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Happy New Year!

I hope every­one had a lovely hol­i­day sea­son. The year 2016 is be­hind us and we can fo­cus on the clean slates that 2017 will bring us. I know the be­gin­ning of the year is chal­leng­ing for a lot of peo­ple — re­turn­ing to re­al­ity from hol­i­days and spend­ing time with fam­ily. I, for one, am happy to get back into the swing of things and fo­cus on hav­ing a more peace­ful year ahead.

Some of you have shared your New Year’s res­o­lu­tions with me and I sin­cerely hope this is your year to stick with them. In 2017, I re­solve to drink less Dr Pepper and more water. I’m not get­ting any younger and I’m sure my body will thank me later. I also want to get back into a nor­mal ex­er­cise rou­tine; I’ve been slack­ing lately. I’ve never ac­tu­ally stuck with a res­o­lu­tion, although most New Year’s res­o­lu­tions are in­her­ently doable. Let’s all re­solve to be a lit­tle more pa­tient in 2017, too.

This year marks Oak­lawn Park’s 113th live rac­ing sea­son and our cover story this month highlights some of the women of Oak­lawn: horse trainer Danele Durham, rac­ing man­ager and for­mer jockey Kathy Howard and me­dia co­or­di­na­tor and pad­dock an­a­lyst Nancy Holthus. In the story these three ladies talk about their jobs and how the sport of horse rac­ing has shaped their lives.

Speak­ing of New Year’s Res­o­lu­tions, flip on over to this month’s HER Health fea­ture where Na­tional Park Med­i­cal Cen­ter di­eti­tian Laura Copeland talks about cre­at­ing and main­tain­ing healthy eat­ing habits for 2017. Re­mem­ber how I said one of my res­o­lu­tions this year is to cut out Dr Pepper? Laura talked me into it. (Scared me into it is more like it.) And don’t for­get about your furry friends! They need to watch their weight and eat­ing habits as much as hu­mans do. This month’s HER Pets fea­ture can help with that.

My wish for the new year is that we all just take a deep breath, even when it’s hard to do so, and re­solve to be nicer to each other.

As al­ways, I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for the mag­a­zine. Shoot me an email at

Here’s to a mem­o­rable and pros­per­ous 2017! Cheers.

Lind­sey Wells, As­so­ciate Editor

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