Summer has arrived, and for so many here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, it’s that special time of year when being outside adds enormously to the enjoyment of life. Our feature article discusses livable communities that are not only good for people, but also good for the planet. One highlighted organization based in the District describes these communities in the following way: “Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community’s quality of life, including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities.”
My personal experience growing up and raising my children in Bethesda relates very much to that quote. The revitalization of Bethesda’s downtown, for instance, has created a quality environment for walking, biking, mass transportation, recreation, socializing and shopping that appeals to all ages. The educational and economic opportunities create an environment that retains generations of children that call it home to raising their own families.
It isn’t surprising that Washington, D.C. and a number of Maryland and northern Virginia suburbs show up on national and international lists as some of the most livable, walkable or healthiest cities in the U.S. and in the world.
Our natural pet article this month, “Pets Welcome Here” also resonates with our pet-friendly communities in the DMV area. In my neighborhood, as I walk to restaurants, there are always people dining alfresco with their dog relaxing by their feet and a bowl of water provided by the staff. Many travelers also find no shortage of hotels that welcome pets. Pets enhance our quality of life in so many ways, and pet-friendly restaurants, hotels and stores help to nudge up our communities on that livability scale.
We also spend a good bit of time in the magazine this month diving into the realm of natural beauty. There is a huge, well-funded industry that encourages women to slather chemicals onto their bodies, and more specifically, onto their faces—all in the name of looking great. To challenge that myth and suggest alternatives to the toxins found in many products, we have several articles on the topic this month—each offering a unique take from a different perspective on natural beauty.
All these authors begin with the core message that we shouldn’t put anything onto our bodies that we wouldn’t put into our bodies, as the skin is actually the largest organ of the body. Our brilliant local authors provide tips to help you make your daily regime of skin and body care as conscientious as your commitment to being healthy in all other aspects of your life.
Finally, Natural Awakenings, Washington, D.C. is offering another free, live webinar with Dr. Sushma Hirani, of the Rose Wellness Center, on June 11 at 6:45 p.m. This month’s webinar is on adrenal fatigue, which is considered a stress syndrome of our modern lifestyle and is currently being diagnosed in epidemic proportions. Adrenal glands, responsible for handling the stresses of our daily lives, have become overworked and depleted—but with some lifestyle changes, this chronic condition can be reversed. You will find the link to register for the webinar on our website, NaturalAwakeningsDC.com.
June is a great time to get outside to enjoy our community, while making a new commitment to your own health—inside and out. We hope, as always, that the magazine guides you to a newer, healthier you. And helps you to see, with new eyes, the great place we call home!