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  Lisa Fields
Professional/Personal Overview
  My ability to quickly track down statistics, experts and medical studies, combined with my innate curiosity to know something about everything, makes me a natural-born reporter, writer and researcher. For more than 15 years, I've written for publications like Self, Shape, Reader's Digest, Redbook, WebMD and Fit Pregnancy. The topics I tackle most often pertain to health, nutrition, parenting, pregnancy, fitness and pop culture. I also write profiles of interesting people, and I cover culturally significant events. I've written extensively about sleep problems, children's health issues, nutrition, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Work Info
Fact-Checker 16 Years
Researcher 16 Years
Writer 18 Years
Family, Children & Teenagers 18 Years
Health 18 Years
Lifestyle 18 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
18 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Consumer Reports Health (11+), Reader's Digest (11+), ShopSmart Magazine (11+), WebMD (11+), DK Publishing (6-10), American Profile (6-10), Fit Pregnancy (1-2), Pregnancy & Newborn (1-2), Shape (1-2)
Other Work History
Research Associate Editor, Reader's Digest, 2002-2006
Associate Research Editor, Woman's Day, 1998-2002
Research Associate, Total TV, 1997-1998
Computer Skills
Word, Lexis/Nexis, Medline
Technical Skills
fact-checking, researching, writing, reporting
laptop, digital recorder, fax, webcam
Foreign Language Skills
Spanish (reading, not writing)
State University of New York at Binghamton, BA in English literature & rhetoric, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, English departmental honors. Courses in journalism and freelance magazine writing.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license. I have access to a car.
Work Samples
(Pregnancy & Newborn, 8/1/2014)
Many new moms are insecure about their looks, whether it's the baby weight they can't lose, the dark circles under their eyes or the frumpy way they dress. But your self-esteem shouldn't have to suffer in silence. Take note of common new-mom stressors, and find out how to overcome them.
(American Profile, 3/28/2014)
Seward Johnson has made a name for himself by sculpting ordinary people doing ordinary things -- reading newspapers on park benches, clipping hedges, eating hamburgers -- but his background is anything but average.
(WebMD, 1/2/2014)
If you're divorced, or have ended a long-term relationship, well-meaning relatives and friends may encourage you to start dating again soon. But how will you know when you're ready for a new relationship?
(Pregnancy & Newborn, 8/1/2013)
Although you aren't pregnant for long, the dramatic ways your body changes can profoundly influence the way you feel about yourself during that nine-month period and beyond.
(American Profile, 2/10/2013)
A New York City landmark, the Empire State Building has endured for generations as a national symbol of romance, thanks to its breathtaking views of Manhattan and the popularity of romantic films such as "An Affair to Remember" and "Sleepless in Seattle."
(WebMD, 1/30/2013)
When a heart attack strikes, it doesn't always feel the same in women as it does in men. Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Many women experience vague or "silent" symptoms that they may miss.
(American Profile, 12/30/2012)
On a sunny but brisk winter day, Jeremy Edmunds scans the Atlantic Ocean, peels off clothing down to his swim trunks and prepares for an afternoon dip in the cold, choppy water along Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY. At 1 o'clock, he runs screaming into the ocean until he is waist-deep in frigid water.
(Fit Pregnancy, 10/1/2012)
Before you were pregnant, you probably hadn't heard that your legs would get hairier or your nipples would darken as your baby grew inside of you, but you learned these and other quirky details while venturing through the trimesters. Now you might be wondering what nursing-related secrets lie ahead.
(WebMD, 4/2/2012)
Many parents warn their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Fewer parents, though, know that they should also warn against so-called "games" that are so risky they can lead to injury or death.
(Self, 4/11/2011)
With the click of a mouse or a swipe of your finger, you can learn to sleep better, save your skin, stress less and still have energy for your favorite yoga video. Upgrade to your fittest, happiest self with our top tech tools, every one of them tried and texted.
(WebMD, 3/18/2011)
Runny noses. Stomachaches. An itchy rash. These are a few of the typical ailments that occasionally plague children everywhere. But what if something more serious develops, like an extremely high fever or a stiff neck? Do you rush to the emergency room, call the doctor or simply wait it out at home?
(American Profile, 2/9/2011)
Recognizing the need to preserve presidential documents, Franklin D. Roosevelt donated his papers to the federal government in 1939, as well as 16 acres to build a permanent repository for them. Today, 13 presidential libraries dot the nation in the presidents' home states.
(WebMD, 7/30/2010)
If you've got a young child who wanders into your bedroom at night -- and are wondering what to do about it -- you're not alone. Plenty of toddlers, preschoolers, even school-aged children nationwide are sleeping with their parents at least some of the time. Here's how to reclaim your bed.
(WebMD, 3/17/2010)
Do you sit in your car while commuting to an eight-hour-a-day desk job, then unwind in front of the television all evening? If so, you may have "sitting disease." That's the new buzzword for a sedentary lifestyle, which may raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.
(Self, 4/1/2009)
Your ability to see, touch, taste, hear and smell can make a multisensory experience of a meal. But don't let your fab five fool you into overdoing it. Our simple tricks can help you use your senses to eat better naturally.
(Pregnancy, 11/1/2008)
Many women find themselves unsure of what to eat while pregnant, surprised that the guidance they receive focuses more on taboos than ideal foods. Read on to learn about the seven foods recommended by registered dietitians and health experts for nourishing you and baby.
(Pregnancy, 11/1/2008)
Twice as many diapers to change; two babies wailing at once; double the laundry. As soon as you're handed two -- or more! -- bundles of joy at the hospital, you'll realize you're about to have a very different experience from the other moms you know.
(Health.com, 10/1/2008)
Many sleep-deprived people drag themselves through the day, skipping physical activity and relying on sugary pick-me-ups. But these habits don't fight off sleepiness for long, and over time, they can contribute to weight gain or, at the very least, sabotage your efforts to lose those last few pounds
(New York Times, 5/1/2007)
Most people today have no idea how Babe Ruth crossing home plate or Lou Gehrig delivering his farewell speech appeared in living color: the keepsake images emblazoned on the collective memory are in black-and-white. Graig Kreindler is trying to change that, one memorable baseball scene at a time.
(Associated Press, 2/1/2006)
Every December, my friend and I spend a full day making 500 chocolate truffles in five gourmet flavors, then give them to friends and relatives as holiday gifts. You can wow your sweetheart this Valentine's Day with delicious truffles, following recipes and instructions for tempering chocolate.