A blueprint for better health

Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.

'A new you! Transform yourself from pudgy couch potato to sleek marathon runner — without ever getting off the couch!”

I have to admit, these bursts of bravado get my attention. Promise me a thinner, stronger version of myself and you've got me at hello. Throw in an overnight cure and very little effort and … where do I sign?

Well, not so much anymore. Like most of us, I've learned through age and experience there's no such thing as a free lunch when it comes to health and fitness — no matter how promising the pitch. Even those winners of the “skinny gene” lottery know that a lucky ticket doesn't guarantee fitness.

So there's nothing else for it: We want the strength and weight loss results? We're going to have to work for them.

And that's what our annual Health and Fitness issue is all about: Arming us with information and then motivating us to make those changes that pay off with the goods.

In these pages we roll out a blueprint to a better you through expert medical advice and advances. And you'll be inspired by the show-rather-than-tell wisdom of several of our fellow Gainesvillians, who have lost weight, beat back diabetes, upped their stamina and improved their health by walking the walk — and taking advantage of the many resources available to us here.

And do we ever have the resources — from walking trails to world-class gyms, from access to farm-fresh local food to top-notch health and wellness services. We've got everything we need to enrich body and soul, but as everyone we interview within these pages attests, we've got to take the first step ourselves.

We've packed in features on home remedies that really work, how to make your snack time delicious and guilt-free, and some bicycle trips to rev up your metabolism naturally while enjoying our beautiful scenery.

We hope you enjoy our offerings in this Sixth Annual Health and Wellness issue. As always, we thank you for reading and supporting us. We count on it.

Enjoy this issue, and join us in December as we bring you our Third Annual Spirit of Gainesville Awards.

Until then, wishing you a happy, and healthy season ahead.

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