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March 22, 1996 - Image 71

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-03-22

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A Quiet Moment at


Pigging Out
At Pesach Time?


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No way! Linda Orbach adds a Jewish dimension to Weight Watchers.



lintzes, kugel, cream
When it comes to weight
loss, Jewish food general-
ly isn't part of the diet Rx — un-
less Linda Orbach is helping to
plan your meals.
Ms. Orbach, in preparation for
Passover, has spearheaded a
kosher Weight Watchers class,
which meets from 9 to 9:30 a.m.
every Thursday at the Tel-
Twelve Mall in Southfield.
The class, which started
March 7, will continue during
and after the holiday. It is based
on the belief that Jews can keep
tradition, keep kosher and stay
Kugel and trim waistlines
aren't mutually exclusive, Ms.
Orbach says. One just needs
to know the right way to cook
kugel or kishka or any other
high-calorie dish, including pota-
to latkes.
"You don't need to take the
pancakes and put them in three
inches of oil," Ms. Orbach says.
A healthier recipe for the
Chanukah treat directs the chef
to cook the potatoes before grat-
ing them. Add onion. Add spices.
A non-stick spray should replace
oil in the frying pan.
As for matzah balls, the
Weight Watchers' version uses


no-fat egg whites in-
stead of egg yolks,
which are high in
calories and choles-
"The class is not
just about getting
thinner," Ms. Orbach
says. "It's about get-
ting smarter."
She notes that
Jews who observe di-
etary laws can be
smarter during Pass-
over week — and
every other week of
the year. The kosher
Weight Watchers
class was purposely
set for Thursdays,
right before Shabbat,
to give participants
the motivation to eat
carefully on Fridays
and Saturdays, typi-
cally quiet, sedentary
Leading a
"Among Jewish
people — although, meeting, Linda
Orbach stresses
it's among all people the importance
— eating is very im-
of planning
portant," says Florine
Mark, president and
CEO of Weight Watchers.
Ms. Mark, after her children's
bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies,
offered no sweet table. She nixed

the pastries, nixed the rug-
galach. Instead, she treated
guests to a spread of fruits
and vegetables.
"I never had a complaint,"
she says. "Not one." ❑

Go Ahead And Toss
All That Old Medication

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he change of season is a
good time to sort through
your medicine cabinet,

discarding outdated med-
ications. Some tips from Dr.
Carman Ciervo, associate pro-
fessor of clinical family medicine
at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey-School
of Osteopathic Medicine:
• Discard any medicine that
isn't clearly labeled for its use,
how long to take it and expira-
tion date. Flush pills, liquids and
creams down the toilet, and rinse
out empty containers.
• Destroy tablets that have be-

Alison Ashton is a writer for

Copley News Service.

come crumbly or any medications
that have changed in color, odor
or consistency— even if the expi-
ration date hasn't passed. De-
composed drugs can be dangerous:
• Regardless of the expiration
date, discard any medication you
no longer need.
Dr. Ciervo points out that al-
though the bathroom medicine
cabinet is the most popular plar.e
to store prescription and over-
the-counter drugs, it's not nec-
essarily the best location. The
bathroom's warm, moist envi-
ronment can hasten the deteri-
oration of medicines, and
children can easily climb up to
a medicine cabinet. Dr. Ciervo

recommends storing prescrip-
tion drugs on a high closet shelf
or locked in a box that is kept in
a cool, dry, dark place.


If a potential employer takes
you out to lunch, don't spend too
long perusing the menu, warn
the editors of Men's Health mag-
azine. They could be trying to find
out how decisive you are.
The magazine reports that a
survey conducted by the Inter-
national Association of Corporate
and Professional Recruiters
found that employers value de-
cisiveness in today's executives



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