Wiggling can make you well

By Lara Lewington, November 19, 2009

If the idea of wiggling your hips and shaking your bootie in a room full of people fills you with dread, what you are about to read may change your mind. You see, there are good reasons why belly dancing classes have grown in popularity with British women. Forget hours of pounding on the treadmill or turning up at Legs, Tums and Bums — belly dancing not only gets us girls toned in all the right places, but is also said to have some surprising health benefits — including improving the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, boosting sex drive and aiding digestion.


Rabbis' dismay as transplant rules change

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 12, 2009

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has dismayed the Israeli medical community and many rabbis by announcing that organ transplants are to be allowed only after the donor’s heart has stopped beating.

His decision contradicted a recent agreement between rabbis and doctors that said that transplants could be carried out following brain death.

Mr Litzman, of the United Torah Judaism party, made his position clear in a letter to a medical conference last week.


Yes, you can work out while pregnant

By Alex Kasriel, November 5, 2009

My friends and family think I’m bonkers. Despite being eight months’ pregnant, I’m still doing regular exercise classes at the gym. For one thing, I don’t want to let myself go. My stomach’s circumference might rival that of one of those new planets they have just discovered, but I still want to show off toned arms and legs next to my cumbersome torso. And I spent too much of my youth being out of shape to want to scupper all my good work now.

So throughout pregnancy I have been attending aerobics and Body Pump classes at my local Virgin Active gym in Holloway, north London.


Could exercising really make you fat?

By Alex Kasriel, October 29, 2009

If you have spent the past decade or so slogging it out in the gym, putting yourself through your paces on the tennis court or diligently doing lengths in the municipal swimming pool in the hope of getting rid of those excess pounds — you may be wasting your time, according to some experts.


Zen and the art of financial security

By Simon Round, October 22, 2009

Many thousands of people around the country are facing redundancy and the loss of their homes. Understandably, most of them will be trying everything they possibly can to stave off disaster.

However, according to meditation expert Mark Forstater, what they should be doing is… nothing at all.


Frum fitness

By James Martin, October 15, 2009

A “frum gym” opened this week in Hendon to cater for the Orthodox women’s market.

Bournemouth-born Ami Winbourne solicited the opinions of 100 local Orthodox women before launching Contours Express. “The concept of women-only gyms has worked well with religious women from all faiths, who are understandably concerned about modesty. There will be no men on site.” The concept is supported by Ita Symons, chief executive of the Agudas Israel Housing Association, who said it was difficult for Orthodox women to find a suitable excercise venue.


Fitness regimes you won’t want to skip

By Alex Kasriel, October 15, 2009

You are determined to get fit, but you are tired of the treadmill and aching for something more exciting than the municipal pool. Well, there has been an explosion of new fitness regimes at gyms around the country. We asked exercise coach Victoria Herman to rate the hottest new trends.



Bagel bakery is in hot water over hygiene

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2009

A north London kosher bakery has been fined £3,000 after failing a food safety check because it did not have hot running water to clean equipment.

Hendon Bagel Bakery was found guilty of failing to comply with a hygiene improvement notice served in June last year. The notice required the company to install a hot water supply to a sink in the shop.

As well as the fine, bakery owner Avi Avital was ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £15 surcharge.


'It is possible to recover from autism'

By Simon Round, October 8, 2009

Raun Kaufman runs an organisation dedicated to helping families treat their autistic children — which is startling when you consider that Kaufman was himself an autistic child. He claims that thanks to his parents’ tireless work with him, he made a full recovery from the condition.

In fact, Kaufman became the subject of a bestselling book, Son-Rise, by his father, Barry Kaufman, which documented Raun’s recovery from autism. The book became the subject of an NBC television film, Son-Rise — A Miracle of Love.


Finding the solution to an irritating problem

By Sarah Ebner, October 1, 2009

A single scratch of the head is enough to make normally sane parents panic. Their fear ... headlice.

Only a few weeks into the new school year, and far too many children (and some unfortunate parents) will already be suffering from the dreaded lice attack. Gone are the days of the nit nurse, and also gone are the days when lice affected only a small number of children. New research suggests that between 10 and 20 percent of Britain’s 4 million primary school children will have headlice at any one time — up from around one per cent in the 1980s.