Kristen Bell Talks About Acting, Health Advice, and the Children of Uganda
The Gossip Girl narrator and star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall can't forget the little ones orphaned in this war-torn African country.
What are your charitable goals for the future?
I hope to be working with Invisible Children for a long time. And I know
that once they end this 20-year war, which I think they will, then we would
find another place where kids are unseen and need a voice.
What is the best health advice that anyone has ever given you?
My mom is a nurse, and she shared a lot of information with me at an early
age. When I was 11, I wanted to be a vegetarian, because I never liked meat.
And I think the best health advice my mom gave me was that I could do whatever
I wanted, I just need to know what I was risking and what I needed. So she made
me do research on what kind of vitamins and minerals I would be lacking, and
how I could get them. A lot of vegetarians tend to just eat bread and pasta and
not realize that they need zinc or iron. You usually just worry about protein,
but that’s not the only thing you’re lacking. So I’m able to be a really
healthy vegetarian because she educated me.
What do you do for relaxation?
Sit in a giant pile of dogs at my house. My cuddle time with my dogs
invigorates me beyond belief. That and spending time with my friends one on
one. The Los Angeles lifestyle tends to get very fast-paced. Sometimes sitting
down and taking a deep breath is all the relaxation that I need.
Of the five senses, which do you value most and why?
Touch, because there’s nothing like a really good hug.
What’s your best health habit? Your worst?
My best is that I’m very active. I love being outside, and going hiking with
my dogs. And not only does it make my body feel good, but it makes my mind feel
good. Unfortunately that also allows me to indulge when I want to eat half of a
cake, and I don’t have a lot of willpower in that department.
What is your personal health philosophy?
A lot of the stuff that I do is ingrained in me because of my mom. So just
being aware of new medical studies, and not sinking into old habits. So much
new medical information comes out each month. And when my mom has to renew her
nursing license, she always shares new information with me. So I think keeping
up to date is really important.
I also think that as much as I trust hospitals, I know how busy they can
get. So I truly believe and would advise people to talk to the hospital
advocate if they’re not feeling like they’re getting the treatment they deserve
-- or if they want to feel more informed about having a surgery.