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Upfront • Jan 2013

Every year as we prepare to go to press with the Health and Fitness issue of the Augusta Magazine, I’m always filled with resolve and inspiration to get more exercise and eat more healthy in the coming year. The irony in that is at press time the Christmas holidays, in all their calorie laden glory, are still looming ahead me. So maybe it’s lucky I have this issue as a cautionary note to encourage me to skip throwing together Paula Deen’s French toast casserole for Christmas morning brunch and opt instead for fresh fruit and egg white omelettes. I’ll have to get back to you on how that is received by my house guests.

For those of you who are looking through the pages of this issue after the holidays, there are stories to assist with every aspect of a respectable New Year’s resolve to get fit and healthy—exercise, healthy diet and even the latest on weight-loss surgery. You’ll also find out about people of all ages in the community, some of whom you may know well, who’ve taken their own health and fitness regimens to admirable heights with impressive results.

If you’ve vowed to identify a fitness activity that will entice you to get up and get moving on a regular basis, be sure to take a look at “Live Fit, Live Healthy, ” on page 26 to find out the latest workout trends available in the Augusta area—from hot yoga to barre to Tabata and even workouts for children. Los Angeles has nothing on Augusta when it comes to state-of-the-art exercise.

One of the most important reads in this issue from my personal perspective is “Eat, Shop, Be Healthy” on page 36. Writer Danielle Moores went grocery shopping with registered dietician Nicole Moore, who shares her expertise in navigating the aisles with an eye toward planning a healthy menu for your family. At a time when 30 percent of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States are classified as obese, I can’t think of more important information than how to shop for healthy food. Moore not only discusses which foods to buy but also which foods to avoid, how to read labels, cost saving options and even tips on how you can still eat some of the not-so-healthy things you love without completely derailing your family’s diet. While the story is written in a fun and easy to understand way, there’s nothing funny about the alarming increase in obesity-related disease in this country even among the youngest of us.

So as you’re looking back on all the fun and calories you enjoyed over the holidays, I hope you’ll find inspiration and resolve to live a more healthy and fit life in the coming year.

From all of us at Augusta Magazine, best wishes and a happy new year.


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