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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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    Start horsing around
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    Tae Bo's next move
    Tae Bo may have peaked in the 1990s, but Billy Blanks isn't about to let it go the way of step aerobics. The father of cardio-kickboxing is still working it like the old days, making special appearances at fitness centers around the world and trying to...
  • Reebok drops 'toning' shoe claims

    Reebok drops 'toning' shoe claims
    When I tested Reebok’s RunTone shoes last March, I found them to be “springy, versatile and comfortable,” which made me want to work out more. I also emphasized that it’s the squats and lunges – not the shoes – that...
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    Muscling past myths
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  • Radical thinking on antioxidants

    Radical thinking on antioxidants
    Antioxidant-rich products promise an easy way to stave off disease. Simply swallow two softgels daily or knock back a glass of goji-pomegranate juice and the "supercritical" compounds will neutralize those nasty free radicals that threaten your health....
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    The antioxidant-based O2 Diet is relatively simple. Instead of counting calories, dieters add up ORAC points, short for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. The ORAC number reflects the potential antioxidant activity of a food, as defined by the U.S....
  • Kick the habit

    Kick the habit
    For most people, a morning cup of java isn't harmful. But if you rely on coffee to get you out of bed, to stave off midmorning headaches and to avoid the 3 p.m. crash, you may be hooked on one of the most popular drugs in the world. Nearly 90 percent...
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    Tony Horton's workout is anything but confusing
    Tony Horton, the chiseled face and torso behind the extreme workout program P90X, doesn't care if you lose 10 pounds. He's not about helping you get ripped abs in five minutes. Instead, Horton wants you to get hooked on health. All you need is "a body,...
  • Battle lines solidify over bid to distinguish food, supplements

    Battle lines solidify over bid to distinguish food, supplements
    Lazy Larry dietary supplements look and taste like fudge brownies. They contain some of the same ingredients, including flour, trans fats, sugar and oil. And until recently they could be found among the snack foods in convenience stores. But the brown...
  • Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say

    Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say
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  • Fitness tips from top trainers

    Fitness tips from top trainers
    North America's top fitness professionals don't necessarily train celebrities and professional athletes or badger overweight reality-TV contestants into shape. Instead, they work with recreational runners who want to get faster, they inspire virtual...