Letter from The Editor – We Heart our Readers!

Welcome to NFD and to February!   After the shiny newness of a fresh new year wore off, oh a few days into January, I was already ready for February one of my favorite cold-weather months. 

Welcome to NFD and to February!   After the shiny newness of a fresh new year wore off, oh a few days into January, I was already ready for February one of my favorite cold-weather months.  It’s still cold.  The sun is still missing more than it is there. And we’re still a bit away from spring.  But I love seeing hearts everywhere.  I never realized just how many inanimate objects can sport a heart or how many heart-shaped objects are out there (thank you, Linda Ragsdale!).  Those hearts always make me think a little more about what makes my heart happy and what I can do to make someone else’s heart a little happier. I love doing that!  February and all the hearts just put me in a good mood – even if I do still have to wear triple layers to stay warm and am secretly begging the sun to peek out just a little.

Speaking of hearts, and my, and NFD’s friend Linda Ragsdale, we have a great article coming from Linda, who I like to call the “heart whisperer” – you’ll find out why when you read some of her NFD articles.  This lady can spot a heart in the most random of places and things. It’s incredible!  Look also for some great articles this month that center around the heart, love and relationships, staying heart-healthy and fit, and more.  We will have a great book review on self-love, great recipes – including, shhhhhh, one with the words “red velvet”-  and lots of inspiration and love with our Untold feature stories that  are true stories of courage, inspiration, healing and will sometimes pull at your heart strings.

We will continue to inspire, educate, and empower through our February features and promise to show our readers some love throughout this awesome month of February.    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.”  I hope that this February your heart is filled with beautiful things – not just the things you can see and touch, but feelings of inspiration, joy, happiness, and love.  Through our features we seek to bring you stories that help stir those feelings.

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



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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 has served since October 2015 as interim director 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. 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.