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‘Biggest Loser’s’ Joe Faces His ‘Makeover Reveal’

Posted on 03/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. WEEK 10 – “MAKEOVER REVEAL” “Success … to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or redeemed social condition … this is to have succeeded” … Ralph Waldo Emerson. Week 10′s episode, “Makeover Reveal”, provided stunning evidence of the very essence of the word: renovate … restore … reinvigorate … refresh …

‘Biggest Loser’s Joe Faces Weight Loss Fears

Posted on 02/27/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. They say, “The best way to deal with FEAR is to confront it” OMG! … SNAKES! … SHARKS!  Those are just TWO of the things I’M AFRAID OF!  Week 9′s theme, “Face Your Fears”, sounded like so much fun that I, instead, seriously considered getting a root canal without anesthetic, volunteering for an IRS Audit or cleaning the …

During American Heart Month, NIH Offers Heart Healthy Advice

Posted on 02/27/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post by Chhanda Dutta, Ph.D., Chief, Clinical Gerontology Branch, National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH and Janet M. de Jesus, M.S., R.D., Nutritionist, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), NIH During February, American Heart Month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) urges you to take action to keep your heart healthy. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States. About 1 in 8 women aged 45-64 has heart disease, …

To Test, Or Not to Test

Posted on 02/21/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post by Yolanda Taylor, Integrated Communication Director at AARP. “Doctor, do I really need this procedure?” It’s a question that few of us ask, but more of us should. Over the past decade, the average amount that middle-income households spent on health care increased by 51% – nearly double their income growth (30 percent) and three times the growth rate in their spending for all other products and services. The tests, procedures, and medication therapies …

It’s All About Team Work for Joe on ‘Biggest Loser’

Posted on 02/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of the Biggest Loser. Look for his posts here every Tuesday after the show. What a journey it’s been so far, both individually and collectively. Week 8′s theme of “working together” seemed simple enough, at first glance, but THAT’S before daily living tensions and unbridled egos propelled two fiery contestants down the Chaos Causeway. This week the group had to collectively lose 70 pounds to avoid sending someone home. A daunting task …

Think You’re Too Smart to Fall for a Scam? That’s Just What the Con Artists are Counting On!

Posted on 02/18/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsThe following is a guest post from Sarah Jennings – State Director, AARP South Dakota While I don’t claim to be a genius, I’ve always felt that I’m too smart to fall for a scam.  Not so, says my colleague Doug Shadel. You may be familiar with Doug – he’s the AARP State Director for the Washington State Office and a nationally recognized fraud expert. He’s also the author of Outsmarting the Scam Artists: How to Protect Yourself from the …