FROM THE EDITOR:
Chances are when this issue comes out midJanuary, many will have already betrayed their New Year’s resolutions. Last year, Forbes Magazine reported that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions, and only about half make it six months without breaking theirs.
Apparently having specific goals, rather than just saying “I’ll be healthier this year,” is the key to sticking to resolutions. My resolutions for 2014 (specifically) are to play tennis at least once a week, walk my dogs more often and to cook with more delicious Arkansas-grown fruits and vegetables. (Supposedly sharing your goals with others helps too.)
Like many others, my goals focus on health and well-being. This month’s issue is dedicated to just that, and hopefully some of the stories and tips inside inspire you to have a healthier 2014.
Runners and walkers alike can hit the pavement (and hills) at the first annual Jack-n-Back half marathon, which touts itself as an ideal warm-up race for the Little Rock marathon. On Feb. 8, participants will start at Jack Mountain Road and make the trek over Jack Mountain and back.
February is American Heart Month, so we asked one of Hot Springs’ own cardiologists, Dr. Eric Bowen, to share his favorite heart-healthy tips. Bowen said he’s noticing that patients are developing heart disease at an earlier age, so for young people especially, the time to start practicing healthy heart habits is now. This is no surprise to the 2014 NPMC Sweethearts, young ladies who are committed to leading a healthy lifestyle and who support the American Heart Association. The high schoolers will be presented at the Heart Ball on Feb. 15 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
Here’s to a happy, healthy year ahead. And kudos to those who have kept their resolutions so far!