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As I write this in late March, I am also looking out my office window on the most beautiful spring day. The sun is shining, the air is warm (but not hot) and I see many people outside on Palafox Street—running, strolling, shopping. My Facebook feed is filling up with gorgeous beach shots as residents of our fair city cast aside the hibernation of a dull and cold winter and embrace the splendid weather one expects to find along our incredible Gulf Coast. I love spring as it (far more than the New Year) always inspires a healthier lifestyle in me. I get outside far more often—the beach, the river, the maritime park, berry picking, spring festivals, you name it. I am also inspired to eat better. The cold of winter makes me crave hot food—often pasta and potatoes, but the spring brings a longing for fresh salads, berries, smoothies and all kinds of light and healthy fare.

Inspired by the bounty of spring, this month we bring you two great resources for healthy living. First, we have our annual list of local u-pick farms. Honestly, what’s better than a morning on the farm picking a bucket of strawberries or blueberries and then going home and making pies, salads, salsa and anything else you can come up with? My daughter and I love to u-pick and I hope you will give it a try this year, too. The second article is brought to you by the fine folks at Ever’man Cooperative Grocery and Cafe. Education Coordinator Jennifer Gorman created a handful of delicious heart healthy recipes for our readers and lucky me—I got to try them all. Each one was light, tasty and best of all, heart healthy. So, stop by Ever’man for the ingredients and eat heart healthy this spring!

Our cover story this month is a fascinating read by our own Josh Newby on Sacred Heart Health Care’s 100th anniversary. Josh dives in to the history of this fine local hospital and brings you firsthand accounts of the amazing work they do. From doctors and nurses to administrators, and from patients to President and CEO Susan Davis, Josh has compiled an excellent look at the many faces of Sacred Heart.

All this plus an excellent article on the newly renovated downtown icon, the Rex Theater, as well as information on this year’s Earth Day and Relay for Life events, and advice for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. I hope you enjoy this issue of Pensacola Magazine. Here’s to your health!

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