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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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  • Food Rating Systems: Grocery Stores Roll Out Nutrition Rankings

    If you're trying to eat better but are confounded by the healthy logos, symbols and claims that food manufacturers put on packaging, help may be on the way. Or you may be more baffled than ever. In an attempt to help consumers sort through confusing...
  • A Workout for the Real World

    A Workout for the Real World
    When you can't get to the gym, exercise the way our ancestors did: move throughout the day. At first, this might feel inconvenient and bothersome. But real-world fitness—walking, standing, raising and lifting grocery bags, cutting vegetables or...
  • Your Morning Meal Makes a Difference

    Your Morning Meal Makes a Difference
    Breakfast comes at a terrible time of day to make a rational decision. We're rushed. We're groggy. And we're famished. We know it's good for us -- 90 percent of Americans think it's the most important meal -- yet fewer than half of consumers eat it...
  • Sports Drinks: Not Healthy for Kids

    Sports Drinks: Not Healthy for Kids
    In some "healthy" school vending machines across the country, soda is out. But rehydrating, sugar-laden sports drinks are still in. Often promoted by popular athletes as essential thirst quenchers, sports beverages can be beneficial if they're consumed...
  • Taking the dysfunction out of your function

    Taking the dysfunction out of your function
    Holiday gatherings are fraught with delicate situations. Should you offer the recovering alcoholic a drink? What if your niece with an eating disorder isn't eating? How do you wish "happy" anything to a recent divorcee? It's almost enough to drive a...
  • Maiysha's new, healthy lifestyle has no room for modeling—or her eating disorder

    Maiysha's new, healthy lifestyle has no room for modeling—or her eating disorder
    Maiysha is not a person who loves the gym. But after a two-week layoff stemming from a fall, the Grammy-nominated singer has found her way back to the elliptical trainer. "Kill me now!" Maiysha pleaded during our recent workout at the Lakeshore...
  • A library of integrative health books

    A library of integrative health books
    I love reading books on integrative health—treatments that blend the best of conventional and alternative medicine—because they give me some semblance of control. It's my body; I'm the one who should take care of it. And by researching my...
  • Want a mammogram?

    Want a mammogram?
    Doctors usually recommend that women older than 40 get yearly mammograms. But if you're planning on calling Northwestern Memorial Hospital's state-of-the-art breast imaging center, grab next year's calendar: The next opening is in May. The long wait...
  • Fighting Chair Disease

    Fighting Chair Disease
    Where are you right now? Lounging on an overstuffed couch with the newspaper and a cup of coffee? Sitting on a kitchen chair taking in the news online? Well, I hope you're sitting down for this bit of news. (Or maybe you should stand.) Your chair is...
  • Autism spectrum can be difficult for some to see

    Autism spectrum can be difficult for some to see
    April is National Autism Awareness Month. According to the Autism Society of America, autism is a complex developmental disability affects a person's ability to communicate and interact with others.1.5 million Americans are living with the effects of...
  • Cold, Flu Immunity From Supplements?

    Cold, Flu Immunity From Supplements?
    Airborne, the popular dietary supplement created by a germ-averse schoolteacher, no longer boasts that it can prevent your cold or ease aggravating symptoms. Instead, the packaging says the effervescent pill helps "support your immune system." To many...