Lara Parpan

Growing up, Lara was the last to be picked for a team in games of patintero or agawan base, but that didn’t traumatize her from taking up sports later in life. A gym rat since she was 25, she took up slalom skiing at 29, wakeboarding at 31, running at 37, doing marathons at 41, and triathlons at 42. All these, even as she dances Thursday or Friday nights away. Still on her bucket list—ballroom dancing and kite surfing! 

Lara is the Editor-in-Chief of Women's Health Philippines, the premiere magazine for women who value a healthy lifestyle and strive for balance in all areas of their lives.

Lara and the Women's Health staff write for FN column "You Can Do This!," which features insider information on the latest issues of the magazine, tips, and musings on health, nutrition, exercise, and wellness.


You Lose, You Win: "I Love the Weight that I have right now"

Through a healthy diet program and regular exercise, this bank employee turned her life around.

Diabetes 101: 6 Common Questions about the Illness Answered

Diabetes is a major lifestyle risk factor. Practical steps can help you avoid becoming a statistic.

Travelers' Tales: Gone to Guam

There's more to this tiny Pacific Island than meets the eye.

No More Credit Woes: 5 Tips to Subdue Your Inner Spendthrift

Control your finances and avoid overspending with these simple tips.

5 Ways to Reclaim Your Self-Esteem

Give your self-confidence the boost it needs with these tips.

A Jaunt through Jaipur: 6 Things to See and Experience in the Pink City

Relish the sights and sounds that make Jaipur one of India's most ravishing cities.

Even 10 Minutes Count

Lara touts the virtues of exercise--even if you can only manage 10 minutes a day.

Why I Dance Like A Madwoman

In the face of tragic and untimely death, Lara serves up the best reason to run, dance, and play--to live life to the fullest.

Better Late Than Never

It's never too late--or too early--to learn a new sport, as Lara shows when she tackles her swimming skills.

Sticking With the Program

Lara picks up the blogging reins where she left off--and finds motivation to do so from within.

"Diet" isn't "Die" with a "T"

Want to slim down? Lara shows you how to improve your diet without having to go on one.