Letter from The Editor – February 2020

Welcome to NFD and to February, the month of hearts!  I hope that January was a great launch into the new year for our readers and that there is excitement for what is to come

Welcome to NFD and to February, the month of hearts!  I hope that January was a great launch into the new year for our readers and that there is excitement for what is to come in this new decade and this new month.   What is your favorite thing about February?   It’s still cold and there is not much sunshine, but it’s a new month and full of opportunity – AND in 2020 it’s a leap year which doesn’t happen often. And there are hearts everywhere, which always takes me back to my younger days and makes me smile!

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What do we have in store at New Focus Daily?  Featured recipes, great health info, Untold feature stories that are true stories of courage, inspiration, healing and will sometimes pull at those heart strings, the healing power of helping others, and a few surprises along the way. 


As you journey through February, think about what makes your heart happy. And do more of it. And make someone else’s heart happy.  It’s a great feeling and it’s good for you, too. Did you know that research shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and well-being?  And that it can help reduce stress, improve emotional well-being and even be beneficial to your physical health as well?  What a great deal, huh?!?   Take care of your heart and someone else’s this month and do something that creates more happiness in your lives and reap the many rewards.


I have shared this before and will share it again, as it bears repeating. One of my favorite quotes is from Helen Keller.  “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”  What a perfect time of the year to reflect on this quote.   I hope that February brings beauty and love– not just the things you can see and touch, but feelings of inspiration, joy, happiness, and love.  We strive to help make that happen through this month’s features.


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Be Focused, Be Inspired – It’s a New Day!


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Feature image from NFD contributor Linda Ragsdale


Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.