About the Author

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic is the Executive Editor of UCLA Healthy Years. Her mission is to help people feel better in their bodies. She does that by writing about health and wellness and teaching Pilates and yoga. As a freelance writer, she has enjoyed a satisfying career writing about everything from Caribbean travel to new medical discoveries. Among her published books are the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Back Pain and The Essential Guide to Healthy and Healing Foods. Her articles have appeared nationwide in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, American Way, Pilates Style, Baylor Innovations, and Massage Therapy Journal. She has blogged for a variety of clients, including the Chronic Disease Fund, and maintains her own blog at JoAnnMilPilates.com. Milivojevic has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Indiana University and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago. She began her career as a writer/producer for public radio and public television. In addition to loving her work as a health writer, she enjoys dancing the Argentine tango.

Articles by JoAnn Milivojevic

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Avoid Exercise Injuries

A well-qualified, certified Pilates instructor will ensure you are doing the exercises correctly and safely. The instructor should have at least 300 hours of training, be fully certified in mat and on all the machines, and have at least a few years’ teaching experience. Most Pilates certifications require knowledge of anatomy.

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Pilates Machines Foster Flexibility and Strength

Pilates was originally a one-on-one training system done on a mat and also on specialized machines developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1900s. He originally called his system “Contrology,” because to do the exercises correctly requires full concentration and control.

It’s a total body workout, best known for how

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Common but Lesser Known Sleep Disorders

Most people are familiar with insomnia (the inability to fall or stay asleep), and sleep apnea (a disorder of obstructed breathing that interrupts sleep). These are just two of many sleep disorders that can rob you of needed rest. Quality sleep is essential for good health. We all need our

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Thinking About a Cosmetic Procedure?

There are many minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that promise to help aging faces look more refreshed. But can these less invasive procedures really make a difference for people in their late 50s and beyond? The short answer is yes.

“It’s crucial that the procedure fit the patient,” explains UCLA facial plastic

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Diagnosis: Prediabetes

The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.

“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The

Looking for an Energy Boost?

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Looking for an Energy Boost?

There’s no shortage of drinks, foods, and supplements promising a quick burst of energy. Problem is most give you a jolt and follow with an energy crash. An occasional extra cup of coffee may not be harmful, but if you’re constantly reaching for a sudden energy boost, it’s time to

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

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Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders, among them asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But what is leaky gut?

At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to be tighten woven fabric. The holes allow

How to Increase Memory Power: 4 Proven Methods

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How to Increase Memory Power: 4 Proven Methods

It happens—that so-called “senior moment” where you forget a word, completely miss an appointment, or can’t recognize the face of someone who so clearly knows you. But don’t worry; you can do something about those memory lapses. A number of simple routines you can adopt may increase memory power—and provide