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Running After 50: You CAN Do It!

Posted on 05/21/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionWhat’s the best work out for people of all ages? According to a recent study, it’s this: running. Researchers, who followed participants over a 30-year period, were amazed to discover that those who ran in moderation showed the greatest health gains and benefits when compared to those who ran faster and more often. The ‘sweet spot’, it seems, is running about 3 – 4 times a week at a slower pace, proving that the “less is more” philosophy really applies to …

Eating Done Right: Oatmeal – Food of the Week

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthFor sheer versatility, oatmeal is hard to beat. Besides serving as a hearty breakfast cereal, oatmeal can be added to meat loaf or baked in cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and scones. Oatmeal can also be ground in a blender to create oat flour that can be used as a coating for fish or chicken. Oatmeal is credited with numerous health benefits. Regularly consuming oatmeal lowers cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Oatmeal also enhances the immune system’s …

Chew On This: Gum Helps Surgery, But Not Diets

Posted on 03/28/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthChewing gum fans won one and lost one this week: A new study found that chewing gum after colon surgery could help shorten your hospital stay. On the other hand, chewing gum failed to help dieters eat less in another study. People who have surgery for colon cancer — meaning a portion of the colon is removed —  typically spend several days in the hospital waiting for their intestines to start working again so they can eat normally. Previous studies …

Losing Weight After 50: Is “Intermittent Eating” Right For You?

Posted on 03/28/2013 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionI don’t believe in dieting. I do believe in eating well: lots of dark, leafy greens (kale is my favorite!); small amounts of red meat; as little of the “white stuff” (sugar, white potatoes, white rice) as possible; nuts (especially calcium-rich almonds); legumes; and huge amounts of water and green tea (with some coffee in the morning and a little heart-healthy red wine in the evening thrown in for good measure!). What has this way of eating done for me? …

Joe’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Finale

Posted on 03/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from Joe Ostaszewski of  “The Biggest Loser.” The FINALE … or is it? Just a few short months ago, 18 individuals, 15 adults and 3 youths, won the chance to compete on Season 14 of The Biggest Loser.  These 18 Winners were chosen from tens of thousands of applicants who each recognized their own serious health issue and elected to make a positive change.  Hopefully, most of these applicants became part of the “Challenge America” wave and are well on …

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 …