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Letter From the Publisher, Maureen Hart Cary
It’s August already and I’m left asking myself, “Where did the lazy days of summer go?”
We wait all winter to enjoy the longer, warmer days of summer, only to have them disappear far too soon. The kids will be heading back to school soon and it’s an ideal time for parents to hit the reset button, taking stock of myriad challenges today’s children face. Meredith Montgomery confronts these head-on in “21st Century Parenting: Preparing Kids for the Future.” She offers insights into raising kind, resilient and resourceful kids in a world vastly different from the one we grew up in.
Part of that equation is nourishing young bodies as well as minds and Food Sleuth Melinda Hemmelgarn tackles that component in “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step Guide.” Supporting school gardens, teaching kids cooking as a life skill and bonding with them in the process are steps on the road to opening their eyes to media manipulation and helping them overcome this “invisible parent” that tricks them into buying foods that are not good for their bodies or the Earth. Thanks to the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (see article on page 28), we have a strong network of district wellness committees and community partners working to make our schools a better place, right here at home.
Adults and kids will find plenty of healthy activities and options in this month’s issue. Take a walk on the wild side with April Thompson’s “Wild and Wonderful: Foraging for Foodies” as your guide. Or take a cerebral spin with Marlaina Donato’s well-researched article about the positive impacts of bicycling on the brain: It can improve cognitive function, depression, chronic anxiety and other conditions boosted by happy neurotransmitters. Studies show benefits related to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain disorders, as well.
Enjoy the beaches, the pools, the outdoor festivals and all that Rhode Island has to offer in the summer!
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