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Victoria Willens

Writer & Editor

Location icon United States

Currently working as a copy editor for a cybersecurity company, I have a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Since graduating in 2013, I've held positions as a copy editor for a local newspaper in Chautauqua, N.Y., as a staff writer for a newspaper in Montgomery County, P.A., and as an editorial aide for Prevention Magazine. I also have experience writing and editing for regional, general interest, and health publications.

I'm a big fan of AP Style, grammar, and Oxford commas.

Portfolio

Fitness

Men's Health
07/25/2014
Coming Soon: A Fitness Tracker That Shocks You When You Slack Off

If you've ever struggled with workout motivation (and seriously, who hasn't?) a new fitness band is here to help. Scheduled to be released next year, the band will jolt you with an electric shock whenever you step out of line. Yes, you read that right-jolt you. With electricity.

Prevention
Lower Your Risk Of Parkinson's By 43%

Photo credit: BLOOM image/Getty Images There are plenty of reasons to exercise-it helps keep your little black dress "little" and boosts your energy as much as a cup of coffee. And here's one more: New research published in the journal Brain found that even a "medium amount" of physical activity can significantly lower your risk of Parkinson's disease.

Prevention
01/06/2015
8 Amazing Ab Exercises You Haven't Tried

We put together this roundup of ridiculously effective core-toning moves that you haven't already done a zillion and one times. They'll freshen up your routine and help you see results even faster. If you want to...

Prevention
12/22/2014
6 Simple Moves To Ease Sciatica

Lie face-down and bend your knees so your heels are right under your knees. Take your hands to the front of your thighs, slide them to the root of the leg where it meets your pelvis, and push the heel of each hand into the bottom of the leg bone.

Prevention
11/18/2014
Find The Best Walking Workout For Your Personality

It's no secret that what gets one person to exercise isn't necessarily going to work for the next. To make finding the right type for your personality (or numerous moods; we're all too complex to fall into just one category, wouldn't you agree?), we've rounded up the best walking workouts for whichever person you feel like being today.

Prevention
02/24/2015
How Much Exercise Is Too Much Exercise When It Comes To Your Bones?

Hoping to end the confusion, researchers in this new study checked bone mineral density in more than 12,000 adults, concentrating on the hips and lumbar spine-two of the most common spots for fractures-and also asked participants how much exercise they got in a typical week.

Prevention
03/17/2015
11 Ways To Make Yoga Easier At Every Size

For example, forward folds can be hard when you've got curves, says Lentz. It can also be difficult to put weight on your hands and knees-or even get down on the floor and back up-when you're carrying a few extra pounds. "But every pose can be modified so that it works for your body," says Lentz.

Prevention
04/28/2015
The #1 Mistake You're Making With Hot Yoga

MORE: The Surprising Way Gentle Yoga Can Help You Lose Serious Weight These study participants never got to the point of heat illness (a broad term for illnesses like heat exhaustion and the more serious heat stroke) but that's probably because they were regular Bikram yoga practitioners, says Bryant.

Prevention
10/24/2014
10 Moves For A Perkier Butt

Get the tight, perky backside you want with these 10 super effective workout moves.

Prevention
09/18/2014
The Completely Natural, Science-Backed Migraine Solution

While doctors often recommend aerobic exercise for less frequent and intense migraines, for some people, all that moving around can actually trigger the pain and even make it worse. Yoga is a gentle alternative, which, according to the study authors, may help improve migraine occurrence and symptoms by quieting the nervous system.

Prevention
03/31/2015
How To Lower Your Chances Of Becoming Depressed By 60%

MORE: 6 Natural Remedies For Depression Worth Trying When Sui matched the women's fitness results to their responses on mental health questionnaires, she found that women in the lowest fitness level were 59% more likely to be depressed than those at the highest fitness level, regardless of their weight.

Prevention
The Only 3 Moves You Need For Strong, Sculpted Shoulders

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but roughly 70% of us will experience a shoulder injury at some point in our lives. Luckily, there's an easy way to prevent it and get great shoulders at the same time: A recent study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has uncovered the three simple moves that are most effective at keeping your shoulders healthy, strong, and toned.

Prevention
09/22/2014
You're Just 30 Seconds Away From Becoming A Better Runner

If you're a dedicated runner, you've probably got quads of steel. But to run farther and faster, it's just as important to strengthen your hamstrings, according to a new study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Why? It all comes down to your running economy, or how efficiently your body uses oxygen.

Prevention
09/29/2014
The Workout That's Proven To Protect Your Memory

In the quest to keep dementia and Alzheimer's out of your future, you're probably already doing what you can to get plently of sleep and exercise, both proven ways to protect your brain. Now a new study offers up one more tool to add to your anti-aging brain plan: gentle yoga.

Health

Men's Health
05/21/2015
Is Pot Making You Insane?

You might want to put down your bong before you forget how to fire it up: Heavy marijuana use can mess with your brain, finds a new study from Spain. Researchers used word tests to assess the memory recall of regular smokers-those who had an average of 5 joints a day for the last 2 years-and people who toked up fewer than 50 times in their lives.

Prevention
02/03/2015
The Breakfast Food That Helps You Eat 31% Less At Lunch

Just as researchers had predicted, the people who ate oatmeal were less hungry throughout the morning and ate about 31% fewer calories at lunch-despite being given the same number of calories at breakfast as the corn flakes group, says study author Allan Geliebter, PhD, a research psychologist at Mount Sinai St.

Prevention
03/17/2015
The 10-Second Trick To Never Gain Weight

While this study looked at teenagers, Bleich says all of us could benefit from picturing the sweat we'd have to expel to zero out those empty calories. And we have to agree. One measly cookie doesn't seem like a smart trade for a 2-hour walk on the treadmill.

Prevention
09/04/2014
The 8 Worst Foods To Eat At Night

According to Jamie Koufman, MD, a New York City laryngologist who has been studying and treating the condition for about 30 years, nearly 50% of Americans have silent reflux and don't know it.

Men's Health
05/18/2015
The Staggering Smoking Stat You Almost Can't Believe

It isn't exactly breaking news that smoking is bad for you. But the extent of its damage is shocking: A whopping 2 out of every 3 smokers will die from lighting up, according to estimates from new Australian research.

Men's Health
04/05/2015
Why You Shouldn't Go Clothes Shopping on an Empty Stomach

If you head to the supermarket hungry, there's a good chance you'll come back with a cart packed with salty snacks. But shopping on an empty stomach can also make you buy more non-food products-everything from office supplies to clothing, according to new research from the University of Minnesota.

Prevention
09/19/2014
More Than Half Of Cancer Deaths Can Be Prevented, Finds A New Report

Here's some sobering news: The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) predicts more than 585,000 Americans will die of cancer in 2015. And half of those deaths could have been avoided with just a few lifestyle changes. The 2014 edition of the AACR's annual report-released earlier today-attributes about one-third of next year's cancer deaths to tobacco use (that's almost 200,000 people).

Men's Health
06/12/2015
How Eating One Apple Could Help You Eat Healthier for a Week

Snack smart before you fill your cart: Eating just one piece of fruit prior to grocery shopping could save you from buying high-calorie junk, finds new research from Cornell University. In the study, people who ate apples before they shopped bought 28 percent more produce than consumers who had cookies.

Community

Thereporteronline
Upper Gwynedd two-vehicle crash sends three people to the hospital

UPPER GWYNEDD A woman and two children were transported to Abington Health Lansdale Hospital with potential injuries after a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Route 202 and Welsh Road, according to Sgt. Townsend of the Upper Gwynedd Police Department. The accident took place in the middle of the intersection behind the Wawa and was called in at 11:48 a.m.

Thereporteronline
Seventy years later, a local veteran remembers D-Day

LOWER GWYNEDD - On June 6, 1944, Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, an invasion that would eventually lead to victory in the war. Thousands of men were killed in the invasion, and of those that survived, few remain alive today. One of th

Thereporteronline
Local kids raise money for childhood cancer research

When she was 4, Alexandra Scott began holding lemonade stands to raise money for childhood cancer research. Unfortunately, Scott lost her own battle with cancer four years later, but her family continued to hold lemonade stands to honor her wish that no child have to go through the same pain.

Education

The Reporter
02/28/2014
Local school districts weigh in on Gov. Corbett's budget proposal

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett spoke in Harrisburg earlier in the month about his proposed 2014-15 budget, a large portion of which would go to education funding. He is proposing $12.01 billion in state funding for early, basic and postsecondary education, according to the state's website, which is a 3.3 percent increase from last year's budget.

Thereporteronline
More changes to come to school lunches

Come September, students in the North Penn School District will notice some changes to their school lunches. These changes are part of the United States Department of Agriculture's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The act, signed by President Obama in 2010, created new nutrition standards for school districts in an attempt to combat childhood obesity.

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