From the Publisher Wellness Spring 2019

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Dear Readers,

As I write this, we’re a day away from spring! I am so ready for warm weather and sunshine – just makes everyone feel better about life. Are you with me?

Spring is the time we start thinking about getting outdoors … and suffering from seasonal allergies. We have an informative article about allergies and the science behind them. And for those planning to get in shape with a running program, we have a piece offering info about the benefits, complete with tips for beginners.

This issue also features several articles written by prominent local health care professionals on a variety of subjects including “allergy eyes,” asthma, cancer prevention, sickle cell disease, and vertigo – something I’ve experienced since a fall I took over a month ago (NOT fun). And, you can count on My City to highlight local people with inspiring stories, like Braden Miller, a boy who lost a courageous battle with brain cancer last fall, and organ transplant recipient, Alena Christian in honor of National Donate Life Month.

In this issue, we return to our “Inside the O.R.” series, in which we feature talented Greater Flint surgeons. I had the privilege to observe three surgeries performed by respected orthopedic surgeon and friend, George Dass, MD. These procedures are very common, and we provide a glimpse at what can be a scary event, with information that may make it seem less stressful.

We hear it every day: “Don’t Stress Out!” Easier said than done, right? April is Stress Awareness Month, so we have articles about how stress affects the body and mind, how you can “let it all go” and the connection between stress and obesity written by my friend, Michael Kia, DO.

Rounding out this great content is a continuation of the profiles of our 2018 My City Wellness Awards winners, highlights from events hosted by McLaren Flint and Hurley Medical Center, and news from the local healthcare community.

Thanks for spending some time with Wellness. Enjoy and be well!

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