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Sheryl is a member of the Social Media Advisory Board for the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) foundation Life…supplemented, a group whose initiative is to motivate Americans to make the three pillars of health—a healthy diet, responsible use of supplements and regular exercise—an integral part of their daily wellness regimen.
She is also a regular contributor to the Life…Supplemented blog, “The Supplemental.”
Sheryl Kraft is a freelance journalist, essayist and writer of non-fiction based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Her writing covers all areas, with a concentration in health, wellness and fitness. With the exception of quantum physics, just about everything interests her; in fact, one of the greatest things Sheryl finds about writing is the opportunity it gives her to delve into subjects and discover something new.
Sheryl’s work has appeared in Prevention, Woman’s Day, Everyday Health, Grandparents.com, MinervaPlace, JAMA, AARP, Weight Watchers, Bottom Line/Health, Bottom Line/Women’s Health, Caring Today and assorted Connecticut regional publications.
Why I Chose To Have A Prophylactic Mastectomy
Angelina Jolie was not the only one to choose a prophylactic mastectomy.
I did, too — but for different reasons.. (Thank you, Angelina, for making it public. You’ve given me the courage to write about it for the very first time).
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 25 years ago, the words “prophylactic mastectomy” were not commonly uttered. Breasts that were diseased were removed; otherwise healthy tissue was left intact.
Since then, a lot has transpired. Some (though not all) physicians advise women who have had cancer in one breast to have the opposite one removed, just to be “safe.” Many women choose to have prophylactic mastectomies on the opposite breast for psychological reasons: the anxiety that cancer will occur again (though not scientifically based in all cases) is so high to render them unable to deal with the heightened ongoing stress. And we all know what a huge health risk stress can be. The last thing a woman with cancer wants is any more health risks.
Stretching Toward Light
Daylight savings time, April 1989. Huddled in my warm house reading a book to my two sons, three-year-old Jonathan perched on my right knee and 18-month-old Jeremy on my left: I contemplate what it will mean to set the clocks one hour ahead later this evening. Just one hour seems immensely insignificant. Ten hours wouldn’t even be enough. My breast cancer diagnosis just four months prior – when the skies were dark by four o’clock and the world, once full of promise, crumbled around me – made me long for time to fast-forward; for it to take me to a safer place, to a failsafe future where things are straight instead of crooked.
How to Get Your Kids to Exercise
When you were a kid, chances are you spent way more time playing outdoors than your kids do today.
With computers, TV and other electronic distractions, our children spend less time exercising and more time sitting. School sports programs and basic Phys Ed classes have become victims of budget cuts, and recess time is dwindling.
Why Bill Clinton Went Vegan
While he was in the White House, former President Bill Clinton was widely known as a world-class foodie with a propensity for take-out. In the last few years, however, he has cleaned up his dietary act, tightened his belt and traded in hamburgers for health.
The impetus: two life-threatening health scares and his daughter’s wedding last year. Clinton appeared at Chelsea’s wedding as handsome as ever, minus 24 pounds on his frame. How did he do it?
Early Warning Signs of Heart Disease
Blame Hollywood for presenting this familiar picture of a heart attack: A man senses a vague sense of unease…suddenly clutches at his chest while crying out in pain…then collapses to the floor in a heap.
“It came out of nowhere,” exclaims his tearful wife to the emergency room doctor. “One minute he was fine…and the next, he was on the floor.”