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  • Exercising the Mind

    By Ani Dumas

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As we enter the new millennium, fitness professionals are becoming more aware of the movement toward spiritual forms of exercise. Programs like Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, meditation, and body work are common in fitness clubs and community centers. To keep up with today's stressful...

  • Prostate Cancer: A View From The Trenches

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    "You Can't Make Love If You're Dead: Curing Prostate Cancer and Keeping My Sexuality" by Leon Prochnik (Ari Press, $19.95)

    Looking back on his experience with prostate cancer, author and screenwriter Leon Prochnik realized that what he'd needed when first diagnosed was a "trench...

  • Fat and Fit

    By Rachel Louise Snyder

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking at television and magazine ads these days, you'd think the surest route to health is a diet that goes something like this: an apple slice and a thimbleful of skim milk for breakfast, a carrot with a gallon of water for lunch, four grains of rice, one strawberry and a shot of...

  • Bulldog on the Ice

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Lee Fougner, a 7-year-old hockey player from Valencia, is our May Athlete of the Month.

    The call of the ice was so strong for Fougner that his mother, Lori, went into labor while attending a Los Angeles Kings third-round playoff game in May 1993.

    Fougner first took group hockey...

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  • Fit After 50

    By Mike Levy

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Looking to get in shape, clients of all ages, shapes and sizes come to youthful fitness trainer Betsy Mendel. Mendel, who operates a business called No Excuses, has developed special insights into the training needs of her middle-aged clients. After arriving in Los Angeles from...

  • Karate Kids

    By Ari Morguelan

    March 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    March's Athletes of the Month are siblings Ashley Sherman, 13, and Brandon "B.J." Sherman, 10. These San Fernando Valley martial artists were recommended by their grandfather, Eli Sherman, founder of the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and physical education director...

  • A Decrease in Vigilance

    By David Evanier

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    A conference on genetic diseases held by the Cultural Foundation of Habib Levy in November led The Journal to examine the Jewish community's reduced state of awareness about genetic testing for prospective parents. During the past 30 years, large-scale genetic screening of Ashkenazi...

  • Fitness Resolution

    By Ani Dumas

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    January is the time for setting goals and resolutions for most people, and getting in shape is usually at the top of that list. However, if you are fitnessphobic, the idea of putting on gym clothes can be rather intimidating. Most gyms in Los Angeles are a smorgasbord of hard...

  • Get Up and Go!

    By Ani Dumas

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    As adults, we probably know the steps to take toward better health. Parents, teachers and health professionals have reminded us of the essentials: eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, exercise, get plenty of sleep and have regular check-ups. What they never explained is why? Centuries...

  • Healthy Future

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Smiling at the memory of being asked to serve as chairman of the board of City of Hope, Jack Suzar confides, "They caught me in one of the weakest points of my life."

    He had just spent two weeks in bed with a case of pneumonia. Whether despite or because of his weakened condition,...

  • The Novice

    By Amanda Hesser

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It is called Pilates, and I had been hearing about it for some time but dismissed it as a faddish '90s workout. It fit the mold perfectly: It had the requisite exotic name (pronounced puh-LAH-tees), you had to go to a gym to do it, and celebrities hailed it as a miracle workout that...

  • Hoop Dreams Do Come True

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Gabriel Elias vividly remembers his frustration as a teenager not being able to participate in intramural sports because games fell on Shabbat.

    As the spiritual leader of the Hillcrest-area Congregation Mogen David tells The Journal, "I swore to myself that I would give the...

  • Jewish Law and RU-486

    By Francesca Lunzer Kritz

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    How do Jews and how does Judaism view the recent approval of Mifeprex, a drug combination that can replace surgical abortion in many women?

    Well, that depends on whom you ask.

    Mifeprex, popularly call RU-486, can be used to terminate pregnancies for up to 49 days, counting from the...

  • Arthritis Rumba

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    October 26, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    "Ouch," cried a perfectly coiffed, white-haired lady. "It hurts."

    "My fingers won't listen to me," a tall brunette complained.

    But Susanne Haymaker, their exercise teacher at the Jewish Home for the Aging, wouldn't listen. "Lift your fingers up if they're hurting, " Haymaker...

  • www.GetOffYourTuchus.com

    By Mike Levy

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Attention mouse potatoes: There is more to physical activity online than the baseball scores at www.ESPN.comIn fact, there are a host of sites devoted to fitness, providing health advice, exercise tipsand even some interactive options that help you plan and optimize your workouts. As...

  • Israeli-Style Fitness

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 24, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's no Sports Club/LA in its luxury and beauty, but the Elite Sports Center at Tel Aviv University is one of the best sports clubs in Israel, with facilities and services that may make even the premier sports club in L.A. a little envious.

    The Elite Sports Center runs all of...

  • Exercise is Good for the Soul

    By Ilene Springer

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Maybe it's a stereotype, but Jewish people have always been considered smart. Not just by others but by themselves, too. We pride ourselves on making education a priority for our children. We encourage them to study, to go for the extra credit, and we imbue them with the value of...

  • Jodi Kalicki’s transformation

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Jodi Kalicki's transformation from overweight single mother to fitness expert began late one evening as she sat in front of the television set sipping Coca-Cola and munching Cheetos in her mother's Reseda apartment. Despondent over her divorce and the failure of her recording career,...

  • Who Wants To Be an Expert?

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Answers below:

    Women have about 10 percent more bodyfat than men. During intense training, this means they should_____ than men.

    1) do more situps

    2) drink more water

    3) rest more

    4) sweat more

    A male yoga master is called a yogi. What is a female yoga master called?

    1) Yogala

    2) Yogini

    3)...

  • Getting Healthy

    By Lewis Kramer

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    With all of the different diets out there and all of the infomercials on TV selling exercise equipment, how do you decide where to begin? Start with knowing what's important in order to achieve good health and what's not.

    Important:

    Your diet and the total calories you consume each...

  • Adding Zeal to the Golden Years, Simply

    By Jane E. Brody

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Americans are now living about three decades longer than they did at the start of the last century. But for far too many older Americans, the so-called Golden Years are tarnished by diseases that seriously undermine the quality of those extra decades -- diseases that with tools now...
  • The Force Behind ‘The Group Room’

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some people take lemons and make lemonade. Selma Schimmel took a diagnosis of cancer and turned it into a vast support network which has changed the lives of thousands of people.

    Schimmel, 45, is the creator and executive producer of "The Group Room," the only nationally syndicated...

  • Use It or Lose It

    By Amy Hendel

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, an older client said to me, "I've reached that point in my life where the only thing I want to exercise is caution."

    Just because we're getting older doesn't mean we can slack off on exercise. You can choose to be 20-years-old or 50-years-young. The difference is often...

  • Eye of the Damn Tiger

    By Teresa Strasser

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Like most women, I had never punched anyone in the face. That is, until I socked Spar Pro, a plastic peach-colored torso on a stick. It was a totally foreign sensation, twisting into a right-handed uppercut and letting Mr. Spar Pro have it right on the chin, his beady eyes staring...
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