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Friends Jump-Start Fitness (and Hotness) Together

Posted on 05/17/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAs National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, my thoughts turn to physical activity … or lack thereof, which has been my problem. As a working caregiver (for both of my parents), I am typical: I focus on those two necessities of my life first and taking care of myself falls to the bottom of the list. It’s a terrible conundrum — I can’t let my work or caregiving slip, but there are only so many hours in 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, …

Joe Breaks the 300 pound Wall on ‘Biggest Loser’

Posted on 01/29/2013 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 5 a lot of changes going on with my body & my mind. I made it to my first Goal under 300 pounds. YES I am 299lbs a “Biscuit shy of 300″.  It has been a long time so I had to celebrate with an old school dance, the cabbage patch. I know should have done the …

There’s an App for That! Health and Fitness Edition

Posted on 11/1/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthHey everybody, Jenn here from the Illinois Communications team. So, you know that saying “live by the sword, die by the sword”? Yep, that was me today … one second I was hot on the trail of an invisible pack of riders in spin class and the next second I was on the floor self-diagnosing an aggravated sciatic nerve via the WebMD app. (I verified that later by tweeting a doctor of course.)  There’s an app for everything these days! …

From Grief to Wellness: Amy Voelker Wins a Fitness Makeover

Posted on 09/21/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Personal HealthTwo years ago, Amy Voelker, 50, and her husband were enjoying the fruits of 20 years of marriage. Her two stepsons were married with kids. Her youngest son was doing well in his first year of college. Then tragedy struck this family when a drunk driver broadsided the car, instantly killing her husband and all three sons. After a lengthy trial for the drunk driver, Amy was at a turning point. “I was trying to figure out my future; I …

The Obesity Paradox: Fat And Fit Trumps Thin and Unfit

Posted on 09/18/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf obesity is so bad for our health, why do studies show that overweight and moderately obese patients with certain chronic diseases often live longer and do better than normal-weight or thin patients with the same illnesses? That was the question posed by the New York Times  in a story that looked at what researchers have called the obesity paradox. As writer Harriet Brown reported: “One study found that heavier dialysis patients had a lower chance of dying than those …