July 2015 Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the July issue of Healthy Living News. As you can tell from the image on our cover, the buzz is starting to build around the 30th Annual Marathon Classic LPGA tournament, which returns to Sylvania’s historic Highland Meadows Golf Club from Monday, July 13 through Sunday, July 19. Here at HLN, we’re celebrating our 19th year of promoting this exciting event, which has raised millions of dollars for local children’s charities since its founding. Tournament Director Judd Silverman and his staff continue to make this one of our region’s premier events year after year, and we encourage you to bring the whole family for a wonderful time. See page 5 for full details.

Women coping with the unpleasant post-menopausal condition known as vaginal atrophy won’t want to miss the article on page 19 about MonaLisa Touch®, a groundbreaking treatment offered locally at the Northwest Ohio Center for Urogynecology & Women’s Health. This painless, non-hormonal in-office procedure yields significant improvement in nearly 100 percent of the women treated.

This issue also features insights on the common challenges facing cancer survivors from Jill Johnson of ProMedica Cancer Institute (p. 15); a look at the many benefits of cardiac rehab by Samantha Christie, manager of Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab, and the Heart Failure Clinic at Mercy St. Charles Hospital (p. 36); an explanation of the Patient-Centered Medical Home healthcare model from Dr. Kevin Phelps, Program Director of UT Health’s Family Medicine Residency Program (p. 27); as well as profiles of Home Solutions of Maumee Valley, a local company focused on helping seniors stay safe and independent in their own homes (p. 43), and the Toledo Clinic Snoring Center of Excellence, a multidisciplinary team of professionals specializing in the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (p. 10).

Last but certainly not least, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the local business and healthcare providers who support HLN not only through their advertising dollars, but also by sharing their thoughts and expertise with our readers in article format. If you need one of our advertisers’ products or services, be sure to let them know you read about it in the pages of Healthy Living News.

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

Shade Gardening: Beyond impatiens

Gardeners blessed with sunny landscapes have all the luck. It seems most of the truly spectacular flowering plants need full sun—or at least some decent morning sun—to bring on those showy blooms. So, what can those of us who are stuck with a shady landscape do to create some visual appeal in the garden since we can’t really “say it with flowers”? Well, there’s always impatiens, right?

Foods as medicine

It has often been said that what you eat can be the best medicine or the worst poison. In todays’ raging debate about genetically modified foods, sometimes the fundamentals get lost in the arguments.

The big three killers today are cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Research has shown that what we eat can have a large impact on these diseases.