iOS app Android app

Jan Angilella
GET UPDATES FROM Jan Angilella
Jan Angilella worked in the Communications Department at Newsweek magazine for 13 years. Before arriving in New York City, she lived in Bologna, Italy, courtesy of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. Not far from Bologna is the city of Parma, in the middle of the region where parmigiano reggiano is made, yes, the very drug that ruled Jan’s life for 10 years. In 2008, Jan gave parm the heave-ho, along with other bad eating habits, and took control of her life. She remains a public relations/communications/media professional and is also a personal trainer, a group exercise instructor and a fitness nut.

Jan graduated from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 1986, followed by an internship at the AP bureau in Rome. If you ever want to hear about her experiences in Italy, just ask. And plan to stay a while.

Entries by Jan Angilella

Turning 50 With Memories of Mom at 50: Sicily, a Voyage and Pizza

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 11:09 AM

Hello 50!

This week I turn 50 and I am ready to embrace everything that comes with it. I think that means more AARP mail and denial about how fast gray hair appears. I handle the latter easily with frequent visits to the salon.

When...

Read Post

A Christmas With Cousins in Italy: A Family Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 12:49 PM

I'm one of those people who always had be to home for the holidays and if I couldn't be there, then I always found a way to be with family. In 1995, being with family meant enjoying Christmas with cousins in Milan, Italy; cousins that I was meeting for the...

Read Post

Image From Past Stirs Lifetime of Memories

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 3:57 PM

I came across a photo of me and my mom that I've seen many times before. But as her 80th birthday approached (Sept. 8), I saw it in a different way. The photo was taken at the Cincinnati airport back when you could go and sit outside and watch jets...

Read Post

Teaching Senior Fitness an Unexpected Joy

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:59 PM

It's Tuesday morning. The class is full. Weights are strategically wedged at the back of the chairs for easy access. The resistance bands lie across the weights and the balls -- those pesky pink, yellow, green and orange rubber balls that bounce with abandon -- sit under the chairs. The...

Read Post

Mom, Me and Our Love of Italy

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 8:16 AM

I eat my salad after the entrée. I don't need a sea of sauce with my spaghetti, and a dessert of mandarin oranges and a shot of espresso always sounds good to me. That's how they eat in Italy, and that's how I eat. I adopted these customs after living...

Read Post

Christmas With Mom: A Pot of Sauce, Cookies and Laughter

(2) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 2:00 PM

"I've got the sauce and meatballs on the stove."- - Mom.

That was one of the most comforting phrases I'd hear every year as I prepared to go home for Christmas. Mom would make both a day before so it would be ready to eat by the time I arrived....

Read Post

Giving Mom a Kidney and Her 'New Life'

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 1:40 PM

March 25, 2003: We had to be at the hospital by 6 a.m., which meant getting to bed early the night before. Didn't happen. There was too much angst in the house. Mom was scared; I was freaking out a bit, but I believed it was all going to be...

Read Post

Missing Mom, But Messages Stand After 16 Years

(1) Comments | Posted May 10, 2012 | 11:48 AM

Mother's Day falls on my birthday this year. My mom and I loved these double-celebration days. We treated ourselves to sparkling wine, a delicious Italian meal and cheesecake. This year, I'll observe both occasions without her.

My mom died last April and since then, I've been living in a new...

Read Post

Dealing with the Success of Weight Loss

(11) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 8:25 AM

I wasn't expecting this to be part of the process.

I finally beat the demon that ruled my life for so long: my love affair with food. But then I had to deal with something else: success.

No, no, please save the sarcasm. No pity party here. I...

Read Post

How I Gained Control Over My Food Addiction

(26) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 1:24 PM

You had me at "Parmigiano Reggiano."

Usually, when I heard those magic words, willpower went out the window and I would very casually just stop in my neighborhood grocery store and get myself a chunk. It didn't matter if I were on my way home from work, on my way...

Read Post