Letter From The Editor – July 2019

July.  Summer.  Finally!    The temperatures are starting to soar and folks everywhere are enjoying the outdoors – and the indoors, when we just “need” our A/C.   Yes, summertime is here and we’re making the most

July.  Summer.  Finally!    The temperatures are starting to soar and folks everywhere are enjoying the outdoors – and the indoors, when we just “need” our A/C.   Yes, summertime is here and we’re making the most of it at New Focus Daily. A time to relax and some leisurely reading for many of us. We hope part of your leisurely reading will be our magazine!

 

Summer brings thoughts of great seasonal recipes.  We will have several recipes this month to share including one tomorrow that is perfect for July 4th or any time you crave something a little sweet and salty (hint, hint! We’ll keep it a surprise for now, but tune in tomorrow!).  We’ll even have one for your favorite four-legged canine friend, and a few other surprise goodies to whip up as well.

 

We have a great Untold feature coming as well as one of our favorite contributors, Cindy Small, a recent retiree enjoying her first summer “unencumbered” to a job and sharing another great article with our readers. We have several other surprise features ready for you from new contributors who we think you will love as much as we do.

 

Of course, with summer we would be remiss to not talk about the sun and how to be safe while catching some rays or enjoying the great outdoors.  The health educator in me always has to make sure health topics are put out there and people are fully educated and aware of what they can do to get and stay healthy.  July is U/V safety month, so make sure you are aware of the basics of sun safety. The American Cancer Society has some great resources including a quiz where you can test your knowledge of sun safety. Take a look and educate yourself.  Do you know what some of the most common sunscreen mistakes are?  Do you know how long you can safely stay in the sun after applying sunscreen? What about your risk for skin cancer – are you at risk?  Visit the website and learn more AND enjoy the sunshine!

 

 

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

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#NFDstrong #WSAstrong #Survivorstrong #Untold #Stuffedwithlove #SurvivorCollection

 

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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.