Fitness Magazine

Slim-centive Programs
Shrink a size as you fatten your bank account with these play-or-pay sites
May 2012 Pick a goal (like losing 10 pounds this month), choose a reward (a spa day with friends, a new iPad, or even cash) and then invite family and friends to join this online social network so they can cheer you on and make pledges or donations toward your reward.

SELF Magazine

Power of Pink

October 2011

Every year when SELF rounds up the latest pink products to benefit breast cancer causes, I wish I could say we didn’t need to do this anymore. But we do. Progress is being made, but it’s still vital to raise awareness and money for research and treatments because not everyone gets her annual check-up and a cure is likely years away. Shopping is one easy way  to make your dollars count. I really use the items here, and you’ll find 56 more do-goods on the next pages. Every month, but especially this one, SELF urges you to take care of yourself. (Editing this page reminded me to schedule my overdue doctor’s appointment!) And keep thinking pink. It still matters.

Snack Attack

Intense Dark Pink Ribbon packages. $3; $1 per sale to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Harper’s Bazaar

The Hot List

September 2011

San Francisco Opera’s production of Turandot was featured in the hot list in September’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

British artist, David Hockney takes center stage with his richly colored sets and costumes for the San Francisco’s Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. September 9 to November 25.

Family Circle

From the Editor

Linda Fears, Editor in Chief

December 2011

Ghirardelli Premium Hot Cocoa When it’s cold out my kids want hot chocolate every day, sometimes more than once. So I keep a tin of instant cocoa mix and a bag of mini marshmallows on hand. They don’t care what kind I buy, but I do: Ghirardelli’s Double Chocolate flavor tastes just like homemade. Grocery stores, $7.

American Fitness

Sweet Treats Help Save Lives


In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company is offering special pink ribbon packages of Intense Dark chocolate bars including Evening Dream, Twilight Delight, Midnight Reverie and Toffee Interlude. This promotion, in conjunction with the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Be an Intense supporter program, will provide up to $100,000* to help further the Foundation’s mission.

The bars can be found in grocery stores and speciality retailers nationwide September 15 through December 2011. Each package has a code that participants can enter at the Ghirardelli website,, and the chocolate giant will donate $1 for each entry. So enjoy these yummy candies and show your support for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lansing State Journal / Eaton Rapids Community News

Eaton Rapids teen beating the odds

March 9, 2012

ATON RAPIDS — Nineteen-year-old Sarah Ovresat blends in well with her freshman class at the University of Michigan. She’s a former high school salutatorian interested in computer science and nanotechnology who has a definite talent for art.

Sarah is also good at racking up honors. Last year she received a prestigious Thomas Alva Edison scholarship worth $10,000. And just last month she was one of four college students nationwide chosen for a Graeme Clark scholarship that will provide her $2,000 for each of her four college years.

Sarah’s success is due to her intellectual abilities, self-confident personality and the solid support of her parents, Eric and Laura Ovresat. And to a little device you can’t even see unless she lifts her long shiny hair: a cochlear implant.

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Suburban Life Newspapers

Overcoming deafness helps woman connect with world

March 8, 2012

Carol Stream, IL — Nagging feelings of disconnection and loneliness plagued Carly Swanson for a long time, but those feelings are now in the past.

When she was 7 years old, Swanson — who’s now 21— was diagnosed with cholesteoma, a condition that caused her to lose hearing in her right ear. Because of her condition, Swanson, who lives in Carol Stream, had social difficulties and found it nearly impossible to make connections with other people.

“In a lot of large group situations, I just couldn’t take part in conversations and such because the background noise drowned out what I was trying to focus on,” she said.

The condition basically destroys bones in the ear responsible for conducting sound. There are three small bones that conduct hearing, and in Swanson’s case, two and a half were destroyed. The result was four surgeries to remove the cholesteoma.

She wasn’t able to use a traditional hearing aid because she didn’t have the bones responsible for conducting hearing. Then, in late 2008, just before her freshman year  at College of DuPage, Swanson received a Baha Sound Processor — a new type of hearing aid that uses nerve hearing behind the ear to conduct sound. The sound processor was installed through a surgical process. An implant was placed in her skull, and the Baha is attached to it.

For Swanson, the result was pure bliss.

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Raleigh News and Observer

Hearing impaired enjoy sounds of baseball

Madison Jackson, 5, of Apex, left, and Marina Sandy, 7, of Zebulon react as a Durham Bulls player hits a home run. The girls, who are hearing impaired, were on a group trip sponsored by a cochlear implant company.

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Stillwater NewsPress in Oklahoma

Life never sounded so good for Stillwater pianist

Sonja Hannon has given piano lessons since she was 12. Until last June when she received a nucleus cochlear implant, Hannon was 95 percent deaf for a large part of her life.

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Orangeburg Press Democrat

Orangeburg man gets new lease on life with cochlear implants

July 5, 2011

Dave Heffner didn’t appreciate the value of being able to hear birds chirping or the click of his dog’s toenails on the sidewalk as they strolled through the neighborhood – until he was unable to.

The 69-year-old Orangeburg man suffered near-total hearing loss in his right ear after working for years in a noisy Pennsylvania steel mill and soon needed a hearing aid for the other one.

“My left ear was affected, but not as bad as my right,” he said. “In 1998, an otolaryngologist told me there was nothing that could help my right ear. He recommended a hearing aid for the left ear, which helped until August 8, 2009.”

That’s when Heffner lost what hearing he had in his left ear. It wasn’t helped by the round of steroids he was given for what was thought to be viral infection, and he didn’t have an auditory nerve tumor, as was previously thought.

Heffner was soon referred to a physician who specialized in cochlear implantation, a procedure he said has dramatically changed his life.

‘I consider this a miracle’

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