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EDITOR Kelsey DeClue
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through August already. If you have school-age children, you likely sent them back into the classroom recently. Even if you don’t, many of us find the start of a new school year a kind of marker for the end of summer. It’s Indiana, so the hot weather, weekend barbecues and occasional pool time will continue, but as the amount of daylight slowly begins to shrink, we’ll find that our carefree summer schedule tightens as well. Here at the magazine, we’re wrapping up our summer affairs as well. In this issue you’ll find the conclusion to our She is a Healthy Mom contest. Find out who won and see pictures of the final month of the challenge. The response has been so positive that we’re starting the second round of She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans. Find the details of this fall/winter healthy lifestyle challenge also in this issue. As usual, I found some interesting profiles of local women, thanks to some reader and community input. You’ll meet Karen Bowman, an inspiring Seymour resident who is a master of martial arts and is leading children and adults alike in this athletic discipline. We also explore the topic of breast-feeding through the stories of two local moms and some expert advice. I asked writer Shannon Palmer to go inside a women’s Latin class at Dance Street. This local studio is having all kinds of fun with some girls-only events, so take a peek through the eyes, feet and hips of Palmer. Well, I’ll let you enjoy these last few days of summer and get reading!
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By Kelsey DeClue Photography by Alton Strupp Toward the end of the She is a Healthy Mom competition, motherdaughter duo Jill Friedersdorf and Kelley Wright tried to tally their chances of winning and came to the conclusion that it just wasn’t likely. “We added up what we thought our points were with how much we’d lost so far and thought, OK, well there’s no way,” Wright said. That’s why when the call came last month, she was shocked to learn they, indeed, won the $500 prize from the two-month competition. “I’m still in shock,” Wright said. “It’s so amazing.” Friedersdorf lost nearly 11 pounds and her daughter a whopping 26. “We’re both so motivated right now to keep this going,” Wright said. “Seeing what’s possible is the biggest motivator of all.”
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Top, Luciana Kano-Wilson and her mother-in-law, Teresa Wilson. Below, Kelley Wright and her mother, Jill Friedersdorf.
The competition officially concluded July 18, and the contestants and friends and family enjoyed a celebration party on July 21. Runners-up were mother-in-law and daughter-in-law duo Theresa Wilson and Luciana Kano-Wilson. Nita and Ashley Whaley claimed the third-place spot. “The results were very, very close,” said Megan McGriff. She and husband, Ian, trained and coached the women during the competition, which took place at Tipton Lakes Athletic Club. “We are so proud of all the contestants,” she said. McGriff said it was fun and rewarding to watch each of the participants change and become stronger and more confident. In their final challenge the teams competed in an eight-task obstacle course that tested the knowledge they learned throughout the eight-week contest. The topics ranged from physical strength and agility to nutrition and body function. In the last obstacle two teams came down to the wire in a grueling strength and stamina test that required the women to hold weights over their heads for as long as they could. Representing their teams, Luciana Kano-Wilson and Nita Whaley battled for 40 minutes holding the weights until they were allowed to call it a tie.
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“Perhaps we should have increased the weight,” said McGriff with a laugh, as she watched the women. “This is amazing. They both really want this.” At the finale party the women watched a PowerPoint of their journey, and Wright and Friedersdorf received their prize, which also included a makeover from Studio B Salon, which is housed inside TLAC. Even those who walked away without the money or makeover said they felt like they’d won. “I just want to say great job to all the mothers and daughters,” said Kathy Wilhite. “I hope I see them at the gym from time to time.” She is a Healthy Mom was sponsored by Tipton Lakes Athletic Club, The Republic, Dr. Max Henry, Taulman Chiropractic, Coca-Cola Smart Water, Red Lips Boutique, Fair Oaks Mall and St. Francis.
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Women’s Giving Circle puts its money where less fortunate need it most By Kelsey DeClue Submitted photos Just over a year ago, a small yet determined group of influential women came together with the goal of improving the lives of women and children in the community. Now more than 280 members strong, the Women’s Giving Circle is doing its part to impact the landscape of charitable giving in Bartholomew County. Fundraising efforts and thus an ability to award grants to local nonprofits comprise the primary goals of the WGC. The friendships, networking and fun get-togethers are just the icing on the cake. “I think the Women’s Giving Circle is a wonderful way for women of varying generations and all walks of life to come together in making a positive difference for women, children and families in our community,” said Diane Doup, the group’s incoming chairwoman. The WGC hosts an annual meeting to update members and vote on grants from the previous term’s fundraising. Throughout the year they also host and participate in events to increase community awareness and encourage memberships, such as the annual Chicks with Checks and Women Who Wine.
The annual meeting was held in late April at The Commons, and the WGC awarded grants to four local organizations — Horizon House, Foundation for Youth’s Girls on the Run program, Busy Bees Academy and Community Downtown. “We have just been so thrilled by what we have been able to accomplish,” said Lisa Shafran, vice president of Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and WGC 2010 chairwoman. Growing dollars Shafran said in its first year the group was able to raise $15,800 to
distribute through grants and grow its permanent endowment fund to more than $7,000. “Heritage Fund is proud to partner with the women of Bartholomew County as a powerful force to provide funding for women and family-related issues in our community,” Shafran said. “This group demonstrates the strength of women in philanthropy.” Those who received grants from the WCG are already hard at work putting the money to use. Community Downtown, a satellite counseling agency of Community Church of Columbus, received nearly $2,000 for its program, Beyond Trauma. The
support network for women affected by severe trauma or addictive behavior helps teach women healthy ways for healing and moving beyond their past. “We predict approximately 25 to 30 women will participate in this program, and that money will be used to help free them of these harmful cycles,” said Scott Hundley, director of counseling and community with Community Downtown. Schools abuzz With its grant, Busy Bees will host a summer academy in 2012 for preschoolers to combat the summer “brain drain” and provide an oppor-
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tunity for interested parents to prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten. “Families will have a high-quality, child-centered place to care for their children over the summer months,” said Janice Montgomery, executive director of Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation. The academy will be in the new Richard L. Johnson Early Education Center, which is scheduled to open in the fall. In its second year, the WGC hopes to increase community awareness about its efforts and thus increase membership. Current members tout the group as a great way for multiple generations of families to come together and bond
over a common cause. They also name a membership as the “perfect gift for the woman who has everything.” The WGC will host its annual membership drive for 2012 on Sept. 22 at Yes Cinema. The evening includes drinks and appetizers as well as a short presentation about the group’s mission. New members who enroll by Dec. 31 will be eligible to vote for the 2012 grant recipients. For more information on the Women’s Giving Circle visit www.heritagefundbc.org and click on the WGC icon or contact Heritage Fund at 3767772.
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Grab your friends and your dancing shoes Dance Street Studio helps keep women on their toes By Shannon Palmer Photos by Kelsey DeClue If you have been meaning to add a fun night out with the girls to your calendar, then try dancing. Two years ago, I was invited to Dance Street Studio of Columbus to participate in a salsa/Latin lesson with my husband and report my experience to our She readers. Studio owner Ronda Byers and another instructor taught us some basic moves I thought I would surely forget since I donâ€™t get to go dancing too often. Last month I found out about a new opportunity at Dance Street that would allow me to again strap on my dancing shoes. This cozy Washington Street studio offers private dance lessons and group classes (where a partner is not required). However, fairly new options are the workshops and dance nights for women only. Girls Night Out and Ladies Latin Workshops are the current female-friendly events that Byers and her staff offer. I was surprised at how the dance steps from my prior lessons remained ingrained in my feet. With a buzz of excitement and laughter, all the women attending the workshop were more than eager to show off their moves. Some had already participated in the Girls Night Out events, but for a handful, it was their first time, having been persuaded by their girlfriends to come along. Before the music even started, women were mingling, laughing and catching up with each other. Some were dressed up, wearing high heels and cute skirts that spun when they twirled. Others showed up in shorts and tennis shoes, already aware
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of the workout that goes along with the dance moves, and a few were even dressed in capris and sandals. Anything goes, as long as you are comfortable and can dance in what you’re wearing. When asked why they attend these ladies nights with Byers and her assistant, Letty Contreras, the overwhelming answer was because it’s fun! “I enjoy coming here because it is fun and I get to let loose and not care — everyone is laughing,” said Kelly Eaton, who participates in the Girls Night Outs. Danielle Brown attends the group lessons and the Girls Night Outs. “I always leave learning something new, and I know I have something to look forward to during the busy work week,” she said. Byers, who is a bundle of energy, starts the class by distributing hot pink and black boas, which she insists we all have to wear, and then cues the music. As the women line up, Byers takes center stage and begins instructing us to follow her lead. As she laughs and shouts encouragement to the now 30-some dancing divas, everyone starts moving and swinging their arms in rhythm to the music. There is no reason to be intimidated; the whole group is laughing, occasionally bumping into each other. Not everyone is familiar with the dance moves being choreographed, but that’s OK and part of the fun. Byers explains why these nights are so popular and encourages women of all ages to attend. “The Girls Night Out is part of our open dance nights. This night is all about fun. We have food, drinks, boas, chairs, dancing …,” Byers said. “There is no structured lesson; the ladies just follow along with the choreographed routines to the songs.” The Ladies Latin Styling Workshop is a sixweek program that focuses on footwork, spinning and turning, arm and hand movement, plus “super stylish, elegant and sexy moves with influences from other dance styles,” Byers said. “I teach techniques and dance steps, then we practice them to a song. This workshop is great for anyone who wants to stand out on the dance floor.” After working up a sweat, twisting and turning, and doing some fancy footwork, I am exhilarated as the music stops. The experience was as eventful as Byers promised, and there is no rush to get out the door after the lesson ends. Women mingle, talking and laughing, and asking Byers a few questions about dance moves or the next class.
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This is definitely something I would suggest checking out with your girlfriends, as what could be more fun than an hour of dancing and giggling with the ladies, all the while learning something new. Dance Street usually has open dance nights once a month for $7. The next open dance night is 8 p.m. Aug. 19. Some of the past themes have included Latin Night, ’80s Night, Black Light Party and Club Night. Information: 375-9505.
“I enjoy coming here because it is fun and I get to let loose and not care — everyone is laughing.”
— Kelly Eaton
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Doing what comes naturally Mothers who breast-feed make the first of many healthy choices for their children By Jennifer Willhite submitted photos
Breast-feeding is natural, but it can be challenging for all involved. New mothers often find it difficult to begin nursing or continue it. Dr. Amanda Dornfeld says a woman’s ability to nurse is often impeded by frustration. Mothers who have never nursed can find the process daunting for themselves and their babies. Like anything else, it takes practice — and support. “I always tell women breast-feeding is healthy and natural, but it doesn’t come naturally to most people or babies,” Dornfeld said. “We lack the confidence because we’ve never done it before. A hundred years ago when you tried to nurse your baby, you had your mom, your grandma, your sister and your next-door neighbor there with you telling you what worked and what didn’t work for them. And now we are very isolated.” In 2007, the Breast-feeding Coalition of Bartholomew Country was founded after a presentation of Bridges to Breast-feeding sponsored by WIC, the Women, Infants and Children program. Intended as an educational tool for professionals to help educate mothers and improve breast-feeding rates, the WIC conference sparked interest in implementing changes within the community.
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Dornfeld serves as co-chairwoman for the coalition and works to help educate mothers and the public about the benefits of breast-feeding. Currently, the coalition is working to help Columbus Regional Hospital receive the World Health Organization baby- friendly designation. According to WHO’s website, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is “a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breast-feeding.” The coalition expects the hospital to receive its designation by early 2012. “Anything that has to do with breast-feeding in the hospital, I am happy to lend my voice and to help to support that,” Dornfeld said. “Baby-friendly is not telling a mom she must breast-feed, but if the mom chooses to breastfeed, there are things you can do to help her be more successful.” Getting message across The group also promotes public policy to encourage breast-feeding, including offering educational materials to area doctors’ offices and intensive training to health care professionals who wish to become lactation consultants. As part of building community support, the coalition recognizes companies and businesses that are breastfeeding friendly. Businesses are honored for offering their nursing mothers the time and resources necessary to enable them to continue to breast-feed after returning to work.
Columbus resident and mom Joan Wills took her breast pump along on a recent business trip to India. Her employer, Cummins Inc., allowed her time to express milk while on the trip in order for her to maintain her breast-feeding schedule. She kept the pump in a red tote and took it nearly everywhere.
“Baby-friendly is not telling a mom she must breast-feed, but if the mom chooses to breast-feed, there are things you can do to help her be more successful.”
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Wills with her children, John, Sarina, Gabe, Megan and Sophia.
“If a mom continues to breast-feed, then her baby is less likely to be sick and she is less likely to be out of work,” Dornfeld said. “So it is better for everyone.” When Joan Wills returned to her job at Cummins following the births of each of her five children, the support of her boss and co-workers helped ease her transition. She considers finding time to pump throughout the day a blessing. “If I get three 15-minute breaks during the day, where I am in a room and I can shut the door, it is wonderful,” said Wills. “I actually feel that I’m more effective throughout the rest of my day.” Following the birth of her most recent daughter, Wills traveled to India for work. Since she intended to resume breast-feeding when she returned home, she needed to express her milk on the trip. She informed her co-workers about her situation, and they were supportive, holding the bus for her during their travels. “When we took a bathroom break, I would be gone 10 minutes,” Wills said. If there was nowhere private for her to go, her female traveling companions helped out. With shawls in hand,
they stood around her and created some privacy. While in India, Wills discovered why there were so few facilities for nursing mothers. “Women generally take six months to a year off from work,” she said. “And there are opportunities to work from home. So usually there’s not as much of a need to have places for women to express milk while they’re at work.” Dedication to the cause India wasn’t her first business trip as a breast-feeding mother, but it was her first out of the country. She has found it much easier to travel with a baby than without. Prior to her 10-day trip to India, Wills made sure her daughter had enough milk to last while she was gone. She poured out all the milk she expressed while on her trip. She says it is important to be flexible but also persistent despite any obstacles. The breast-feeding initiative also helps new mothers with the physical frustrations of nursing. When Jenn Riley gave birth to her twin girls, she felt breast-feeding was the best choice. However, nursing became more of a challenge than she’d anticipated.
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Born six weeks prematurely, the girls spent time in intensive care before coming home. At the time Riley and her husband lived more than an hour away, and with only one car, she stayed in town to be near the hospital. While there, she worked closely with the nurses and a lactation consultant. “I had to pump every three hours around the clock for eight days before my milk finally came in,” said Riley. “The nurses and lactation consultant understood that I strongly desired to breast-feed my children and worked with me and were very encouraging.” When the girls were able to come home, Riley was still pumping every three hours because the babies had difficulty nursing. With time, she was able to successfully transition from pumping and bottle feeding to nursing. She continued to nurse until the girls were 14 months old. “The most difficult thing about breast-feeding twins was that it could not be done discreetly or easily without the aid of a breast-feeding pillow,” Riley said. “This meant that I had to feed almost exclusively at home and could not nurse in public.” Riley says the best advice she can give to women considering breast-feeding is to find a support person. She regards successfully nursing her twins as one of her greatest accomplishments.
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Karen Bowman still gets a kick out of tae kwon do By Jennifer Willhite
Martial arts called to Karen Bowman at a young age, however it was years before she answered. Her neighborhood in Seymour was nearly all boys, and she says you had to buck up or sit on the sidelines. She credits the pressure with fueling her competitive nature, which at an early age came out in family games of baseball. Whenever it was her turn to bat, her siblings would say she didn’t “C-O-U-N-T.” That way, when she struck out it wouldn’t count against them. According to her mother, when Bowman heard this even before she could read, she would get mad, throw down her bat and yell, “I do too count!” During school, Bowman tried to find her competitive niche in many sports. Her first exposure to martial arts in junior high was short-lived however. After earning degrees in computer science and
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photos by andrew laker engineering mathematics from Franklin College, she returned to the martial arts. “I played volleyball in college,” said Bowman. “I played in the coed leagues. It was a lot of fun and a good experience, but I was still wanting something different. My mother recommended, ‘Why don’t you get back into your martial arts?’” That was when Bowman found tae kwon do and grand master Yun S. Ko. She began to train under Ko, a ninth-degree black belt, in 1992. “There was just something about the way he taught,” she said. “There was a connection — ‘OK, I want to learn from him.’” Now nearly 20 years later, Bowman is an instructor at Ko’s Martial Arts Academy in Seymour. Born and raised in Seymour, she always knew she would one day return. page 27
In her day job Gracefully balancing her full-time job as a business systems analyst for Cummins and her classes at the academy, Bowman spends what little free time she has outside, gardening or relaxing. During colder months, you’ll find her training. Not having competed for several years, she anticipates returning soon. “Grand Master Ko is very technically sound,” Bowman said. “And I think that’s really perfected my technique to where I could compete at a national level. So I’m thinking I’ve got a couple goals still in mind, so I may get back in the competition ring.” Kristie Vogel, her husband and two sons have taken lessons from Bowman since 2008. Vogel says she admires not only the way Bowman handles her busy schedule but the rapport she has with her students, especially the children. “She demands respect from all her students, and it is such a life value that every child needs,” said Vogel. “She is very, very devoted to all her students, and they all look up to her as a wonderful role model.” Unlike some martial arts instructors, Bowman’s style is far from militaristic. Teaching by her actions, she is stern and quick to correct a child if needed. But she also recognizes bad must be balanced with good. Shortly after correcting a child, she will find something he is doing that is good and compliment him in an effort to keep the child from internalizing the initial correction. “I’m not really hard core, like what you see in the movies where they’ll hit you with a stick,” she said. “The kids are well-disciplined. They know I don’t put up with foolishness, but we have fun at the same time.” Early influences Bowman credits her parents and past coaches with fueling her passion for teaching children. She says her parents were each tremendously different, yet complementary, influences in her life. “There is so much stress and so much out there today that I just want to try to get the kids off to a good start,” Bowman said. “Or be that mentor I had in the coaches that I had or in my parents.” When Tim Conner’s son, James, began lessons with Bowman more than 10 years ago, the boy quickly took to her. Conner recalls that as his son progressed through the program, she became his favorite instructor and a friend. Pa g e 2 8 SHE m a g a z i n e • A u g u s t 2 0 1 1
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“He immediately liked her,” Conner said, “as did all the youngsters at the school.” When one of her students was diagnosed with breast cancer, Bowman held a “break-a-thon.” Called “Kick for a Chick,” the two-hour event was held at Trinity Lutheran High School’s gymnasium in Seymour and raised more than $7,000. She says everyone who attended was touched in some way, either they knew the student or knew someone who had received a diagnosis. Having worked at Cummins for 24 years, Bowman is looking forward to devoting more time to teaching and volunteering after she retires. Eventually, she hopes to offer day classes at the academy and possibly initiate a program geared toward seniors. She anticipates a toned-down, less-regimented type of tae kwon do, focusing on range of motion and stretching, but still designed to teach the essential forms of the martial art. As part of the children’s program, the students earn stars throughout their course of study. One such star is designated for completing 30 hours of volunteer work. Bowman has a goal of one day getting her young students even more involved in the community. “Eventually, when I retire, I would like to do more fundraising and stuff like that,” Bowman said. “Put on shows for different charities.” Hoping to influence her students as much as she once was, Bowman believes determination and dedication are essential to anything one sets out to do in life. “What I live by is, whatever you are going to do, give it your all,” she said. “Be accountable and have integrity.”
“There is so much stress and so much out there today that I just want to try to get the kids off to a good start.”
— Karen Bowman
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Softer fashion styles flatter athletic women By Samantha Critchell AP Fashion Writer | associated press photos NEW YORK — Fitting a fit frame isn’t always easy. While clothing designers and retailers have given more attention lately to finding solutions for their petite and plus-size customers, those women with an athletic build — who could be tall or short, more narrow or wide — have their own set of dressing challenges that certainly don’t have a one-size-fits-all solution. Rosy Hodge, a pro surfer, has “buff arms” that she tries to balance with colorful scarves, while fellow surfer Kassia Meador wears a lot of oversized tanks and T-shirts even though she’s not sure they flatter her body type. Rachel Roosevelt, a former member of the U.S. Ski Team, now wears mostly skirt suits to her job as a macroeconomics researcher, but nothing too short, considering her conservative career environment. She also stands 5-foot10, and that has meant having to curl her legs in awkward positions under some conference tables.
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Still, she says, she’s most comfortable in sneakers and her gym clothes. “I’m still proud of my body, and my legs are the way they are because of the hours I’ve spent in the gym — even if they’re not what is considered ‘classic beauty’ in other people’s minds.” Working with many real women instead of only models on photo shoots, Adam Glassman, O The Oprah Magazine’s creative director, says he’s noticed an increase in “the athletic type.” He can’t quite define it, but he says he knows it when he sees it. Strong and toned “It isn’t just about athletes,” Glassman says. “It has nothing to do with height. You tend to have broad shoulders and a broad back, and your arms are naturally toned or you work out — the tummy is the same thing. Perhaps you have not a lot of curves with a straight waistline and square hips, thighs muscular and built calves, and a smaller bust.” He adds: “You can have all of that, two of the above, part of one. It ranges from gymnasts to swimmers.” Glassman’s magazine devotes several pages of its August issue offering guidance to this broad group, including Roosevelt and former college basketball player Zaklya Proctor and volleyball player Jessica Vertullo Maher.
“I think the fashion industry is stepping up to the plate in offering things for more sizes, but you still have to be willing to search,” he says. Most importantly, women — no matter size and shape — should be looking for clothes that are comfortable and flattering with a goal of creating a lovely, feminine hourglass shape. “We’re not talking Jessica Rabbit, but you want the illusion of shoulders and hips in proportion with each other and your waist to be smaller than those.” Athletic types often have the advantage of being taut and firm, he says, but that also can leave the impression of them being tough and tomboyish. He likes to see women soften their look with ruffles, ruching, flowing skirts such as a tulip shape, a top with a defined waist or a tie at the waist, and puffy sleeves — which are trendy right now. It’s a cinch Belts, Glassman adds, can be flattering to an athletic figure, although you might not end up wearing them on the natural waistline. “You need to find the right thickness: Is it the Michelle Obama thick Alaia belt vs. the halfinch belt?”
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Obama knows how to show off the results of her hard work in the gym, favoring the cinched waist emphasized by that black belt that she’s worn around the world as well as her famous sleeveless tops. Why would anyone want to hide the bodies they’ve spent so much time getting in shape, Glassman wonders. Halter and racerback necklines are a right many athletes have earned, and a V-neck tank top is their privilege, he says, but short sleeves that hit at what is probably the thickest part of the upper arm will exaggerate the shoulder line and, most likely, make arms look thick instead of buff. (A full-length sleeve is probably OK, but a bracelet sleeve cut just above the wrist will make your arms look shorter, often a desired effect of very tall women, he says.) Designer Adam Lippes says athletic women should probably be wearing more dresses than they’re used to. Ei-
ther a dress with a structured top and roomier skirt — perhaps with pleats — or a draped dress, perhaps made of fluid jersey, would both be good starting points, he recommends. Fabric choices are as important as silhouette, he adds, naming stretch linen, silk or crepe as typically flattering options. “Fabric matters when it comes to how a garment fits. ... If you use a fabric with stretch, it can be really beautiful, and it can be very sexy.” Pants, Lippes acknowledges, are going to be harder to find so you need to carve out time to try on likely dozens of pairs. The good news is, he says, that once you find a brand that fits, the construction shouldn’t change much from season to season. Glassman suggests skipping the ultra-skinny jeans altogether, which will work against the effort to soften your look. Wide-leg is your better bet, he says.
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Path to good health continues A note from Kelsey … We end one and start another. I’m happy to introduce the second She Wants in Her Skinny Jeans contest. We launched our healthy lifestyles initiative last year at this time with our first skinny jeans contest. We continued it this spring with She is a Healthy Mom, and now we’re ready for Round 2 of working to get women in the community into their dream pair of jeans once again. If you remember the first contest, the premise is the same: encouraging and supporting women to gain a healthy lifestyle and adopt good exercise, eating and body image habits. The “skinny jeans” slogan is just a fun and inspiring term we link to it.
So once again, The Republic and Tipton Lakes Athletic Club will join forces to pick and train 12 lucky women. They will learn proper nutrition and exercise techniques from trainers and coaches Ian and Megan McGriff at TLAC. At the end of the three-month program their body fat loss percentage will determine the winner. So if you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, learn how to eat well or all of the above, submit your entry form and a current picture of yourself by Aug. 25. Contestants will be notified by the end of the month. The challenge officially begins Sept. 15 and will run through Dec. 15. So what are you waiting for? Snip out the form on the next page and get started on the journey to a new and improved you!
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S upport network vital for mothers who breast-feed By Amanda Dornfeld, M.D. I had always planned to breastfeed. My mom had breast-fed and my husband’s mom had breastfed, so it just seemed natural. I was sure that was the best choice for me and my baby. But like most new moms, as the time drew near, I worried that it wouldn’t work out. What if the baby couldn’t latch, didn’t gain weight, didn’t have enough milk, caused pain? As it turned out, after a bit of a rough delivery, my son, Luke, was placed in my arms and, as they say, latched right on. As a mother, I have found breast-feeding tremendously rewarding. There is nothing better than cuddling with your new baby skin to skin and nursing him to sleep. Speaking of sleep, I get more of that, too — not making bottles in the middle of the night has its advantages! My husband has been fully supportive of breast-feeding — bringing me water, a pillow and, of course, the baby. You have never seen a more proud father than when when my husband witnessed his son “making it work.” Of course, we had our rough times, too. My milk was slow to come in. The first night home from the hospital, baby Luke — and I and my husband — cried all night long. If I had not been well-prepared for what to expect, I might have stopped nursing then and there.
Thankfully, things improved the next day, and that terrible night was soon forgotten. As a physician, however, I know that it isn’t this easy for everyone. The most important reason why breast-feeding worked for me was not my baby — it was the people who surrounded me and supported me. A partner to share in the baby care when I was fully responsible for feeding, a lactation consultant to work with us in the hospital before discharge, a doctor who prepared me and educated me about breast-feeding beforehand and watched my babies closely after discharge, an employer who was flexible enough to allow me time to express milk several times per day. The risks of artificial baby milk are commonly known. If it were all about this, the decision might be easier, but although breastfeeding is viewed as “the mother’s job,” it is the responsibility of the community and family to support mothers and babies through this time. My hope is that every mother will have the most accurate information available for her to make the right feeding decision for her family. And if she chooses to breast-feed, I hope that we can fully support her in that decision — in the hospital, as her family and her Columbus community. Here are just a few of the benefits of breast-feeding for mom and baby.
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For baby: • Breast milk is easy to digest and contains antibodies that can protect infants from bacterial and viral infections. • Breast-feeding is associated with lower rates of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), type 2 diabetes and leukemia. • Breast-feeding can help build better bones. • Breast-fed babies get plenty of cholesterol (helps with newborn’s metabolism). • Breast-feeding cuts the risk of allergies. • Breast-feeding reduces the risk of childhood and adult obesity. • Breast-feeding may have cognitive benefits.
For mom: • Reduces the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers. • Reduces osteoporosis. • Naturally promotes child spacing. • Often improves emotional health. • Promotes postpartum weight loss. • Low cost — breast-feeding is free. • Studies show the effect of breast-feeding on the uterus may reduce mother’s risk of postpartum hemorrhage. • Oxytocin released during breast-feeding promotes bonding.
Amanda Dornfeld is a family medicine physician in Columbus and the mother of Luke, Noah and Violet.
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You couldn’t get lost in yesteryear’s
hardware store By Daniel Schuetz I recently observed an older gentleman smoking a pipe. I do not believe that he and I are acquainted, but there is something vaguely familiar about him. I have seen him several times now, each time smoking a pipe and each time on the premises of a shopping complex that occupies a space formerly occupied by a hardware store. He seems to belong there. This hardware store predated the big boxes. As with many small hardware stores, it had an affiliation — True Value, Ace and the like — along with the name of the proprietor. So it would be “Schuetz’s Great Hardware,” if “Great” were the name of a hardware store and I owned one. Pa g e 4 0 SHE m a g a z i n e • A u g u s t 2 0 1 1
Anyhow, seeing this fellow smoking a pipe in this particular place reminded me of a favorite childhood activity — going to the hardware store with Dad. And, though it sometimes took visits to two or even three stores — and there were that many and more in our small town — the first stop was usually the place now occupied by the aforementioned shopping complex. I liked everything about these trips to the hardware store: spending time with Dad, “helping” with the quest for the perfect item to complete whatever project and the hardware store itself. The smell, the arrays of washers and bolts, the common tools, the obscure specialty items. Some whats-its new and replenished frequently, some doo-dads with dusty boxes — untouched since they were stocked some untold years prior. This particular place, the first stop, was staffed by two older, pipe-smoking gentlemen. I would guess there were other employees, but these two fellows seemed always to be there, smoking pipes. Actually, I think you could buy pipes and other smoking accoutrement at this store, but that is beside the point. The pace was slow but purposeful. The balding, smoking, highly knowledgeable, incessantly polite, “Earl” or somesuch, would ask Dad what he needed. I would guess that Dad could have found whatever it was without assistance, but then, why not chat with Earl? Always a, “And how are you, young man?” Always a yellow-toothed chuckle about something. I think the man would then walk us to the front counter and handle the check-out as well. There may have been 10 pipe-smoking grandfathers working there, or two. I do not recall knowing these men outside the hardware store — they lived there, for all I knew. Eventually, the giant, well-known hardware store chains came, and that was fine. That might have been enough for the end of this special place, but the eponymous proprietor died and that was surely the end of the small local hardware store. It is not as if I maintained a vigil. I was in and out of town, living elsewhere, worrying about other things. My pipesmoking friends might have died years before the store closed; I do not know. Maybe they went elsewhere to direct people to the dowel rods. Maybe they are fishing in Florida. The fellow that I watched recently was hanging around the service door of the new establishment like he belonged there. For all I know, maybe he didn’t belong there. Maybe he moved to town six months ago and washes dishes in one of the new businesses inhabiting the sacred hardware store grounds. In my mind though, he has been there continuously, smoking his pipe. Calling people “young man.” Offering to show the new knives they just got in stock. At the end of the day, I find the scene charming. If he tousled my hair and offered to show Dad where the drill bits are, that would be just fine. Daniel Schuetz lives in Columbus with his wife and two girls. He is a lawyer for Eggers Woods. August 2011 • she magazine
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We all say tomato Summer’s bounty lends itself to variety of recipes By Mary Constantine Scripps Howard News Service Serve it between two slices of white bread with mayo and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and you’ve created paradise. Mix it with jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, onion and cilantro, and you’ve got a kickin’ salsa. Pair it with basil and mozzarella, and, well, that’s a marriage made in heaven. All of those dishes begin with a plump ripe tomato fresh off the vine, still warm from the summer sun. If you find pleasure in tomato juice dripping off your chin, then the following recipes should make you happy.
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SLOW-BAKED TENNESSEE TOMATOES 6 large ripe tomatoes, cut in half horizontally 6 teaspoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 garlic cloves, minced 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese 3 tablespoons chopped farm-fresh basil Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place tomatoes on a baking sheet with cut side up. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 2-3 hours or until tomatoes collapse and begin to caramelize. Sprinkle with garlic about halfway through baking and add the goat cheese during the last five minutes. Sprinkle with basil just before serving. Yield: six servings. — Picktnproducts.com
BACON, CHEDDAR AND TOMATO BISCUIT SANDWICH Non-stick cooking spray 3 cups self-rising flour 6 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into ½-inch cubes 2 cups coarsely shredded sharp cheddar cheese 8 bacon slices, cut thick, cooked and crumbled 1 1/3 cups buttermilk Mayonnaise, to taste 18 slices ripe tomatoes Arugula or basil, optiona Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place flour in food processor and add butter. Process until texture is like coarse cornmeal. Pour into large bowl. Stir in cheese and bacon. Stir in buttermilk until soft dough forms. Drop by ¼ cupfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool at least 10 minutes. Slice, spread with mayonnaise. Fill with tomato slice and arugula or basil. Yield: 18 servings .— Marthawhite.com
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BUBBLY CHEDDAR TOMATOES 40 large cherry tomatoes 3 ounces (¼-inch cubes) cheddar cheese ¼ cup prepared pesto ¼ cup crushed herb croutons 1 tablespoon butter, melted Heat oven to 450 degrees. Cut small piece off the bottom of each tomato to sit flat on baking sheet. With sharp knife cut top off each tomato. Remove seeds using small spoon. Spoon pesto into tomatoes and top with cheese, dividing equally. Combine crumbs and butter together and sprinkle over tomatoes. Bake five minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve warm. Yield: 40 appetizers. — Kerrygold.com
SALSA 6 Roma tomatoes, chopped 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 seeded and minced jalapenos, plus 2 roasted, skinned and chopped jalapenos 1 red bell pepper, finely diced ½ red onion, finely chopped 2 dry ancho chilies, seeded, cut into short strips and snipped into pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 lime, juiced Chili powder, salt and pepper, to taste Fresh scallions, cilantro or parsley, to taste In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Place in refrigerator for up to 12 hours for flavor infusion. Serve with tortilla chips. — www.foodnetwork.com Pa g e 4 4 SHE m a g a z i n e • A u g u s t 2 0 1 1
TOMATOES ROCKEFELLER 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup dry breadcrumbs 3 green onions, chopped 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon minced fresh thyme In large bowl combine eggs, breadcrumbs, green onions, butter, Italian seasoning, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot pepper sauce in bowl. Cook spinach according to package directions; stir into egg mixture. Cut each tomato into six slices; arrange in a single layer in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Mound 2 tablespoons of spinach mixture on each slice. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake 5-10 minutes longer. Yield: 6 servings. — Tasteofhome.com
¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce 1 package (10 ounces) frozen creamed spinach 2 large tomatoes ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
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Obsessing over isn’t healthy By Lavinia Rodriguez St. Petersburg Times
The pursuit of thinness long has been a major preoccupation for American women. But why are women trying to be downright slender, as opposed to maintaining a healthy weight? If it’s for the approval of men, then women seem to be putting themselves through needless worry and discomfort. The question of what men find attractive and what women think men find attractive is of particular interest to me. Many women suffer a great deal believing that they’re not thin enough to be attractive to men. But are their expectations shaped by men? Let’s take a look. Numerous women have told me how they try to avoid being seen naked by
their husbands or boyfriends. Other times I’ve heard women share that they believe they will never find a man to love them because they don’t have the “perfect” body they assume men seek. Research investigating what body shape most men prefer has revealed some interesting things. For example, it appears that: • Men find a greater range of female body shapes attractive than women do. • The body shape that men generally find attractive in women has a waistto-hip ratio of 0.7. That’s the ratio of a 28-inch waist and 40-inch hips, though the study found that size wasn’t as important as the balance.
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• Men like curves. If you doubt it, consider actress Christina Hendricks, who stars in the television series “Mad Men.” Today’s men find her shape incredibly attractive, even though the show is based on 1960s’ standards. • The average American man is less bothered by a few extra pounds in a woman than her being what he considers “too thin.” Apparently, American women consider the most beautiful female figure to be one that is thinner than average, while American men prefer a more rounded shape. Could this be why fashion models are so thin? So, who are women wanting to please? Is it men or other women? Do they even know? If it’s men, they seem to be missing the mark. If it’s women, why would that be?
What would pleasing other women with respect to body size accomplish? If it’s other women that American women wish to please, why is it worth going through such pain? These are questions each woman ought to ask herself. There are men out there who are already attracted to women who themselves are convinced that they aren’t at all attractive. Perhaps these women could profit from looking at what they might be passing up and reconsidering their distorted expectations. Of course, there are men who expect their women to look a certain way at all times, and these women have my sympathy and my earnest hope that their husbands and boyfriends can get over themselves. Or that these women can find a better man.
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If you’re feeling bold, try asking the men you know what they find attractive in women. I found an informal survey by MSN that indicated most men prefer women who are comfortable in their own skin to those who trowel on heavy makeup and are obsessed with whether their stomachs are flat. While the best thing for all of us — both men and women — is to accept who we are and pursue having the healthiest and fittest body we are naturally capable of achieving, letting go of any mistaken ideas of what is attractive to the opposite sex is not a bad place to start. Lavinia Rodriguez is a clinical psychologist who specializes in weight management.
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Landscape logic If you’ve wanted to sharpen your gardening skills and you have an interest in sharing your knowledge with others, the Purdue Extension Offices of Bartholomew and Brown counties have the ideal program for you — the Master Gardener Program. This 12-week training series will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Aug. 30. The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer training program that offers an extensive course in horticulture in ex-
change for a donation of volunteer hours to help teach others what you have learned. Participants will be exposed to a wide range of subjects, including soil and plant science, diagnosis of plant problems, pesticide safety, composting, lawn care, insects, and culture of vegetable, flower, landscape and fruit plants. Applications are available by calling 3791665. — Extension educator Mike Ferree
Recommended reading “Started Early, Took My Dog,” by Kate Atkinson. 384 pages. $18.98. Tracy Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective — a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Tracy decides in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly to relieve the two of their relationship. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her
parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge. Meanwhile, Jackson Brodie, the beloved detective of novels such as “Case Histories,” is embarking on a different sort of rescue — that of an abused dog. Dog in tow, Jackson is about to learn, along with Tracy, that no good deed goes unpunished. — Viewpoint Books
Out and about Celebrate the end of summer at Rock the Park. This year’s concert features 38 Special with opening band Project Dubru, winner of the 2011 Columbus Battle of Bands. Gates open at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 20 at Mill Race
Park. Project Dubru takes the stage at 7:30. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the gate. Information: 376-2539. — Columbus Area Arts Council
Healthy habits Heart disease, breast cancer, osteoporosis, depression and autoimmune diseases are the top five health concerns for women. Talk to your doctor about your risks for all these issues because they can affect different women at different ages. — webmd.com
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