Thursday, June 21, 2007
Dangers Of Belly Fat, And How To Shed It
Your car needs to carry a spare tire, but your body doesn't.
It's not just about looking good.
Increased belly fat increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
And, as we age, we tned to pack that type of fat on.
The current issue of AARP The Magazine takes a close look at why belly fat is so bad for us, and offers suggestions on how to get rid of it. Among them: stress reduction, exercise and good nutrition.
The magazine's features editor, Gabi Redford, did the same, on The Early Show.
To see the segment,
For much more on belly fat from AARP The Magazine, click here.
Monday, June 18, 2007
First-Timer Takes National Senior Spelling Bee
An administrative assistant at Oregon's Pacific University correctly spelled "bharal" — a goat-like animal found in the Himalayas — to win the 12th annual National Senior Spelling Bee.
Susan Hartner, 62, of Hillsboro, Ore., beat Randy Hilfman, 56, of Woodinville, Wash., who misspelled "vizsla," a breed of Hungarian hunting dog.
"I was sort of stunned," Hartner said. "I always anticipate winning because I'm competitive, but realistically I didn't think I would once I heard the words."
She took the title on her first try.
After 13 rounds Saturday, the field of finalists was narrowed to four: Michael Petrina Jr., of Arlington, Va.; Marlene Harry, of Brownsburg, Ind.; Hilfman and Hartner.
Seventy-five people participated in this year's bee.
For winning, Hartner got a plaque, $100, and an all-expenses paid trip to appear on The Early Show.
She AARP The Magazine.
The bee, open to anyone 50 or older, has been held since 1996. Cheyenne hosts the event every June.
For more on the senior spelling bee, and on previous winners, click here.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Sixty-year-old fitness-guru-to-the-rich-and-famous Kathie Dolgin, who goes by the name High Voltage, is lighting up the lives of some high school girls who have weight problems with a program to help them shed pounds and add self-esteem.
It's called Energy Up!
It teaches them about exercising and eating healthy and, explains Early Show national correspondent Tracy Smith, much more.
For details on Energy Up!, click here.
To see Smith's report,
Thursday, June 7, 2007
50 Things To Know By Time You're 50
AARP The Magazine runs them down, and Editor Steve Sloan
Among the ones Sloan discussed: how to have great sex after 30 years of marriage, how to lose weight, finding your keys, you're not going to win the lottery, and "The Law of the Olive Garden," namely, that -- the waitress isn't hitting on you. It's her JOB to be friendly!
To see the magazine's complete list,, click here.
Monday, June 4, 2007
Guarding Against Skin Cancer
Call it the dark side of sunshine.
Sun exposure is a major cause of skin cancer, which killed more than 10,000 Americans last year.
Dr. Ellen Marmur, chief of dermatologic and cosmetic surgery at New York's Mount Sinai Medical Center, stopped by The Early Show to tell how to protect yourself from the sun's rays. She also discussed the different forms of skin cancer.
To watch the segment with Marmur,
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