Getting Back into the Groove

Welcome to New Focus Daily (NFD)! The same great magazine many of you knew as NOU, but even better.  And welcome, August.    It still feels like summer, though so many of our kids are going back to school or college and summer break is officially over.  Whether you have kids or not, August represents a time for many of settling into a new routine and getting back into a “groove,” whatever our own “groove” might be.  Leaving the relaxed pace of summer – and summer break for those with kids –  behind, getting more focused, and anticipating a not-so-far couple of months until fall.   Or at least starting that process.  It’s hard to think too much about fall with temperatures still in the northern territory of the thermometer, but something still mentally changes – at least with me – when I see all the school kids headed back to school.

I want to take this opportunity – speaking of the start of new school years for so many – to give a special shout-out to Women Survivors Alliance (WSA) summer 2017 interns Shatoria Evans and Kaeley Haslinger.  These ladies are students at Middle Tennessee State University in the MTSU Health and Human Performance Department’s Community and Public Health program and are bundles of dynamite!   If you were at SURVIVORville 2017, you know what I mean.  And if you weren’t, but saw any of the 350+ photographs of the event or any of the numerous social media posts up to, during, or after the event, you can thank these ladies.   Not only did they assist in SURVIVORville getting donations, creating an amazing exhibit for New Focus Daily complete with a gorgeous floral arch, and interviewing and talking to hundreds of cancer survivors, they each had individual assignments that they worked on throughout the semester to give them experience in how a health-focused non-profit operates.   These ladies will be graduating in August and not going back to school like so many others, but they are starting a new chapter in their lives transitioning from college students to college graduates. We are so grateful for their support of the WSA and their boundless energy and enthusiasm.

In addition to no longer having our amazing summer interns, other parts of my new routine have already started.  Kind of, sort of.   With SURVIVORville 2017 – and a successful one, I might add – in the books, all of us at WSA including our amazing volunteers, can take a little breathing room and get back into the groove with the many other great things the organization does throughout the year.    Look for more great content in NFD, 2nd Act stage shows coming to a city near you, and some great programming through New Focus Network.

For those who were reading this time last year, you will remember that we did a series on National Girlfriends Day, which is held annually on August 1st.  I had never heard of it until last year, but I love the concept.  look for some great articles this month on the power of SUPPORT and FRIENDSHIP.   If you’re not sure what it’s all about, be sure and read our articles to find out more.  The power of a great support system, and of friendships, is beyond measure, and may contribute towards better health.

We’ll share a great new recipe from Chef Mary, and a wealth of information on health, wellness, and lifestyles, with sprinklings of inspiration throughout.    We will also continue to feature the series of articles we started last month which were the selected submissions for the inaugural print copy of New Focus Daily.  It is truly amazing to read articles submitted every week by people who are not writers by trade, but have stories, inspiration, and wisdom to share.

Welcome to our new readers and welcome back to those who have been with us for a while as former NOU magazine readers.  Please let us hear from you on how we can make this magazine the best it can be. I would love to hear from you! We appreciate our NFD readers and can’t wait for you to read our exciting features throughout August.

Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay SURVIVOR strong! 

Cindys Signature for Magazine

      #NFDstrong  #WSAstrong #Survivorstrong #My2ndAct #SurvivorCollection #NewFocusNetwork

 

 

 

 

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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 and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She 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 NOU and WSA.

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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 and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. She 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 NOU and WSA.

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