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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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  • Salt: It's only half the battle

    Salt: It's only half the battle
    Bread ranked first among the 10 foods responsible for 44 percent of sodium intake in the U.S., followed by luncheon meats and pizza, according to "The 10 saltiest foods in the American Diet" by my colleagues over at The Stew. But the new report "Where'...
  • Endurance training: The 'worst form of exercise?'

    Endurance training: The 'worst form of exercise?'
    Endurance training is “one of the worst forms of exercise there is,” Dr. Joseph Mercola recently wrote in his online newsletter. Mercola, who operates a popular alternative health Web site and runs a supplement business, cited a recent...
  • A closer look at online shopping for eyeglasses

    A closer look at online shopping for eyeglasses
    Armed with a prescription and some patience, consumers can save hundreds of dollars — and maybe some time — by buying eyeglasses online. For most, the major concerns are cosmetic ones. But an important risk is often overlooked: the quality...
  • Can mouthguards and football helmets really prevent concussion?

    Can mouthguards and football helmets really prevent concussion?
    The growing concern over concussions has ushered in new products designed to prevent or treat the mild traumatic brain injuries. But do any of them really work? Here's a look at some of the most common claims: Mouthguards The claim: After a blow to...
  • Doubts cast on concussion remedies

    Doubts cast on concussion remedies
    To help protect their brains, athletes are now given preseason computer tests that assess memory, concentration and reaction time. Some players don helmets with "concussion reduction technology" or use special mouth guards that promise to "prevent...
  • How extreme heat attacks the body

    How extreme heat attacks the body
    The moment you step into oppressive heat, the body senses life-threatening danger and starts fighting to keep things cool. The heart beats faster as it increases the flow of blood to the skin, trying to keep critical internal organs from overheating. But...
  • 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...