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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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  • Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say

    Risk of disease partially set in womb, scientists say
    Pregnant women sacrifice many of life's simple pleasures — caffeine, sushi, a glass of wine — in the hope that their baby will be born healthy. But according to a provocative new field of research, what happens during pregnancy can have...
  • 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...
  • Threats to the fetus during pregnancy

    Threats to the fetus during pregnancy
    Poor nutrition in the womb and infancy can reprogram the body's organs, setting the stage for disease decades down the road, according to the fetal origins theory. Much less is known about the impact of environmental and psychological exposures, but...
  • What's normal for bloodwork?

    What's normal for bloodwork?
    Your doctor just wants to run a few tests. But when your bloodwork comes back, you're told the results are "out of the normal range." Should you be alarmed? Laboratory testing is a critical and often mysterious aspect of health care. An estimated 60...
  • A 'free play' experiment

    A 'free play' experiment
    My friend Kendra recently conducted a short but nerve-wracking experiment with her two boys, ages 7 and 9. “Go out and play,” she told them. “Don’t come in until dinner time.” One of her boys wasn’t sure what to do....
  • Fitness factions: Blending men's and women's health advice

    Fitness factions: Blending men's and women's health advice
    I'm one of those women who likes reading men's health and fitness magazines. Though they all promise bodies and sex lives that most of us will never have, I'm drawn to the funny, self-deprecating tone, the functional workout tips and the emphasis on...
  • Five minutes with stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor

    Five minutes with stroke survivor Jill Bolte Taylor
    Neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor has always loved the brain’s complex beauty. But she developed an unexpectedly deep appreciation for her own in 1996 after a blood vessel ruptured and she suffered a massive stroke. The life-changing moment destroyed...
  • POM Wonderful pushes back against FTC

    POM Wonderful pushes back against FTC
    POM Wonderful, a manufacturer of pomegranate juice and supplements, is pushing back against a recent ruling that found the company violated federal law by making deceptive disease prevention and treatment claims. Boldly asserting its right to legally...
  • Doctors: Marathoners' reliance on painkillers poses risks down the road

    Doctors: Marathoners' reliance on painkillers poses risks down the road
    As part of her marathon training, Daisy Carranza has taken an over-the counter pain reliever nearly every day for the last several months. On race day Sunday, she's prepared to pop at least seven Extra Strength Tylenol capsules: two at the starting line,...
  • Safety questions raised about PeaPod travel beds

    Safety questions raised about PeaPod travel beds
    KidCo PeaPod travel beds are marketed as cozy sleeping spaces for newborns through age 6. Lightweight and portable, the colorful pop-up tents are often considered a practical alternative to bulky play yards. Earlier this month, however, Canada's...
  • Some nutrients can stave off vision loss and eye disease that occurs as we age

    Some nutrients can stave off vision loss and eye disease that occurs as we age
    Even if you are reading this without glasses, it's not too early to start taking your eye vitamins. Some nutrients can stave off the burdensome vision loss and eye disease that occur as we age, mounting research suggests. But claims by supplement...