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September 2017

September 2017

I selfishly love writing in this portion of the magazine. It pushes me to step back and focus on a particular month and what it means to me. When I do, my thoughts vary and range from my childhood memories to professional experience and even future aspirations. Sometimes I’m surprised by what my subconscious remembers and other instances I know exactly what I’ll reflect on and reminisce about.

September is one of those months. I — along with many others — can’t help but solely think of it as its own season: back to school.

For adults, this time typically either makes you cringe in remembrance (or in anticipation) or smile in the name of nostalgia. For me it’s the latter, but in any case, it’s a phenomenon that has seemingly gotten larger in recent years. It marks a time of the year that people are paying attention to, whether it’s the shift in the seasons, physical and emotional health, or the start of favorite fall sports.

Appropriately, this issue of Nature’s Pathways is packed with information for parents, students, teachers and everyone in between. Check out our Healthy Concepts and Healthy Kids columns this month to answer questions about nutrition, exercise and keeping your family healthy and happy this school year.

Cheers to another beginning!

Variety is the spice of life. It feels good to have choices and when you find the right fit, nothing is better. Differences in products, amenities and overall services are what makes up any industry, and health care is no different. Providers vary in their philosophies and treatment plans, along…
I’ve always loved supper clubs. They bring me back to a time that I can only reflect might be what other generations consider “the good old days.” My grandparents loved them, and visiting them as a child felt special. Unfortunately, supper clubs are a dying breed, so finding and holding…
Dog owners with fenced-in backyards may think their furry friends are getting all they need during their nightly exercise sessions in the backyard. While such yards provide safe places for dogs to relax and run around, the American Humane Association (www.americanhumane.org) notes that even dogs who run wild in their…
The pomegranate fruit has a leathery rind (or husk) with many little pockets of edible seeds and juice inside. Since ancient times, the pomegranate has been a symbol of fertility. Researchers have studied all parts of the pomegranate for their potential health benefits. Those parts include the fruit, seed, seed…
In the past nine years, we have aerated thousands and thousands of lawns. Unfortunately, we haven’t aerated thousands and thousands more. I hear the same old reasons why not — the little cores don’t break down fast enough, it’s too expensive, the soil is too hard, etc.  It is essential to…
“The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless.” —Billy Graham After years of feeling pretty well, sticking to a good diet and a semi-consistent exercise program, I started to notice a sense of “blah” — small aches and pains that didn’t seem strong enough or…
Considering that protein is one of the macronutrients, it makes sense that we understand their benefits. Proteins are large molecules made up of amino acids, and are essential for human health. Proteins are commonly found in animal products but are also found in other food sources such as nuts and…
Al and Tessie Micke brought up four children in the Greenleaf-Wrightstown area, immersing themselves deeply in the community. A Wrightstown school board member, Al also was involved in Wrightstown soccer. He and Tessie both have been active members of the Greenleaf/Wrightstown Optimist Club for years. When they celebrated their 40th…
What do you think? Is it time to reframe the dynamic between hero and fear? To not only look at what scares us but also at our gifts. Sitting in quiet stillness and listening within, where the dualities of our power and fear reside, is the place of truth and…
Keeping children healthy throughout the school year is a daunting task. Infections spread rapidly at school. Beleaguered parents often feel like their kids come home the first day of school with sniffles and a dry cough that lingers throughout the year. Do not despair! With a little planning, parents can…
Do you ever have one of those days, maybe even a few days, where life just seems a little harder? I am not talking about days when we are experiencing a genuine loss or dramatic event in our lives. I am talking about those days when the thoughts in our…
If you are the parent of a college-bound student, you may soon face a whole new world of an empty nest, financial aid and questions about doing laundry. What you might not realize, though, is that with this new transition, there are some important considerations you need to keep top…
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