America continues to struggle with its weight. And then some.

Adult obesity rates rose sharply in half a dozen states last year, according to newly released data from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Their latest annual report on the subject, now called the State of Obesity (it used to be F as in Fat), shows that 20 states have adult obesity rates at or above 30 percent, 43 states have rates of at least 25 percent and every state is above 20 percent, with Colorado the trimmest at 21 percent.

As recently as 2007, only Mississippi, long America's chubbiest state, had an adult obesity rate above 30 percent; and in 1991 no state was above 20 percent. Though the rates of increase in obesity are slowing, no state has reversed theirs, the report notes. It also identifies six states -- Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wyoming -- where the rates increased significantly last year.

As other studies have shown, obesity is increasing fastest among the poor and minorities. All but one of the states in the ranking of the ten most obese is a Southern state.

Southerners have some of the most limited access to healthy food among all Americans and the least means to buy it; they also have the least opportunities to exercise outdoors, and the heat discourages them from doing so.

By Diana Gerstacker
TheActiveTimes.com

At first thought, living longer may seem like a complete blessing. Who wouldn't want more time in a life that is so short and unpredictable? Who wouldn’t be grateful for those extra years?

Certainly living a long, healthy life is something that everyone wants, but that kind of longevity doesn’t just happen by accident. People that live to 120+ years old seem to have struck a magical balance between quality genetics and very healthy habits, which is why they are often the subject of research, media attention and admiration.

While you can’t do anything to change your genetic makeup, there are a few things you can do to lengthen your life. We’ve taken a look at some of the research on health and longevity to find a few of the most essential tips for living to a ripe old age, while giving yourself the best shot at health in those last few years.

A popular quote by Abraham Lincoln states, "in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” We say, why can’t you have it all? Read on to see the 11 scientifically proven tips to help you live to 100.

By Diana Gerstacker
TheActiveTimes.com

A backpack is more than just a container to store and tote your gear -- a backpack is a symbol of adventure. These packs allow us the opportunity to explore without weighing us down.

Backpacks go where other bags can’t -- up mountains, through deep woods and out on the water. These amazing packs are the first choice for many travelers, athletes and school kids for their style and functionality. Everyone needs to take along their gear, whether it be crampons or crayons, backpacks are the ultimate adventure bag.

With the beginning of the school year just around the corner, we sought out the best backpacks that will handle everything from books to trekking gear. The packs on our list are versatile, top-of-the-line bags that will hold up through any adventure but won't break the bank. If you're looking to take on that next big peak or simply organize your technology for travel, take a look at the backpacks on our list.

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In case you weren't aware, your butt is pretty amazing. It helps your body stay upright, enables you to power through workouts, and looks fantastic when squeezed into a pair of skinny jeans, just sayin'. That's why it's so important for you to know how to get the most out of your glutes, the muscles in your posterior. Read on for all the crazy details.

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By Katie Rosenbrock
TheActiveTimes.com

Wouldn't it be nice if you could get fit and stay healthy without having to put in any effort?

I think we can all agree; it would be so nice. That's why health and wellness brands love marketing their products as cure-alls and quick fixes. "Our thing is finally the answer you've been looking for. It will solve all your problems in just 10 days!"

What they don't want you to know though, is that there's no such thing as a quick fix or a cure-all. To get fit, to stay healthy, you have to put in the work. You have to exercise. You have to eat right. There's no way around it.

However, it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we sometimes make it out to be. In fact, it can actually be fun and enjoyable. Seriously! Plus, if you're deliberate about your plan, there are things you can do -- like choosing certain exercises that are new and exciting -- that will maximize your results without making you feel like you’re a slave to the gym.

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For example, an exercise like rowing might be just the thing you need to spice up your routine or spark a new exercise habit. It is by no means a quick fix or a cure all to your exercise issues, but there is a long list of reasons why it just may be one of the best forms of exercise you can devote your precious time to.

A workout on the rower combines both cardio and strength training so that your entire body, both inside and out, is put to the test in one short (but also sweaty) period of time.

Like I said, you're going to have to put in at least some work, but including rowing workouts in your exercise routine can help you cut down on the amount of time you spend exercising while still allowing you to reap all the amazing health benefits.

Maybe I sound a little bit like those health and wellness brand marketers I was talking about before; the only difference is that all these claims about rowing are true. Not convinced yet? Think it will be boring?

Hold your skepticism off for just a few more minutes and hear me out. Before you completely dismiss the idea, check out the following ten reasons -- developed with the help of CityRow’s program director, Annie Mulgrew -- why rowing just may be the best cardio workout ever.

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Robin Williams, the comedian and Oscar-winning actor who was found dead Monday from an apparent suicide, grew up in the Bay Area and was a big fan of the San Francisco Giants. He also had interactions with legendary athletes, including Muhammad Ali, Shaquille O'Neal and Yogi Berra, through show business and charitable efforts:

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