Jill Freedman felt like her heart was jumping out of her chest. She knew her blood pressure was too high and feared having a heart attack or a stroke.
Cognitive psychologist Mary Czerwinski and her boyfriend were having a vigorous argument as they drove to Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle, where she works at Microsoft Research. She can’t remember the subject, but she does recall that suddenly, his phone went off, and he read out the text message: “Your friend Mary isn’t feeling well. You might want to give her a call.”
I might mysteriously disappear after I disclose this information, but I’m going to take the chance.
Many people forgo their outdoor physical activities during the winter months due to cold temperatures, snow and ice. These same factors discourage others from going to the gym when the weather conditions are imposing.
It wasn’t all that long ago Jake Scott was a sophomore at Suitland High School in Maryland, going nowhere. The youngest of 17 children in a family where no one went to college, he had one thing going for him: He was a big, strong guy, big enough to play on the football team.
How do you know you’re middle-aged? How about when you wear clothes and shoes based on comfort rather than style, or grow hair in all the wrong places: nose, ears, eyebrows? Those are just two of the signs mentioned in a recent British survey about when middle age begins and how to identify it.
Mr. Atwater: We have a 17-, soon to be 18-year-old son. He’s a good kid and was an occasional pot smoker through most of high school, but within the past year he has started smoking much more often – sometimes before school, after school and later after work.
Winter and cold weather can pose serious risks to your health. Shoveling snow can trigger a heart attack; staying in the cold too long without protection can cause hypothermia; and frigid temperatures can increase blood pressure and narrow blood vessels, bringing on conditions like Raynaud’s phenomenon and chilblains.
After a 23-year career in the U.S. Army, Valetta SuRae Stewart was concerned the primary skills she could bring to the private sector were “breaking things and killing people.”
I think most have heard by now that actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died of what is suspected to be a heroin overdose. This sad ending for a talented man has made front pages of major papers, op-eds and blogs.
“Ryan” started his chemical career at 15.
“Tim” came from a pretty broken family. His dad was an alcoholic but was actually the more stable parent. He worked and raised his three sons as best he could.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. It’s also resolution season.
At 46 going on 17, it was clear “Bob” needed to grow up.
This wasn't going to be a fair fight. Everyone knew that going in. On one side was Dan Durante, trim and fit, but seven decades on in life. On the other, about 20 members of the Liberty High School football team in Bealeton, Va., and 10 cheerleaders, all in fine shape and more than 50 years younger. This one had mismatch written all over it.
Alcoholics don’t make New Year’s resolutions. It’s true. They’ve learned the hard way that promises to themselves or promises to others are a one-way ticket to disappointment.
Mr. Atwater: I have always been a pretty successful guy. I have two brothers and a sister, and all three are messes.
“Laurie” was the youngest of four girls. Right out of the gate, her mom would tell you, she was all about “Laurie.”
Visit vendor booths and exhibits showcasing local health, fitness and nutrition businesses and organizations at the Health, Fitness and Nutrition Expo 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at Park Place, 406 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake.
We’re coming up on that time of year when looking over the past and making an appraisal of performance is a regular undertaking.