Letter From The Editor – August 2019

It’s August! That time of the year where it still is very much summer, but also a time of transition with “fall” semester starting for students across the world despite it feeling nothing like fall

It’s August! That time of the year where it still is very much summer, but also a time of transition with “fall” semester starting for students across the world despite it feeling nothing like fall outside.   One of those bittersweet months where one still relishes flip flops, a glass of iced tea, and lounging poolside, but one also has that list of school supplies posted on the ‘fridge or early thoughts of Labor Day plans and an official changing-of-the-mindset that comes from transitioning from summer to the next season.


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We have some great articles for readers this month that are just right for August.   Recipes.  A book review.  Everything you wanted to know about proper use of backpacks (yes, there are guidelines for this to promote better health and an injury-free student).  An inspirational Untold feature. We even have a canine recipe for our favorite furry friends. And more!  August may be a time for the leisurely pace of summer to start winding down for some, but we are still busy at NFD with plenty of great features to make this month an “A+” month for all.


Speaking of the letter “A”, August is an “A” word which always makes me think of the “three A’s”. I frequently share little tidbits of advice with my children each August as they start a new chapter each school year, though it usually has to be delivered in a somewhat sneaky way now that they are teenagers since they are past the point of wanting to hear their mother’s pearls of wisdom on life matters as they seek to find their own direction (I secretly hope some of it is still sinking in 😊) . The “three A’s” are words of wisdom that we all can live by, not just kids going back to school.  Whether it’s in our personal lives, in business, or really in any capacity, our words and attitude are very powerful and set the stage for our interactions with others.    To see what kind of impact our attitude and words can make on others, give it a try. “Appreciate,” “Acknowledge,” and “Ask.”  See what happens.   Letting people know you appreciate them through thought or small gesture.  Acknowledging them as someone special or unique and just acknowledging their presence sometimes is enough. And asking what you can do for them or even just how they are. It’s is powerful.    It doesn’t take long and can be just a short exchange of words, but enough to make someone’s day. Be that person that takes an extra minute that might just make someone’s day – or their week. Maybe even their entire month. We never know what people are going through at any given time and your words and attitude might just make a difference. Are you willing to give the “three A’s” a try this month of August?


Join us as we embark on the wonderful month of AUGUST!  We hope you enjoy this month’s features as much as we enjoyed preparing them for you. Happy August!



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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.