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Famous for his television career and his positive outlook, Katie Couric has a new position of influencer in social media. She speaks with Parade to be his own boss, to live a happy and healthy life in his sixties and the results of our Parade/ Health Survey Now from the Cleveland Clinic.
Related: View the results of our health survey now in our Cleveland clinic
Couric, 62, could have taken a different path. Instead of her 40-year career on the television news, she could have chosen a much less visible job. "I did the Myers-Briggs personality test and it was said that I should be a social worker," says Couric. "I've always had this tendency to try to help people." The truth is that it has been helping people for decades, reaching millions of people through Today & # 39; hui, CBS Evening News and 60 minutes.
Her role as champion of a healthy life began after her first husband of eight and a half years, Jay Monahan, Died of colon cancer in 1998; three years later, she lost her sister Emily to a pancreatic cancer. His advocacy grew over time, having released his own colonoscopy live on Today & # 39; hui and co-founder of the Stand Up to Cancer organization to produce documentaries like 2014 MarreOn the dangerous effects of sugar. Since launching Katie Couric Media, she has used her influence as a media star to convey her health messages directly to her fans via personal social media (follow her on Instagram), podcasts and specials. His influencing role in health was one of the reasons Couric was eager to see the results of our investigation. Parade/ Cleveland Clinic survey. It describes the health, fitness and eating habits of Americans and examines how social media has turned some extreme health practices into a mainstream. As for the misuse of technology, "I was not surprised by the results," Couric said. "I hope the survey will make people understand that Houston has a problem."
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Couric herself has a strong online presence where she shares news, interviews and many concrete insights into her personal life in New York and East Hampton with her husband for five years. John Molner, a former partner in a financial company, now heads the commercial arm of Katie Couric Media. Molner has two adult children (his son Henry and daughter Allie), while Couric has two daughters with Monahan: Ellie, 28, a Los Angeles-based writer on Amazon. The boys who is getting married on July 4th; and Carrie, 23, a new journalist with her first job at Reuters in New York. The loss of their father two decades ago has allowed Couric "to be much more conscious not only of living every day to the fullest, but also of the need to be really proactive about my health" , she says. A holistic approach to well-being that she said was foreign to her childhood in Arlington, Virginia, the youngest of four children.
At the time, Couric's two sisters were still on a diet, drinking Tab without calories and Fresca. "I remember being young and having thought that yogurt was a really exotic food and that my strange neighbors ate it. Is not that so funny? But Couric thrived physically – "a real sportsman," she says. She was a gymnast when she was young and was both a cheerleader and a team on the track in high school, a competitor at heart. When do they pass the presidential fitness test at school, for example? "I would put Bengay on my legs at night before thinking that it would keep my muscles warm and I would cut my hair so that I would be lighter." She also remembers writing an article in which he described a child entitled "Female athletes are sexier". she still has today.
Couric graduated from the University of Virginia, where she specialized in American studies and worked for the daily newspaper – and, incidentally, has fought for her health. "I had a eating disorder when I was younger," says Couric, who battled bulimia while she was a student. That's why even today, she says, "I'm trying not to be too rigid about what I'm eating." Determined to do it as a journalist, Couric worked as an office assistant at ABC. , as a producer for CNN and as a local producer. Air press reporter before having his first big break as NBC News correspondent correspondent at the Pentagon. In 1991, she was wet Today & # 39; huithat she's been doing for 15 years. And in 2006, she embarked on record production at CBS to become the first woman to anchor the CBS Evening Newsand she also became a contributor to 60 minutes. She then reported to ABC News and hosted a daytime talk show for two seasons. Katie, before making a new jump in 2018, by founding his own media company.
"I became an entrepreneur in her sixties, which is pretty cool," she says, now that she is her own boss, with 19 employees. She produces a daily electronic newsletter, Wake up calland restart his podcast, Next question with Katie Couric, on iHeartRadio this month. Couric also writes his memoir, Unexpected, planned for 2021. "This is the story of my life," she says. She honestly says that she remained positive and resilient despite the ups and downs of her high-profile life. To balance all this? "I am delegating," she says, while remaining as strong physically and mentally as possible.
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Health solutions or mania?
Couric eats natural and unprocessed foods as much as possible, choosing salads and proteins whenever she can, while trying to reduce her consumption of meat. At breakfast, today she had cut tomatoes from her garden, a whole wheat English muffin and an iced coffee …always iced coffee. She tries to stretch and do something active every day (like yoga, spinning or walking with friends), and she trains with a coach at least twice a week; but she is also, like many of us: "I do these exercises a little and then I do too much," she says with a laugh, "and I fall from the wagon". As she is "classically mesomorphic" with a build musculature, "I am super conscious of doing weight bearing exercises (such as lunges and brisk walking)", which she points out is important for all women get older and lose bone and muscle mass. Especially because "when you get older, you have such a big belly," she said with a sigh. "These are hormones. What can we do? Fortunately, according to the results of the Cleveland Clinic's Healthy Now survey, people are doing a lot.
Couric is not surprised by the few people (37%) who report dieting or controlling their diet because "people do not use the word diet more, she says, "I think they are trying to use their lifestyle." Still, if you do a thorough exercise, she thinks that today's Americans are more aware of what they are eating – and, at the same time, benefiting the food, more than ever. And it is encouraged by the number of people (73%) who say that reducing their sugar intake is their number one priority. Nor is she surprised by people's willingness to try new trends in food and fitness. After all, Couric has tried many fads herself over the years, such as the Scarsdale diet in her twenties, "which worked in the short term because of ketosis (burn fat reserves), but it's pretty wretched, "she laughs, and then there was the quick red liquid protein -" that stuff that oprah tried "- she recalls," it was so mean. "Most recently, she experimented with the diet based on low carbohydrate ketone, popular with Healthy Now respondents (although it does not allow enough fruit and vegetables to his taste), and is intrigued by intermittent fasting (by limiting meals at noon and at 8 pm, for example), which "proved that it was increasing your telomeres at the end of your DNA, which is anti-aging," she says. "I would really like to see how that feels."
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According to her, the most interesting trend in the health field is the impact of technology on our health and our choices in health. In fact, 66% of people aged 18 to 34 take action based on social media advice. The positive aspect has been the reduction of stigma related to mental health issues. "I think social media has helped a lot with that," says Couric, because to the extent that young people share everything in this sharing economy, they are much more open to mental health issues. But with all this access to information, Couric also notes how important it is to question the content of our feeds. "I discerned myself well, but sometimes even I I do not know what to believe, "she admits. she she does when she reads a new fix or a new fashion: what is the background of the person? What kind of research was conducted? What are they sale? And is it too good to be true? "There are a lot of quick fixes that are not necessarily legitimate," she says. So when it comes to doing more than just harmless suggestions, use your judgment and proceed with caution.
The most worrying health trend she's noticed? "Technology hurts like me with technology," she says. She was not surprised to see how many people spent more time on social media than in-person socialization (33%) and preferred to text over the phone (76% of women aged 25-49). Phones "have become such an accessory for people," she says. "I'm worried about the lack of basic human interaction on the street when people are stuck to their phones and what is changing us as social animals." We are, says Couric, apparently more connected than ever before, but people are also experiencing profound loneliness. That's why she is currently preparing a documentary on social isolation and loneliness – a problem that experts consider "as dangerous as smoking two packs of cigarettes a day."
What is she doing to fight her own addiction to technology? "Honestly, I tried and I failed to do certain things," she says, including a digital detox every Sunday – "it lasted a Sunday." But her best trick for putting down her phone is to spend time with her husband, her kids and her friends, with no shortage on her list of what she likes. She loves going to the beach, having dinner and watching movies, Broadway shows and museums. At home, she plays Scrabble and organizes group game nights where her competitive nature is apparent again. She decompresses by taking bubble baths and organizing ("I find the cleaning super relaxing," she insists.)
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The future of health
When she looks to the future – for herself and for the health of Americans – she sees a brilliant, rich in information more accessible to the public and in a wealth of health research. "I think this whole area of wellness is exploding and that, as a result, there is a lot more research on it," Couric said. "I hope that medical breakthroughs will help people understand how to be healthier, live longer, detect cancer earlier and prevent disease."
She will continue to try to evolve with the world and to improve while using her platform for the good, in order to help others, to the extent of her means. For Couric, it starts with little things, like learning to speak Spanish and playing the piano, then taking dance lessons with her husband – jokingly: "It's like one of those types of inflatable winds at the gas station that are moving? It's a bit like that when he dances, because he does not move his feet! She also wants to meditate more, eat better and keep her body strong. Yes, she admits, it's hard to "feel creaky or see wrinkles" as you get older, she says, "but what really makes me sad is that I do not have as much time I would like to have fun, you know? I love every day where I have the opportunity to participate in life, and I would like to do it as long as I can. Always optimistic, Couric recently bought a notebook to start a gratitude journal. "I have not written it yet, but I bought it!" She laughs. In reality, she does not need to write what she is most grateful for, because it's the same for most of her life: "My health and the health of the people I love," she says. -she. "Because without that, you have nothing."
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The art of memory by Mary Karr
"The tale of the maid, Chernobyl. I did not see Kill Eve but it's in my queue. And I'm really jazzy about The crown and the Downton Abbey movie."
Favorite thing to nibble
Frozen chocolate chips
Snack to keep your energy at work
"Dark chocolate, nuts, almonds, cashews – and peanut butter on anything. I like peanut butter on bananas, peanut butter on apples, I love peanut butter just on a spoon with chocolate chips. I just joined a peanut butter club of the month. "
"I like podcasts The daily and Family Secretsand Rebecca Minkoff's podcast with founders (Super woman) – and Ella Fitzgerald to complete. "
"I have a good glass of wine. Or my new favorite drink is a paloma (a tequila and grapefruit-soda cocktail). I love them!"
Favorite family meal
"I grill something and I serve sliced tomatoes from my garden and corn on the farm's gazebo and throw shishito peppers from my garden on the grill. And I like to make herb butter: take lemon thyme, oregano, rosemary or basil from my garden; chop everything; and mix with butter. It's delicious. "
Go-to Karaoke Song
"Crazy," by Patsy Cline. Last week I sang karaoke in Nashville, but I sang 'Summer Nights' (from Fat) with a stranger in a bar. "
The best way to instantly relax
"Take off my shoes."
Sunday's favorite activity
"I love going to church when I can and being in a community of people who take an hour of their hectic lives and think of something bigger than themselves." I like to walk in the city with my husband, meet friends and read on Sundays. New York TimesI think is an amazing publication. And I love to cook Sunday dinner, cook with my husband and create something comfortable and delicious – and, hopefully, healthy. "
Go Further: The Best Health Fads of 2019
The 2019 Parade/ The Cleveland Clinic survey found that Americans have tried many health trends. But are they really worth it? Here are some examples we investigated:
This low-impact fitness hobby takes place on a mini-trampoline and involves jumping, dancing and even moving with dumbbells and resistance bands to tone your heart and legs and improve your cardiovascular health.
Even Dr. Oz has embraced this trend, which involves planning to eat at specific times of the day – and not eating for long periods of time.
According to experts, as health care costs increase, virtual doctor visits are gaining popularity – even if they do not have to completely replace your doctor
There was Atkins first. Now, the craze for low carbs is Keto, and it shows no sign of slowing down.
The old practice is widespread thanks to the prevalence of mobile applications related to meditation.
A growing group of people (including some celebrities) have abandoned strict diets for a more intuitive and positive approach to the body.
New offer of services to deliver to your door a selection of vitamins selected by hand. Is it necessary or just a passing fad?
The super food is touted for its antioxidant properties and high fiber content. (Plus, he's pretty in pictures!)
We are more in touch with our gut health than ever and we can thank prebiotics and probiotics for that.
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Dr. Mark Hyman