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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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  • Tools for Staying Fit and Young

    Tools for Staying Fit and Young
    Anything that enhances balance or brain fitness makes a great gift for an aging friend or relative. If an exercise ball is too daunting, try a Balance Disc ($19.99). Simply sitting on this portable - and less wobbly - alternative can help improve posture...
  • Five Ideas for Aging Gracefully

    Five Ideas for Aging Gracefully
    Despite its reputation, aging doesn't have to be a miserable process. As it is, Americans are living longer than ever before -- the average man can expect to survive 75.2 years. Women have a life expectancy of 80.4. But if you want to make it to 100 --...
  • Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism

    Fitness Guru Masters Metabolism
    Fitness guru Jillian Michaels was a train wreck. Sure, "television's toughest trainer" could work weight-loss miracles on the series "The Biggest Loser." But off camera, she was burning the candle at both ends, trashing her body in the gym and living on...
  • Hold Steady

    Hold Steady
    Balance is such a fundamental part of each movement that it hurts -- sometimes literally -- when it's gone. But to strengthen our balance, especially as we age, it turns out we do need to lose it. Or at least test it a little. Kids do this naturally by...
  • Eat Less by Making Eating Painful

    Eat Less by Making Eating Painful
    The most barbaric weight-loss treatment of the day award goes to the Chugay Tongue Patch, a postage-stamp-size piece of mesh that is surgically attached to your tongue to make eating painful. The patch -- implanted in only 10 people so far -- remains...
  • 5 Shoes to Rock Your World

    5 Shoes to Rock Your World
    Stability used to be a good thing in a shoe. But the current "fitness" footwear craze takes the opposite approach: By subtly throwing your body off balance, these shoes supposedly help you lose weight and sculpt muscles. The secret is the shoe's unstable...
  • Sunscreen: How to use it

    Sunscreen: How to use it
    HOW TO USE IT — Use enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass, advises the American Academy of Dermatology, though larger people should adjust accordingly. Most people apply a quarter to half of the recommended amount of sunscreen, which lowers the...
  • Seven Solutions for Sleepless Situations

    Seven Solutions for Sleepless Situations
    Although we spend one third of our lives sleeping, many of us don't do it very well. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says about one in five adults fails to get the necessary seven to eight hours a night, and the economic downturn is making things...
  • Give Your Chair a Rest

    Give Your Chair a Rest
    "Chair disease" is an increasingly common malady in the U.S. that is almost always caused by spending too much time parked on your rear end. It's not really the chair's fault, though. The problem is that most of us sit wrong -- slouched forward with...
  • Vitamin D to Defend Against Maladies

    Vitamin D -- the so-called sunshine vitamin -- is the wonder nutrient of the moment. While the vitamin is best known for helping build strong bones and absorb calcium, a vitamin D deficiency can raise the risk of everything from immune disorders to colds...
  • Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives

    Giving Up Milk? Try These Alternatives
    Cow's milk may be the ideal beverage for baby cows, but it just doesn't sit well with some Americans. Dairy allergies, lactose intolerance and an interest in healthier beverages have all sparked a proliferation of alternative milk products. The new...