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10 Hot Message Board Topics This Week


As you may have heard, along with the redesigned look of the LIVESTRONG.COM homepage, we recently launched a new discussion area called Conversations. Think of this as your 24/7 support community! You'll find discussion areas for Lose WeightQuit Smoking, Track Food DailyBe Fit, Food & Recipes, Reader-Recommended Gear, and Site Feedback. Within the forums, we also made updates to the design and added features, making it easier for you to talk with each other and with us.

That's right - with us too. The LIVESTRONG.COM team has been learning, sharing, and supporting as part of the Conversations forums. And did I mention learning? As part of our job, we spend most of our day reading studies and writing articles, but now we're learning more about our readers, our community, and their health and fitness successes, setbacks, advice, and questions. The community is a wealth of knowledge, motivation, and support.

Here are our top 10 favorite discussion threads of the past week - (I hope you find them as helpful and motivating as we did!):

1. Is CrossFit right for you? 

2. Is Truvia sweetener healthy? 

3. Can protein shakes help your performance?

4. How to cook your best Thanksgiving turkey yet. 

5. Is coconut oil healthy?

6. Which heart rate monitor is best?

7. Any barefoot runners out there? What are your thoughts and experiences? 

8. What are some healthy alternatives to chocolate?

9. How do you keep your ears warm when you run?

10. Share tips on ways to "protect your quit" when around other smokers.

Check them out and please chime on in on the conversations if you have an opinion or thought on a topic being discussed. If you have a burning fitness or nutrition question, go ahead and start your own discussion thread as well.

Also, be sure to enter the 4 contests we have going on:

1. Healthy Cooks Challenge
Are you comfortable straying from a recipe or whipping up a kitchen creation all your own? Do you like to eat healthy? If you answered "yes," enter LIVESTRONG.COM's first-ever Healthy Cooks Challenge monthly contest for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card.

2. Reader-Recommended Gear (TO POST MONDAY NOVEMBER 4th at noon PT)
Do you have a favorite piece of fitness gear or apparel that you think all health enthusiasts should know about? Enter LIVESTRONG.COM's first-ever Reader-Recommended Gear weekly contest, and share a review of your "gotta-have-it" gadget, gear, shoe or clothing for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card.

3. "Before" and "After "Contest
Do you have an inspiring weight loss transformation story you'd like to share? Enter LIVESTRONG.COM's first-ever "Before" and "After” monthly contest for a chance to win a $100 VISA gift card.

4. I'm A Quitter Contest
Have you successfully quit smoking? Enter LIVESTRONG.COM's first-ever “I’m a Quitter” monthly contest for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. To enter, share your story and a picture that encapsulates your success.


Kelly Plowe is a nutritionist and food and health communications specialist. As a registered dietitian and certified Sports Dietitian, Kelly helps consumers put health and nutrition research into practice. She believes diet is at the center of a healthy and fulfilling life and is dedicated to helping others be their best, starting with a healthy diet and active lifestyle. Kelly lives in Los Angeles with her fiancé and their bulldog, Sunny. She is an avid runner and CrossFit enthusiast. Living in SoCal, Kelly spends most of her free time outside ocean swimming, riding her beach cruiser and going to music concerts. 

Follow Kelly on Twitter at @kellyplowe and on Instagram. You can also add her on Google+ or visit her website,

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