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Publisher's Notes • Jan 2013

photo by Brent Cline

As we say good bye to 2012, my thoughts turn to planning and goal setting for 2013. What changes do I want to make? What goals do I want to achieve? Most of you are having similar thoughts. And for many of us, these New Year’s resolutions center on some common topics: health, finances and relationships.

With most in agreement now that the reset button has been pushed and we are experiencing the “new normal,” it means, for some of us, priorities have changed. And with the full impact of healthcare reform yet to be known, taking more control of one’s personal health and well-being is a swiftly emerging megatrend.

The area I have the most difficulty with is finding time to exercise. I enjoy exercising—walking, running, playing tennis, swimming, golf—but with my current schedule, it is difficult to carve out time to do many of these on a regular basis. Exercise videos and the Wii enable me to exercise at those early and late hours, but it’s not as much fun as being outside with other people.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed with my son is participating in area 5K runs that also benefit a worthy organization or cause. These runs typically start early on a Saturday morning and by 9 a.m. or so you’re done after a great workout in the outdoors. It’s not the optimum three-day-a-week exercise routine I am looking for, but it is at least one day, and it is very enjoyable to be outside and at the same time support a good cause.

Every month of the year, there are probably a dozen or so 5K runs and one-mile fun runs held in the Aiken/Augusta area. There are a number of websites that list local and area runs, which can help you make your best choices. Some upcoming opportunities the first of the year include the New Year’s Day Resolution Run 5K at USC-Aiken, the Dog Gone Cold Run on January 19 at Julian Smith Casino, the Red Nose Run benefiting Ronald McDonald House of Augusta on January 12 and the Panther Run on February 2 at Lakeside High School. It’s a great way to get some exercise each week, meet some new people and help support a great cause.

On behalf of the staff at Augusta Magazine, I would like to wish you a very happy 2013 and express our appreciation to all of our readers and advertisers for a great 2012. We are thankful for your ongoing support and renew our commitment to bringing you a beautiful and entertaining magazine with each issue.

-Kate Metts

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