Quick Chat with ALL YOU's Health Director, Jeannie Kim

What's it like working at ALL YOU? Get a behind-the-scenes peek!

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Can you walk me through a typical day? What do you do, and what are you responsible for?
At ALL YOU, I'm responsible for overseeing all of the health, fitness, and diet content in the magazine. On a typical day, I'll start by reading the latest health headlines while I eat my breakfast at my desk (I know, eating at my desk is a terrible habit, but I try to make up for it by having something healthy, like oatmeal and fruit or a veggie omelette). Keeping up with the newest research and seeing what health experts are talking about is a really important part of my job, because I want to make sure that our readers are getting the most up-to-date information. Then most of the rest of my day is spent doing a mix of things—planning future stories, meeting with the art department to figure out the visuals for a story, meeting with other editors I supervise to talk about their stories. And, of course, editing—probably 60 percent of my day is spent polishing copy.
 
What health topics do you believe are important to the ALL YOU reader?
Maintaining or getting to a healthy weight is a big one—whether they're trying to eat healthier, exercise more (everyone loves a walking story!), or both. Our readers are definitely also concerned about managing or preventing major diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. And, of course, we all want to know how to prevent or treat those nagging everyday health problems, like headaches, stomach problems, and back pain.
 
How do stay healthy while working not one, but two full-time jobs (Kim is also the Executive Deputy Editor for Health magazine)?
It's a constant challenge to find time to exercise. I have two young children, so I usually try to squeeze in a run in the early morning before they get up or I do yoga at night after they're in bed. The more we learn about exercise, the more it seems like it really is the silver bullet for just about everything, so I've made a resolution to make it a priority. As far as diet, I aim to have at least two servings of fruits or veggies with every meal, which is a lot easier in the warmer months when our farmer's market is full of delicious, inexpensive produce. And sleep is key. I try to never go below seven hours a night. I don't do caffeine, so I need my sleep!
 
What do you love most about working at ALL YOU?
I love how passionate the readers are. When we get something wrong, we hear about it—and when we get it right, we hear about that, too! As a health editor, it's a wonderful feeling to know that what I'm doing can make a real difference in people's lives.