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Thursday 11/14/2013
What is the right running group for you?
Updated: August 25, 2014 - 9:27 am

Nearly any time of day, if you’re driving around Ahwatukee, you’ll easily come across at least a handful of people on the roads running — this is one reason why I love living in this community.

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Wednesday 11/13/2013
Helping your child fall in love with reading
Updated: May 01, 2014 - 3:18 pm

For the past 30 years, I have been a literacy advocate. During the summer of 1983, I learned that my grandfather was illiterate.

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Tuesday 11/12/2013
Youth Mission Project helps foster children in need
Updated: September 29, 2014 - 4:58 pm

The Desert Foothills United Methodist Church Youth will be focusing on aiding foster children across the Valley with their Youth Mission project, where they gather clothes for the winter season.

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Wednesday 12/26/2012
‘Finding your happy weight’ can be misleading
Updated: August 29, 2013 - 9:56 am

Just when I thought I was running out of topics to inspire me, a magazine article about “finding your happy weight” caught my attention. Voila — the writing inspiration flowed like water.

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Thursday 11/15/2012
Help me understand why people still fall for weight-loss scams
Updated: December 24, 2012 - 12:08 pm

I like to think I’m reasonably intelligent, not rocket-scientist smart, but I do OK. I can usually figure stuff out if I think on it long enough and do enough research (thank you Internet). Occasionally I’m stumped — flat out puzzled and left scratching my head — and not over anything as complicated as beating SpaceX to Mars.

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Wednesday 10/17/2012
Obesogens are a class of foreign chemicals
Updated: December 24, 2012 - 12:08 pm

If you aren’t in the mood for a big, fat rant — skip this article. If you are (most find my ire humorous), sit back and enjoy. Because “obesogens” have me riled up.

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Thursday 09/20/2012
We are all eating way too much
Updated: August 29, 2013 - 9:56 am

A recently released study on human energy expenditure (“Hunter-Gatherer Energetics and Human Obesity,” Herman Pontzer et al.) has garnered some attention in the media. The reason for all the attention? The study debunks a commonly held belief that our obesity epidemic is in large part due to our decreased physical activity.

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Thursday 09/06/2012
Decrease food waste by purchasing less, buying what you need
Updated: January 24, 2013 - 4:43 pm

The news is packed with headlines aghast at the recent report that Americans waste 40 percent of their food. Many are springing into action to connect food banks and shelters with restaurants, or find creative ways to compost or biofuel the leftovers. I’ve also seen reminders to “eat what you purchased.” Consumers are feeling guilty and to blame.

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Thursday 08/09/2012
Get Fit: This one’s for the moms!
Updated: September 24, 2012 - 7:14 pm

It’s August. Schools are gearing up for the return of students, and mothers everywhere are exhaling a huge sigh of exhaustion. Finally, a few hours in the day free from “I’m bored,” “I’m hungry,” and “He hit me.” Now you can focus on you.

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Tuesday 07/31/2012
Just do it — no more excuses
Updated: October 18, 2012 - 4:52 pm

On behalf of all fitness professionals, registered dietitians, nutritionists, physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and anyone else in the world who tries day in and day out to motivate, encourage, cajole, threaten, scare, and beg us to get healthy and fit, this one’s for you.

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Thursday 07/19/2012
Protein is important, provides amino acids
Updated: September 24, 2012 - 7:14 pm

We’ve all gotten the finger-wagging lecture about protein from fitness trainers. Their demands for more of it leave us picturing a Henry VIII turkey leg in one hand and a dumbbell in the other. We eat meat — we’re no bunch of Birkenstock-wearing vegans (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So what the heck are they talking about?

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Thursday 07/12/2012
Being healthy is about habits, not willpower
Updated: December 13, 2012 - 3:10 pm

If you have ever started a diet or exercise program with the thought, “I’m just going to do it this time,” only to go back to your old habits in days or weeks, you know how fickle willpower can be. You are a strong-willed person. How come you have such great control in other areas of your life but can’t seem to keep your diet under control or make it to the gym on a regular basis?

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Thursday 06/28/2012
Everyone is capable of commitment
Updated: September 04, 2012 - 11:01 am

Commitment. A word we hear often in many contexts — relationships, war efforts, diets, and even insane asylums (we all know a couple of people we think ought to be committed). According to Dictionary.com, “commit” comes from the Latin “com + mittere” meaning “to send, give over.”

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Thursday 06/14/2012
Ad for yoga clothes made me throw in the towel
Updated: August 20, 2013 - 6:41 am

It’s official. I’m old. The MeeMaw train has left the station and I’m riding in first class. I fought the passing birthdays like a champ. I’d shave off a few years when asked my age. I’d try to keep up with ever-changing cultural things — music, hair (luckily I passed through the Flock of Seagulls phase quickly), hip words (cool became rad became sick). I stayed abreast of new technologies — all my cassettes are gone, CDs are a thing of my past, and my TV is flat. But, I’ve finally given up. And the weirdest thing made me throw in the towel: an ad for yoga clothes.

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Wednesday 06/13/2012
Are you ready, willing and able to take action to lose weight?
Updated: September 25, 2012 - 10:46 am

You’ve heard it a million times: check with your doctor to make sure not being a couch potato is right for you. Your doctor might not clear you to run a marathon, but hopefully he will clear you to put the remote down and start moving at some level. That will be the easy part.

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Thursday 05/24/2012
Get Fit: Don’t blame genetics for our poundage
Updated: August 07, 2012 - 4:27 pm

Apparently we’ve found a gluttony gene (published online in the journal Nature Medicine). For those that have compulsive needs to eat non-stop, some scientists believe this gene, and its role in signaling fullness, is implicated. A genetic role of the dice could be to blame for our poundage.

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Wednesday 05/23/2012
Exercise isn’t punishment, even when you’re an adult
Updated: December 13, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Recess was my favorite period in school. After lunch (my second favorite period) it was time for the playground and tag. Sprinting, screaming, telling stories of close calls and reviewing the tactical use of home base, escape and pursuit strategies. Red faced, out of breath, and begging for more. It probably only lasted 20 minutes, but it seemed like hours. It was awesome.

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Thursday 05/10/2012
I challenge you to help me identify weight-loss gimmicks
Updated: July 31, 2012 - 1:01 pm

A weight-loss product has me shaking my fist in the air, again. The bad ones are like cockroaches — a scourge in my plight. Just when I feel like I’ve stomped them all, there’s another. You think I’d tire of these fits, but alas.

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Thursday 04/26/2012
Anyone can do a pull-up if they work at it
Updated: October 16, 2012 - 10:53 am

There’s one universally loathed exercise: the pull-up. We helplessly dangle, barely able to grip the bar, begging our muscles to move something, and all we usually manage are wild feet kicks, if we can hang at all. We avoid the whole nonsense — how often do I “ever” need to pull myself up. Who am I? Rambo?

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Tuesday 03/27/2012
Don’t be more attached to your goal than the process of the journey
Updated: October 16, 2012 - 10:53 am

One particular problem has plagued me the better part of my life. Just when I think I’ve got it whipped, it creeps back up and nips me good. I mulled my problem the other morning in the aftermath of a difficult day. I sat savoring my hazelnut creamer coffee, wondering what the heck was wrong with me. The coffee steam was comforting. The momentary peacefulness nurtured a thought: lots of people suffer from the same thing. A compulsion to write overcame me — and here goes.

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