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DR. NINA RAD­CLIFF Health Writer

Our spe­cial health fea­ture was writ­ten by Nina Rad­cliff, M.D., a Board Cer­ti­fied Anes­the­si­ol­o­gist and one of Amer­ica’s lead­ing med­i­cal health ex­perts. De­voted to help­ing peo­ple live health­ier lives and gain un­der­stand­ings about health and well­ness con­cerns, Rad­cliff reg­u­larly con­trib­utes to col­umns and na­tional news health seg­ments.

Why pre­ven­ta­tive care is so im­por­tant: “Car­ing for our body and tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive steps is es­sen­tial as it is eas­ier to fight a po­ten­tial prob­lem in the early stages. For women, this gen­er­ally means sched­ul­ing reg­u­lar health check­ups, rou­tine Pap smears and mam­mo­grams, bone min­eral testing while tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive care against things like HPV, ovar­ian can­cer, breast can­cer, di­a­betes, and, over­all, do­ing what is in the best in­ter­est of your body.”


Sarah Jor­dan is a Philly-based Na­tional Mag­a­zine Award­nom­i­nated writer. She has writ­ten ex­ten­sively on the arts, fash­ion, and style for mag­a­zines and news­pa­pers and she is the author of four books. For this is­sue, Jor­dan in­ter­viewed Phillies pitcher Vince Ve­lasquez.

Out­takes from Ve­lasquez: “Vince talked about the se­ri­ous Tommy John surgery he had on his arm while still in high school and how the surgery and its long re­cov­ery pe­riod tested him. Per­haps a bless­ing in dis­guise, the surgery forced him to make an ac­tive choice to com­mit to base­ball.” Phillies pha­natic: “My fam­ily have been hard­core Phillies fans since I was a kid. My dad wrote the book Oc­ca­sional Glory: The His­tory of the Philadel­phia Phillies. So I ab­sorbed lots of Phillies lore and stats through the years.”


A.D. Amorosi is a richly ex­pe­ri­enced writer and ed­i­tor who, along with writ­ing for news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines, and web­sites across the globe, has been part of Philadel­phia Style since its start. Mar­ried with a grey­hound and doves, he lives in South Philly. In this is­sue, Amorosi in­ter­viewed cover star, Patti Labelle.

Sto­ries from Labelle: “She could have had star­ring roles in both Steven Spiel­berg’s The Color Pur­ple and the Whoopi Gold­berg Os­car-win­ning role in Ghost, but she sim­ply wasn’t pushy enough to grab for the parts due to her in­nate shy­ness.” Me­morable mo­ments with Labelle: “I have in­ter­viewed her so many times—by now, she is like in­ter­view­ing fam­ily. She even said that when the chat was fin­ished that I should make my way over to her house so that she could cook for me. She wasn’t kid­ding.”

MILES KENNEDY Photographer

Miles Kennedy has spent the last 20 years as a photographer in Philadel­phia, and the 2017 base­ball sea­son marks his 15th year as the team photographer for the Phillies. When he’s not at the ball­park, he en­joys spend­ing time with his wife and two chil­dren in Am­bler. In this is­sue, Kennedy pho­tographed Phillies pitcher Vince Ve­lasquez.

Most me­morable mo­ments with the Phillies: “The 2008 World Se­ries and Roy Hal­la­day’s no-hit­ter in the 2010 play­offs.” How to snap a great ac­tion shot: “Pay at­ten­tion to ev­ery pitch and try to an­tic­i­pate what is go­ing to hap­pen next.” How pho­tog­ra­phy has im­pacted his love of base­ball: “I have a greater ap­pre­ci­a­tion for how com­plex the game is.” Dream as­sign­ment: “Shoot­ing a UFC event and, of course, another World Se­ries or two.”

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