Letter from Publisher
Educators everywhere are cultivating the next generation with
innovative, hands-on courses that teach students about climate change, the
importance of renewable energy, sustainable food production, water
quality/quantity and other conservation issues. Continuing our focus on the
younger generations that we began in our December issue, Yvette Hammett
explores this trend in “Raising Environmentalists: Teachers Prep Kids for the Future.”
This year, our focus on planetary health will also complement
an ongoing commitment to cover all facets of personal health. We start by
exploring some of the factors that contribute not only to living a long life,
but living it well. In our main feature this month, Melinda Hemmelgarn looks at
the role of genes, environment and lifestyle factors as she offers age-defying
strategies—from diet, exercise and sleep to protecting our telomeres and
adjusting our attitudes.
Our daily food choices have major impacts on personal health, as well as the health of others throughout the food web, our global neighbors and the Earth. We love to bring you stories about food, organic agriculture, home gardening and of course, amazing monthly recipes to make the most of healthful, seasonal and local food. In addition to those featured each month in the print version of Natural Awakenings Chicago, look for expanded recipe options coming to our digital version at NAChicago.com.
More good news! Winter solstice has passed, and the days are slowly lengthening. Garden catalogs are arriving almost daily in my mailbox. Spring is still a dream, but it is on the horizon. And while the Chicago winter has a loooong way to go, I encourage you to make the most of this January and enjoy what the natural world has to offer. Check out our print and online calendars for events you can partake in to fully enjoy the winter world, be it a nature hike, bird walk or other outdoor activity. Or head over to one of the many amazing conservatories in our area and enjoy the warmth and humidity of the indoor plants. It’s also a great time of year to volunteer and help others in our community that could use our assistance.