- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 28, 2009

“If you don’t squeeze it, no one else will,” counseled fitness guru Denise Austin to more than 100 politicos and their derrieres Monday at the Rayburn House Office Building for a women’s health and fitness awareness luncheon sponsored by Women’s Policy Inc.

The crowd, including several members of Congress, gathered to celebrate the publication of “The Healthy Woman: A Complete Guide for All the Ages” and to reflect on progress and challenges regarding women’s health concerns.

Mrs. Austin, best known for her highly successful workout DVDs and books, says daily 30-minute workouts keep her in shape. At 52, she’s still a blond bombshell, and best of all, “It’s all natural, baby.”

She got the crowd on their feet to do some basic stretches — moves that keep every muscle, including the gluteus maximus, lifted and toned.

We thought we would get our daily exercise by wandering around the room to ask how some of the attendees stay fit.

“I’m an outdoors person, so I like power walking, skiing and Rollerblading,” freshman Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper, Pennsylvania Democrat, told us. “Although now it’s hard to find the time, so I just go to the gym.”

Rep. Gwen Moore, Wisconsin Democrat, says she is putting her hydrophobia behind her by taking swimming lessons to get some more exercise. She even volunteered that she got a new hairdo to accommodate the water.

As for former Rep. Pat Schroeder, she says she’s a stationary-bike gal who hits the gym a few times a week and just “starts pedaling.”

Ditto for her former colleague Connie Morella, who likes to use free weights and other toning equipment at home. She works out in the afternoon, she explained, because “I’m not a morning person.”

CNN correspondent Jill Dougherty, who wrote the forward to the book, said she gets up as early as 5:30 to run more than three miles a day.

Steady Eddie

Look out, Bo. There’s another dog in town ready to take a bite out of your first-dog-of-D.C. status.

Over on Embassy Row, there’s the frisky Eddie. We encountered him recently at a reception at the British ambassador’s residence. Eddie’s proud parents are none other than Nigel Sheinwald, the British ambassador, and his lovely wife, Julia.

Although Eddie lacks Bo’s thoroughbred pedigree (he’s “a total mutt,” according to dad), he is European (purchased in Brussels) and, evidently, a superb host.

Eddie is fond of amusing guests by frolicking in the main entertaining hall at the residence during parties. Of course, he’ll amuse you some more if you give him one of your canapes.

Mr. Sheinwald says “Steady Eddie,” as he likes to call the pooch, has not had the pleasure of meeting Bo, but an invite for tea certainly can be arranged at Bo’s leisure.

Mrs. Sheinwald pointed out that Eddie will be 16 in October. “Bo is welcome to visit,” she confirmed, “but he might prefer a younger companion.”

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