Posts by Dominique Dawes

  • A favorite Michelle Obama snack: Exclusive access into White House kitchen

    Dominique Dawes at Weekend Edition 3 yrs ago

    Last summer I had the privilege of hosting one of the First Lady's Let's Move South Lawn series.  The focus was on educating and engaging children on the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. Around 60 kids from the DC area were able to run, skip and hop in the backyard of one of the most famous homes in the world. After an hour of participating in physical activity stations, we were all ready for a good snack. And this is when I tried the fruit and oat bars.

    Typically I don't care for snacks, not even if they're healthy ones. I would rather just eat a healthy meal. However, all the kids and adults kept raving about how good these bars were, so I felt like I needed to take a nibble. I mean, the First Lady did approve of this snack for the kids so I was curious to know what she really liked about them. On my first bite I was sold. Five bars later I realized I needed to stop and save some for the kids. Though the bars are made with oats, dried fruit and many other healthy ingredients, portion control is something that's important when eating many foods including healthy snacks.

    Here's the recipe:

    Fruit and Oatmeal Bars


  • Do the latest fitness shoes work?

    Dominique Dawes at Weekend Edition 4 yrs ago

    It's a fact: I need to get new sneakers. I am one of those people that literally runs their shoes into the ground.  Not only has the sole detached from my shoe, the hard rubber for added shock resistance has deteriorated somewhat.  I think I have held onto these sneakers for about seven years, but who's counting? Needless to say I'm in the market to buy new sneakers, so what a perfect time to ask some experts in footwear about what shoes on the market are the best.  There are a plethora of sneakers to choose from, but which one is right for me?

    Many runners today are under the belief that less is more when it comes to footwear.  Though, how can less support and less stability equate to a better shoe? When it comes to the shoes that claim to work you out without you having to do an actual workout, can an unstable sole really tone and improve posture?  I was ready to put many of these trends to the test. Lord knows I need a new pair of shoes.

  • Running vertical up a tower

    Dominique Dawes at Weekend Edition 4 yrs ago

    I never thought that I'd be nervous for a physical challenge in this line of work. So I guess there's a first for everything. The idea of running up 94 flights of stairs has never even crossed my mind. Who knew that tower running was a worldwide craze with over 200 races a year?

    This weekend I was in Chicago with about 4,000 other excited participants ready to take on the Hancock Center. We were there for the demanding physical challenge as well as to raise money for the Respiratory Health Association of Chicago.

    How does one prepare for such a challenge?  Veteran tower runner CC Cowen, who was going into his twelfth year of this event and was gracious to take me under his wing, is committed to training a group of women that have taken to this craze. Since I hadn't really prepared for this challenge, I was desperate to get pointers from others at my level.  Their keys to surviving: walk and remember that the railing is your friend.

    Yes, the railing.

    I thought they were joking until I took on the challenge and realized how physically and mentally difficult this climb was. That explains why I was put into the amateur division!