Too often during this time, exercise routines disappear, resolutions are broken and we say yes — repeatedly — to high-calorie food and drinks. We’ve all heard that people can and do gain weight over the holidays, pounds they don’t ever lose. What can you do if you don’t want to be one of them?
DR. LAURA BERMAN: Did you know that your weight might increase your chance of unwanted pregnancy?
I have a new hearing aid, and I love it. It’s digital, has background noise suppression, and a directional mike. I can join in an animated conversation with several friends in a busy restaurant. But last week I almost missed a flight because I didn’t hear an announcement about a gate change. I couldn’t understand anything coming over the public address system. Can’t they clean up their end of the noise problem?
WERQ, an all-dancing cardio workout created by two Chicagoans, proves that dancing is a real workout — and one that you can trick yourself into doing.
“The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life ,” written with doctors Mark Hyman and Daniel Amen, details a lifestyle program that helped Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church lose 65 pounds in 2011 and propelled members of his congregation to get healthier by dropping more than 250,000 pounds collectively that year.
The last thing you want to do when cooking for the holidays is make your friends and family sick. Foodborne illness can have serious consequences, says Nancy Donley, spokeswoman for STOP Foodborne Illness, a Chicago-based food-safety advocacy organization.
Q. I’m a 58-year-old dentist with a wife, 13-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son. In 2012 my gross income was about $145,000 and my adjusted gross income was about $79,000. For the year 2013 I project my earnings will be about the same. My present medical …
When it comes to calorie-counting for Turkey Day, you certainly could eat less, but who’s really, actually, going to do that?
Here’s a better idea: Burn off a pound or two by hand washing the meal’s pots and pans or playing hide-and-seek with the kids. …
I just found out a male friend of mine had breast cancer. How common is it and how does a guy know if he’s at risk?
After developing a treatment plan with his doctor and hitting the gym, chef Art Smith of “Top Chef Masters’ fame lost 100 pounds. Now, he wants to serve up how he made food changes in his own life as he partners with Merck on its Taking Diabetes to Heart program and shares his diabetes-friendly recipes on its website (www.takingdiabetestoheart).
DR. BERMAN: The principles of Thanksgiving (gratitude, an appreciative spirit and generosity) can be life-changing when applied to your own relationships, particularly with that of your significant other.
Q: Who is eligible to sign up? A. Most everyone is eligible to participate in the marketplace. You must be a U.S. citizen, or national or lawfully present, you must live in the U.S., and you cannot currently be incarcerated. Nicholas T. Gialamas is president …
The head of Cook County’s health care system says the effort to provide insurance coverage to low-income adults in the county’s early expansion of Medicaid has reached a milestone.
Q. Where can I find a health care navigator to talk to, person to person, that can help me find and apply for Affordable Care Act insurance? I live in Bridgeview. A. A navigator is someone who is trained and certified to help you understand …
In Canada, sesame is included as one of the top allergens in the country and must be disclosed on food labels. But in the United States, it’s not considered one of the top eight allergens that account for nearly 90 percent of reactions (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish), and because of that, the FDA doesn’t require food manufacturers to print “contains sesame,” as they do with the other prominent allergens.
Dietitian Tina Ruggiero’s new book The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook (Page Street Publishing Co., $22.99), is a testament to her mission of educating and inspiring people to eat healthier.