Spring means rejuvenation, so how about taking a fresh look at ways you can protect your health? Back in the March issue of Reader’s Digest magazine, I wrote about a few surprising strategies to boost the condition of your heart (“In Tick-Tock Shape”). For the newest edition’s cover story, I’ve shared 50 surprising secrets that Canadian hospitals don’t tell you – and you’ll want to know all about them, in the event that you or a loved one becomes a patient. Hidden fees? Hidden risks? Tips for a faster and safer recovery? It’s all revealed by the latest research and top experts. That’s in the new May issue of Reader’s Digest, now available on newsstands.


Remember when I mentioned last month that I enjoy writing about food? I’m pleased to be working on a new monthly series for Zoomer magazine’s website that focuses on foods to enhance your health – and includes recipes to make your mouth water. This month (which also happens to be Alzheimer Awareness Month): “7 Foods to Boost Your Brain Health.” Salmon, pomegranate, berries, mmmm… What’s not to drool over?

Bon Appetit!

I love writing about food, probably because it makes me think about food, which usually makes me eat food. In the December/January issue of Zoomer magazine, you’ll find my review of the resplendent new British cookbook The Midlife Kitchen. (Have I mentioned I also love food photography?) Lots of projects are already in the hopper for 2018, so here’s to a new year of exciting endeavours. Happy holidays!

This month I’ve had two feature articles on the newsstands. In the October issue of Reader’s Digest, learn what to do to help prevent breast cancer. According to the very latest research, there are several key ways to reduce your odds of developing this disease. In the October issue of Zoomer magazine, I tell the stories of some later-in-life humanitarians – folks in their 50s, 60s and beyond who are using their skills and experience to give back. The story, “Good-Deed Doers,” includes tips for those who find themselves inspired!

Our bodies change over time. Sometimes, that becomes noticeable in the bedroom. But if you know how to adapt – whether the changes are physical, hormonal or psychological – you can have just as much fun between the sheets as you used to. Learn all about the adjustments that can maintain or improve your intimacy as you age. I cover this topic in the September issue of Zoomer magazine.

Ever wonder if you’re taking in enough essential vitamins and minerals? Do you worry you might be deficient? Pick up the new July issue of Reader’s Digest for my overview. Learn about the health risks of consuming too few nutrients, as well as how to know when you’re supplementing way too much. Flip to page 30 of the same issue, and you can also pick up some helpful hints for calculating the amount of sleep you really need.

I loved researching my feature article “Wearable Technologies,” which appears in the new summer issue of the Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science. Tens of millions of wearable gadgets, including Fitbits and Apple Watches, were sold just last year alone. The sensors and software in these devices are now sophisticated enough to track your medical status  – they know what your heart rate’s doing, how well you’re sleeping or what your insulin levels are dipping to. It was fascinating to write about what the future holds for these kinds of technologies, and how the roles of medical professionals will adapt in response.

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