The Jacksons, Week 24: Relative Models of Health

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Nana gives Jack, then 5, a defensive challenge on the basketball court in 2003. Credit: Deidra Jack...

The Jacksons, Week 23: A Rutabaga Saves the Day

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There are few things better than the lush, orange flesh of a rutabaga served up just right on a pla...

The Jacksons, Week 22: What's Better Than Meeting Goals? Beating Them!

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A steady stream of electronica through my ear buds and a boost of self-confidence helped quell my p...
I aimed to finish the race in at least 48 minutes; however, I crossed the goal of my first 5K competition in about 43. And, in my mind, because of that, I won, even if I was far from nabbing first place.

The Jacksons, Week 21: A Health and Fitness Code of Ethics

If practice makes perfect, Jackson is well on his way to being the next Shaun White -- at some point. Credit: Deidra Jackson I was thri...No lazy Saturday spent parked in front of the TV; this day, my son Jackson opted instead to grab his board and try to ride the ramps, rails and half-pipes.

The Jacksons, Week 20: The Awaiting Race

Don't look for the Jacksons' health-and-fitness behavior last week to be on any highlights reel. Not many shining moments were had this last go 'ro...Don't look for the Jacksons' health-and-fitness behavior last week to be on any highlights reel. Not many shining moments were had this last go 'round.

The Jacksons, Week 19: 'The Biggest Loser' Shows Oxford His Winning Ways

"The Biggest Loser," season 10 winner, Patrick House, helped me and other Oxford, Miss., residents jump-start our health and fitness goals...Gut feelings -- not related to overeating -- can be good.

The Jacksons, Week 18: Are These the X-Games?

Stair-climber machines, I'm not scared of you. Credit: Deidra Jackson
Who am I? And just what am I made of?
I asked myself those and...
I haven't told many people, but I'm going to compete in my first half-marathon in a few weeks.

The Jacksons, Week 17: Any Room to Roam Is Enough to Burn Some Calories

Jackson finds a place for jumping jacks in the far end of his front yard. Credit: Deidra Jackson What's up with all this cold winter we...What's up with all this cold winter weather in the Deep South?

The Jacksons, Week 16: Deep Reflections From Chili's

It's "crunch time." And, for us Jacksons, that could be significant in any of three different ways. I thought about this as my son, Jackson...
It's "crunch time." And, for us Jacksons, that could be significant in any of three different ways.

The Jacksons, Week 15: Frugal Fitness, Wealthy Well-being

Organizers were astounded recently by the turnout of some 500 participants at the first meeting of an Oxford, Miss. community health and f...How do I know the holiday "honeymoon" is over? I had to get on the scales again.

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