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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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  • Plastic: 10 things you may not know

    Plastic: 10 things you may not know
    While writing her book "Plastic: A Toxic Love Story," Susan Freinkel was shocked to learn how fast the world had become plasticized. In the 1940s, few plastics existed and hardly anything was made of it. Today, the average person is virtually never more...
  • Mom with breast cancer denied custody of kids

    Mom with breast cancer denied custody of kids
    After a North Carolina judge recently denied Alaina Giordano primary custody of her two children -- in part because Giordano has Stage 4 breast cancer -- according to ABCnews.com, the stunned mother turned to the electronic court of public opinion. She...
  • Unnecessary medicine: Physician groups list 45 overused tests, procedures

    Unnecessary medicine: Physician groups list 45 overused tests, procedures
    Should you get a cardiac stress test as part of your annual checkup? A chest X-ray before outpatient surgery? A CT scan or antibiotics for chronic sinusitis? In most cases, no. But patients get these commonly used tests and procedures — and many...
  • Forty-five medical tests patients and doctors should question

    Forty-five medical tests patients and doctors should question
    The new listing of 45 common treatments patients and doctors should question is part of a growing movement that challenges routine care. Next up: The upcoming Avoiding Avoidable Care summit, to be held on April 25 in Boston, will bring together more than...
  • Doubts cast on food intolerance testing

    Doubts cast on food intolerance testing
    According to one lab that tests for "toxic food syndrome," eating green peppers may cause bloating or lethargy. Lemons might trigger headaches. Other common foods like corn, soy, egg whites, whey and chicken "may act like a poison in your body," the...
  • Doctor titles: What's the difference?

    Doctor titles: What's the difference?
    Finding the right medical expert can be one of the most frustrating aspects of health care. Osteopathic physicians are medical doctors (M.D.s), for example, but not all M.D.s are osteopathic physicians. Meanwhile, all dietitians are nutritionists, but not...
  • A rare health club beckons the obese

    A rare health club beckons the obese
    Tara Lawton says she quit going to her health club in part because she sensed she didn't fit in. People always seemed to be staring at — and silently judging — her 280-pound body. Then Lawton stumbled on the Facebook page for Downsize...
  • No rest for the weary

    No rest for the weary
    If you're short on time — and your goal is to burn fat — step away from the treadmill. Now get into the weight room and try supersetting your resistance training. Supersets — a bodybuilding term gaining popularity in fitness centers &#...
  • Good health: It's more than exercise

     I used to think I was healthy because I ran marathons and was a longtime vegetarian. Then one day, the man I was dating looked in my refrigerator. "Where's all your food?" he said. For years -- OK, decades -- I wasn't just meat-free. I also abstained...
  • Do your pushups, Mr. President

    Do your pushups, Mr. President
    As the longtime personal trainer for President Barack Obama and the first family, Cornell McClellan deserves some props for Michelle's famously toned arms. But in addition to working out White House staff and professional athletes, the nation's "first...
  • With exercise, the trick is just getting started

    With exercise, the trick is just getting started
    Being healthy isn't just about running marathons and eating vegetables. Exercise and a healthy diet can be a little more tricky. I used to think I was healthy because I ran marathons and was a longtime vegetarian. Then one day, the man I was dating...