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January 2020 Letter From Publisher

Jan 06, 2020 02:48PM ● By Holly Baker

Holly Baker

Welcome to a new year—and a new decade—that offers both opportunities and challenges in our pursuit of healthy living. We begin this year with an issue that will be your healthy living guide for the next year and beyond. Our Health & Wellness Guide 2020 features profiles on practitioners and businesses spanning many facets of healthy living, as well as a comprehensive resource guide. It could lead you to your next great health breakthrough!
          
This month, the eternal quest for the fountain of youth leads us to examine the factors that contribute not only to living long, but living well. Writer Melinda Hemmelgarn’s January feature looks at the role of genes, environment and lifestyle factors; she offers age-defying strategies—from diet, exercise and sleep, to protecting our telomeres and adjusting our attitudes.
   
The mind-body connection takes center stage in writer Ronica A. O’Hara’s take on “Green Therapy: Ecopsychology and the Nature Cure.” The physical benefits of spending time in nature are well documented; now a number of new studies suggest that nature-based interventions may serve as an effective alternative or additional form of treatment for a range of emotional and mental health issues.
   
Physical fitness is especially top of mind in the new year and readers that have previously struggled to shed post-holiday pounds may be surprised (and pleased) to discover that moderation may be the key to burning fat. In “When Workouts Don’t Work: Why Less Is Sometimes More,” writer Marlaina Donato explains how stress-free exercise can deliver better results by optimizing the response of cortisol, a steroid hormone that plays a critical role in regulating metabolism.

Here’s to a prosperous, productive and very healthy New Year!
Holly
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