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from our staff what I've learned this month... by Brenda Peterson All About You We're a little giddy over here this month. Not only does November mark our 13th annual Madison Women's Expo, but a new milestone for us as well: It's our inaugural Readers' Choice Issue and it's jam-packed with stories chosen by you. After posting a survey online and in our e-newsletter, we were fl oored by the great feedback and ideas (and yes, we also took the constructive criticism to heart). Now that the votes are counted, we've come to one conclusion: You people love food! From the number of votes for Chef's Corner (p. 85) to your choice to score reci- pes for irresistible side dishes (p. 59), fi nd nutritious snacks (p. 12), learn about easy health boosters for family meals (p. 22), and fi nd unbeatable breakfasts around town (p. 78), it's clear that scrumptious eats are on your menu for a great life. Frankly, we're right there with you. Of course, that's not all. From our fea- ture story on depression, anxiety and stress and the mindfulness connection (a topic 37 percent of you voted for) on p. 62 to hot yoga (p. 14) and a visit with no- table public fi gures Shirley Abrahamson (p. 11) and Russ Feingold (p. 24), we think you did an excellent job putting together a well-rounded issue. A special thank you to everyone who participated! While you were voting, we were busy planning the annual Madison Women's Expo! Find out what we have in store for you starting on p. 37. Th en turn the page to meet our special guests. Th is year we're welcoming some of reality TV's biggest stars. On p. 49, we sat down with "Boston Rob" Mariano to fi nd out what it was really like on "Survivor," bug bites and all. We also caught up with Amy and Marty Wolff, the husband-and-wife team who met on "Th e Biggest Loser" and are now embark- ing on other big projects in life. Mark your calendars to meet them in person, and don't forget to download your discounted ticket at So, as the weather turns toward winter, we hope you'll snuggle up with a blanket and enjoy reading your issue of BRAVA. Sarah DeRoo Editor in Chief 8 New Glarus beers are Russ Feingold's favorite. Mmm…I'll take one of those, too. Cheers, Russ! "Live in a Man's World," p. 24 200+ Th e number of foster children who have called Cora White "mom" over the years. Kudos to her for giving so much to so many! "Work to Inspire," p. 36 New " " words to live by: What a precious life we have, we might as well do our best to show up for it. Dr. Andrew Moore "The Mind Matters," p. 62 I loved the stylish tips for wearing a scarf. I can't get enough of scarves— especially in this colder weather—and this advice is just in time! "Closet Confusion," p. 69 Michelle Reddington Publisher BRAVA Magazine November 2011 The total amount of weight Amy and Marty Wolff lost during their experience on "The Biggest Loser." But even more impressive to me were the real-life lessons they learned. "Amy and Marty Wolff," p. 54 Editor's Note: Last month, we were honored to tell Shirley Brickl's story ("Choosing Life," Oct. 2011) about facing a terminal diagnosis of breast cancer. Brickl's 14-year battle against breast cancer came to an end on Oct. 2. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. Godspeed, Shirley. 252 pounds

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