Every single day, each ofus makes countless decisionsregarding our own health,from the small everydaychoices to the great big life-changing conclusions.
Do we choose the piece offruit on the left or the slice ofcake on the right? Or chooseto ignore that nagging painor to seek medical advice forit? Each of these decisions areindicative of our approach toour own health. And they gobeyond the physical — whether we choose to have thattough conversation, be it witha loved one or a co-worker, orlet what has been botheringus sit just one more day.
This issue of Apple features
a number of pieces about the
importance of the decisions
we make about health and
wellness, including how we
take care of ourselves today
(“The C Word,” pg. 38 and
“Good grief,” pg. 18) and how
we want to be cared for in the
personal directives,” pg. 13).
Underlying many of thesestories is the notion that, nomatter what we decide, it isimportant to take a moment tothink about how we view ourhealth. It might not make areal difference in fruit versuscake, but it can bring someperspective when thinkingabout the larger questions, likequitting smoking, talking to aloved one, or deciding who wetrust to make decisions for uswhen we are no longer able tomake them ourselves.
It is our hope that someof what you read here willhelp you make positivechoices about your and yourfamily’s health.
Cheryl Mahaffy oper-
ates Words that Sing
in Edmonton. Exploring
ways to open the
conversations surrounding parent care for
this issue, she realized how many people
in her age group are struggling with that
Lynda Sea is currently
the associate editor
at Avenue magazine
in Calgary. Her writing
has appeared in up!, Wine Access, Flare,
dailyxy.com and the Calgary Herald. Every
week, you can hear her broadcasting
Alberta news at voiceprint.ca.
Colleen Se To
As a freelance editor
and writer, Colleen
Seto pounds out prose
for the likes of Avenue,
Books. Currently on maternity leave from
her post as executive director for Alberta
Magazine Publishers Association, she is
tackling her new job as “Annabel’s mom.”
Jen Hsieh is a
illustrator. Her clients
include The New York
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