Lawmakers generally don't much care for being placed on the losing side of annual end-of session lists of winners and losers. But this may be an exception:
The state Capitol’s own “Biggest Loser” competition has begun, hosted by Senate Health Policy Committee Chair Aaron Bean (shown here bravely weighing in on Thursday) and House Health and Human Services Committee Chair Richard Corcoran....
This is an election year, so it should come as no surprise that politicians in search of votes are saying all kinds of things without much regard for accuracy.
Take, for instance, the dire warnings that Obamacare — the health insurance program for people under age 65 — is bad for Medicare, the program for seniors and the disabled.
When Gov. Rick Scott aired an ad claiming there would be a "devastating impact'' on seniors from some cuts to private Medicare Advantage plans, he earned a "Mostly False'' rating from PolitiFact....
It's been a month since a colleague and I pushed our desk chairs to the side and elevated our computers so we could stand while working.
Yes, we were a little unnerved at all the news about the health hazards of sitting, more of which you'll read about in today's Personal Best. But more than that, we both were feeling achy after hours (and years) of sitting, and figured it was time for a change....
Nearly two years ago, we brought you the story of Kye Johnson, an adorable toddler with a potentially fatal genetic condition that meant constant hospitalizations, lasting physical damage, untold anxiety and enormous medical bills.
If Kye had been given a $5 blood test at birth, his severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) could have been found and treated at a fraction of the cost in suffering and dollars....
Ask an expert how to establish a fitness habit and chances are you'll hear something like this:
Find an activity that fits your life, and is easy to include in your daily routine.
That's good, but I propose taking it a step further:
Find an activity that fits your life, and is hard NOT to include in your daily routine.
Here's what I mean: Like many writers, editors and binge TV watchers, I do a lot of sitting. Chairs, sofas, floors, rocks, you name it, I can sit on it. Not to be immodest, but I excel at sitting....
A few months ago, my husband came home with an idea that I wasn't quite expecting.
Hey! Let's ride bikes from Germany to the Czech Republic.
Yes, that Germany and that Czech Republic. Two entirely separate nations.
Now, you should know that although we own bikes, we don't ride great distances. Maybe 20 or 30 miles on a Sunday morning, but we don't even cross county lines, never mind national borders. Yes, I go to the gym, and I suppose if pressed (or chased) we both could run a couple of miles. Still, this two-nation bike ride seemed a bit much....
If Tampa lawyer Jeanne Coleman is tempted to slack off on her training regimen, she has this memory to stay motivated: Pedaling a fully loaded bicycle up a Pyrenees mountain road so steep, she had to stop every mile to catch her breath. Waiting for her at the top: all the cyclists who had passed her on the way up, but stopped to applaud her.
"That set the tone,'' Coleman, now 62, said of the 2010 adventure. "I said, 'Okay, I can do the rest of the Pyrenees.' And we did.''...
I've been reading in bed ever since the book was a Nancy Drew mystery from the school library, illuminated by a flashlight under the covers. I rarely lasted long before conking out.
Now my in-bed library is neatly contained in a Kindle Fire, an elegant computer tablet much brighter than my old flashlight. If the book gets boring, I can catch up on Facebook, check email, watch a video. An hour or more might pass before I make myself shut the thing off....
A few months ago, my colleague John Woodrow Cox told me about a fascinating story he was reporting. A 40-something man, mostly deaf all his life, was going to receive a cochlear implant. Though many deaf people would not choose the procedure, Mike Gray, who never learned American Sign Language and who struggled to succeed in a hearing world, believed it was his best hope.
Mike invited John and Tampa Bay Times photographers to be in the operating room for the surgery, and later to record the moment when the implant was turned on....
I've been hearing a lot of talk about responsibility lately.
Most often, the point about responsibility is that other people need to be taking it.
It's pretty unusual to hear somebody say, "You know, I just don't take enough responsibility.''
The other week, I spoke with a civic group in Tampa about the Affordable Care Act. Talk, not surprisingly, turned to the cost of health care and why it's so much higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world....
Is it just me, or has this been an especially confusing holiday season?
Thursday was Thanksgiving. It also was Hanukkah. Which meant it was also Thanksgivukkah. The blue and silver menorah cards I'd bought late last year (on sale! ) for my Jewish friends suddenly seemed all wrong.
Speaking of sales, this transformation of "Black Friday'' into "Black Days and Days and Days of Deals'' baffles me entirely....
Entrepreneur Dawna Stone is all about fitness. An avid runner and triathlete, she started the Women's Running Half Marathon in 2009, a natural development from her earlier creation, Women's Running magazine.
Back in 2005, she was the winner on TV's The Apprentice: Martha Stewart and landed a stint with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as development director of Body + Soul. Since then, she has hosted a Sirius Satellite Radio health program, and done numerous television segments on wellness....
Last Sunday morning, we were riding our bikes along St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront, watching finish-line preparations for the area's final Komen 3-Day walk for breast cancer.
Soon, pink-clad walkers would arrive — many with blisters and aches I cannot begin to imagine — for a triumphant, yet bittersweet celebration.
I wondered what will happen to all the passion, energy and resources that went into this event. True, it's being canceled because of declining participation. But drawing 850 people who raised $2.2 million for research, walked 60 miles in three days — and camped on the nights in between — is an awesome thing that must not be minimized....
You can fit a lot of memories into a soup bowl.
As a little kid with a sore throat and stuffy nose, Mom filled my bowl with Lipton's Chicken Noodle Soup, the salty brew guaranteed to get the sinuses going. Plus there was the fun of pondering those little white bits and wondering if they were really chicken, or something an astronaut might wash down with Tang.
After a hard morning sledding our neighborhood's snowy hills, we'd get mugs of Campbell's tomato soup, reconstituted with either milk or water, depending on whose mom was serving it up. And always with an American-on-white grilled cheese sandwich....
Tampa Bay Times readers have been asking lots of questions about the Affordable Care Act, and we invite you to keep them coming as computer problems in the marketplace ease and you get to try it out. We're archiving all of this information in a sortable format at tampabay.com/obamacare. Have a question? Send it to email@example.com.
I understand I have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1. When do I have to send my payment?...