My name is Charlotte and I am a multitasker.
Thank you for allowing me to speak at this meeting of Multitaskers Anonymous, or MA — so appropriate given that ours is an affliction especially connected with motherhood.
As other 12-step programs have taught us, the first step to recovery is admitting we are powerless over our addiction. The fifth is admitting the exact nature of our wrongs....
TAMPA — Just last week, Terri Comeau completed the grueling surgeries she has needed since making up her mind to have her healthy breasts removed to prevent cancer.
"It's a tough decision to remove your breasts, the toughest decision I've ever made. But it also was the most logical thing to do," said the 29-year-old Lutz wife, mother and sales analyst.
That kind of deeply personal decision on Tuesday became a topic of national conversation when Angelina Jolie revealed that she, too, underwent a preventive double mastectomy and reconstruction. Like Comeau, the Oscar-winning actress has a genetic mutation that sharply increases a woman's risk of breast and ovarian cancer....
Kathee Johnson has been losing weight and working out. She feels good. She likes what she sees in the mirror.
But what is reflected is not just thinner thighs or more pronounced cheekbones.
"Finally, I'm looking in the mirror and seeing myself,'' she told me. "I haven't seen me for a long time.''
Kathee, a 43-year-old wife, homeschooling mother of five and public school tutor, hasn't just been waging the weight war....
Seven years ago, Dan Inglima, 32 years old and 250 pounds, was on the sidelines at the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, cheering for his sister-in-law.
"I'd never seen a triathlon,'' he told me this week. "I had chills running up and down my arms. I said, 'This is something I want to do.' ''
He went out to run a mile and found he couldn't even make it out of his Clearwater neighborhood. But he kept at it. Soon, he could go a mile without stopping. Then two, then three....
Seven in 10 Americans say they want to die at home. Yet 7 in 10 of us die in hospitals.
Even more of us — 82 percent — say it's important to write down our wishes regarding end-of-life care. Yet just under a fourth of us have done so.
Ellen Goodman, the former Boston Globe columnist, shared those statistics recently at a presentation about an important venture she helped create, the Conversation Project. Its aim is tough yet simple — to get people to really think about, and talk about, what they want at the end of life....
From an actual email exchange with Times staff writer Irene Maher, after I edited her cover story today on Weight Watchers' 50th anniversary:
Me: I'm thinking of writing a column about Weight Watchers and how much I generally love it but HATE tracking. Is that too cranky of me?
Irene: Man up! Tracking is the reason it works! I swear by it, even without WW telling me to do it....
Maybe you think you're doing all you can to prevent cancer.
You don't touch tobacco. You never drink to excess. You love fruits, vegetables, high-fiber grains and legumes. You avoid foods with unpronounceable ingredients.
You watch your weight, you exercise every day, know your family health history and get recommended screenings.
But have you offered up your healthy self to science?...
The day that news broke of the famous South African athlete getting arrested for shooting his model girlfriend, I happened to see a friend of mine.
We talked about the story as I imagine millions of people did. But my friend's reaction astonished me.
"I don't get it,'' she told me. "She was so beautiful.''
Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot by Oscar Pistorius — whether knowingly or accidentally is in dispute — certainly was beautiful....
Whether your goal is to run a marathon, take up yoga, get serious about your heart health, or anything else you've been putting off, you'll likely hear this piece of encouragement from some well-meaning person: • Just take the first step. • But what if the first step you take every day has you hobbling in pain?
Back in October, we devoted our cover story to common foot problems that keep athletes and exercisers sidelined. ...
My grandfather was a doctor, and so he was used to people asking him for medical advice at the unlikeliest times and places.
One topic that often came up near the end of a big and wonderful family meal was dieting.
Grandpa Paul would push himself away from the table, wordlessly demonstrating his best weight loss tip.
Everybody always smiled, partly because our favorite doctor's generous belly demonstrated that his advice, though simple, wasn't easy....
A couple of years ago, Dara-Lynn Weiss set out to do something that health experts have urged millions of American moms and dads to do: help her obese child lose weight.
At nearly 4 feet 5 and 93 pounds, then-7-year-old Bea would hardly rate a second-glance from Jerry Springer. But her pediatrician declared she was in the 98th percentile for weight related to height, placing her within the definition of pediatric obesity....
There are basically two camps when it comes to New Year's resolutions: Those who make them and those who don't.
I've long been a devoted resolver. But now, with just days before 2013 dawns, I'm reconsidering.
Not because I have given up hope. And certainly not because I need no improvement.
Fact is, I make resolutions all the time. Probably every day. Several times a day, even....
If you had the chance to ask the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention what keeps him up at night, you might expect to hear a made-for-Hollywood litany of horrors.
Perhaps a mysterious new virus in the public water system. Or drug-resistant, flesh-eating bacteria sweeping the nation's hospitals. Maybe airline passengers importing Ebola.
Recently, I was among a group from the Association of Health Care Journalists that posed that very question to Dr. Thomas Frieden, who met with us during our visit to the world-famous institution in Atlanta....
Before we go any further, please set this column aside for just a moment and hit the floor. Time to do some pushups.
Women, you're on your knees. Men, on your toes. Do as many as you can without stopping before your arms turn to rubber.
Whew. Glad that's over. How'd you do?
On average, a 40-year-old American woman should be able to do 16; for men that age, it's 27. By age 60, it's 6 for women, 17 for men....
As we were putting together today's issue of Personal Best, something of a theme developed: the nobility of dogs.
Our cover subject, Nicole Johnson, shared not only her terrific diabetes-friendly recipes, but also her latest and furriest weapon against the disease. Lucy the labradoodle is learning to detect when Nicole's blood sugar levels are plummeting, saving her from a crisis.
And columnist Bob Clark, who occasionally sends me videos of his amazing skateboarding dogs, has contributed a great rundown of the many health benefits dogs add to our lives....