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 project director for the Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily magazine. Cindy is masters-level certified in health education 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 degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cindy has been involved in multiple cancer activities and projects since 2000, including serving as the state coalition coordinator for Tennessee for 13 years, and currently is involved with several cancer organizations. 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. She has been touched by cancer personally after seeing both family and friends alike suffer from the disease.

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 the Women Survivors Alliance and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to partner with New Focus Daily and WSA.