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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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    Choosing a chiropractor
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  • Fighting Chair Disease

    Fighting Chair Disease
    Where are you right now? Lounging on an overstuffed couch with the newspaper and a cup of coffee? Sitting on a kitchen chair taking in the news online? Well, I hope you're sitting down for this bit of news. (Or maybe you should stand.) Your chair is...
  • Autism spectrum can be difficult for some to see

    Autism spectrum can be difficult for some to see
    April is National Autism Awareness Month. According to the Autism Society of America, autism is a complex developmental disability affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.1.5 million Americans are living with the effects of...
  • 10 Foods Allergy Sufferers Should Try

    10 Foods Allergy Sufferers Should Try
    More than 11 million Americans are estimated to have food allergies, which occur when the immune system reacts poorly to certain food. If you have an allergy, you know: Within minutes of eating the offending food, you may experience hives, swelling or...
  • Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism

    Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism
    Fitness guru Jillian Michaels was a train wreck. Sure, "television's toughest trainer" could work weight-loss miracles on the series "The Biggest Loser." But off camera, she was burning the candle at both ends, trashing her body in the gym and living on...
  • Hold Steady

    Hold Steady
    Balance is such a fundamental part of each movement that it hurts -- sometimes literally -- when it's gone. But to strengthen our balance, especially as we age, it turns out we do need to lose it. Or at least test it a little. Kids do this naturally by...
  • How to Use Sunscreen Wisely

    How to Use Sunscreen Wisely
    Sunscreen is commonly hailed as safe, essential body armor. It protects us from blistering sunburn, keeps our skin from wrinkling and helps guard against squamous cell cancer. But the evidence is inconclusive as to whether sunscreens reduce the risk of...
  • Be a Cereal Stalker

    Be a Cereal Stalker
    Before your next stroll down the cereal aisle, try the following strategies: Watch the sugar. Look for cereals with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving and beware of code names such as honey, cane juice and high-fructose corn syrup. It helps to...
  • Color Coding Equals Smarter Eating

    Color Coding Equals Smarter Eating
    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 calories. Just...
  • 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...
  • 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...