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Arts, Entertainment & Life

Section E

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Group pushes the limits
Voices of Change excels in challenging program
Classical Music Critic

STEWART F. HOUSE/Special Contributor

Counselor Steven Scott and personal trainer Holly Lockett organize small groups for Team Move’s counseling and exercise sessions.

Moved to help others
How would she break free from paralyzing grief?


Special Contributor

olly Lockett fell to the floor, screaming. She had just heard on the phone that her brother, her lifelong best friend, had died. On that night three years ago, Lockett had no idea just how much his loss would paralyze her, or for how long. She also had no idea the path to healing would look a lot like a treadmill.
Today her clients are discovering a similar path as members of Team Move, a program that Lockett’s personal recovery inspired her to create. She launched it last fall in Plano with counselor Steven Scott. Part group therapy and part boot camp, Team Move emphasizes that a moving body is key to emotional wellness. “There are definitely correlations between fitness and mental health,” says Lockett, now a certified professional trainer and licensed chemical dependency counselor. “By exercising, you’re getting fit and

feeling better.” Scott and Lockett, a former Dallas County probation officer, facilitate two 90-minute sessions a week. Sessions cost $60 each. A group of eight to 10 clients spends the first 45 minutes sharing fears, anxieties, goals, setbacks and successes, and offering one another encouragement and feedback. They also learn new thought patterns and life strategies. The last half is spent working toward clearly defined fitness goals. Clients discuss nutrition, review their food journals and train with a rotating mix of walking, running, circuit training, yoga and other exercises, all at each client’s own pace. The concept of a counseling-exercise session is not
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After several seasons dominated by often lightweight postmodern fare, Voices of Change, Dallas’ new-music ensemble, is again offering more substantive programs. Indeed, the Fred Lerdahl chamber piece Time After Time, the culmination of Sunday evening’s concert at Caruth Auditorium, was the series’ most challenging piece, in a good sense, in not just recent memory. A finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in music, Time After Time is a substantial diptych for flute (played by Helen Blackburn), clarinet (Paul Garner), violin (Voices artistic director Maria Schleuning), cello (Jolyon Pegis), piano (Carol Leone) and a variety of tuned and untuned percussion (Deborah Mashburn). It contrasts hypnotic patterns with flowing and angular ideas, exchanged and sometimes shared between instruments. But each instrument also gets its own particularly idiomatic gestures. At times this yields considerable rhythmic complexity, and poses some balance problems not entirely resolved, but conductor Paul Phillips led a performance of impressive authority. ¨ ´ Gyorgy Kurtag, an important Hungarian composer too little heard around here, was represented by his short, spare Varga Balint Ligaturaja, ´ ´ performed by Schleuning, Pegis and Leone. The other really gratifying work on the program was what one might call a legacy piece: the 21-year-old Leonard Bernstein’s 1939 Sonata for clarinet and piano. The first movement is surprisingly Frenchified, ` la a Poulenc, Ibert, et al., but the second has a jittery energy that could only be American. It got a performance alternately eloquent and exciting from Garner and Leone, the latter’s beautiful turns
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Dallas-Fort Worth’s fab four
Just who are these local guys with ‘Idol’ aspirations?
Special Contributor

About 100,000 people (give or take) tried out for this season’s American Idol. That’s finally whittled down to 24, split equally between the genders. Out of the top 12 guys, the Dallas-Fort Worth area gets to claim a whopping four of them. Todrick Hall, Casey James, Alex Lambert and Tim Urban will sing on Wednesday night’s live show, after tonight’s debut of the top 12 women. But the most important question (always) is: What does Simon Cowell think? He talked about our fab four in a phone interview last week.

“I’m not sure any of them are going to win, so I’d put them all in about an equal position at the moment,” he said. “But with four, you’ve got a good shot. It’s not a bad place to be.” (Take heart, guys. At this stage in the game last year, the likelihood that Kris Allen would win was pretty much zero.) Before they take the stage to show their stuff, the guys offer a bit more about who they are as people, in profiles at and various social networking sites. Which one has seriously thought about what life would be like as a platypus? Read on.

American Idol
7 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday, Fox (Channel 4). 2 hrs. tonight (top 12 women perform) and Wednesday (top 12 men); 1 hr. results show Thursday.

Alex Lambert, 19
North Richland Hills

Favorite quote: “Every man dies,

but not every man truly lives.” Alex, a senior at Richland High School, says the thing he misses most about home is “being able to

chill with my brothers” — all six of them. What is he giving up by being on the show? “A lot of the ‘normal-isms,’ ” he says with a chuckle. “Being able to go out in public.” The longtime football player and Cowboys fan has no formal singing training, but his style is influenced by the Beatles, James Taylor and John Mayer. Like Kris Allen before him, Alex is used to performing with an accessory: “I get real nervous when I don’t have an instrument in front of me.” For fans who are already busy making posters, his nickname is Alley Cat. And when he gets tickled,
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The four D-FW guys on Wednesday’s American Idol are (clockwise, from upper left) Casey James, Todrick Hall, Tim Urban and Alex Lambert.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010



The Dallas Morning News

A weekly look at the latest news you need to live a healthier life.

Join cardiologists John Harper and David Harper from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for a discussion on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. The father and son will offer practical ways to diet, exercise and make lifestyle changes to keep the heart healthy. The free session will be in Haggar Hall, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, 8200 Walnut Hill Lane. To register, call 1-877-847-9355. TAKING CARE OF YOU: Taking care of someone else is a difficult and time-consuming task that can cause caregivers to neglect their own needs. Keith Colley, bereavement coordinator for American Hospice, will address the importance of diet, exercise and self-care for the caregiver, in the midst of it all, at a free seminar from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gilda’s Club North Texas, One Works of Grace Plaza, 2710 Oak Lawn, Dallas. To reserve your spot, call 214-219-8877. UNDERSTANDING ALZHEIMER’S: The Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Dallas Chapter, will launch “Teens/Tweens: Coping With a Loved One With Dementia” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The new educational program is designed to educate kids ages 11 to 15 who have a parent, grandparent or other loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. The class will be at Friends Place Adult Day Services, 1960 Nantucket Drive, Richardson. Space is limited. For information or to register, contact Sydney Farrier at 214-540-2407. PLASTIC SURGERY UPDATE: Get the facts about the latest trends and technologies in plastic surgery at a free public forum on March 2. “Fact & Fiction: Dispelling the Myths in Plastic Surgery” features in-the-round discussions, presentations and opportunities to speak one-on-one with some of the nation’s top plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Westin Galleria Hotel, 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Space is limited and registration required. Call 214-648-7898 or e-mail confirm@utsouth by Friday. Helen Bond


Don’t mix herbal products, supplements with heart drugs
Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements don’t mix well with common heart drugs and can be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications. St. John’s wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, researchers say. Even grapefruit juice can be risky, increasing the effects of calcium channel blockers and statins. “This is not new research, but there is a trend toward more and more use of these compounds, and patients often don’t discuss with their doctors the compounds they are using on their own,” says Dr. Arshad Jahangir, senior author of a paper published Feb. 9 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The paper includes a list of more than two dozen herbal products that patients should approach with caution, as well as a list of common drug-herb interactions. Among the products listed are ginkgo biloba, ginseng and echinacea, as well as some surprises such as soy milk and green tea — both of which can decrease the effectiveness of warfarin.
LEARN MORE:, search “herbal remedies,” and click on “Herbal Remedies, Heart Drugs a Dangerous Combo”;, search “warfarin side effects”

preseason physicals using a cylinder attached to a weighted disk. Researchers released the disk, and athletes caught it as quickly as they were able. Athletes who were found by a physician to have a concussion during the season took the test again within three days of the concussion. Of the eight athletes who had diagnosed concussions, seven had delayed reaction times when retaking the test. The researchers at the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Ann Arbor say the low cost and ease of use could be valuable for young athletes whose access to computerized testing with special software is limited. The findings will be presented in April at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in Toronto.
LEARN MORE:, search “concussion in sports: minimizing risk”
SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology


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Tool could help in surgery
A new technique developed to control anesthesia by computer during operations could deliver the most appropriate dose, improve patient recovery times and decrease costs, researchers say. The system uses sensors and an encephalogram to track the patient’s level of consciousness throughout the operation and continually corrects the dose for that individual. It was tested using propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, with simulations and on 15 volunteer patients, between the ages of 30 and 60, who had surgery at the University Hospital of the Canary Islands. A report on the tool, which also could be used to regulate blood-glucose levels, blood pressure and temperature, has been published in Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering.
LEARN MORE:, click on “the public” and search “anesthesia”
SOURCE: ScienceDaily

Make a move toward better mental health
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The New York Times


Easy test could help diagnosis
A simple and inexpensive new test of reaction time could help determine whether athletes have concussions and whether they are ready to play. Researchers released a study Feb. 19 in which the reaction times of 209 Division I college football, wrestling and women’s soccer athletes were tested during

Compiled by Laura Schwed


Real Mayo Clinic Diet: It’s not all grapefruit
The Washington Post

new; some therapists have practiced walking therapy, as opposed to doing sessions in an office. Jasper Smits, associate professor of psychology at Southern Methodist University, says some social workers might prescribe exercise for managing anxiety or depression. However, Team Move’s combination of equal parts sharing and sweating in a group setting is unique, he says. While Scott and Lockett lack clinical evidence of specific benefits, they can point to satisfied clients.

Proving herself
Plano third-grade teacher Monica McCaffrey joined Team Move in October after years of yo-yo weight loss. On her way to the first session, she almost turned around and went home. “I was not sure how I was expected to open up to strangers about my personal life,” she said. Later that night “as I saw many of my teammates take off running, I was mentally defeated. All I kept thinking was how out of shape I was and how I would never be able to keep up with the team.” Now down 20 pounds and three dress sizes, the mother of four has completed a 5K race and is planning to run a half-marathon. “The exercise became my own way to prove to myself that no matter the age or physical condition, if I set my mind to do it, I would achieve it,” McCaffrey said.

‘Lose it’ the Mayo way
The Mayo Clinic Diet kicks off with “Lose It,” a two-week phase in which dieters follow the guidelines outlined below to safely lose 6 to 10 pounds. ADD 5 HABITS Eat a healthy breakfast, but don’t eat too much. Eat at least 3 to 4 servings of vegetables and fruit a day. Eat whole grains, such as whole-grain bread. Eat healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts. Walk or exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. BREAK 5 HABITS Don’t watch TV while eating, and spend no more time watching TV than you do exercising. Eat no sugar except what is naturally found in fruit. Eat no snacks except vegetables and fruit. Limit the amount of meat and low-fat dairy that you eat. Eat no restaurant food unless it fits in the diet program. ADD 5 BONUS HABITS Keep records of what you eat. Keep records of your physical activity. Walk or exercise at least 60 minutes a day. Eat mostly fresh foods and healthy frozen or canned foods. Write down your daily goals.

Grapefruit, bacon, cabbage soup: They’re impostors, staples of fad diets billed as Mayo Clinic weight-loss plans but never endorsed by the medical institution. The real Mayo Clinic Diet was recently released in book form after years of research. We spoke recently with physician Donald Hensrud, the medical editor-in-chief of The Mayo Clinic Diet (Good Books, $25.99) and a weightmanagement specialist, about the diet. Here are some excerpts:
What makes this diet different?

was taking a risk with traditional therapy,” she said. “It was not a good fit for me. It felt contrived.” Lockett hit rock bottom. She didn’t even want to get out of bed. “I had played soccer for years, but had no desire to do that anymore, no desire to run anymore, no desire to do kickboxing at the gym anymore,” said Lockett, mother of two sons. “I just could not find the motivation to do anything that I normally did.” More than a year passed, and she still lived in a fog. Her husband, Brent, had been patient but finally told her, “You have to come back to life.” He signed her up for a gym membership. Simply getting to the fitness center was a victory. She started with a little cardio. Friends joined her in support. Then she began taking kickboxing classes. Then weights. Then yoga. Next she decided to go to the gym three times a week instead of two. Within weeks, she started to laugh again. Within six months, she decided to live again.

The mental health-exercise link
Loads of studies show that exercise boosts mood. Counselor Steven Scott says that exercise can help clients facing depression, grief, low self-esteem, negativity and anxiety. He explains some of the chemistry behind the therapyexercise training he offers with personal trainer Holly Lockett: I The brain changes when physical activity releases endorphins, which produce a feeling of elation. I Exercise also boosts levels of serotonin, the “happy” hormone. This mechanism acts as a natural antidepressant. It also boosts the efficacy of SSRIs (a type of antidepressant medication). I Levels of cortisol, the stress hormone linked with increased fat storage, decrease and serotonin increases when people talk about their pain. That’s where the team aspect comes in. Many studies report that group psychotherapy is more effective than individual therapy. For more information about Team Move, visit or call 972-380-1842.

Running it out
Some mental-health professionals say the best thing to do with grief “is to cry it out,” she said. “But the best thing for me was to run it out.” Her brother had always told her she’d make a great counselor, so she began thinking about grad school. Her husband suggested she seek advice from his friend Steven Scott. “Our initial contact was to consult about her grad program and which course work would most benefit her in private practice,” Scott said. “I would give her some things to work on related to grief when I found out she was struggling, and she would let me know how it worked for her.” She occasionally dropped by with coffee to chat between Scott’s appointments when she felt low. He never made her feel rushed to heal — which helped her to do exactly that. One day last summer, she told him about her idea for a program that blends physical exercise with emotional support. That’s what brought her back to life, so maybe it would help others do the same. Scott agreed. “My ‘normal’ died on Feb. 21, 2007,” she said. “However, I have a new normal now, and a new mission. I truly believe that this program can change lives.” Christy Robinson is a freelance writer in Dallas.

The Mayo Clinic diet is divided into two phases. “Lose It” is a two-week jump-start phase that emphasizes quick changes in habits, and we believe it is the healthiest way to lose weight quickly. The second phase, “Live It,” continues these new habits seamlessly into a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle program. Another unique feature is based on the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid. This pyramid emphasizes foods that are low in calories and, importantly, healthy. We recommend that people eat all of the fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables they want.
Is the idea that this will take the edge off your hunger?

Recommended reading
To learn more about the exercise-emotion link, Holly Lockett suggests these titles: I Exercising Your Way to Better Mental Health: Combat Stress, Fight Depression, and Improve Your Overall Mood and Self-Concept With These Simple Exercises, by Larry M. Leith (Fitness Info Tech, $14.95) I Change Your Brain Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness, by Daniel Amen (Three Rivers Press, $16) I Food & Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best, by Elizabeth Somer (Holt Paperbacks, $20) I Move Your Body, Tone Your Mood: The Workout Therapy Workbook by Kate F. Hays (New Harbinger, out of print but available used.)

Loss and inspiration
How does the “Live It” phase work?

eat, and people can choose vegetables or fruits virtually anytime. That actually makes it easier to control appetite and calorie intake.
Walk me through the first phase.

After the “Lose It” phase, people take these habits and change them into a lifestyle program. People can continue to lose one to two pounds a week until they reach their goal. They learn more about how to apply this indefinitely. For example, we have guides on serving sizes. A serving of carbohydrates is about the size of a hockey puck. A small bagel would be one serving.
Say I succeed for two weeks but then slip up. What advice do you have?

When people want to lose weight, in many cases you do have to eat less of certain foods. But they apply this across the board. The more they can’t do something, then the more they want to do it, and it’s just not sustainable. If somebody is hungry, I tell them to eat. Now, we do have to watch foods that are high in fat or high in sugar. But there’s always something to

In the “Lose It” phase, we emphasize quick changes in habits. What people do is add five habits, break five habits, and there are five bonus habits. There’s no counting calories. All have been shown in the medical literature or intuitively to have some value in either decreasing calories or managing weight.

The challenges people experience may be different. For some, it might be eating in front of the TV. For others, it might be physical activity. We have an action guide in the book, and it offers suggestions on how to deal with these barriers. It doesn’t have to be drudgery. It can be enjoyable, healthy and sustainable.

Lockett had never known life without her older brother, Todd Becker. As kids in Bismarck, N.D., they bonded over their love of music and the fact they were both adopted. As adults, they talked on the phone almost every day. Two years before her brother’s death, he developed a heart infection. But it still came as a shock when he unexpectedly dropped dead in his bathroom one night at the age of 35. “I knew life was never, ever going to be the same,” she said. “I totally felt like my life just shattered around me.” She began seeing a psychologist. During the sessions, she felt an implication that it was “just” her brother, and that she needed to “get over it.” “I don’t do well sitting in an office and having to tell my story on command, so I

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