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Personal Best: Hayden Panettiere

The actress and singer shares her healthy-living habits.
By Stephanie Stephens
WebMD Magazine - Feature
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

When ABC's new drama and music series "Nashville" premieres Oct. 10, viewers will meet Juliette Barnes, played by actor, model, and singer Hayden Panettiere. The network describes her character as "sexy, sassy," with "trouble written all over her." Panettiere, now 23, began acting at age 11 months and has worked in television and film ever since. She's probably best known as cheerleader Claire Bennet in NBC's hit science fiction drama, "Heroes."

Recently, she's been in the film" Scream 4," has appeared in Lifetime's "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," and has lent her voice to Alpha and Omega and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil. Panettiere is also a spokeswoman for The Whaleman Foundation (www.whaleman.org) dedicated to protecting the ocean world.

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Hayden Panettiere's Stress Reducer

"When I'm stressed and need to reset, I love to have a glass of white wine and watch The Food Network, especially the series "Chopped." For me, though, cooking is a big process with all that shopping -- I see those chefs running from one end of the store to another with their lists. I'm a terrible shopper."

Hayden's Workout Wisdom

"If my brain says, 'I have to go work out now,' I'll talk myself out of it in 5 seconds. We're on set all day long, running around on our feet, so that's really helpful. In off time, I like to swim, not laps, but just treading water when I'm having a good conversation with friends. And I'll take the stairs instead of an elevator. Anything that elongates the body -- like yoga or Pilates -- works well."

Hayden's Go-To Food

"I always have to have Chicken & Stars soup on hand. Also raspberries and strawberries, and eggs -- hard boiled, scrambled, I love them. I find any random kind of vegetable, chop it up, steam it, maybe sauté a bit, and dump it into my eggs."

Hayden's Book Love

"A good book is the best, and I can cruise through it super-fast. Now I'm reading the third volume of the Fifty Shades  of Grey trilogy—Fifty Shades Freed."

Hayden's Beauty Advice

"Keep yourself healthy and your skin will look that way, too. Take off your makeup at night -- don't wake up with the same makeup you had on yesterday. It really clogs your pores."

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Reviewed on August 14, 2012

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