Page 17 - Middlesex Health & Life - Fall 2012 Issue

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October is National Book Month—celebrate by read-
ing a novel penned by one of New Jersey’s finest
storytellers. For instance, former Middlesex resident
Janet Evanovich gained fame through her best-selling
Stephanie Plum series—the first book,
One for the
was turned into a movie starring Katherine
Heigl earlier this year. Evanovich’s newest Plum
Notorious Nineteen
comes out next
month. In the meantime, check out these other noted
novels written by New Jerseyans:
garden state scribes
It’s been almost 10 years since Alecia Joy Bloom of East
Brunswick felt a lump in her breast while applying lotion to
her chest. At only 38, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After undergoing a double mastectomy and chemotherapy,
Bloom was cancer-free, but her will to stay connected to the
breast cancer community and help other women remained
strong. “I had a positive outlook throughout my treatment,”
she says. “I want to show women that they can get through
this horrible disease and still feel beautiful, desirable and
successful and know that nothing will stop them.”
Each year for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in
October, Bloom and a group of her friends participate in
the American Cancer Society’s
Making Strides Against
Cancer Walk
to be held this year on October 28 at the
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison,
a.m. Bloom walks each year as part of her Bloom N’
Butterflies team. “We chose that name because cancer is a
transformation in every sense of the word,” she says.
More than 6,000 people are expected to register for
this year’s walk in a team or as individuals. To register, visit
Making strides
against breast cancer
Peter Benchley
Judy Blume
Summer Sisters
Mary Higgins Clark
All Around The Town
Carol Higgins Clark
Harlan Coben
Tell No One
James Fenimore
The Last of the
Stephen Crane
The Red Badge of
Norman Mailer
The Naked and The Dead
George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire
Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye
Philip Roth
The Great
American Novel
We all know we need to drink water, but let’s be
honest: Plain old tap water is
many people are turning to flavored water, variet-
ies of which are popping up everywhere. But
before you start guzzling, take heed: Some of these
waters” are actually glorified soft drinks, with high
sugar content and artificial ingredients.
Be careful to look at the label,” says
a New Jersey–based nutrition consul-
tant who has worked with the New York Mets,
Giants and Knicks. “A zero- or low-calorie natu-
rally flavored water that is fortified with vitamins
and minerals can be an effective way to hydrate
yourself and obtain nutrients, but if it also contains
unhealthy ingredients, it may be better to choose
a more nutritious beverage.” Skolnik recommends
avoiding drinks that contain caffeine or sugar substi-
tutes like sucralose and stevia. Here are her choices
for the best and worst flavored waters on the market by
their sugar and calorie content.
For a homemade thirst quencher,
you can make your own flavored water with
lemon juice or mint leaves.
The worst:
Snapple antioxidant water con-
tains 150 calories and 33 grams of sugar
equivalent to three bowls of sugary cereal).
Glaceau Vitamin Water contains 120 calories
and 31–32 grams of sugar per bottle.
The best:
Hint Water, Skinny Water and Dasani
Flavored water are all calorie- and sugar-free.