51% Show #1355

Jul 10, 2015

On this week’s 51%, we explore choices in a lifetime. First we'll hear from an author who wants to change the approach to exercise. Then we meet a woman honored with being her town's oldest resident followed by a teenager  who wants the right to make her own medical decisions.

Dr. Michelle Segar, a behavioral sustainability scientist, believes that exercise does not have to be a rigid, draining endurance test to do a body—and mind and spirit—good. She is director of the Sports, Health, & Activity Research  and Policy (SHARP) Center at the University of Michigan.  As Dr. Segar shares, her MAPS program revolves around four core points: Meaning, Awareness, Permission, and Strategy. It's in her new book NO SWEAT: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.

That was Dr. Michelle Segar, author of NO SWEAT: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness.  

We now move from a lifetime of fitness to simply, or not, a lifetime. Hundreds of New England towns honor their oldest resident with a cane when the previous town elder dies. As Daniel Rosinsky-Larsson reports, some recipients celebrate; others feel cursed.  

Katia Hauser explores the intricacies of teenagers having the legal right to make their own medical decisions.  

And thank you for listening to our show this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.