Did you hear?... "Get Real Girl" dolls

These dolls can definitely beat up Barbie -- and probably Ken too. A line of six "Get Real Girl" dolls don't come with pre-formed high-heel feet and pearl-drop earrings.

These dolls can definitely beat up Barbie -- and probably Ken too. A line of six "Get Real Girl" dolls don't come with pre-formed high-heel feet and pearl-drop earrings. Instead, look for backpacks, hiking boots, soccer balls, snowboards, and other killer athletic and recreational gear and equipment. Creator Julz Chavez of San Francisco hasn't had an easy time getting her reality dolls on the market, but they're there now, even having slipped onto Toys 'R' Us shelves. www.getrealgirl.com. SNEWS® View: We aren't anti-Barbie. But these are really cool dolls that we hope can compete with the Barbies of the world for a little space in the toy chest and can show girls that reality isn't about 15-inch waists, high heels, and divine makeup. Add one to your Christmas shopping list for a little girl you know.


Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> The eighth annual American College of Sports Medicine's Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition is in Orlando, Fla., April 14-17 with a day-long pre-conference workshop on targeting inactive adults. Scheduled for April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. also at the Renaissance Orlando ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Settling into our seat last week on a flight home from D.C. for National PE Day lobbying (look for our upcoming story the week of May 11), we hear a hustle and bustle at the door. Olympic gold-medalist sprinter and long-jumper Carl Lewis is rushing in at the last second, also ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Get ready to chill out once again with the Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC) at the non-profit's popular and annual ChillFest, this year from August 15-17 at the historic Wasatch Mountain Club Lodge at Brighton, Big Cottonwood Canyon. Women of our industry will ...read more

Did you hear?... We are still getting fatter

Obesity in adults and children is still growing at epic levels, a recent report revealed, with an organization calling for a collective national effort on the heels of the news. Adult obesity rates rose in 31 states last year, according to the fourth-annual "F as in Fat: How ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of April 12-18 >> If you've ever wanted to attend the Outdoor Industry Rendezvous or been there in the past and don't want to miss it this year, act fast -- by April 30 -- to get $100 off the registration fee. Coordinated by the Outdoor Industry Association, this ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Bustin' another rumor: GoLite is NOT going bankrupt, is NOT looking for outside investors, and is NOT under pressure by outside investors to pump up the profits for a quick sale. All three rumors were floating around the trade show halls during Outdoor Retailer and, according ...read more

Did you hear?... Pre-teen girls more at risk for obesity, partly fueled by inactivity

In a study released Jan. 8, researchers found that “tweens” – girls from 9 to 12 – were more at risk for becoming overweight than even during their teen-age years. The study in the Journal of Pediatrics did not however say why and did not look at boys of the same age to see if ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Nautilus took a beating last week as the military uplift of the stock market began to crack a bit. The stock began its drop on Tuesday, closing at 11.19 after it had peaked on a gradual recovery climb to reach the high 15s earlier that day. By the end of the week, it was down ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> The North Face is leveraging the company's presenting sponsorship of the 2004 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (June 26-27, Auburn, Calif.) to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The North Face athlete team members and ultra-marathon runners Dean Karnazes, ...read more