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Julie Deardorff

Julie Deardorff
Birthplace: Wheaton, IL
Education: University of Iowa (BA in journalism, MBA)
Childhood Influences: "Free To Be You and Me", Title IX, scoliosis, Ed Smith, my elementary school physical education instructor; Pat Johnson, my 4th grade teacher. (Where are you, Mrs. Johnson?) My olders sister, Amy, who forced me to play running bases and watch the Cubs. And, of course, my parents.
Most thrilling high school moment: Playing for Wheaton Central in the 1985 Class AA girls state basketball championship. Greatest physical challenge: Delivering a 9.2-pound baby without pain meds; two Ironman triathlons.
Pet peeve: Sitting in a car.
Words to live by: "Dieting makes you fa...
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Birthplace: Wheaton, IL
Education: University of Iowa (BA in journalism, MBA)
Childhood Influences: "Free To Be You and Me", Title IX, scoliosis, Ed Smith, my elementary school physical education instructor; Pat Johnson, my 4th grade teacher. (Where are you, Mrs. Johnson?) My olders sister, Amy, who forced me to play running bases and watch the Cubs. And, of course, my parents.
Most thrilling high school moment: Playing for Wheaton Central in the 1985 Class AA girls state basketball championship. Greatest physical challenge: Delivering a 9.2-pound baby without pain meds; two Ironman triathlons.
Pet peeve: Sitting in a car.
Words to live by: "Dieting makes you fat."
Favorite running songs: Bruce Springsteen's "This Little Light of Mine"
Recently read: "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" By Barbara Kingsolver
Recently listened to on CD: "The Other Boleyn Girl" by Philippa Gregory
Favorite magazines include: New Scientist and The Week.
Favorite gadget: The Myself Pelvic Muscle Trainer.
Where I've traveled: Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Bolivia, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Brazil, Cambodia, Viet Nam, Zambia, Tokyo, Europe and the Philippines.
Family members: Husband: Clinton, a carpenter, runner, gourmet cook, primary-care parent, and my role model for good nutrition. Sons: Luke and Erik. Cat: Zoe.
I eat: A plant-based diet. No red meat or poultry since 1985; incorporated wild salmon in 2000.
Favorite superfoods: Avocados, broccoli, blueberries, eggs, spinach, quinoa.
When no one's looking I eat: My son's leftovers.
Medical mystery I'd most like to see solved in my lifetime: Autism.
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  • A surprising transplant offer

    Dan Coyne had the surprise all planned out: Near the end of Myra dela Vega's Friday night shift as a cashier at Jewel-Osco in Evanston, his children would buy some groceries and hand her a card. Inside would be the unexpected news that Coyne could...
  • Are Probiotics Friendly?

    Are Probiotics Friendly?
    Ready for some live, active cultures in your chocolate? How about your breakfast cereal? Probiotics, the so-called friendly bacteria with health benefits, have broken out of the dairy case and are colonizing other areas of the supermarket. The bacteria,...
  • Sunscreen: How to use it

    Sunscreen: How to use it
    HOW TO USE IT — Use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass, advises the American Academy of Dermatology, though larger people should adjust accordingly. Most people apply a quarter to half of the recommended amount of sunscreen, which lowers the...
  • Teens and Supplements

    Teens and Supplements
    Mikey Santini was in junior high when he started taking creatine and protein supplements to build muscle and enhance his athletic abilities. By his junior year at Stevenson High School, he had moved on to nitric oxide "energy igniters" such as N.O.-Xplode...
  • A Workout for the Real World

    A Workout for the Real World
    When you can't get to the gym, exercise the way our ancestors did: move throughout the day. At first, this might feel inconvenient and bothersome. But real-world fitness—walking, standing, raising and lifting grocery bags, cutting vegetables or...
  • Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives

    Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives
    Cow's milk may be the ideal beverage for baby cows, but it just doesn't sit well with some Americans. Dairy allergies, lactose intolerance and an interest in healthier beverages have all sparked a proliferation of alternative milk products. The new...
  • Is Healthy Soft Drink Consumption Possible?

    Is Healthy Soft Drink Consumption Possible?
    Coca-Cola has partnered with a leading medical group to promote healthy soft drink consumption. Is there such a thing? The American Academy of Family Physicians will receive a six-figure grant from Coke to develop educational material to teach...
  • How to Help Your Stressed-Out Child

    How to Help Your Stressed-Out Child
    Myles Williams was a happy-go-lucky kindergartner who started coming home each day with a soggy shirt collar. His parents were mystified until his teacher called to report that Myles, 5, was chewing on his shirt and acting anxious. She asked if...
  • Doctors going alternative

    Doctors going alternative
    For years, Dr. Ali Keshavarzian ignored "alternative" therapies because his Western-trained brain wanted more evidence that they actually worked.But Keshavarzian also knew conventional medicine often needed some assistance. And when he learned his...
  • The traffic light diet

    The traffic light diet
    When little Danielle Dolgoff was just 3 years old, she looked up from her lunch and asked her mom how many calories were in her turkey sandwich. "It's a ‘green light' food," pediatrician Joanna Dolgoff told her daughter. "Don't worry about...
  • Protection with a price

    Sunscreen can help prevent those painful episodes of childhood sunburn, a risk factor for skin cancer later in life. But although sunscreen is recommended for infants older than six months by everyone from the National Institutes of Health to the American...