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As we were going to print with this issue, the health rankings for our county were published and the results were far less than ideal. A study by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ranked Escambia 57th among Florida’s 67 counties, down two spots from its previous ranking and still holding the title of the worst urban county in the state. The study examined more than 30 health and quality of life factors

While some factors showed improvement, the overall assessment for our area was disappointing. So, how do we turn this around? Well, there are a lot of ways to be healthy and there a variety of stops on the spectrum, but the three main components ring true for everyone—eat well, sleep well and be active. Barring outside factors like environmental pollution and genetic issues, it really is that simple. We all have a great degree of control over our individual health and as a community we can support a wide variety of health and wellness initiatives to carry healthy lessons to kids’ classrooms, adult workshops and more.

In this issue, we feature a number of informative articles to help you with your progress toward better health. From brain health to the benefits of sleep and from great local fitness ideas to the grand opening of Ever’man (where you can find all the healthy food and personal products you’ll need), this issue has you covered.

We hope you enjoy this issue and we hope it inspires you to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Here’s to your health!

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