May 2015 Letter from the Publisher

Kevin O'Connell

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the May issue of Healthy Living News. In the pages of this publication, we often recommend finding a form of exercise that you truly enjoy and can stick with for the long term. Perhaps cycling, featured on our cover in recognition of Bike Month, could be that activity for you! Cycling provides not only a wonderful, low-impact cardiovascular workout, but also, as you’ll discover in the story about the Maumee Valley Adventurers on page 4, plenty of opportunities for exploration and socialization.

For a different idea on how to get some good exercise while supporting a terrific cause, check out page 29 for details on the Heart Walk & 5K, returning to the Huntington Center on Saturday, May 30. Mercy is the proud Torch Sponsor for this vital community event, and they encourage everyone to participate, either directly or by sponsoring a participating individual or team.

This month we’re also bringing you several articles focused on mental health, including a piece titled “Eight Choices that Promote Better Mental Health” (p. 20), insights from Unison on the role of hope in mental health (p. 19), and the announcement of an exciting collaboration between Harbor Behavioral Health and ProMedica that’s helping to integrate the fields of primary and mental health care in our area (p. 20).

Allergy sufferers won’t want to miss the story on page 13 about a free new app developed by Dr. Ghassan Safadi that provides accurate and certified measurements of pollen and mold spores. And if you or someone you love is a stroke survivor, be sure to read the article about ProMedica Stroke Network on page 7 and Chris Holliday’s piece on the Stroke Life Center (p. 47).

Last but not least, we’re extremely grateful for all the positive feedback we’ve received on last month’s debut of The Food Shark, which introduced us to the gastronomical delights of Grumpy’s Garbage Salad. For this month’s tantalizing Food Shark topic—or should I say “toppings”?—see the second installment of this ongoing column on page 46.

Until next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!


Tips for race recovery

Running gives you a great workout that challenges both your body and your mind. When you cross the finish line in a race, your body is exhausted but your work is not over. After you exercise, you need to restore your body’s balance and power. Adhering to these post-race recovery tips will give you the edge for a more rapid recovery.

Enjoy summer without the sunburn


It’s almost summer! We’re all ready for hot afternoons outside and for seasonal ice cream shops to reopen, but are you ready for those nasty encounters with sunburn? We’ve all experienced it, and we usually don’t know it’s there until it’s too late.