Why I Love My Job

September 12, 2013

Assignments like these:   The published version is at the Star Tribune.

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In the current issue of Experience Life Magazine

August 30, 2013

Growing Healthy Kids   To get to the Academy of Global Citizenship (AGC) on Chicago’s South Side, one drives down Cicero Avenue, past Popeyes, Family Dollar, Mattress Bargains, and Buy & Cell Mobile. Turning down a side street, I see petite, backpack-laden elementary school students trotting down the sidewalk with their parents. They’re headed for a former […]

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Latest How I Got This Body

August 30, 2013

Jenn Gallup, 34, Minneapolis, hardcourt bike polo player, office manager Jenn Gallup’s competitive hardcourt bike polo career began with a crash at her first tournament. But she got back on her bike laughing, glad to have gotten her jitters out of the way. In the months since that rocky debut she’s become addicted to the […]

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New on Discovery

August 30, 2013

5 Disease Outbreaks Linked to Vaccine-Shy Parents   The current measles outbreak connected to Eagle Mountain International Church case in Newark, Texas, is a perfect example of how diseases that can be controlled through vaccinations are making comebacks in pockets, experts said. Before the outbreak, ministers had encouraged members to question vaccinations; they’ve changed their […]

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Recently Published Work

October 10, 2012

A roundup of some of my current favorite pieces: * A few of my all-time favorite How I Got This Body columns are slated for this month. The first one ran recently (aren’t the photos amazing? They’re by the Star Tribune’s Richard Tsong-Taatarii): After two devastating car accidents, Jenna Hanson realized she could choose to take […]

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What Makes a State Fat or Thin?

August 30, 2012

  I wrote about the CDC’s new report on obesity for Discovery News. Read the full story here.     In Mississippi, the state government added healthy foods to vending machines in state office buildings. Some cities open school gyms to community members on weekends and afternoons, providing safe places to exercise. Still, the Centers for Disease […]

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Olympics Story On Discovery: Year of U.S. Women

August 29, 2012

As Team USA marched through London’s Olympic Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics on Sunday, most of the American athletes with medals were women. U.S. women earned 56 percent of the country’s medals, and 66 percent of its golds. Overall, women played such a big role in London that some dubbed these […]

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Latest How I Got This Body in Sunday’s Star Tribune: Sing or Swim

August 20, 2012

Wendy Louise moved from the court to the pool after a lifetime of playing tennis, with its constant pounding on her knees and hips, plus a rotator cuff surgery. When she switched from teaching tennis to teaching fitness classes in the water, she gradually began to notice the same bored, glazed-over looks on the students’ […]

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New Discovery blog: Why is the Third-Place Olympian Always Smiling?

August 7, 2012

After placing third in the 100-meter men’s breaststroke finals this week, American Brendan Hansen was beaming. “This is the shiniest bronze medal you will ever see,” Hansen said. “Ever.” Not surprising, reports NPR. Psychologists have long noted a distinct difference in the emotional reactions of elite athletes who finish second and those who finish third. “Silver […]

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How I Got This Body: Lifeguard Signe Rudrud

August 7, 2012

When Signe Rudrud learned to swim at age 4, she remembers watching the lifeguards at Lake Nokomis and thinking, “Wow, they get to be at the lake all day.” Now she’s entering her senior year at South High School, and lifeguarding at Lake Nokomis is her job. Even as a longtime swimmer, her responsibilities have […]

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