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The Cat's Meow

September 29, 1997|MARTIN MILLER

The phrase "Here, Kitty" may soon take on a whole new meaning if a San Rafael fitness enthusiast has her way. She doesn't pump iron--she pumps the family cat. As demonstrated in her new book, "Catflexing: A Catlover's Guide to Weightlifting, Aerobics & Stretching" (Ten Speed Press), Stephanie Jackson shows how to tone and shape muscles with America's favorite pet. There are cat crunches for stomachs, the overhead cat press for shoulders and the dead cat lift for backs. No word from cats on how they like the exercise program.

Home May Be Habit-Forming

From Los Angeles to Bakersfield, thousands of people vow to stop smoking every day but rarely do. Notwithstanding the fact that nicotine is an addictive drug, what's the problem? Location, location, location, according to "smoking-cessation expert" John Vanderlip. His nine-day program called "Quit Smoking in Paradise" offers smokers a chance to quit the habit in Maui (cost $1,495). Even if it doesn't work, you can always say you smoked in paradise.

Cyber Cereal

No need to read the back of cereal boxes in the morning. Now you can learn about the cereal you're eating and other dietary concerns on Kellogg Co.'s new Web site. Launched in September, the site answers such questions as "What is wheat bran?" and "How does wheat bran fiber differ from other fibers?" Better pay attention because there's a quiz at the end to test your comprehension. The Internet address is http: www.kelloggsnu.com.

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