February 11, 1987 |
(Editor's note: Jane Fonda, like millions of other American women, once put herself through a debilitating cycle of crash diets, pills and binges in the effort to achieve an "ideal" figure. She learned the hard way that the real goal is in achieving your best and healthiest self - losing fat but retaining muscle, raising your metabolism and lowering your natural set-point weight. Now, in "Jane Fonda's New Workout and Weight Loss Program," she makes her hard-won knowledge available to everyone.
January 3, 1994 |
Every couple of years the nations of the world participate in an orgy of athletic performances. This year an army of finely tuned, perfectly conditioned bodies will descend on Lillehammer, Norway, to make the rest of us couch potatoes feel guilty and inadequate. So guilty, in fact, that for the next year or so it is likely that sales of home gyms, ski equipment, health club memberships, skating lessons and Jamaican bobsled team movies will boom. Competitive athletes have all sorts of philosophies about what to drink and eat in order to maximize their performance, and a whole new field of sports nutrition has grown up in response to all this interest.
December 12, 1993 |
With the wintertime recreational season upon us, there is one word you should keep in mind: Pasta. Well, maybe also a second word: Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide the fuel the body needs for stamina during outdoor activities in cold weather. And pasta is a great source of carbohydrates. Six hours of strenuous winter activities, such as skiing or hiking, require 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day, two or more times the calories needed for a day of office work. The additional calories are needed for keeping warm, exercising and carrying the weight of heavier clothing, and for deeper and more rapid respiration, especially at higher altitudes.
February 17, 1988 |
Feeling stressed? Reach for a bagel. Need to be mentally sharp this morning? Skip the sausage and eggs and order coffee and fruit. Want to wind down from a hectic day? Try pasta. Judith Wurtman's advice is easy to take. In fact, very easy. Who can refuse a cookie as a tranquilizer? Wurtman, a research scientist in the department of brain and cognitive science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says the foods you eat and when you eat them have a lot to do with your mind and mood.
November 11, 2013 |
The commandments for a healthy diet are practically biblical at this point. More fruits and vegetables. Fewer saturated fats and empty carbs. Like most good habits, though, the canon is easier preached than practiced. And of course, it is exponentially harder to pull off when you are poor. Recognizing that it is human nature to opt for the carrot over the stick, a food pantry in Northeast Philadelphia has adopted an innovative system to encourage better food choices. Through a point system, the clients who go to the Mitzvah Food Project's Choice Food Program at the Klein Jewish Community Center are offered incentives to select fresh produce and whole grains rather than processed foods.
May 29, 1995 |
After more than 20 years in academia, Stephen Roth, a former biology department chairman at the University of Pennsylvania, jumped out of the ivory tower. Roth decided to leap into the private sector, trading in his life as a university researcher and professor for that of chairman and chief executive officer of Neose Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company formed in 1990 to refine and market discoveries made in his university laboratory. "I decided if the only reason I wouldn't move to Neose from Penn was fear of earning a living, that was a shameful reason," said Roth.
June 9, 1994 |
Call it the ultimate Power Diet. The Army is taking the adage "You Are What You Eat" to new heights, researching not the perfect weapon, but the perfect food to build a Super Soldier. And it may be on to something, the National Academy of Sciences reported yesterday after a two-year independent study. The Army is experimenting with foods that can help a soldier operate on little sleep, stand watch for hours, run faster and for a longer time, overcome fear and make snap judgments in the heat of combat.
February 15, 1987 |
Call it the disorder of the decade. You've certainly read about it. You've probably discussed it with friends. And chances are, amid the hoopla, you have wondered if you, too, have hypoglycemia. Why the hype about hypoglycemia? Because it has become a catch-all diagnosis for myriad problems related to low blood sugar. For the last decade, the public has been deluged with reports listing the symptoms associated with the condition. Before you could say, "Get me to a doctor, quick," plenty of people who occasionally felt even the slightest sign of dizziness, nausea or fatigue were convinced that they were victims of hypoglycemia.
October 3, 1991 |
As a coach at youth basketball camps in Atlantic and Gloucester Counties, Rich Marcucci has seen firsthand the apathy many youngsters have toward developing proper eating habits. "Kids don't think about what they're eating," said Marcucci, who lives in Williamstown. "Sometimes, the only way you can get them to think about it is to have them think of it in terms of performance. " Just as science teachers frequently turn to discussions of dinosaurs and space to keep youngsters interested in the more abstract concepts of science, Marcucci and others increasingly are turning to athletics to teach proper eating habits to youths.
July 28, 1992 |
ADDICTION ADDICTS? I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional. That's the title of a new book published by Addison-Wesley that critiques the recovery movement. In the six decades since Alcoholics Anonymous introduced America to the concept of peer support and a radical 12-step method for dealing with alcoholism, AA's 12 Steps have been applied to a growing number of other "addictions. " Wendy Kaminer, a lawyer and public policy fellow at Radcliffe College who wrote the new book, says the proliferation of such groups "celebrates victimization.