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Why Lost Pounds Return and Bring Friends

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAn acquaintance once said that she had lost over 200 pounds. Looking at her girth, I confess that I doubted the claim until she quickly added, “Of course, it’s the same 20 pounds 10 times.” Given the single-minded focus required to lose weight, why do so many of us (an estimated percent) regain the pounds we lost—and even add a few more? How maddening is that? Researchers are starting to explain this common experience, and their insights are both encouraging …

Chronic Hedonic Hyperphagia Causes Eating for Pleasure

Posted on 05/30/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthAre you overweight? If so, you may be one of the millions of people around the world who are plagued with chronic hedonic hyperphagia. If this is the first time you’ve heard this term, you aren’t alone. Until April 2013, ordinary folks—indeed, even members of the medical community—were generally unaware of this syndrome. In research presented at the 245th meeting in New Orleans of the American Chemical Society (the members certainly meet a lot, don’t they?), Tobias Hock, PhD, explained …

For Mom, My Heroine, on Mother’s Day

Posted on 05/12/2013 by | Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthMy mother had a cleft palate.  It was fixed when she was three years-old, and you could never tell anything was wrong by looking at her, but it left her with two impediments: her speech and her mother. Because of my mom’s speech impediment, my grandmother told my mom she would probably never get married.  Really?  Is that the way you bolster your child’s self-confidence?  Maybe she thought she was protecting her daughter from the harsh realities of life.  To …

Five Steps to Avoid Acting in Haste and Repenting in Leisure

Posted on 04/22/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthSpeed and efficiency have become key values for us. We expect an instant response when we flip a light switch or download a movie on television. We anticipate immediate acceleration when we put our foot on the gas and a reverse but equal response when we brake. We are a nation of fast-food lovers. Computer-mediated communication, whether by email, text messages or phone, allows us to be in touch with anyone on the globe within seconds. Life in the high-speed …

You’re Darn Right I’ve Earned a Say!

Posted on 07/27/2012 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHappy Friday blog readers, Jenn here from the Illinois Communications Team,  following  up with you on how our Herb Kent event went…this week.  “You’re darn right I’ve earned a say” exclaimed one of our 350 participants as she walked through the door and picked up literature on Social Security and Medicare. What followed was a  lively listening session  held at Chicago State University and led by media broadcast legends Herb Kent, and Merri Dee, and AARP state director Bob Gallo. …