The Do-It-Yourself Checkup

We're redefining health on The Takeaway with our DIY Check Up series.  We'll ask what "healthy" means in America these days.  Is it about your quality of life, managing chronic conditions, maintaining a certain weight or diet and exercise?  We'll set priorities and pull apart the health myths that may be turning you off to the very notion of being healthy.

  • DIY Checkup: Answering Your Questions

    Aug 16, 2010
    In the course of this summer's DIY-Checkup series here on The Takeaway. We've found ways to take control of our health in simple ways.  Kate Dailey, health editor for Newsweek, has be...
  • DIY Check Up: What Do You Want to Know?

    Aug 10, 2010
    We're nearing the end of our DIY Check-up series. We've talked about everything from how to live a healthy life to how to find the perfect doctor. And now we want your suggestions: Wh...
  • DIY Check Up: When to Consider Alternative Care

    Aug 10, 2010
    According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 40 percent of Americans use some form of medicine deemed "alternative" or "complimentary" to established medicine. We discuss fo...
  • DIY Checkup: Sleep and Health

    Jul 26, 2010
    For most Americans, getting eight hours of sleep a night tends to fall into the same category as flossing and wearing sunscreen: We know it's a good idea, and we feel vaguely guilty w...
  • DIY Checkup: Assessing Your Mental Health

    Jul 19, 2010
    50 million Americans will suffer from a mental health issue this year. But only a quarter of them will seek treatment from a mental health professional. And one in three mental health...
  • DIY Checkup: Are Health Fads Good For You?

    Jul 12, 2010
    There's no shortage of trendy health fads like the "master cleanse," Acai remedies, vitamins and spring waters, but are any of these actually good for you? Newsweek health reporter Ka...
  • Chemicals in Food: A Guide to Staying Healthy

    Jul 5, 2010
    This week, we're looking at how worried people should be about exposure to toxic chemicals. Here’s the reality: there are chemicals everywhere, so trying to avoid them completely may ...