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LIer Jen Selter, social media sensation, lands in Vanity Fair, talks fitness

Social media sensation and Long Island native Jen

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There’s more behind social media fitness sensation Jennifer Selter than just a carefully sculpted figure.

For Selter, 20, of Roslyn, who will be appearing in this month’s edition of Vanity Fair, the grueling daily workout routine -- and hundreds of selfies it’s produced -- is all about positively influencing the lives of others.

“My passion in life is inspiring others,” said Selter,...

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Year of Awareness: Autism

Michele Iallonardi speaks to her son Jackson, 12,

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As a young elementary school teacher in her early 20s, Michele Iallonardi’s knowledge of autism was limited.

“What I knew about autism back then was like, your kid seems fine and then all of a sudden, they have autism.”

For Iallonardi, that limited understanding changed suddenly when her son Jackson was diagnosed with autism; he was just 2 years old.

“At around 12 months, I brought...

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Long Island Olympians talk training, fitness and nutrition

Aidan Kelly, left, John Daly, center, and Matthew

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Sixteen years ago, a vision became clear for Long Island Olympian Matthew Mortensen -- if he was going to succeed in the luge, strength and conditioning was going to become an essential part of his life.

Mortensen, a Huntington Station resident and a sergeant in the United States Army National Guard, entered the U.S. Luge's development program in 1998 -- a preparatory program designed to train...

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Vacation pre-tanning: Does it really help prevent burning?

Self-tanners don't provide any real protection against burns

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As schools let out for spring break and families head to warmer, more tropical beach locales, a popular question arises in pre-vacation planning: to tan or not to tan?

Something of an urban legend, getting a "base tan" before vacation is said, by some, to help you reduce the risk of burning once you are basking in the sun.

The Daily Apple set out to find out whether the idea is based...

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Oralair, new hay fever medication, approved by FDA

Oralair, recently approved by the FDA, cuts symptoms

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Attention all hay fever sufferers: relief may now be as simple as dissolving a tablet under your tongue once a day.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new medication, Oralair, to treat hay fever caused by certain grass pollens in people ages 10 through 65.

Containing a freeze-dried mixture of  Kentucky bluegrass, orchard, perennial ryegrass, Sweet vernal grass...

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Living with autism: Share your experience

As April is Autism Awareness month -- and

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Are you a person living with autism, or a caregiver to a child or adult with the disorder? No matter what your connection to autism is, if you have a story you'd like to share, we'd love to hear it.

April is Autism Awareness month -- and The Daily Apple will highlight the cause in this month's installment of our Year of Awareness series. Reports show that autism spectrum disorder is estimated...

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Ashanti talks health, fitness as new album 'Braveheart' is released

Glen Cove native Ashanti recently released her new

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When Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Glen Cove native Ashanti Douglas’s 2003 album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it launched her into the limelight. And just like that, Ashanti became part of the celebrity world where health and fitness are not just well meaning goals, but an essential part of the lifestyle.

To get ready for the beach scenes that dominated the music videos...

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Year of awareness: Multiple sclerosis

Robin D'Andrea, 42, talks about living with multiple

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When Robin D’Andrea woke up blind in her left eye just months after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, she thought she needed new contacts.

Her doctor had failed to warn her about temporary blindness or any of the other serious and often concerning ways the disease could affect her body.

“Nobody had ever told me that MS was a disease of the central nervous system, so everything...

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Tequila ingredient aids in weight loss, study says

K Pacho Cocina and Tequila in New Hyde

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Break out the shot glasses, it looks like National Tequila Day may be coming early.

At a recent meeting of the American Chemical Society, a study was presented that shows  that agavin, a sweetener created from the same plant used to make tequila, possesses a number of health benefits.

Researchers found that agavins can help lower blood glucose levels for those suffering from type...

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Timeflies band members talk balancing health and fitness with music career

Cal Shapiro, left, and Rob Resnick bonded over

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Cal Shapiro and Rob Resnick bonded over a love of music when they met in college. The duo went on to start their band Timeflies, which performed at Lollapalooza in 2013, and now finds that another common interest adds to their success.

Shapiro, 25, and Resnick, 24, both rank health and fitness as a priority and push each other to achieve their goals despite busy schedules.

Shapiro, a...

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