And for some reason, every time I hear this song… it’s weird.”

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Also on Monday, the late actor’s sister, Kate Ledger, revealed that the family keeps in touch with Williams.

“We keep in constant contact with Michelle and Matilda and visit frequently,” Kate said. “She is an amazing girl and a source of delight to us all.”

Kate, the director of a design and media production company, cherished a close relationship with her brother, whom she called her “soul mate.”

“We spoke almost every day regardless of where Heath was in the world or what he was doing,” she recalled. “Our conversations ranged from talking about projects to what we were having for dinner! Nothing was off limits.”

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Nike Just Announced Their New Running Shoe—and I Got to Test It Out

Here’s my take on the Nike Epic React Flyknit.

When it comes to next-level sneakers, Nike always seems to be on the cutting edge, and today is no exception. The athletic brand just announced its latest development, the new Nike Epic React Flyknit ($150), a running shoe that saw 17,000 miles of testing.

The result: a runner that is lightweight, durable, soft, and provides energy return.  According to the press team over at Nike, “It’s ideal for distance workouts, recovery runs, and progression runs. It will be particularly appreciated by the everyday runner who wants their run to feel more enjoyable.” Basically, if you have a foot and you love to run, this shoe will put a smile on your face.

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to get your hands on the Nike Epic React Flyknit until February 22 (I know, I know); however, I scored a pair ahead of the release date and have literally done some of the legwork for you.

My first encounter with the Nike Epic React Flyknit was in early November 2017—for about 10 minutes. As Nike employees watched, I stepped onto a treadmill in the brand’s NYC headquarters and ran for a little over a mile. Afterward, I typed a note on my phone that said “Light. Nice feel. I like. Familiar.” So these six words were literally my first reaction to this new silhouette.

Fast forward two months, when I got my very own pair of the new Nike running shoes, and was able to spend some more time and miles in them—both on the treadmill and around the running trails of Central Park. Now my opinion is a bit more informed. Here are my thoughts:

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The look

They are sleek and streamlined, but still look cool enough to turn heads. I find it a little weird that the midsole extends beyond the heel—but I only notice that when I am sitting with my legs crossed. On a personal note, I prefer the navy colorway to the white.

The feel

They are super comfy without being overly soft. Stepping into them is like pulling on your favorite pair of slippers. The weaving of the Flyknit upper feels tighter and sturdier than other Nike models I’ve worn, but still has enough give so that your foot won’t feel restricted. The shape and cut of the collar of the shoe worried me at first, because I thought I might experience rubbing, which would led me to retire these babies early. Luckily, there was no rubbing. In fact, it kind of just felt like I was wearing a low-cut sock.

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The details

There are perforations along the front top portion of the shoe, making it super breathable. The temperature during my outside runs has hovered around the low 40s, and my feet were never freezing, so I’d say that they are suitable for chilly days. That beefy midsole, which is made of the new Nike-only proprietary technology React Foam, is what all the hoopla over this new release is about. 

This foam, which took more than 400 combinations of chemistry and processing to develop, is what makes you feel lighter and frankly faster on your feet. Also, the midsole and outsole are kind of one in the same here. The only distinguishing factor, in my opinion, are the pieces of clear rubber that are affixed to the forefoot and heel that add much-needed traction and make the shoe more durable.

The bottom line

I would be remiss if I didn’t note that this shoe reminds me of both the Brooks Levitate and the Adidas Ultra Boost  running shoes, two runners that are currently in heavy rotation for me. The Nike Epic React Flyknit feels noticeably lighter on my feet than these other two styles though, which is a big selling point for me. But, it isn’t as springy and responsive as the Brooks Levitate, nor is it as much of a lifestyle crossover kick as the Adidas Ultra Boost. 

That said, I think the Nike Epic React Flyknit is a good solid addition to the running space, and I am looking forward to continuing to pound the pavement in them over the next couple of months.

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An Oregon Teenager Has The Plague. Here's Why You Shouldn't Freak Out

Oregon health officials have confirmed this week that a teenage girl in Crook County, Oregon, has contracted the bubonic plague. The girl most likely caught the disease from a flea bite during a hunting trip in northern Oregon and is currently recovering in an intensive care unit at a local hospital.

The bubonic plague—yes, the same disease as the “Black Death” that crippled Europe in the Middle Ages—is an infection caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria carried by rodents like rats, squirrels, and chipmunks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Humans get it from being bitten by fleas, which contract it from feeding on infected rodents.

“Many people think of the plague as a disease of the past, but it’s still very much present in our environment, particularly among wildlife,” Emilio DeBess, a veterinarian in Oregon’s Public Health Division, explained in a press release. “Fortunately, plague remains a rare disease, but people need to take appropriate precautions with wildlife and their pets to keep it that way.”

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To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, the CDC recommends avoiding sick or dead rodents, rabbits and squirrels, treating your pets for fleas, and cleaning up any areas near your house where rodents could live (think brush piles or abandoned vehicles).

Once bitten by a flea carrying the bacteria, symptoms usually develop two to six days after being bitten, and include sudden fever, headache, chills, and painful, swollen lymph nodes (known as buboes). Without immediate antibiotic treatment, the infection can spread to the bloodstream (septicemic plague) or to the lungs (pneumonic plague), both of which can be fatal.

Bubonic plague can also lead to gangrene in fingers and toes. In 2012, another Oregon patient lost fingers and toes after contracting the plague from handling a mouse his pet cat had caught, according to the Associated Press.

All of this sounds scary for sure, but the good news is that in addition to being rare in the United States, most of those who do contract the virus will recover with prompt antibiotic treatment.

While the infection is serious, the overall mortality rate for the plague today is 11%, versus 66% before antibiotics were invented.

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Top Fitness Stars Share Their Most Common Workout Habits

If you scroll through Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook to get the daily dose of fitspiration that motivates you to hit the gym or yoga class, you’re not alone: Famous fitness influencers use inspiring mottos to stay motivated and moving in their own lives too.

And although Instagram’s biggest fitness stars dedicate much of their lives to building muscle and inspiring their viewers to break a sweat, some of their go-to mottos focus on mental health, self-acceptance, and self-care.

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People Are Sharing Their Before-and-After Coming Out Photos, and the Transformations Are Beautiful

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8 Celebrities Reveal Their Best Relationship Advice of All Time

Here at Health, we’re fortunate to catch up with the inspiring women who grace our covers every month. Whether it’s Brooke Shields offering wisdom on how to age beautifully or Padma Lakshmi chatting about the endometriosis foundation she launched, we feel #blessed to hear life lessons learned from women who are constantly in the spotlight.

Lucky for us, our cover stars aren’t shy about dishing out relationship advice either. As the new year begins and we’re all looking to start fresh and self-improve, listen to what Khloé Kardashian, Katharine McPhee, Lindsey Vonn, and other celebs know about commitment, breakups, what to look for in a partner, and keeping love strong.

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Katharine McPhee

Marrying at 23 (and then divorcing seven years later) taught Katharine McPhee a thing or two about committing to someone for life. “I do still believe in marriage, but I don’t know if I ever will get married again,” the actress and singer told Health in our December 2017 issue. “I feel a really good sense of strength being independent and not being reliant on somebody.” 

Khloe Kardashian

For Khloé Kardashian, the key to any relationship is making the other person—whether it’s a romantic partner, family member, or friend—feel appreciated. When we asked the youngest Kardashian sister what she wants to be remembered for most, she said, “For me, it’s more about how I made someone feel rather than what I did.”

Kelsea Ballerini 

Be like Kelsea Ballerini and stay true to you when it comes to love. “The best advice I could give to my younger self, or anyone, about relationships is to follow your heart, because it’s always going to lead you to the right place,” the Unapologetically singer said in Health’s November 2017 issue. “Everyone will have opinions, whether it’s on the age you should fall in love or how long you should date before you get married. Listening to anyone else’s rules about love, or life, isn’t fair to yourself.”

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Hannah Davis 

When we asked Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Hannah Davis in April 2016 why hubby Derek Jeter is right for her, she replied, “I think finding someone you truly don’t have to change for—not even a single part of you—makes you rise to the occasion. You want to find someone who is way better than you, or you think so. You’re like, ‘This person is gonna bring out the best in me, and I’m gonna be a way better person this year.’”

Ashley Tisdale 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes in love; they can lead you to a relationship that’s truly right. In a 2015 interview with Health, Ashley Tisdale explained how trying to make it work with an ex who was ultimately wrong for her helped her know that her husband, Chris French, was The One. “I would go over to [her ex] now and be like, ‘Thank you so much because I wouldn’t have been ready to be in this relationship [with my husband].’ It’s the harder things that make you who you are.”

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Alison Sweeney

To keep the connection strong, checking in with each other is crucial, according to Alison Sweeney. “Every year on our anniversary we have a dinner date and talk about how our relationship is going,” Sweeney said, when we asked about her plans for celebrating 15 years with husband Dave Sanov in 2015. “We kind of give each other a job evaluation, which sounds a little embarrassing! We talk about our three favorite things about the other person and then three things that we could work on.” Nothing wrong with a relationship report card!

Lindsey Vonn

There’s no way around it, breakups can suck—but the gold-medal skier reminded us in December 2015 that there’s a major silver lining to splitting. “That’s what happens with most breakups: You really look at yourself and figure out what makes you happy, and you also have a lot more free time. I’m focusing on my job—my skiing—and I’ve been working really hard. I got a new nutritionist, and I’m just doing everything I can to be in shape for this season. And it’s paying off.”

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Ashley Benson

Self-proclaimed guys’ girl Ashley Benson knows what she wants in a partner, and she wisely prizes personality. When we asked our March 2016 cover girl what it takes for a dude to make it out of the friend zone with her, she said, “He has to make me laugh, 100 percent. Be respectful. Personality is key. Likes to travel, and…I don’t really like guys who work out.” Don’t bet on Benson snapping sweaty gym selfies with an SO anytime soon.

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Find Your Perfect HIIT Routine With These Top Workout Videos

High-intensity interval training, or HIIT, is a fast-paced, high-energy workout trend that’s certainly here to stay. And considering how effective it can be, we’d say that’s a good thing.

HIIT workouts follow a pattern of full-out exercise followed by minimal recovery time, and the formula has proved to result in major body benefits. Besides burning serious calories in the process, you actually continue to burn extra calories for up to 24 hours after you’ve completed a HIIT workout, as the routine helps speed up your metabolism.

This type of workout targets more than just weight loss, though, as the quick rise in heart rate can also help boost your cardiovascular health. The fast pace and active nature of the moves strengthen the heart and may improve blood flow throughout the body.

Yet another great benefit of HIIT training? You can cut down on time spent at the gym and still get a full-body workout–or abandon the gym entirely and perform a sans-equipment HIIT workout just about anywhere. To prove how easy it is to incorporate HIIT into your workout routine, we’ve rounded up our favorite expert-led HIIT videos, so you can follow along and feel the burn fast.

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6 Things You’re Doing Wrong in Your Online Dating Profile

How popular is app and online dating in our culture these days? It’s the second most common way for opposite-sex couples to meet their significant other, and the number one way for same-sex couples to start a relationship. The pioneer of dating apps, Tinder, claims to have made 20 billion matches in 196 countries. Users swipe 1.6 billion times each day and go on more than one million dates a week.

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All this success hasn’t escaped writers and researchers like myself, who study strategies and tally statistics when it comes to what works and what doesn’t in the digital dating world. One relevant finding: Every year, the most popular day for app sign-ups is the Sunday after New Year’s Day. “Dating Sunday” will fall on January 7, 2018. But before you spend this Sunday swiping with the rest of the singles, make sure to craft a killer profile by avoiding these common mistakes.

You focus only on what you want in a partner

It’s easy to get carried away and write out a laundry list of characteristics you’re after in a match. But profiles that get noticed are the ones that clue potential dates into who you are, not just what you want in a significant other.

Use most of your profile to discuss yourself, your hobbies and interests, and your values and temperament. According to a study published in 2015, winning profiles typically used a 70:30 ratio in discussing themselves versus what they’re looking for. Successful online daters also typically employ a bit of humor and keep it light; words in popular profiles include “love,” “fun,” and “friends,” according to Match.com.

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You post unclear photos of yourself

While it’s great to put up group shots that show you have awesome friends and know how to have fun, make sure you have at least a couple photos in which you and your features are clearly identifiable.

“There is a lot of research out there about photos and which ones to choose,” says Marisa T. Cohen, PhD, psychologist and author of From First Kiss to Forever: A Scientific Approach to Love. Cohen cites one study demonstrating that women were more attracted to men displaying pride in their photos, like having their head tilted up, shoulders back, and an expanded stance. “Men were more attracted to women displaying happiness, like a big smile,” she says. 

Hint, hint: Images that show you smiling are always good, according to statistics from Tinder. People who grin in their profile photo are 14% more likely to get a right swipe; those who face forward in photos are 20% more likely to be chosen.

Your profile is too generic

You know the joke: Dating profiles posted by women all say they love brunch, friends, and fitness, while too many guys are looking for a “chill girl to enjoy craft beer with” (all while posing with a dog or fish).

Avoid the cliches and think hard about what will make you stand out from others. “Also, be sure to share something that is important to you, Cohen says. “While it’s exciting to date someone who can help us broaden our horizons, we want to know that we match when it comes to our core ideals, values, and beliefs.” Stating that you look forward to taking several major trips every year or what your religious beliefs are might turn off some people. But these specifics will attract the right people to you.

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You leave your profile incomplete

Some apps and sites, like OKCupid and Hinge, ask you to answer questions they’ve put together to improve matching. The more you answer, the better your matches will be, so don’t leave them empty. And if the written profile part on a site is more open-ended, fill it out as much as you can. Unchecked boxes or lots of extra space can make you seem disinterested in really meeting someone—or uninteresting to others.

You swipe when traffic is low

Successful online dating means checking into the site or app at times when traffic is heavy and more people are also looking and swiping. Swiping is consistently heavier on Sunday, according to data from Bumble, but low on Fridays. In addition, people typically settle in with their dating apps in the evening instead of daytime hours; 8 to 10 pm is usually peak time for usage, and a great time to message someone you’re really interested in.

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Your messages miss the mark

Once you’ve found someone you’re interested in, it’s time to contact them directly. Researchers have studied the messages that work and the ones that don’t. Open questions are best; for instance, “How was your day?” instead of, “Did you have a good day?” You want the other person to open up, so you can get a better feel for whether you should meet IRL.

In addition, mentioning something specific from the other person’s profile or photo can increase your chance of a positive response. So read their profile and respond to something in it, rather than just sending a generic “I’m so glad we matched! How was your weekend?” to every person in your queue. When you’re communicating, keep it positive. Your potential date is looking for ways to filter you out, and overt negativity leaves a memorable impression (not in your favor).

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Finally, get off the app and into real life in a reasonable time. My suggestion is to message for no longer than a day or two on the app, and then if you feel comfortable and want that date, give your phone number and move the conversation to text. Making this jump in a timely manner increases the odds that you’ll actually meet up—and find out that you’re actually super for each other.

Jenna Birch is the author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life and Love.

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