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Fred Corpuz runs about 2,500 miles a year, or the distance between here and Los Angeles, Calif. And at 64 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down.

Corpuz, an Ohio native who now calls Hilton Head home, will lace up his sneakers for yet another challenge this month during the 10th annual Hilton Head Half Marathon, 10K and 5K race on Feb. 11.

Last year, Corpuz placed first in his age group with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes. Corpuz hopes for a repeat, although this race is just one of many he’s competed in over the past 30 years. He has run 20 full marathons, with a personal best of 2 hours, 40 minutes. He’s also competed in “15 or 20” half marathons.

We recently chatted with Corpuz between runs to see what keeps him going and what advice he might have for those of us who are less acquainted with crossing the finish line.

Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, yams, corn on the cob, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie, family awkwardness — there are just so many reasons to gorge yourself on the fourth Thursday of each November.

In the words of portly comedian Kevin James, “Thanksgiving, man. Not a good day to be my pants.”

James isn’t alone. We are a nation of overeaters. According to World Health Organization surveys taken between 2000 and 2008, two-thirds of Americans are too fat, and the numbers on the scale keep going up. Inside one of the world’s fattest countries, South Carolina is one of the fattest states.

The Palmetto State ranks eighth nationally in terms of its percentage of obese adults (30.9 percent), according to a report recently released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Those statistics suggest the turkey won’t be the only thing getting stuffed around here this Thanksgiving.

OK, couch potatoes: Training sessions are now under way to help you prepare for a new breast cancer fundraiser: LoCoMotion, a three-day, 30-mile walk/run through Old Town Bluffton and the beaches of Hilton Head. The inaugural event takes place Sept. 30-Oct. 2. More details at www.carolinacups.org.

  • Free classes will be held Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings this summer; you don’t have to be registered for the LoCo Motion walk to train.
  • Beaufort: Beaufort Memorial Life Fit Wellness, 843-522-5637
  • Bluffton: Palmetto Running Company, 843-815-1718
  • Hilton Head: Hilton Head Hospital (Tuesdays), 843-689-8280; Coligny Beach with LoCo Boot Camp (Saturdays),843-540-3064


If you’re planning on hitting the beach or the pool a lot this summer, don’t forget to bring protection: Your hair conditioner.


Making a summer fashion statement isn’t solely wrapped around your waist as a sarong while wearing the trendiest swimsuit.

0610_summerfun_waterdmbLooking for exercise this summer? Wake up at 5 a.m., throw your running shoes on, stretch and pound the pavement around your neighborhood. Yes, that’s right. Five o’clock in the morning.

More people are going under the needle for minimally invasive surgeries

trends in surgeryFrom high heels to hair products, everyone is trying their best to look good on a budget — even when it comes to cosmetic surgery.

According to a national procedural statistics report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), minimally invasive procedures such as Botox were up 5 percent from 2007 to 2008. The top five surgical procedures of 2008, according to the ASPS, were breast augmentation, nose reshaping, liposuction, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks.

During harder economic times, more patients might not be able to afford the more permanent surgeries, but they are still finding a way to get that beauty fix using minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. The top five in 2008 were Botox that can diminish facial fine lines and wrinkles, hyaluronic acid fillers to plump the lips or soften facial creases, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion, a skin rejuvenation technique.

Dress your little black dress up or down for holiday parties, New Year's Eve and other special events.


Holiday Office Party

This black dress by Mossoni is found at The Porcupine
in The Village at Wexford. Add black tights and a bag for
a sophisticated look. All accessories on this page can
be found at The Porcupine.

New year’s Eve

Go glam for 2010 with an updo and a simple clutch. Long, striking earrings and a cool cuff complete a show-stopping style that is fun and confident.

Dress by Mossoni Dress by Mossoni

Necklace and ring by VSA, Virgins Saints and Angels
Silver purse by Lockheart
Black heels with bows by Stuart Weitzman

Silver star earrings by Ben Amun; Pave cuff by Jill Jacobson
Clutch by Franchi
Black-and-silver pumps with open toes by Cynthia Vincent

This black sleeveless dress by Robin Jordan, New York, is available at Palmettoes in the Sea Pines Center and is paired with a gold-and-black checked jacket by Anthracite, New York. A black jacket with ribbon design by Anthracite, New York will keep you warm outside during a chilly night. Then once at your party, you can take the jacket off to reveal the classic, sexy black dress underneath. Find all items on this page at Palmettoes.
This black sleeveless dress by Robin Jordan, New York, is available at Palmettoes in the Sea Pines Center and is paired with a gold-and-black checked jacket by Anthracite, New York. dress by Robin Jordan
Gold hoop earrings by Selina King, Hilton Head and New York
Gunmetal mirror Calf shoes with heel by Via Spiga, Italy
Baroque pearls by Karen Carroll, Hilton Head Island and Atlanta
Black satin pumps by Claudia Ciuti, Italy

How to Stay in Shape Like the First FamilyTHE NEWLY INSTALLED FIRST FAMILY IS YOUNG, vibrant and inspirational for millions of Americans to get active. What are some of the Obamas’ favorite fitness activities and how can you stay in shape like the newest residents of the White House?

The first, and perhaps biggest, step is to make time — to get up and to get moving. The president and first lady show that even with a very busy schedule, you can find the time to stay fit and healthy. Make a date on your calendar to work out and keep it. Participate in a variety of activities to keep it interesting and work out with a friend or family member so you can motivate each other.

Tips to Staying Fit All Year LongLosing weight is challenging. In fact, only 28 percent of people vowing to lose weight were successful, according to one study from the United Kingdom. Dedication and a few healthy tricks learned from the pros can be the key to successful weight loss.

Nutritionist, personal trainer and health educator Cynthia Sass believes that traditional diets of low-calorie — and often low-taste — foods can leave dieters feeling  hungry and unsatisfied. In her New York Times best-selling book “Flat Belly Diet,” Sass offers several easy guidelines to help you stick to your weight-loss goals to become healthier and happier.