Birthplace: Wheaton, IL
Education: University of Iowa (BA in journalism, MBA)
Childhood Influences:"Free To Be You and Me", Title IX, ...
November 21, 2013
Like many aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, the debate over whether to send a healthy newborn baby to the hospital nursery at night raises strong emotions. Below, two mothers respond to Sunday’s story, "Is end of the hospital nursery on the horizon?" with their own perspectives:
June 12, 2013
Millions of people take statin drugs to lower their cholesterol. But the medications may also interfere with the positive effects of exercise in some patients, according to a small study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
March 28, 2013
As Madonna’s primary personal trainer, Nicole Winhoffer always has five backup plans ready – just in case her original idea doesn’t fly with the famously fit Madge.
March 27, 2013
It’s easy to assume that a low-fat diet is the healthy way to go, especially since a diet low in saturated and trans fat was recommended by government agencies back in the 1980s.
March 8, 2013
Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing with the Stars champion Shawn Johnson admits she has never been a runner. Ever. But once she retired from competition, Johnson made a fitness bucket list and wrote down crazy running-related goals like “half-marathon,” “marathon” and “Ironman triathlon."
February 14, 2013
Can an intense, hour-long workout compensate for sitting on your rear all day? A small new study suggests it might not – that you’d be better off walking more and standing up throughout the day, rather than cramming in a vigorous workout.
September 18, 2012
September 7, 2012
I recently started trying Lara Hudson’s best-selling “10 Minute Solution: Pilates” DVDs after somehow herniating a disc in my cervical spine. The injury kept me from running, biking, swimming and lifting weights. But (with the blessing of my physical therapist), I found I could still do most of her DVDs, which consist of five, 10-minute mini-workouts.
August 7, 2012
Sedentary officer workers aren’t the only people who may benefit from standing desks. A small but growing body of research is finding that children who stand at desks during school burn more calories than those who sit, information that could help in the battle against childhood obesity.
July 25, 2012
"I got this."
July 24, 2012
Chicago rowing coach and charity founder Jenn Gibbons plans to continue her 1,500-mile rowing journey around the perimeter of Lake Michigan after surviving a sexual assault that took place in her rowboat on Sunday.
May 29, 2012
"One woman. One Great Lake. One great cause."
May 24, 2012
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.
May 23, 2012
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 her memory, her ability to walk, talk and read and even her personality.
May 22, 2012
The claim: The Oreck Halo vacuum and the Oreck ProShield Plus air cleaner can reduce the risk of flu and other illnesses. An infomercial claimed, “The Oreck Halo has killed up to 99.9 percent of bacteria exposed to its light in one second or less,” and the vacuum’s light chamber “has been tested and shown to kill up to 99.9 percent of certain common germs, plus dangerous pathogens like E. Coli and MRSA.”
May 17, 2012
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.”
May 16, 2012
If you bought Skechers Shape-ups or the company’s other toning shoes but still, somehow, have a flabby rear end, here’s your chance to apply for a refund.
May 4, 2012
A commercial website for people suffering from symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia is rife with numerous illegal and misleading treatment claims, according to a recent warning letter sent to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
March 16, 2011
Cell phone safety warnings are generally designed for a large man with a big head who talks less than half an hour a day.
September 14, 2010
As a lifelong journal keeper, I've always scribbled down my thoughts to clear my head and to help express emotions I didn't know I had. But some types of writing can also treat physical ailments, including chronic back and neck pain, according to a new program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine and Wellness.
July 26, 2010
House dust mites, those microscopic insects we unwittingly sleep with every night, are among the few known causes of asthma and allergic symptoms.
February 22, 2010
Treadmill stress test: What is a treadmill exercise stress test?
September 14, 2009
Breakfast comes at a terrible time of day to make a rational decision. We're rushed. We're groggy. And we're famished.
January 11, 2009
Fitness is like a drug; each person needs a different dose. But if you're time-pressed you can still benefit from the bare minimum: a one-minute burst of movement.