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Your Health

You are what you eat: Cookbooks offer nutritious recipes

You are what you eat. It turns out that old adage is true. Eating well is important at all stages of our lives, but as we get older, past indulgence can creep up on us in the form of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint pain, cancer and more. Chronic illness made worse by a bad diet not only shortens lives, it also makes the time we have more difficult.

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A flexible career: Longtime fitness instructor retires


photo by Eliza Ridgeway/ Town Crier
Barbara Klee conducts her final Stretch & Flex class. After class, Klee’s students honored her with a reception.

After Barbara Klee taught her last class at Los Altos’ Hillview Community Center in December, current and former students flooded in, baked goods in hand, to celebrate the longtime teacher.

Even after years watching Klee in action, they still wanted to know her secrets – How old is this local dynamo? What keeps her ticking?

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More than a resolution: Broaching topics with aging parents


Courtesy of Greg Hartwell
Tackling difficult topics with a parent may be easier if the adult child views it as opportunity to confront challenging health and financial questions together.

A close friend with an aging father who lives out of state recently asked me for advice on how to broach the topic of his care.

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Take responsibility for your health by creating a baseline

It’s a brand-new year. Whether your health insurance has changed or you have simply made some resolutions, it may be time to consider the state of your health and your relationship with your doctor. Many of us take the path of least resistance and treat our own health with benign neglect. Health care becomes “sick care,” and doctor visits are only about fixing something that is wrong.

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Starting the year by detoxing? Take a few precautions

The word “detox” has gotten trendy lately. It used to refer to expensive programs for those addicted to drugs or alcohol, but recently it has been promoted as a remedy for overindulging over the holidays or as a way to lose weight.

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Giving seniors the sweats: Local fitness guru sees future in fitness for elderly population


Ellie Van Houtte/ town crier
Trainer Adam Halper designed his senior fitness program in Los Altos Hills to focus on increased flexibility and range of motion. Halper is known among his students for providing individualized care.

For fitness trainer Adam Halper, age is just a number – not a barrier.

Halper, who earlier this summer began offering senior-focused fitness courses through the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Department, said he’s a firm believer that local residents can become healthier in their later years – no matter if they’re coming back from an injury or simply choosing to pursue fitness for the first time.

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Myositis: Local residents confront, connect through rare disease


courtesy of J.J. Elliott
The Los Altos area myositis support group includes, from left, residents Cathy Anderson, Kitty Trejo, Steve Anderson, Marti Wright, Carla and Richard Stevenson and Janis and Gary Tjader.

Imagine the fear and isolation of being diagnosed with a disease so rare that most doctors only see a few cases in their entire careers, if at all. Now imagine the comfort and relief in finding fellow sufferers not just in your state or region, but also in your own community. That’s been the case for a group of local residents diagnosed with a form of myositis, a muscle-degenerative disease linked to autoimmune disorders.

Myositis and its different forms – dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis – affect 50,000-75,000 adults and children in the U.S. Thanks to The Myositis Association (TMA) – founded in 1993 by Betty Curry, who identified the need for widespread information about the rare disease – people are finding each other and offering much-needed help and support. In addition to offering free membership, TMA publishes online and print materials for patients and physicians, sponsors support groups and organizes an annual patient conference that connects international myositis experts with the general medical and patient communities.

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