It’s Your Body: How to Take Charge of the Thing That Matters Most

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The body has become a political, economic, and cultural battleground. Big pharma, agribusiness, the health care industry, and the political right try to shape the choices we have about our health and our bodies. Here are ways we can take charge.






New Visions

Solving today's big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.

Feet photo by Julie Urban

Why Your Health is Bigger Than Your Body

The new science that explains how politics, economics, and ecology can help or hurt our bodies, and how we can fix an unhealthy world.

PLUS: "The church says: The body is a sin.
Science says: The body is a machine.
Advertising says: The body is a business.
The body says: I am a fiesta."
—Eduardo Galeano



The Hazards of Being a Tough Guy

How “tough guys” and “real men” put their bodies at risk to cover up pain and vulnerability.

Just the Facts: Poverty, Obesity, and Diabetes

How to fight diabetes with better policy—and cut your own diabetes risk by 93 percent.

World and Community

New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth's living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?


Detroit's Good Food Cure

What happens when the Motor City transforms itself into the capital of grow-your-own food. By

PHOTO ESSAY: Urban Farms Break Through Concrete


6 Ways Communities Put Health First

From play space for kids to AIDS activism: the fight against disease goes grassroots.


Online Tools to Help Your Doctor Listen Up

Online tools help patients communicate better with their doctors.

Eve Ensler in Congo photo by Lane Hartwell

Eve Ensler: Freedom Starts With a "V"

The “Vagina Monologues” author on why knowing your body can shake up the world.

PLUS: Widespread War on Reproductive Rights

The Power of One

Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today's world.


Tribe Revives Traditional Diet

In a handful of berries, a reminder of our cultural roots.

A Graceful Exit: Taking Charge at the End of Life

How can we break the silence about what happens when we're dying?


Fathering on the Frontlines

What I really want to tell my daughters about autonomy and sex, in the midst of a war on women.

Breaking Open

Humor, storytelling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.

9 Simple Steps for Better Health

Laughter, the arts, touch, sleep. What you can do in your everyday life to improve your health.

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Human Estuary photo by Richard Tibbetts

Your Body is a Body of Water

A storyteller asks what you’d do if you knew your body was part of the water web.

Antoine photo courtesy of Sins Invalid

Speaking for All Bodies (Not Just the Perfect Ones)

Theater troupe Sins Invalid celebrates the sensuality of all bodies—not just the “perfect” ones.

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