Posts in category "Health"

CELEBRITY SPOTTING: Dr. Ian Smith of Celebrity Fit Club Meets Chicago Public Schools

On the evening of April 29, 2014, the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) hosted a reception at Presence Health in Chicago with Shellie Pfohl, executive director of President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Dr. Ian Smith of Celebrity Fit Club and 50 Million Pound Challenge fame. Dr. Smith is also a member of the President’s Fitness Council. The fitness duo... Read more »

'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'

'Lt. Dan' Raises Money for Military Veteran and Quadruple Amputee a 'Magic House'
Just as “Lt. Dan,” his character in the movie Forrest Gump, regained walking ability through what Tom Hanks’ “Gump” called “magic legs,” actor Gary Sinise is attempting to give a real-life veteran Taylor Morris similar independence.  Morris, an explosive ordinance disposal tech, lost all four limbs when he accidentally stepped onto an improvised explosive device... Read more »

A Hudson Holiday: Jennifer Hudson Fetes Michigan Avenue Magazine at HOB

All photos shot by Cindy Barrymore
Chicago native Jennifer Hudson celebrated the holidays by feting Michigan Avenue Magazine at the House of Blues on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, marking the second time former American Idol contestant has appeared as the publication’s cover girl. The invitation-only event, dubbed “A Hudson Holiday,” required that all attendees bring a new unwrapped book or toy for... Read more »

Chi-town Girl Jenny McCarthy Hosts Annual Autism Fundraiser

All photos by Cindy Barrymore
I hit this year’s Rescue Our Angels fundraiser again, where Chi-town girl, former MTV personality Jenny McCarthy hosted the fifth-annual event, which featured a cocktail party and silent auction, at Billy Dec’s Rockit Bar & Grill in River North. Proceeds from the event go toward helping children with autism get  treatment they may not otherwise be... Read more »

Flashback: My 'Last Dance' with Donna Summer—The Venue in Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, 8/23/09

All Photos By Cindy Barrymore
I was such a sweet, innocent kid growing up in Lincoln Park (still am!) that it never dawned on me or my parents to worry about the music I was listening to. Looking back on the times, there were very few songs that I think would set Tipper Gore off enough to slap them with... Read more »

Bill and Giuliana's Next Big Adventure

Rancic, shown here with Avner, shared a sentimental moment with attendees, in which she spoke of being “blind-sided” by her diagnosis. Before then, everything was going well. “I had a great husband … a great career.”
Last month, when I hit the Bright Pink Fab Fest, hosted by E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, I was shocked when she reminded me that her breast-cancer diagnosis occurred only nine months ago. It seems like eons because she’s packed in a lot activism in that time. Anyone who’s watched her and husband Bill’s reality-TV... Read more »

Zero Truth to the Gossip

Jennifer Hudson performs at the Aragon Ballroom on the eve of President Obama's 50th birthday. 
Photo By Cindy Barrymore
Looks like Comic Con has hit Chicago early this year: As a lifelong skinny girl, I had to chuckle when I read a Huffington Post article today stating that Chi-town Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has (probably with the help of a personal trainer and her Weight Watchers food plan) slimmed down to a size zero.... Read more »