Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Hippocratic Oats

What happens when diet-minded doctors and celebrity chefs team up to fight inflammation and Alzheimer’s? 
All kale breaks loose. Deliciously.

It’s a typical lunchtime at True Food Kitchen, and diners cram the entryway like vegetables jammed into a juicer. Fresh-faced waitresses in scallion-green shorts squeeze between patrons, carrying plates of tofu-shiitake lettuce wraps and kale salad topped with omega-3-rich wild-caught salmon. No one thought a health food eatery would become this popular, least of all founders Dr. Andrew Weil and restaurateur Sam Fox, the oil and vinegar partnership that’s shaking up the nation. A restaurant based on the tenets of the anti-inflammatory diet? How do you make that sexy?


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Broken Hearts Club

A PHOENIX magazine editor scours the Valley for answers to his heart disease, consulting cardiovascular comrades like Suns player Channing Frye and local doctors.

Well, this is it,” the surgeon says, with an encouraging smile. “As you can see, it’s pretty compact. Nothing so terrible.”

Admittedly, the smooth, teardrop-shaped device in his hand – slightly larger than a Zippo lighter, and the same silvery color – is hardly terrifying. And it is relatively small. By smartphone standards, for example, it would be record-breakingly compact.


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Blunt Force Drama

Adolescent athletes get a wake-up call as Arizona hospitals take the lead in tackling concussions.

Mary Shannon’s love affair with soccer began harmlessly – idyllically, even. At 7 years old, she begged her parents to let her play sports, and they enrolled her in the Madison Futbol Club, a Phoenix-area soccer league for kids ages 4 through 9. Tasked with blocking opposing players, the vibrant, raven-haired girl
actually spent most of her time on the field picking dandelions and scattering them to the wind.


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Stools Rush In

A new procedure fights a deadly infection. Don’t ask how.

Carol Giorsetti doesn’t mind being Exhibit A for a new medical procedure. “I’m glad, in fact,” the 65-year-old Dudleyville, Arizona resident says. “I probably would have died if I didn’t have it.”


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Workin’ Your Gherkin

Has gym boredom and team-sport fatigue left you in a fitness pickle? Pickleball may be the perfect sport for you.

Invented in 1965 by former U.S. Representative Joel Pritchard (and named after his dog), pickleball is played like tennis but with a whiffle-like ball, a lower net, a badminton-sized court and mini rackets.


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Drop and Give Me Pilates

You don’t have to be an 18-year-old cornfed Marine recruit to enjoy the fat-burning benefits of a military-style fitness regimen – nor do you need to suffer cruel nicknames like “Private Pyle” and “Snowball.” Indeed, the drill sergeants at Code Pink Boot Camp are more likely to praise your ab definition than scream profanities in your face. “I’ve discovered that I feel inspired by those who [are] actively trying to make positive changes in their lives,” Valley trainer Shannon Gartin 


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Dance Dance Evolution


Ballet Fitness Fusion founder Lisa Juliet has 24 years of classical ballet training, but she insists no experience is necessary to attend one of her Ballerobica classes – nor is a lovely, swan-like neck or steely toes that can lift the weight of a Mini Cooper. You don’t even have to wear a tutu. Ballerobica combines the fundamentals of ballet with cardio and strength training, working your muscles without adding bulk.


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