July 2023 Letter From PublisherJun 30, 2023 01:00PM ● By Holly Baker
Happy Summer! This month, we’re all about food, ecosystems, being outside and enjoying time with family, friends and pets.
Our feature, “The Microbiome Connection” dives into the soil in which our food is grown. How does the condition of our soil contribute to the health of our food, and thereby the health of those who eat it? Find out on page 17.
In “Hues of Health”, on page 20, feast your eyes on the benefits of a colorful diet, and some ideas for helping your family and yourself eat foods of all colors of the rainbow for better health. Try your hand at one of the beautiful, healthy recipes included.
Our food can also contribute to our health and well-being in unexpected ways. For example, we can find joy and feelings of love and gratitude for the foods we eat and cook, like the late food writer M.F.K. Fisher. Read some of her delicious words that help us look at food and the little things in life in a whole new light, on page 14.
Have you heard of “Green Exercise”? We know that any kind of exercise is beneficial to our health, but the benefits can be twofold when we do that exercise outdoors. Read more on page 24, including how being outside can actually make the physical activity feel less strenuous.
While we may be spending more time outside during the summer, it’s also
important to look out for our pets. On page 28, learn some safe tips for Lyme disease prevention and symptom management in animals.