Welcome to our latest issue of OHW Magazine! After several months of crazy weather in North America and globally (floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, powerful windstorms, and volcanic activity), things appear to have settled into a more benign pattern, at least in our part of the world. Autumn has arrived, our Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are reminded that we have so much to be thankful for.
Many of us refer to autumn as “fall,” in reference to nature’s beautiful show of falling leaves. But have you ever considered how the word “fall” can describe aspects of our lives once the more relaxed pace of summer gives way to renewed demands on our time and energy? When September hits and schedules start to fill up, it’s easy to fall behind on our good intentions or to fall into bad health habits such as becoming less active and making poor food choices, for example.
To help our readers address these and other challenges, we have compiled an assortment of wonderfully inspiring articles and features in the following pages. From skin care safety during pregnancy in “Babying Your Skin” to creative learning and development in “Music for Young Children”; from dealing with burnout in “Caregivers in Distress: A Growing Problem” to navigating the increasingly complex healthcare system in “The Healthcare Advocate: Bridging the Gap between You and the Healthcare System,” we tackle subjects that span the age spectrum.
It’s no secret that too much sitting (or lying) around can lead to significant health problems, and one way to prevent or treat “sitting disease” is offered in “Whole Body Vibration for a Sedentary Lifestyle.” Another approach to unwanted weight is found in “Can Leptin Resistance Be Keeping You from Losing 20-Plus Pounds?” We also share some healthy and tasty recipes that we think will become reader favourites.
Be sure to check out the complete lineup on our Contents page. While each topic may target a specific body part or activity, a look at them all together underscores the importance of taking care of the whole person—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. That’s what health and wellness is all about.
Our sincere thanks go out to our contributors and advertisers for their support of this publication and for their continued efforts in promoting wellness in its many forms. We are indeed fortunate to have so many health-and-wellness experts available locally, and we ask our readers to take note and support them where possible.
Enjoy the read. Be well. Strive to stay healthy!