“Proving every day that age is irrelevant”: That’s how the New York Time once characterized 51-year-old tennis icon Martina Navratilova, who after 30 years is still a competitor at the U.S. Open. She’s also running exercise classes at the AARP’s [email protected]+ Expo, and took a minute to chat with the Washington Post:

» EXPRESS: What’s the plan for your session at [email protected]+?

» NAVRATILOVA: I’ve been practicing the routine, and it’s hard, particularly the arm moves — I’m not Jane Fonda, so I don’t usually lead aerobics classes. But this is something they can all do; parts of it can even be done sitting down. It’s resistance exercises with body weight, so you control how deep and hard you go, and afterwards, you feel totally rejuvenated.

» EXPRESS: What do people 50 and older really need to focus on for fitness?
» NAVRATILOVA: The biggest thing is frequency. That’s what I’ll be stressing — 10 minutes a day is better than an hour once a week. But we can’t overdo it, of course, because we don’t recover as fast as we used to.

» EXPRESS: Have you noticed any changes as you’ve hit the 50 mark?
» NAVRATILOVA: I’m going through menopause right now, so I get hotter than I used to, and it’s harder to cool down. I weigh the same, but I’m less muscle and more fat.

EXPRESS: How about nutrition advice?
» NAVRATILOVA: I’m a food snob, and I like to eat well. I’m in Paris, and I just got the most beautiful mango. They have cherries here the size of apricots. Three of them and you’re full. I juice a lot at home. I use lots of ginger. And always lemon because it wakes it up. Cilantro adds great flavor, too.

» EXPRESS: Any last health advice for your fellow AARP members?
» NAVRATILOVA: Don’t feel intimidated by exercise. Just start walking. If you can only do five minutes, do that. And then the next day, do six. Build up slowly.

More reasons to quit: In general, women have an advantage over men when it comes to heart disease. But Norwegian researchers have found that for women who smoke, that advantage disappears — in part by forcing an earlier menopause.

“When women go through menopause that hormone level drops and tends to raise cholesterol and increases their risk of developing heart disease,” said Dr. Stephen Ewer, Inland Cardiology Associates in Richland, Wash.   Researchers found, on average, men who smoke had their first heart attack at age 64, those who didn’t had it six years later.

Women in the study who smoked had their first heart attack at age 66, but those that didn’t smoke, didn’t have a heart attack until they were 81.

That first internship counted after all:
After graduating Yale with a Ph.D. in art history 24 years ago, Ann Temkin was a lowly curatorial assistant at  the Museum of Modern Art, before she moved on to direct the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But now, Temkin has been chosen by MOMA to become its curator, perhaps the most prestigious job in the art world.

“I plan to take a broader, more international view than we did in the past,” said Ms. Temkin, 48, who arrived at MoMA in 2003 after 13 years as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Unlike Mr. Elderfield, whose chief scholarly interests ranged from artists like Bonnard, Picasso and Matisse to postwar artists like Bridget Riley and Richard Diebenkorn, Ms. Temkin is more firmly grounded in postwar and contemporary art, keeping up with many notable figures working today.

In seeking a successor to Mr. Elderfield, said Glenn D. Lowry, the Modern’s director, the museum interviewed “a considerable number of people from many points of the world.”

“Sometimes you have to look way outside to realize what you have
within,” he added. Among those who are said to have been considered are
Paul Schimmel, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art
in Los Angeles; Philippe Vergne, the former deputy director of the
Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the new director of the Dia Art Foundation; and Donna De Salvo, chief curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

On Mr. Elderfield’s watch, the Modern hired Ms. Temkin in 2003 to work on a curatorial team in the painting and sculpture department. In addition to helping reinstall painting and sculpture galleries when the museum reopened in 2004, she organized shows like “Color Chart: Reinventing Color, 1950 to Today,” which closed in May, and “Against the Grain: Contemporary Art From the Edward R. Broida Collection,” in 2006.

— Chris L.

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