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Katie Couric Makes Health Headlines

The CBS Evening News anchor is committed to broadcasting her passion for prevention, new research, and resources.

Healthy Attitude continued...

Admittedly, Couric, who turned 50 in January, is no health nut (and never met a cookie she didn't like), but she tries to stay healthy and exercise, including practicing yoga. When it comes to feeling good, though, her trump card is sleep. "Sleep is very underrated," she says. "I love to sleep and try to make sure I'm getting enough. Ideally, it's eight hours but I could sleep 10." If she doesn't get enough sleep or misses a workout, Couric doesn't beat herself up. "If I eat two cupcakes I say, 'Whoops,' but I don't feel bad about it for two days."

She also says she doesn't get stressed out (except the kind on which she thrives). Certainly, there are stressful times -- in January she was doing a 60 Minutes interview with singer Nora Jones and realized she had only 20 minutes to make it downtown to interview Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. No small task in New York City. (She made it.)

And she is definitely concerned about her daughters, already thinking about when her 11- and 15-year-old should be screened for colon cancer, given that their father had the disease. But Couric doesn't want to become obsessive about their health, or her own. Every night, the three of them eat dinner together after the broadcast.

"I want to set a good example for them, and I want to stay healthy for them," she says. "Modern medicine is truly remarkable, and if you take preventive measures -- including mammograms, colonoscopies, cholesterol checks -- you are your own best advocate. You have to make sure you'll be around as long as possible for the people who depend on you and the people you love."

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Reviewed on February 09, 2007

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