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Letter From the Publisher

I’m pleased to welcome the month of August back to our Gulf Coast shoreline, along with another delicious issue of Natural Awakenings Tampa Bay. As growing numbers of people are realizing, knowledge and action on holistically centered avenues of education, nutrition, fitness and sustainable living can help us thrive and successfully meet this world’s challenges.
       With students heading back to school, this issue has a special focus on children’s health and well-being. For example, in “21st Century Parenting: Preparing Kids for the Future” (page 28), writer and NA publisher Meredith Montgomery provides creative insight on raising kind, resilient and resourceful kids in a world vastly different from the one in which we grew up.
      Nourishing young bodies as well as minds is essential to achieving healthy equilibrium. In “Feeding Healthy Habits: A 10-Step Guide for Helping Children Thrive” (page 46), writer Melina Hemmelgarn offers a timely blueprint for success in that respect.
        In “Take a Cerebral Spin: Cycling for a Healthier Brain” (page 42), writer Marlaina Donato shares well-researched findings on the healing possibilities in this fun, aerobic exercise.
       This August issue shines the spotlight on animals, too. In “Our Symphony with Animals” (page 48), writer Julie Peterson interviews neurologist Aysha Akhtar, author of Our Symphony with Animals: On Health, Empathy and Our Shared Destinies, weighing in on the biology of the human/animal bond. Peterson also presents a helpful overview of the natural approach used by holistic veterinarians.
      As always, open your mind and heart and read on.

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