Editor’s note:   Happy Easter to those who celebrate! What a perfect example of “new beginnings,” our theme this month.  Wishing all who celebrate a wonderful holiday and a special time of reflection on its meaning.

April is FINALLY here!  I am so happy to see winter on its way out and the signs of spring making themselves visible a bit more each and every day.  Schools have been – or are in the process – of spring break, spring colors are coming out in stores, and it’s warmer, sunnier, and just brighter.  Yes, it’s spring!  A season of change after the cold and sometimes very gray winter, and a welcomed one with me!    Not only can spring bring changes in the season, it can bring changes with ourselves as well.  What better time to ‘start over’ if you are looking to make some sort of change in your life and create your own “new beginning”?

Let us hear from you about what kind of changes you have in store for your “new beginning.”  Maybe you are going to redecorate a room in your house. Or even the whole house! Or maybe it’s something even more dramatic like looking for a new job or making some big career moves.   Or maybe it’s taking a small step towards a larger goal like getting back on the healthy eating plan you started back in January. Whatever it is, big or small, we would love to hear about your plans, your journey, and how you stay inspired and motivated to create your “new beginning.”     Please “like” us on Facebook (Women Survivors Alliance and New Focus Daily) and follow us on Twitter (@WomenSurvivors, @NFDsurvivorsmag) so you can  keep up with us – AND let us hear from YOU!

We are also looking for STORIES as part of the Untold project I shared with you back in January.   Sometimes we aren’t looking for change, but change finds us – and oftentimes leaves us better for it.
Want to learn more about Untold?   Take a look at our big announcement from earlier this year and see what all of the fuss is about – and then be part of it!   What better way to share your personal story and support others who might be struggling with their own “new beginning’ – when they were perfectly content with their life as it was going, thank you very much.   These stories are meant to inspire  in spite of some of the challenges life throws at us.

In this gorgeous month of spring, in addition to new beginnings and featured Untold stories, we recognize National Minority Health Month as well as World Health Day on April 7th.  We recognize the entire first week of April as National Public Health Week, and of course we have some of your favorite NFD contributors back with some fresh new content – Jessica Meyer, Linda Ragsdale, and Chef Mary Stodola will be back, as will one of our newbies-turned-regular, Cindy Small and Jean Criss, our intimate apparel designer extraordinaire.  Look for special content this month that features articles that fit right in with some of these important health observances as well as surprises from our NFD contributors.

Have a warm, sunny April filled with new beginnings, hope, inspiration, love, and of course good health!

Be educated, empowered, INSPIRED, and stay survivor-strong!

 

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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.

About The Author

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.

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