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Winterizing Your Workout Wardrobe

January 27, 2014

Are you a weather weenie? Don't be! As that may cause you to gain weight - and maybe even feel depressed for lack of sunshine - every winter. Too bad... as you don't have to. With the right clothing (and attitude) you can go outside and play in below freezing temperatures and feel as snug as a bug in a rug. Of course, as a Swede, I learned these "tricks of the north" long ago. My secret? If the weather is in the twenties or above, well-chosen layers, layers and more layers. Here's what I mean:

Top and Bottom Layer 1: Tank top and leggings. This tank top and leggings are from The Four Seasons Health Club, Georgetown, where I give lectures and consult.

Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director

Top Layer 2: Add a short sleeved t-shirt. This cotton t-shirt is from the Four Seasons Health Club, Georgetown.

Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director

Top Layer 3: Cotton turtleneck from The Gap.

Katherine Tallmadge in 3rd layer: the cotton knit turtleneck (Photo by: Kjerstin Frey) Katherine Tallmadge in 3rd layer: the cotton knit turtleneck

Top Layer 4: A thick, warm hoodie from Athleta, Georgetown.
Bottom Layer 2 atop the leggings: Insulated leggings for men and women from Sportobin.com. These leggings are so soft and warm, you can stop here to protect your bottom half, no matter how cold.

In single digit weather, Top Layer 4: I wear a ski jacket atop the turtleneck and stop there! But in the twenties or above, if you are active walking or exercising, the layers are best, and the ski jacket will make you feel too hot, believe it or not.

Katherine in the 3rd and 4th Layers at the Four Seasons Health Club (Photo by: Carolina Baldi) Katherine in the 3rd and 4th Layers at the Four Seasons Health Club

Top Layer 5: Cashmere headband from Betsy Fisher, to cover my ears, and a wool scarf and mittens from The Gap. The addition of the Swedish hand-knit wool sweater is for when the weather is in the twenties and low thirties. 

Katherine Tallmadge in the 5th and Final Layer at the Four Seasons Health Club (Photo by: Carolina Baldi) Katherine Tallmadge in the 5th and Final Layer at the Four Seasons Health Club

Essential: The right shoes for snow, ice and rain: Mephisto insulated, water-proof walking boots from Comfort One Shoe Store, Georgetown. Now I'm ready for my daily 3-mile walk from Georgetown to the Memorial Bridge and back. Gotta keep that body fat down!

Mephisto Insulated, Water-Proof Walking Boots (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Mephisto Insulated, Water-Proof Walking Boots

Final Layer: A soft, warm robe in front of a roaring fire. This one from the Four Seasons Health Club. Ahhhhhhhh ...

Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director (Photo by: Katherine Tallmadge) Carolina Baldi, Four Seasons Health Club Assistant Spa Director

Baby, it's cold outside! But with the right clothing you can go outside and enjoy!


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Busted! The FTC Cracks Down on Diet Scams

January 13, 2014

Want thinner thighs by applying an almond-scented cream? How about eating all the food you want and losing weight by sprinkling a powder on all your food? Or, a simple pill?

Sounds good to me, too! Unfortunately, these are all scams designed to take advantage of America's obesity epidemic and people desperate to lose weight. The Federal Trade Commission is finally taking action and forcing these companies to refund customers who bought these products and is asking consumers to report any claims they may feel are suspicious. 

The weight loss industry is exploding with consumers spending $66 billion on weight loss products per year.

For the whole story, watch my interview on CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.


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Food Assistance Needed for the Hungry in America

January 6, 2014

To call attention to hunger in America, Bread for the City and the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered on January 6. Bread for the City provides food, clothing, medical care, housing assistance, job readiness training, and other essential services to over 31,000 needy people in Washington, DC each year.

Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food and Nutrition Service and Anne Alonzo, Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service joined George Jones, CEO, Bread for the City, and neighborhood volunteers at Bread for the City’s Food Pantry. Concannon, Alonzo, and Jones hosted a national media conference call discussing the importance of food assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for low income individuals (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which gives food to organizations to distribute to local households, Women Infants & Children Program (WIC), serving pregnant women and their babies, and school meals in preventing hunger. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) oversees the administration of 15 nutrition assistance programs. These programs serve one in four Americans over the course of a year and work together to form a national safety net against hunger. Visit www.usda.gov for more information about USDA nutrition assistance programs.


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