Letter From The Editor – March 2020

Welcome to NFD and to March!  One step closer to spring!   The one thing that is certain about March, it can be unpredictable, at least with the weather. Living in the Nashville suburbs,  it's always

Welcome to NFD and to March!  One step closer to spring!   The one thing that is certain about March, it can be unpredictable, at least with the weather. Living in the Nashville suburbs,  it’s always a guessing game as to what March is going to look like. Just like last year, we got very little snow this season.  Always a little disappointing to those of us who like the white, fluffy stuff, but we have gotten it before in March – and rarely in April – so I’m not giving up, though I really am looking forward to spring.  The stores in Nashville are already putting out the pastels, bunnies, and greenery. 


As we start another month and get closer to spring, NFD will be both predictable yet unpredictable- just like this crazy month of March!  We will have plenty of our great usual features this month including food, good health, inspiration and motivation, several amazing Untold feature stories and maybe a few unexpected surprises along the way.  Don’t forget to wear your green on the 17th for St. Patty’s Day for good luck!  We hope you will enjoy all the articles planned for the unpredictable and transitional month of March.


With winter still lingering, but with the promise of spring on the way, I leave you with this quote from Charles Dickens.  Here’s to the “anything goes” month of March!




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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.