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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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  • The five-second rule on dropped food

    The five-second rule on dropped food
    The controversial "five-second rule" — the one that allows us to eat dropped food if it's quickly scooped off the floor — is a bunch of baloney, according to Clemson University food scientist Paul Dawson, who stirred up the long-debated...
  • Forty-five medical tests patients and doctors should question

    Forty-five medical tests patients and doctors should question
    The new listing of 45 common treatments patients and doctors should question is part of a growing movement that challenges routine care. Next up: The upcoming Avoiding Avoidable Care summit, to be held on April 25 in Boston, will bring together more than...
  • Long-discredited hCG diet makes a comeback

    Long-discredited hCG diet makes a comeback
    Among the hundreds of drastic and unproven weight loss plans, the controversial hCG diet may take the cake. Discredited by researchers in the 1970s, the near-starvation diet restricts followers to 500 calories a day for six weeks. At the same time,...
  • 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...
  • Doctors: Web ratings flawed

    Doctors: Web ratings flawed
    Web-savvy consumers use online rating services to review restaurants, rant about hairdressers, praise carpenters and even assess their college professors. So why shouldn't patients rate their doctors? While more than 30 different online services now...
  • 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....
  • Indoor cycling with Jillian Michaels

    Indoor cycling with Jillian Michaels
    Jillian Michaels, the hard-driving fitness trainer from television’s “The Biggest Loser” and now “The Doctors,” hasn’t worked over a group in about four months. Now she’s just getting warmed up, taunting those...
  • Health claims: Compression socks

    Health claims: Compression socks
    Claim: Compression socks, or tight knee-high socks designed to promote circulation and fluid movement, can help athletes perform better and recover quickly. Reality: Some studies show they can improve performance, but other trials show no effect. And...
  • Abs: The problem with crunches

    Abs: The problem with crunches
    Kristine Timpert's quirky little book "If Babies Did Crunches" tries to sugarcoat an important message for adults: Beware of crunches. The not-just for-kids book stresses that if you really want to banish tummy flab or back pain, clean up your diet and...
  • Cell phones and kids: How to limit exposure

    Cell phones and kids: How to limit exposure
    If you're worried about your child's developing brain being affected by cell phones, try these tips to limit exposure: Don't let toddlers or young children use cell phones. Teenagers should limit use to head sets or texting to keep the antenna away...
  • Your emergency workout

    Your emergency workout
    When you're worn down, burned out and flat-out sick of working out, pick your favorite bodyweight exercise, said Phil Black, an exercise specialist who created the Fit Deck series of exercise playing cards. "I will simply knock out 100 push ups or 100...
  • Desk exercises: The mini exercise bike

    Desk exercises: The mini exercise bike
    We can't wait for the desk lap pool. If you're suffering from office-related chair disease -- spending too much time parked on your rear end -- try stashing a mini exercise bike under your desk. For those with sedentary jobs, these portable pedal...