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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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  • 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...
  • Firms warned over sale of weight-loss hormone

    Firms warned over sale of weight-loss hormone
    "Homeopathic" weight-loss products containing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) are illegal and mislead consumers, federal agencies said Tuesday after issuing warning letters to seven companies that market the popular pellets, powders and sprays. In a...
  • Hello, LA Fitness? Hello?

    Hello, LA Fitness? Hello?
    On the day LA Fitness completed its takeover of 171 Bally Total Fitness locations, the phones at the company’s corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif., went on the fritz, Stuart Goldman reported in Club Industry. Apparently, the windstorms that...
  • Additive claims to be the boss of sugar, benefiting diabetics

    Additive claims to be the boss of sugar, benefiting diabetics
    Diabetes can affect how your body uses blood glucose, commonly called blood sugar. Glucose is the brain's main source of fuel and provides critical energy for the cells. If you have diabetes, it means that eating too many carbohydrates can spike blood...
  • Alternative medicine: Hype or hope?

    Alternative medicine: Hype or hope?
    There’s a very interesting and unusually civilized debate going on over at the Atlantic.com, where David H. Freedman has written a boldy-headlined piece called “The Triumph of New Age Medicine.” In the essay, Freedman explores why...
  • To boost cycling, make women happy

    To boost cycling, make women happy
     Chicago's first protected bike lane on Kinzie Ave., which uses soft plastic posts and a parking lane to buffer cyclists from car traffic, could make city riding safer. And if these separated lanes appeal to women, they could dramatically boost the number...
  • Staying safe while biking in traffic

    Staying safe while biking in traffic
    Biking in traffic isn't as treacherous as it might seem. Cyclists rarely get mowed down by motorists from behind — a common fear — and in fact, most accidents don't involve motor vehicles at all. The more common threats are often found...
  • Straighten up, sloucher

    Straighten up, sloucher
    Poor posture can make you look 10 pounds heavier. It could sabotage a promotion. And slumped or hunched shoulders are a major reason why back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their life. "Poor posture isn't just disrespectful; it...
  • Long-discredited hCG diet makes a comeback

    Long-discredited hCG diet makes a comeback
    Among the hundreds of drastic and unproven weight loss plans, the controversial hCG diet may take the cake. Discredited by researchers in the 1970s, the near-starvation diet restricts followers to 500 calories a day for six weeks. At the same time,...
  • Indoor cycling with Jillian Michaels

    Indoor cycling with Jillian Michaels
    Jillian Michaels, the hard-driving fitness trainer from television’s “The Biggest Loser” and now “The Doctors,” hasn’t worked over a group in about four months. Now she’s just getting warmed up, taunting those...
  • Start horsing around

    Start horsing around
    Roughhousing, or tossing your children around on purpose, can be a hard sell to many parents. We worry our kids will get hurt. We don't want rowdy behavior carrying over into the classroom, especially in schools with no-touching policies. And many of us...