Yesterday, Illinois’ new health care marketplace opened for business, enabling people to start enrolling in new health insurance plans. There are several plans to choose from with several different levels of coverage, but not everybody should be looking to the marketplace for coverage. This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Claudia Lenhoff, Executive Director of Champaign County Health Care Consumers and Julie Pryde, Executive Director of the Champaign County Public Health District, which is working to educate people about the new marketplaces, also known as exchanges, and get them enrolled in coverage.
The Food and Drug Administration recently released official guidelines for what it means for food to be “gluten free.” This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with David Grotto about what gluten actually does in our bodies and about the pros and cons of going on a gluten free diet. According to Grotto, going gluten free isn’t the right choice for everyone and isn’t always healthier.
With school back in session, we’ll also talk about school lunches. He’ll talk with us about how nutrition affects kids’ focus in school and what foods athlete’s should be consuming during this fall’s sports season. We’ll also ask him about “bento boxes,” which are popular in Japan and growing in popularity in the United States, as an alternative to the traditional brown-bag school lunches.
A recipe for healthy soil is very much like a recipe for a healthy body. That’s according to author and family physician Dr. Daphne Miller. In her new book “Farmcology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing,” she argues that sustainable cattle ranching can teach us a lot of lessons about raising health kids and says that she can see connections between the way certain vineyards manage pests and how we treat and think about cancer. This hour on Focus, Lisa Bralts talks with Miller about her book and the farms she visited while writing and researching it. We’ll also hear about why she says drinking raw milk is having unprotected sex.
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You can read an excerpt of the book at the link below.
This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with “Dr. Happiness” earlier this spring. Ed Diener, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois, has written extensively about what factors influence psychological wealth and well-being. He talks with us about his research, how he got others in the field to take him seriously when we started trying to quantify something so abstract and what makes life satisfaction so vital to our health.
During this episode of Focus, we also talk with him about what it really means to be happy and how researchers go about quantifying these things.
Professor Diener was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Lifetime Career Award by the American Psychological Association earlier this spring. He’s the author of three books, and in addition to his many achievements, founded one of the most acclaimed and widely read journals on the study of psychology, “Perspectives on Psychological Science.” He is also listed on the Institute of Scientific Information’s most cited list with more than 65,000 scientific articles quoting his work.
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During this episode of Focus, we’re listening back to a conversation host Jim Meadows had with travel writer and broadcaster Rick Steves about his life and career when he visited Champaign-Urbana late last spring. We’ll hear Rick’s tips for planning a trip and the best places to go for the first time and the veteran traveler. We also hear about why he first started traveling and what he love about traveling enough that he’s made the commitment to live most of his adult life out of a suitcase.
We’ve all seen the caricature of the unfeeling, cold-hearted, bitter doctor on cable television. Gregory House, after all, is not an exactly a model for compassion. Danielle Ofri argues in her newest book “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine,” that the idea that doctors don’t have feelings, or that they can ignore those feelings, negatively affects patient care. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with Dr. Ofri about why that caricature developed and how it affects the way doctors practice medicine.
Yoga has been around for thousands of years and is becoming more and more popular as a form of exercise in the West. Many people, however, will say that yoga is much more than exercise or that it can’t be classified as exercise at all. This hour on Focus, Lindsey Moon talks with incoming Professor of Kinesiology at Wayne State University Neha Goethe about study she recently completed at the University of Illinois comparing yoga practice to more traditional exercise. Mare Payne, who was a part of Neha’s study also joins us.
Then during the second half of the show, we’ll hear from Jennifer Allen, a yoga instructor from Champaign. She’ll tell more about the different styles of yoga and why some people strongly oppose the idea that yoga is a form of exercise. She also tells us more about yoga’s history, and Lindsey talks with her about how yoga in the West is different from it’s more traditional forms.
The Urbana Park District is sponsoring free yoga classes in Meadowbrook Park on Saturdays this summer. Find more information about those classes and more about the Exercise Psychology Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where Neha conducted her research below.
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with Douglas Nelson, a licensed massage therapist from Champaign, President of BodyWorks Associates and founder of NMT MidWest, a teaching institute focused on massage and pain management. His new book “The Mystery of Pain,” takes a scientific look at what pain actually is and how it affects the body. We’ll talk with him about the subjectivity involved when it comes to thinking about and treating pain.
The Obama Administration is slowly implementing mandates created by the Affordable Care Act but recently delayed one applying to some businesses. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk about what’s been delayed, what changes will be implemented as planned and what you should expect if you need to purchase health insurance through one of the exchanges this fall. Health insurance coverage through Illinois exchanges will be available for purchase October 1, and this hour on Focus, John Katsinas of Barham Benefit Group and Claudia Lenhoff of Champaign County Health Consumers join host Jim Meadows.
Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act and how it’s going to affect you as more and more mandates take effect? We welcome your calls and questions this hour on Focus!
This hour on Focus, host Jim Meadows talks with author Brain Udermann about his book “25 Ways to Cure the Hiccups: Uncovering the Truth Behind 101 Common Myths and Misconceptions." We’ll talk with him about the validity of common household advice. Sorry to disappoint you, but eating celery does not burn more calories to digest than it’s worth, and feeding a cold and starving a fever aren’t in the “truthful” category during this episode of Focus.