Feeling a little stuffy lately? You’re not alone. Cold and flu season is hitting hard this year. “I have a household full of sick children!” past cover girl Brooke Burke-Charvet told us today, as we chatted with her about her partnership with Kleenex’s Softness Worth Sharing initiative. As part of the campaign, she surprised one very lucky guy with a care package full of hand sanitizer, a blanket, Kleenex tissues and lip balm to wish them a speedy recovery (select cities can nominate someone they know at the Kleenex Facebook page to receive a similar care package). We chatted with the Dancing with the Stars host chatted on how she stays healthy in a house full of sniffles and coughing, plus how she’s doing post thyroid surgery.
What made you want to get involved with this Kleenex campaign?
As a mom, I have Kleenex tissues all over the place. Those little packs are in my car, the kids’ backpacks, everywhere. It’s really important to use great products when you’re feeling under the weather. As for this initiative, I love the sentiment of it. It’s just so thoughtful and sweet, and would really make anyone feel better faster.
How are you protecting yourself and your family this cold and flu season?
Lots of hand washing and sanitizing, that’s really my biggest thing. I make sure the kids are drinking lots of fluids and sneezing into their arms instead of on someone else. It’s tough because colds are everywhere in school, so washing their hands is really crucial. Read more
Written by Lisa Turner, editorial intern
Brooke Burke is a busy woman. Not only is she a business owner, entrepreneur and a mother of four, she is a co-host on the popular TV show Dancing With the Stars. Somehow she finds time to devote to a charity close to her heart, Operation Smile, and teamed up with Dreyer’s/Edy’s at an event in Los Angeles to give out 25,000 scoops of their slow-churned light ice cream. Luckily, she was able to dish about her involvement in the charity and her latest way to get in summer shape.
Since 2010, Burke has worked closely with the charity, hosting galas and fundraising events that have helped countless children receive life-saving surgeries.
“I’m very lucky to have healthy children,” Burke says. “When I began to learn about the program and really understand the statistics, I learned that a surgery that costs only $240 could change a child’s life. It’s something that we take for granted.”
When she’s not giving back, the TV host stays busy on the business side of life. She recently launched a line of intimates, IntiMINT, and released two new fitness DVDs (with two more on the way this summer). How does she fuel all that fitness? With healthy fare fit for the whole family, of course!
“We like to eat clean and raw, so some of my favorite summer treats are fresh fruit and veggies, and homemade frozen pops,” Burke explains. “We keep a summer supply for the kids—it’s a big hit in my household. Things like frozen berries and grapes. They’re so delicious. You just take them off the vine and pop them in the freezer.”
Written by Kate Branciforte, editorial intern
FITNESS’ January cover model, Brooke Burke, can totally relate to those suffering from early allergies this year. But the co-host of Dancing With the Stars and mother of four who wears many hats (from TV host to spokesperson to author) knows that no matter how bad her allergies get, she has to find a way to keep moving.
We caught up with Brooke to talk about how she deals with the sniffles, her involvement with Claritin and the new short comedic film she starred in for the brand. And of course, we had to chat about the current season of DWTS and get her predictions before tonight’s episode!
You looked amazing in the January FITNESS and many of our readers said they related to your lifestyle as a busy working mom. How did you feel about being on the cover?
I loved it! I’m a fan of the magazine anyway and its always important for me to be able to grace a cover like FITNESS because it’s all about health and I like what it symbolizes. I love that it’s inspiring to other women and the shoot was a blast!
How did you get involved with Claritin and this project?
I’ve always had allergies and I’ve always used Claritin. I don’t know how they knew that, but they came to me and we partnered and decided to do this short. It was really a blast to not play myself. And I do really use Claritin. I mean, I can’t really just call in sick and stay home because I’m swollen and feeling crappy!
At FITNESS we love Dancing With the Stars. What are some of your predictions for this season?
I think the men this season are a little stronger then the females, actually, but you never know! I think Jaleel White really surprised everyone but they also said Katherine Jenkins looked borderline pro. But I really liked Donald Driver, the NFL superstar, but his scores weren’t as high as I thought they might be after seeing him perform!
If you could see anyone on the show next season, who would it be?
I’d love to see Suzanne Somers. She’d be great! Oscar De La Hoya would also be really amazing. I’ve always wanted to see him. It was rumored that Paula Deen was supposed to dance this season but I don’t know what happened with that. But I think Suzanne would be great!
Just because we’re dying to know…Is Maksim Chmerkovskiy as cute in person as he is on TV?
Oh gosh, last show, when he came out shirtless with his abs popping and all tan? Yeah, he’s really cute! And Maks’ brother Val is really cute too!
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- Look Like Brooke: Brooke Burke’s Workout
- 5 Seasonal Allergy Remedies
- Dancing With the Stars Pro Chelsie Hightower Dishes on the New Cast
You picture celebrities shaping up post-baby or before a big role in a fancy personal gym, right? But certain down-to-earth stars (including our January cover girl Brooke Burke) sweat with the masses at popular group fitness classes. One favorite: JAM, or Juicy Athletic Moves, created by choreographer, group fitness instructor and physiologist Neda Soderqvist. JAM combines dance, strength and plyometrics, and is taken by an eclectic mix of individuals, including athletes, stay-at-home moms, Oscar-worthy actresses (Mira Sorvino and Minnie Driver) and music chart-toppers (Pink, who came to class seven months pregnant!).
“The message of the class is to be happy, not just skinny,” Soderqvist says. “You feel like you’re in a music video, and it’s a great workout! Brooke [Burke] came up to me after class and said ‘I won Dancing With the Stars and trained eight hours a day, but after this class, I have to go home and sleep!’”
In town to choreograph a Jamba Juice event—dancing bananas were involved—Sodeqvist took us through a few of the moves her celebrity clients love.
- Begin with weight on left foot and arms at sides. Shift weight to right foot, popping right hip out, while lifting left hand to head and placing right hand on right hip (1A).
- Keeping a quick pace, shift weight back to left foot, popping left hip out and lifting left arm in front of body and right arm behind.
- Repeat hip shifting and arm motions for 30 seconds, switch sides and repeat.
Standing Chest Press
- With knees slightly bent and hips tilted back, lift arms to chest height with elbows pointing away from your body (2).
- Push hips forward while punching both arms in front of your chest, keeping core engaged throughout the move.
More from FITNESS:
- Glee Star Heather Morris’ Dance and Martial Arts Workout
- How Britney Spears Got Her Body Back
- Belly-Dance Away Ab Flab
1/23/12 EDITORS’ UPDATE: We’ve selected the five lucky winners and contacting them via email. Thank you for participating!
By now you’ve checked out Brooke Burke’s interview and awesome workout in the January issue. Maybe you even asked her a question during our live Facebook chat! Well, we have one more goodie up our sleeve: We’re giving five lucky Fit Stop readers a copy of her DVD, Transform Your Body with Brooke Burke: Tone & Tighten!
To enter to win, all you have to do is leave a comment below! It can be your name, you can leave a message for Brooke, tell us your favorite part of the interview…anything! The five winners will be chosen randomly and for official rules, click here.
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