Banner Health McKee Medical Center

SPR 2017

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15 I n the late 1950s, Heloise Bowles Cruse had an idea to write a newspaper column for housewives. When she approached her local newspaper in Honolulu, she offered to work for free for 30 days if they would take a chance on her. The first column, "The Readers' Exchange," launched in 1959. In 1961, King Features Syndicate persuaded Heloise to syndicate her column with a new name, "Hints from Heloise." By 1964, it appeared in 593 newspapers in America and abroad. Daughter Heloise began working for her mother three years before the elder Heloise passed away in 1977. Although she lightheartedly describes her boss/mother as "straight out of the movie 'The Devil Wears Prada,'" daughter Heloise says she eventually understood her mother's seemingly Machiavellian motivations. When Heloise officially took over her mother's household tips column, she was prepared. Today, the high-energy and witty Heloise has almost 40 years' experience helming the Heloise media empire. Her secret to success? Do the best you can with what you've got, she says. "One of the reasons my mother, a military wife, became 'Heloise' is that she moved so often, and she learned to make do with what she had," says Heloise. And it's safe to say that the internationally celebrated "Hints from Heloise" has served up a whole lot of "make do" ever since. Get a move on Household doyenne Heloise says she also has a "make do" attitude when it comes to personal health. "My mother died from heart disease. That's one of the reasons I take care of myself," she explains. "And some things are genetic. I can't change genetics." Heloise believes people tend to lose their momentum for adopting a healthy lifestyle out of fear of failure: "Don't let anyone shame you into thinking, 'You must go to the gym' or 'You must walk 10,000 steps a day.' You must do the best that you can do," she says. Her mantra? "Any movement is better than no movement," she says. And with her staff working out of office space at one end of her ranch-style Texas home, Heloise says she invariably ends up walking quite a bit. She's even clocked herself at 7,000 to 8,000 steps a day without ever leaving the house. Game for fitness Regardless of how you opt to exercise, Heloise says it's all about discovering your power rather than making excuses to yourself. "For example, if you're watching TV and a commercial comes on, get up and move around or march in place," she says. "Sit on your couch and pretend you're hitting a boxing bag. Try that for three to four minutes, and see if you don't feel it. "Do 'snow angels' in bed when you first wake up," she adds. "Get your body moving." Need weights to bulk up your workouts? "Fill a milk jug with water, and there's your dumbbell," Heloise suggests. "Or go to your pantry and get two cans of tomato juice and use those." Though Heloise advises consulting with your health care professional before beginning any new physical activity, her do-it-yourself message comes through loud and clear: "If you're physically capable, then that's wonderful," she says. "If you're not, do the best that you can with what you've got." S HEALTHY HINTS from Heloise • Make a homemade ice pack by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol, 2 parts water, and blue food coloring, then freeze in two zipper plastic bags. • Painlessly remove an adhesive bandage by soaking a cotton ball with baby oil and applying it to the sides of the bandage. • To cool down quickly when you're overheated, place a piece of silverware on the back of your neck, rest your wrist on a cold glass of ice water, or wipe your feet with an alcohol wipe. • Soften your skin with an inexpensive homemade mixture of 2 parts glycerin, 1 part water, and a couple drops of an essential oil, such as lavender or rose. • For a special bath treat, combine 3 cups Epsom salt, 1 tablespoon glycerin and a bit of your favorite perfume or essential oils (such as peppermint, bergamot, rose or lavender) in a glass or metal bowl. Put half a cup or more of the mixture into the hot bath. • Don't forget your pets: Freshen up your dog by lightly dampening a microfiber cloth with water and wiping over the animal's fur.

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