womenTALK: Midlife Matters

Tuesday, Apr 09th 2013

Remember Your Calcium—But How?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

We'd like to think that staying healthy is as easy as swallowing a handful of pills. And many of us have been doing that—taking our recommended amount of calcium to ward off osteoporosis.

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Tuesday, Apr 02nd 2013

Is Menopause Playing Havoc With Your Sleep?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

My husband loves to recount this story: When we were first married, he came down with the flu. One night, he was having a particularly tough time sleeping.

"Honey, wake up. I don't feel well."

I barely moved.

"Honey, please. Wake up. I can't sleep."

Grunt.

The pleading got a bit more insistent until I managed to register that someone was talking to me, and I wasn't dreaming.

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Monday, Mar 25th 2013

Hidden Threat: Deep Vein Thrombosis

authored by Sheryl Kraft

While watching the Today Show last week, I was jolted into that familiar feeling of "Huh? Where has the time gone?" when it was reported that next month marks 10 years since the sudden and tragic death of 39-year-old journalist David Bloom. Ten years!

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Tuesday, Mar 19th 2013

Secrets of a Memory Champ

authored by Sheryl Kraft

Memory is a funny thing. There are many things we'd like to forget—like bad haircuts, lousy meals and upsetting fights with loved ones. And then, there are those things we would love to remember—such as where we parked the car, the name of that restaurant we want to recommend to our friends and a word that we've used a hundred times before but is now stubbornly stuck on the tip of our tongues.

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Tuesday, Mar 12th 2013

Life as a Balancing Act

authored by Sheryl Kraft

I'm forever striving for balance in my life. At times, my work schedule gets pretty hectic, threatening to obliterate my personal time (the growing to-do list is testament to this fact). But, the other side of the coin is not perfect, either: If I take too much personal time, my to-do list might be whittled down, but so will my work opportunities.

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Tuesday, Mar 05th 2013

Fiber: Something You're Probably Not Getting Enough of in Your Diet

Since March is National Nutrition Month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you all of something we commonly don't get enough of in our daily nutrition: FIBER.

Dietary fiber is found in plant foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Unlike other food components like fats, carbohydrates and proteins, since our bodies cannot digest or break down fiber—here's the good news—it has practically no calories.

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Tuesday, Feb 26th 2013

Exercise and Immunity: What's the Connection?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

My children used to laugh at me when I gave them my best advice for treating a cold.

Go exercise, I'd insist. Works like a charm!

They'd look at me with blank stares, pick up their tissues and walk away.

But now they're in their 20s. And if you have older kids, you know what happens. Eventually they start to listen. Now when they have colds, they take their tissues along to the gym.

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Tuesday, Feb 19th 2013

What to Eat to Keep Your Heart Healthy

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When it comes to rating their greatest health fear, most women will say breast cancer. And while there is good reason to fear the disease—it kills almost 40,000 women each year—the death toll from heart disease is way higher. In fact, heart disease is not only the number one killer of women in the United States—claiming the lives of over 400,000 women each year—but is also a leading cause of disability among women.

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Tuesday, Feb 12th 2013

What? We're Less Healthy Than Our Parents?

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When I think back to my childhood and conjure a picture of a 50-something-year-old man or woman, I think one thing: OLD. Remember back to those days? We were young—they were old.

And now, we are them.

But when I look at my contemporaries or, for that matter, myself, that picture is markedly different from the one I saw years ago.

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Wednesday, Feb 06th 2013

Dating at Midlife

authored by Sheryl Kraft

When you consider how many marriages end in divorce, it's not surprising that by your middle-age years you know a lot of people who are either looking for love, actively dating, deciding to live life without a partner or are on their second, third or even fourth marriages. Maybe you're even one of them.

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