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. This month, we want to focus on all that June brings–when fathers are remembered and kids are afoot—as we focus on health and fitness for him and well-being for the whole family.
Writer Melanie Laporte offers an insightful path to wellness in “Nature’s Toolbox: The Key to Prostate Health,” an up-to-date report on the latest approaches to treating and preventing some major problems associated with this tiny yet highly important gland. And Chris Bruno offers inspiration to fathers with his personal essay, “Fatherhood’s Pain and Glory: We Must Face Our Own Story First.”
Of course, cerebral health knows no gender and “Food Sleuth” Melinda Hemmelgarn’s “Brain-Savers: Smart Strategies to Keep Dementia at Bay” is a must-read for anyone concerned with preventing and treating cognitive decline and memory loss. More than a third of global dementia cases are preventable, so adopting diet and lifestyle risk reduction measures is a “no-brainer.”
One way to feed the brain is with the unique nutrients found in mushrooms. Discover the magic in these healthy (and delicious) fungi with writer April Thompson’s “Medicinal Mushrooms: Beyond Buttons and Portabellas.” Plus, enjoy some brain-health eating ideas from two of our local experts, Dr. Allan Tomson from Neck, Back & Beyond, in Fairfax, and nutritionist Elizabeth McMillian, from the Rose Wellness Clinic, in Oakton.
This month’s Wise Words also points the way to the healing power of foods and much more with Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s take on “Chasing Life.” CNN’s chief medical correspondent shares his eye-opening experiences following an immersive tour of some of the happiest and healthiest places on Earth. The resulting docuseries of the same name explores, among other helpful topics, how ancient traditions may play a role in 21st-century health care.
Finally, we offer a deep look into the idea of livable communities and how they are good for people and the planet. According to the D.C.-based nonprofit, Congress for the New Urbanism, “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 of growing up and raising my children in Bethesda relates very much to that thought. The revitalization of Bethesda’s downtown has created a quality environment for walking, biking, mass transportation, recreation, socializing and shopping that appeals to all ages. Plus, the educational and economic opportunities create an environment that retains generations of children that call it home and they stick around to raise their own families. And this vitality extends to most communities throughout the metro region.
So take a moment to be thankful for the life-giving energy of our region, and for the possibilities of fun in the sun this summer.