ISLAND LIFE SHORTS
There's help for looking, feeling best
Imagine being smashed with every symptom of menopause four months before your wedding day. That's what happened to TV producer Staness Jonekos at age 47. Faced with hot flashes, a hormonal roller coaster and a weight gain/wedding gown nightmare, she sought help but couldn't find any. So she created her own 12-week "Menopause Makeover," now a book written as "The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of Your Health and Beauty During Menopause."
The user-friendly book (Harlequin, $16.95) features a three-part plan with helpful tools for the woman who's trying to look and feel her best during a trying time.
— Paula Rath
AGGRESSIVE TEEN DRIVING
GAP BETWEEN GIRLS, BOYS NARROWS
Differences between the sexes are becoming less noticeable when it comes to teenage driving.
In what seems like a role reversal, girls are expressing a new need for speed, while aggressive driving and speeding by boys is down.
According to Allstate Foundation's "Shifting Teen Attitudes: The State of Teen Driving 2009," 27 percent of girls admit to speeding at least 10 miles over the limit, versus 19 percent of boys.
Also, 16 percent of girls report that they are very aggressive while driving, up from 9 percent in 2005. Meanwhile, 13 percent of teen boys admitted to very aggressive driving, versus 20 percent in 2005.
— Becky Yerak, McClatchy-Tribune News Service