Mickey Mehta’s Health Tip (Leg toning exercises)

October 15, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!


www.zoomtv.in Proper leg toning is very important. Do basic exercises like strengthening your calf muscles? All you have to do is life your heels off the ground and stay still in the same position and then bring them back to their original position. It helps increase the flexibility of the muscles. Watch the holistic health guru Mickey Mehta bring to you some tips on leg toning exercises. Subscribe to our Youtube channel now For the latest Bollywood news, gossip, celebrities, events, log on to http We invite you to join the Zoom Klub

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Surrogacy: the new trend in reproductive tourism

February 14, 2011 by  

Surrogacy, something which was quite taboo just a few years ago, has become quite acceptable, even mainstream. This may be partly due to the publicity that celebrities like Rick Martin to Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman generated.

But for each surrogacy case, there are 2 sides to the coin: the “gestational carrier” (a term out of Kidman’s mouth) and the would-be parents. Although these roles are rather easy to define, the terms “biological parents”, “genetic parents” and “adoptive parents” are sometimes needed to clarify the issues. However, confusion remains so that there is need for us to look at the terminologies.

According to surrogacy.org. uk:

Traditional (straight) surrogacy – “the surrogate uses her own egg fertilised with the intended father’s sperm. This is done by artificial insemination…”

Gestation (Host IVF) surrogacy – “the surrogate carries the intended parent’s genetic child conceived through IVF…”

In many countries, surrogacy is legal. In some, it is not. It is a well-known fact that surrogacy is a big business in India and some countries in eastern Europe and South America where surrogacy laws are very lax if at all existent.

During the recent economic crisis, there was a recent surge in the number of women in the US who were willing to sell their eggs or serve as surrogates in return for a fee. Although the money involved is not well-publicized, it can range from as little as $3000 in India to $20,000 in the US. In many cases, the women had a valid reason for going into surrogacy – money for a loved one’s treatment, children’s education, etc.

Recently, Guatemala hit the headlines as a strong completion to India when it comes to “reproductive tourism.” Unfortunately, the laws in Guatemala are not ready for this rapidly increasing market. According to Karen Smith Rotabi, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University:

“Those developing surrogacy services in this desperately poor nation should take caution as they pioneer in this area of global fertility practice. As a business model, they are stepping into a grey area of human rights which will challenge us all to consider what is right and wrong and how far to take the privilege of purchasing power. Developing an expanded or more precise definition of human trafficking and a new area of regulatory control will become important considerations in this next wave of the global baby business.”

This and the highly publicized surrogacy cases of celebrities triggered heated debates on the ethics and legalities of surrogacy.

Here are some issues to ponder on:

  • Is surrogacy about renting wombs or helping infertile couples?
  • If surrogacy, which is illegal in many western European countries, is done in a country where it is legal, tantamount to a crime when the parents bring the baby home?
  • Does the baby have the right for its parent’s nationality even though it has been conceived and delivered through surrogacy, which may have been legal in its country of birth but not in its home country?
  • How do countries define the difference between surrogacy and intercountry adoption?


Cancer celebrity news, 21 January

January 21, 2011 by  
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Steve Jobs went to Switzerland in search of cancer treatment

I guess the biggest cancer news this week is the announcement that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is taking a leave of absence for health reasons. Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and had surgery in 2004. He also underwent liver transplant in 2009. Both procedures were performed in the US. The latest news according to CNN’s Fortune is that he also secretly underwent “a special form of hormone-delivered radiotherapy to treat neuroendocrine cancer”, in Basel, Switzerland in 2009. The said treatment is currently not available in the US. Currently, there are many speculations about the latest leave of absence of the Apple chief. Rumors about organ rejection and return to Switzerland abound. Fortune continues to write:

A neuroendocrine cancer expert at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics said Monday that recent studies show that “survival rates are improving” due to better treatment. At the time Jobs’s cancer was originally diagnosed in 2004, according to Dr. Thor Halfdanarson, the five-year survival rate for metastatic disease was thought to be less than 20%. Today “the prognosis is getting better,” with the five-year survival rate at 55% to 57%, he said, according to one recent study.

Wherever he is, we wish Steve Jobs all the best.

Kylie Minogue still in treatment

Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery and chemotherapy in 2005. As of October 2010, Minogue was still undergoing cancer treatment and admitted to be suffering from severe side effects that included “extreme sickness and headaches.” The Australian pop start admits “she often cries over her ongoing cancer treatment” and that the side effects “left her distraught and despondent.” There were times when Minogue felt like giving up and really looked forward to the end of treatment in 2011.

“I’ll finish early next year and that will be amazing, but I’ve also heard you can feel quite insecure when you first come off it because you have relied on this medication for so long. It’s going to be a big adjustment.”

Good luck, Kylie!

Michael Douglas has overcome throat cancer

Another celebrity who has been battling cancer is actor Michael Douglas. Douglas was diagnosed with throat cancer last year and underwent intensive chemo- and radiotherapy. In a recent interview on NBC, the actor happily reported that his cancer is gone. According to Douglas on his first interview since starting cancer treatment:

“I think the odds are with the tumor gone and what I know about this particular type of cancer that I’ve got it beat… I have to check out on a monthly basis now to maintain. I guess there’s not a total euphoria. I’ll probably take a couple of months of getting checked out. But it’s been a wild six-month ride.”

We are so happy for you, Michael. Keep it up.

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Celebrity health advice: with a grain of salt, please

January 12, 2010 by  
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When it comes to health advice, who would you believe best? Ophra or your doctor? Apparently, for many people, the answer to this seemingly simple question is not so clear. We have seen how health campaigns use celebrities to drive home their message. We have seen how high profile cancer cases increased awareness that led to increased screening. We have seen how Michael J. Fox put Parkinson’s disease in the limelight and how Lance Armstrong helped cancer research funding. In other words, people would tend to listen more to their favourite celebrities than their doctors.

According to Dr. Aaron Carroll, director of Indiana University’s Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research.

“It helps people to realize that health problems they have affect even celebrities. Knowing that a rich and famous person can have the same problem as you or me makes it seem more fair, maybe…It also can make it easier to talk about your own problem, because a celebrity has the same issue.”

However, celebrity endorsement is not unidirectional. It can go both ways – maybe even the wrong way. A recent report in the US Today criticizes how some celebrities give medical advice without getting their facts right. In the process, they might actually put the health and life of their audiences on the line. Here are some examples of what the report referred to as “dangerous” medical advice.

Suzanne Somers, in her book Knockout

The actress Suzanne Somers has been diagnosed with breast cancer but refused chemotherapy. She considers chemotherapy as destructive and advocates instead treatments using the so-called “bioidentical hormones” which are compounds custom-mixed by special pharmacies but unapproved by the US FDA. Somers appeared on Ophra Winfrey Show to promote her book where she attacked mainstream cancer treatments and even went as far as blame chemotherapy for Patrick Swayze’s death.

According to Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American cancer Society

“I am very afraid that people are going to listen to her message and follow what she says and be harmed by it. We use current treatments because they’ve been proven to prolong life. They’ve gone through a logical, scientific method of evaluation. I don’t know if Suzanne Somers even knows there IS a logical, scientific method…There’s a tendency to oversimplify medical messages. Well, oversimplification can kill.”

Jenny McCarthy, in her books on the link between autism and vaccines

The actress Jenny McCarthy blamed childhood vaccines for her son Evan’s autism and she voiced out her opinion in several books. In her book Mother Warriors, McCarthy says she doesn’t need a scientific training to know she is right. She said she learned about autism from “the university of Google” and at home where, by observing her son she learned it all.

According to paediatrician Dr. Martin Myers, executive director of the National Network for Immunization Information:

By swaying parents to delay or reject childhood vaccines, celebrities could undermine efforts to protect newborns and other vulnerable children from devastating diseases. “I worry about these celebrities who confuse people. I don’t think they know how much damage they can cause.”

What do you think? Do you think celebrities should take more responsibility in getting the facts right speaking out? Would you follow celebrity-endorsed health advice?

Do celebrity patients increase cancer awareness?

November 4, 2009 by  
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Kylie_Minogue_2_(2009)Millions suffer from cancer but only the plight of celebrity cancer patients are splashed on the headlines. Below I describe two famous cancer victims and how they influenced actively or inadvertently the public’s view of cancer.

Kylie Minogue
The Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Melbourne showed a surge in the demand for breast cancer imaging even for low-risk women 6 months after Minogue’s diagnosis. Here are some of the effects of Minogue’s well-publicized condition:

Good or bad? Further data analyses indicate that among those who tested positive, there were a lot of “false negatives.”

According to study author Dr Margaret Kelaher

“Raising women’s awareness of the need to get screened is a generally good thing. But these findings suggest that thousands of additional imaging procedures and biopsies did not improve breast cancer detection among young women…It appears there has been a situation where publicity has led to many low risk women using – and probably overusing – screening services.”

Jade Goody
Jade Goody died of cervical cancer earlier this year. Her battle with cancer, turned into a reality show, captured the world’s attention and got women scrambling for cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccine. The heightened interest and awareness in cervical cancer was dubbed the “Jade Goody effect”. Here are some of the changes that the Jade Goody effect brought about:

  • Reexamination of UK’s National Health Services (NHS) cervical screening program which is offered starting at age 25 in England but as early as age 20 in some parts of Britain.
  • Increased interest in and demand for the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, also known as “cervical cancer jab.”

According to The Guardian UK

Sad though the cause, the new interest in cervical cancer has been welcomed by cancer charities and those involved in the screening programme. The proportion of women taking up the invitation to go for a screening test has been steadily dropping for about a decade. The latest figures, from March last year, show 78.6% of eligible women had been tested, which meant that the take-up had dropped below 80% for the third year in a row.

So what do you think? Is cancer publicity through celebrity victims making people panic over nothing? Or does it increase awareness and save lives?

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons/Flickr

Cancer in the headlines, October 23

October 23, 2009 by  
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newspaperEnjoy the quiet weekend before Halloween…

Celebrities on cancer

Cindy Crawford’s cancer fears over signature facial mole
Her face is well-known all over the world, including the mole that adorns one corner of her mouth.  Cindy Crawford’s signature facial mark is part of natural beauty and a source of fear for the super model. The mole started as a freckle and has grown since then. 43-year old Crawford tells the Daily News she has her facial mole and many others which are less visible regularly checked by doctors in case they turn malignant. She also says she pays close attention to her health, only drinking occasionally and never smoking.

Ex Drummer Of Rock Band KISS Speaks In Public About His Breast Cancer
Peter Criss is the ex drummer of the rock band KISS talks openly about his breast cancer experience. In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, the 63-year old musician revealed that he was diagnosed with breast cancer and successfully treated last year. Breast cancer is very common in women but rare in men (less than 1%).

FDA cancer approvals

FDA Approves New Indication for Gardasil to Prevent Genital Warts in Men and Boys
Gardasil can also now be used for boys. The US FDA has recently approved the vaccine for boys and men ages boys and men, ages 9 through 26.  Vaccination in boys is recommended for the prevention of genital warts (condyloma acuminata) caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6 and 11. Genital warts can later on lead to genital cancer. In addition, HPV is sexually transmitted and male partners may pass on the virus to female partners and thereby increasing their risks cervical, vulvar and vaginal cancers. Gardasil is already approved for use in girls staring at age 11 to prevent infection due to HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18. It is manufactured by Merck.

FDA Approves New Vaccine for Prevention of Cervical Cancer
Cervarix is another vaccine against HPV. It has recently been approved for the prevention of genital infections cause by HPV types 16 and 18 in girls and women ages 10 through 25 years of age. Cervarix is manufactured by the UK-based GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals. It has already been used in the UK since last year. According to Dr. Karen Midthun, acting director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

“The licensure of Cervarix adds another option in the prevention of cervical cancer. It has the potential to save lives from cervical cancer as well as reduce the need for biopsies and invasive procedures associated with the necessary follow-up from abnormal Pap tests.”

FDA Approves New Treatment for Advanced Form of Kidney Cancer
Another FDA approval this week is for Votrient (pazopanib) for the treatment of advanced kidney cancer. Votrient is taken orally and “is intended for people with advanced renal cell carcinoma, a type of kidney cancer in which the cancerous cells are found in the lining of very small tubes (tubules) in the kidney.” Votrient is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline based in the UK.

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Celebrities speak up for health

October 9, 2009 by  
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It takes a famous voice, face or name to catch people’s attention. It takes a celebrity to increase awareness. Which is why these three ladies are using their celebrity status to educate the people on health issues in these public service announcements.

Jennifer Lopez for Sounds of Pertussis

Jennifer Lopez, actress, singer, and mother is the spokesperson for Sounds of Pertussis, a campaign supported by the vaccine maker sanofi pasteur. In this spot, Lopez is appealing to the public, especially parents to get vaccinated against pertussis or whooping cough. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial disease that can be fatal for infants. It creates a sticky, thick mucus in the airways that makes it hard to breathe, eat, and drink. Pertussis is also known as whooping cough because people with the disease often make a loud “whoop” sound as they struggle to breathe through their narrowed airways between coughing spasms.

Symptoms of pertussis in adults can be mild and would be mistaken for a cold or bronchitis. However, adults can transmit the bacteria to little babies where pertussis symptoms can be serious, even fatal. In the US, more than 10,000 cases of pertussis were reported in 2007.

Take Charge with Fran Drescher

Actress Fran Drescher is the face of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) campaign Be in Charge of your Health. Drescher is a survivor of uterine cancer and is best known for her role as Nanny Fran in the TV series “The Nanny.” Here’s what Drescher has to say in one the AHRQ video spots:

“Hi, I’m Fran Drescher and I’ve got a question for you. Who’s in charge of your health care? It took two whole years to correctly diagnose my cancer. I learned that asking lots of questions may help prevent disease or catch cancer early when it’s easier to treat. Talk to your doctor and bring someone with you to help. For all the questions you need to ask, go to ahrq.gov because it’s your life, and you’re in charge of your health.”

Chandra Wilson for Treat with Care

Actress and mother Chandra Wilson is the celebrity that is spreading the word for the public service announcements for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). The campaign called Treat with Care aims to educate parents on the safe use of children’s cough and cold medicines. According to Wilson, who plays a surgeon in the TV series “Grey’s Anatomy”

As parents, we’re in charge of our children’s health, and as a mother of three, I take this responsibility very seriously. Many of us rely on OTC cough and cold medicines to help our children feel better when they’re sick. It is our job as parents to understand how to safely do so, and I am excited to be working on such an important effort promoting the safe and appropriate use of these medicines.”

For more information about this campaign, check out www.otcsafety.org

Heart(y) celebrity weekend events, September 11

September 11, 2009 by  

andie MacdowellA celebrity-studded healthy weekend is waiting for us as stars share their time and experiences for heart-healthy causes.

Saturday: Go Red For Women® premieres NBC TV special

Let’s  start with the Go Red For Women® TV Special which premieres  on NBC on Saturday. September 12. The 30-minute TV special will be hosted by The TODAY Show’s Hoda Kotb and will feature actress Andie MacDowell who will share her personal story of heart disease. The show focuses on choices women have made to be heart-healthy and features one of our Go Red For Women 2009 casting call finalists as well as cardiologist Dr. Susan Bennett and nutritionist Samantha Heller. See it nationwide on MSNBC at noon, EST.  Check out the local schedule of Go Red For Women® “Choose To Live” here. Go Red For Women® is an initiative of the American Heart Association. This is the second TV special on women’s heart health. The first special was aired last year with a resounding success.

Sunday: Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher to do the Malibu Triathlon this weekend

You wouldn’t think she’s the cardio type but there is nothing desperate about Teri Hatcher if you see her in the pool, on her bike, or on the treadmill. My, I wish I could beTeri hatcher just as fit. She definitely doesn’t look like klutzy Susan at all. Teri is going to do the Nautica Malibu Triathlon this weekend (Sunday, September 13)  and show her physical endurance. The triathlon consists of a half-mile swim, an eighteen-mile out-and-back bike course, and a 4-mile run and proceeds of the run will go to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital.

“I’m in it for the kids and just to finish without walking. Nothing more. Well I guess I don’t really want to be LAST. I do have a bit of competitiveness left in me.”

Other celebrities before her have done it:
Jennifer Lopez (02:23:38.8), Andy Baldwin (01:30:44.7), and Matthew McConaughey (1:43:48).

…so we are hoping that Terry can do it. Go, Terry, go.

Everyday: Stroke’s No Joke

Two African-American comedians are actively campaigning to fight stroke by incorporating the topic into their shows. Alonzo Bodden and George Wilborn are the new celebrity spokepersons of Stroke’s No Joke, the new public service campaign of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to increase stroke awareness and encourage bystander help. The theme “Time Lost is Brain Lost” and pushes home the message that recognizing the symptoms and calling for emergency help is the best way to increase the chances of survival from a stroke attack. There are TV as well as radio spots presented by the comedians , who are doing “comedy with a life saving punchline”.

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Hear the World!

August 10, 2009 by  
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earRod Stewart, Franka Potente, Diane Kruger and most recently Laura Pausini, these are just some of the many celebrities who are ambassadors of the “Hear the World“, featured in an exhibition of photography at the Saatchi Gallery in London last month. No less known is the photographer himself, no other than the Canadian musician Bryan Adams. Yes, Bryan, aside from being a hitmaker, is a talented photographer as well and is the official photo man of the Hear the World Initiative. His subject? His colleagues, from Placido Domingo to Amy Winehouse, from Annie Lennox to Mick Jagger, all posing with a hand cupping the ear, highlighting the importance of the hearing organ.

The exhibition is part of the Hear the World initiative, a project of the not-for-profit organization Hear the World Foundation, supported by the Swiss-based hearing aid manufacturer Phonak. It covers a wide range of activities – “from the education about the topic of hearing and hearing loss to the respective prevention measures such as offering hearing protection at events with high noise levels.”

The ambassadors contribute in anyway they can, through their art, be it in the form of music, acting or pictures to promote the importance of our sense of hearing and prevention of hearing loss.

The Bryan Adams photographs were exhibited in a Zurich exhibition last year. They are available for purchase ( www.hear-the-world.com/exhibition) and proceeds from the sale of the pictures will benefit the Hear the World Foundation. The goals of the Hear the World initiative are:

According to Dr. Valentin Chapero, CEO of Phonak and President of the Foundation Board of Hear the World.

“Hearing is quality of life, and people should be more aware of this. If we succeed in raising this awareness through Hear the World, my goal is achieved.”

Tobacco-free sports: “Their only addiction is the game”

April 23, 2009 by  
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tobacco-free-torii-hunterHave you seen the number of young people around you who smoke? This is despite the tobacco ad bans and anti-smoking legislations in many countries.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

If current youth tobacco use trends continue, 6.4 million of today’s young people will die from tobacco-related diseases.

Young people usually have their first-time ever tobacco use before they graduate from high school. This suggests that if kept tobacco-free during those critical years, most young people will never start using tobacco at all.

So how can we keep adolescents away from tobacco use during those impressionable years? One the most popular initiatives that seem to work are through tobacco-free sports.

The CDC goes on to say that:

Youth sports continue to be popular in the United States. Sports activities, therefore, present great opportunities to reach young people. Young athletes learn to make important health decisions related to tobacco use, physical activity, and good nutrition while on a sports team.

Indeed, the tobacco-free sports movement has gained momentum as prominent athletes and sports organizations declared their support. Some of these organizations are the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).

Some of the most important sports and athletics events that highlighted the need for tobacco-free sports are:

However, it shouldn’t stop there. The CDC, together with the World Health Organization and the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, are continuously creating educational campaigns and programs to convince young people to engage in tobacoo-free sports. In a language that they would understand. Take for example this In The Mix video clip Soccer: Kickin’ Butts. The CDC also used spokespersons with whom kids can identify with and this included baseball star Torii Hunter, martial arts star Jackie Chan, and professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. Also available are TV spots by anti-smoking celebrities such Esai Morales and Christy Turlington. These TV spots actually carry a message not only for young people, but for their parents as well.

To keep your child tobacco-free, now is the time to act. Point them to the right direction. Download and print out for them the tobacco-free sports poster. Encourage to watch the TV spots. Check out sports activities in your area. Make sports their only addiction.

Photo credit: CDC poster

TV shows and celebrities for the heart

October 14, 2008 by  

This month, let’s feature two celebrities who are active in the battle against heart disease – Go for Red Women celebrities Toni Braxton and Marie Osmond.

Toni Braxton

Let’s welcome back Toni Braxton. She has been featured in this blog before but I think she deserves the honor once again. After all, Toni Braxton is not only a Grammy-award winning musical artist, she is also a heart disease survivor and spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go for Red Women since 2005. If you are a big fan of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, then watch out for Toni. She will be dancing her heart out while battling heart disease and stroke like many of us.

Toni is the voice behind the hits “Unbreak my Heart” and “Another Sad Song”. However, she was on a 6-month hiatus from the entertainment industry when she was hospitalized for chest pains in April. You see, Toni is suffering from pericarditis,

“…a disorder caused by inflammation of the pericardium, which is the sac-like covering around the heart. [It] is usually a complication of viral infections… and most often affects men aged 20-50, usually following respiratory infections.” (Source: Medline Medical Encyclopedia).

Toni’s bio at Dancing with the Stars reads:

The winner of six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is a Billboard chart-topping singer and actress, selling over forty million records worldwide. Her U.S. number-one hit “Un-Break My Heart” is the second biggest single by a female artist in history. She has also appeared in two Disney Broadway shows: Beauty and the Beast and Aida. Dancing with the Stars marks her return to the spotlight after a six-month health hiatus.

According to Toni

I am dancing to celebrate my own triumph over heart disease and raise the consciousness of America’s women that they have the power to beat our number one killer. We have the power to choose life.”

Dancing with the Stars is a TV series at ABC (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7 p.m. Central). Each week, several pairs compete in performing ballroom dancing routines. Each pair usually consists of a celebrity and a ballroom professional. Winning is based on points given by judges as well as votes by viewers. Voting can be done by SMS, TV-text, or over the Internet. Check out how to vote for Toni here.

This is Dancing with the Stars’ seventh season. Toni will be dancing will Alec Mazo, a former champion at the series.

Marie Osmond

Another Go for Red Women celebrity spokesperson is Marie Osmond. Marie was part of the family musical group The Osmonds and co-hosted with her brother The Donny & Marie show. She will be one of the ladies featured in the NBC TV special Untold Stories of the Heart, a series supported by the Go for Red Women of the American Heart Association.

After losing her mother and grandmother to heart disease, the legendary entertainer was inspired to reduce her personal risk and spread awareness.

Marie also competed at Dancing with the Stars on its 5th season in November last year. She won third place at the finals. Hear Marie tell her story in video clips on the Go for Red site or tune in to the show. Check the Untold Stories of the Heart schedule here.

Photo credits:

Foxy Brown Online downloaded at www.tonibraxtonweb.org/index.php


Check out the New York Wine & Food Festival

October 6, 2008 by  

We are what we eat and drink. And where else can we check out the latest on gastronomy than at the New York City Wine & Food Festival on October 9 to 12, 2008.

Now, you might want to ask, what does such a festival have to do with battling heart and stroke? Everything.

Nutrition, the food we eat and the beverages we drink are major lifestyle risk factors for cardiovascular health. If you take a closer look, the festival is not only about gourmet food and wine tasting. There’s something for everyone – even for advocates of health eating.

One of the most heart-friendly offerings at the festival is the session called Beyond Chicken Nuggets: How to Raise a Healthy Eater

According to the session’s abstract:

“One of the biggest health challenges parents face is preparing healthful, convenient meals their children will actually eat. But it’s not easy, and many well-meaning parents fall into the “kid food” trap, serving sure-fire hits like pizza, hot dogs and chicken nuggets just to get their finicky children to eat something.”

Several well-known health food authors and health experts will form a panel who can answer questions of parents concerned about their kids’ diet.

Among the members of the panel are:

These authors and experts will offer practical tips ad strategy “that can put an end to food battles and expand the menu options for even the most finicky child.”

The session costs 35 dollar and lasts for 1-and-a-half hour. It may be well worth your money to go!

Photo credit: NYC by davidlat

Weight-loss reality show holds local casting call

February 17, 2007 by  
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My wife emailed me this little blurb in today’s paper … I wonder if she’s trying to tell me something? Hmmm

Fri Feb 16 2007

THE producers of a weight-loss reality-TV show are holding an open casting call in Winnipeg this month.
X-Weighted, a reality/documentary series that follows subjects as they try to reach their weight-loss goals with the help of expert coaches, will hold auditions for its third season on Feb. 24 and 25 at the Holiday Inn South.

The show’s producers are looking for overweight subjects who will commit to being filmed for six months while following a diet and exercise program, whose families and friends are also willing to be recorded, and who have a meaningful and reality-TV-worthy goal they’re looking to achieve with their weight-loss effort.

The series will be broadcast on the Slice network (the new name for Life network starting next month) in 2008.

SOURCE: Winnipeg Free Press (Subscriber)

This Is What Jennifer Lopez Would Look Like IF She Was Fat

September 13, 2006 by  
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This is What Catherine Zeta-Jones Would Look Like IF She Was Fat

September 13, 2006 by  
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This Is What Gwyneth Paltrow Would Look Like IF She Was Fat

September 13, 2006 by  
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This is What Elizabeth Hurley Would Look Look Like IF She Was Fat

September 13, 2006 by  
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