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

Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

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Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary?

There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component. So is Alzheimer’s hereditary? First, keep in mind that this is a very complex disease. Though your risk is higher if you have a family history of the disease, it does not mean you definitely

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Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

The high lead levels found in the Flint, Mich., water system a few years ago heightened national concerns about public water safety. Last year, the Reuters news agency reported that children in Fresno had as high or higher lead levels than children in Flint, and that tainted drinking water could

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Summertime is Picnic Time

Dining alfresco at your favorite beach, park, or concert event is a wonderful way to savor summer warmth. Whether it’s a romantic sunset evening for two or a raucous afternoon with the grandkids, you need a solid plan. First, consider the ambience you’d like to create; then build your menu

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Reduce Stress and Plug into Life

Wildfires, mudslides, government shutdowns, school shootings, and more. We’re glued to our phones or televisions in our quest for information–but the barrage of bad news may leave us feeling tense, sad, anxious or preoccupied.

Overexposure to the news can lead to something called “vicarious trauma,” a term introduced in 1990 to

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Have Your Workouts Stopped Working?

You’re diligent with your resistance training exercise routine: You do it three times a week at the same and perform the exercises in the exact same order. Sounds like it’s a dedicated and focused effort, right? Well, it is. But, if you don’t occasionally change your routine, your body gets

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News Briefs: Cardio vs. Resistance Training; Distracted Walking; Deadly Heart Rhythm

Calories Burned: Cardio vs. Resistance Training
Researchers from Auckland University of Technology wanted to know if burning calories doing cardiovascular exercise was the same as burning calories doing resistance training. They conducted a small study that looked at physiological and hormonal responses to the two different workouts. The number of calories burned, and the duration of

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Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy

Imagine being so sensitive to touch that even a thin sheet covering you at night is excruciating, or feeling prickly sensations on the bottom of your feet with each step you take, making walking difficult and painful. These are just two of the many symptoms caused by peripheral neuropathy, a

Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

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Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

Relax and take a deep breath. It’s a common recommendation from physicians and friends who seek to help you reach a state of calm when you’re feeling frazzled. Breathing is an essential and automatic function.

But with deliberate focus on breathing, it’s a proven tool for healing and well-being. With

Meditation—Your Best Defense Against “Monkey Mind”

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Meditation—Your Best Defense Against “Monkey Mind”

Meditation can sharpen your concentration, help you become more resilient in times of stress, persevere during trying times, teach you to love more deeply, and experience greater joy and peace. All that from just sitting there? Yes. And more.

Like so many things in life, it’s easier said than done. Meditators