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We all want to be healthy, but how many of us actually do what it takes to be our healthiest?  I know what you’re thinking.  Life gets in the way - kids, work, no time.  I know because I have those same reasons.  And the truth is these things do get in the way of our taking time for ourselves, eating healthier, and working out. You may agree with me that how much we actually think about our health is generally in line with how healthy we actually are or are not.

Our annual Health & Wellness issue touches on new options for health care in “A New Prescription for Health Care”.  Sue Cullen talks to Dr. Kenneth Henson and Dr. Stephen Culp of Culp-Henson Private Cardiology and Internal Medicine, two well-known physicians who provide concierge service to patients reminiscent of the time your family physician came to your home with a black bag and a stethoscope around the neck.  

Read “Trauma Drama,” and you’ll be inspired by the stories of people brought to Blake Medical Center’s Trauma Center after terrible, life threatening accidents. Their lives were saved through the skill of the amazing trauma doctors and the latest advancements and technology that exists at this local Center.

Probably the best new healthy food concept is the many storefronts, cafes, and restaurants offering healthy meals to go.  If you haven’t noticed, they are beginning to surface all over the city.   Wouldn’t it be great if they eventually outnumber the fast food emporiums? I would venture to guess that our health care costs would drop significantly as we change to healthier fast foods.

This issue also features Doctors of Distinction, a great way to learn more about the background and services provided by several local doctors and dentists. Probably your greatest tool for health and wellbeing is to be well informed and empower yourself to make more educated health care choices.

Part-time Sarasota resident Sharon Robinson opens up to Gus Mollasis about life as the daughter of “42” – the legendary Jackie Robinson.   Sharon’s lifework is important and inspirational and just what you would expect from the daughter of the man who said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” And Jackie Robinson’s impact will forever be remembered as a man who championed equal rights even before he did so in baseball.  The interview, well, rocks.

So, what do you think?  Could this be the year to make the changes we need to be healthier?   If you say yes, remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  You don’t have to make major changes.  Focus on a few areas you want to improve.  That’s what I’m going to do.                                                                                                                

                             – Julie Milton