*We go to the bible, we go through the workout
We read up on revival and we stand up for the lookout
There’s more than one answer to these questions
Pointing me in a crooked line
The less I seek my source for some definitive
The closer I am to fine
Fitting that our annual Health & Fitness edition should be released on the heels of our country (finally) resolving the issue of health care reform. And though the controversy will most likely ensue for years to come, one thing’s for sure: No one disagrees that striving for improved health and wellness is one of the fundamental human motivations.
Similar to years past, our editorial in this issue positions health as a personal concept, ever changing and in fact, somewhat abstract. We’ve compiled a wide range of expert perspectives, but ultimately, you have to find what works for you and go with it, rather than trying to adopt the latest fad to sweep the headlines. (Although, if it’s a fad you do want, Zach Napolitano’s The Truth About Fad Diets, which starts on page 40, distills the pros and cons of today’s most prevalent.)
Given the many successes our local organizations achieve in research and science, the health care sector is not just one of our most auspicious economic drivers, it is our most pervasive business. When you tally all the professionals, academics, providers and administrators, the industry employs one in four Long Islanders. Our special report on Long Island’s Health Care Industry and our supplement of LI’s Best Doctors drill down to what you need to know about developments in the medical fields. And hospitals are central to this—from the new medical school being opened in conjunction with North Shore LIJ and Hofstra University to the continued advancements in research and technology at Stony Brook and Southampton. Just as important is the fact that some of the nation’s leading doctors are based right here in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Consider this your go-to report for making decisions on your personal and family care.
This is also the month when looking forward to summer brings health and fitness top of mind. Conventional wisdom informs that active lifestyle and solid nutrition are the best ways to feel better. Go outside and play! Our special features focus on your favorite springtime activities, like choosing the best Garden Style for your home, Living Outside with tips from a Hamptons celebrity designer or training for a triathlon and making that move From Couch Potato to Superhero. A look at Boomer Ball might also be up your alley. Larry Levy is back with us this month too, but in a way you might not expect. The Pulitzer Prize finalist gives us his front row account of the baseball empire built by and for Boomer generation men playing in this formidable international league.
If you’re ready to exercise the charge card a bit, there are a few products you might want to get your hands on. Our fashion pages take a turn for the Cool, Calm, Collected & Casual styles taking over men’s fashion this spring. Gentlemen who work hard all week, pushing their professional careers past the brink (and loving it) will appreciate these looks when the weekend hits, whether dressing for the beach or the black tie. Our One of a Kind Mother’s Day Gifts will surprise your one of a kind mom, no matter what her style. Toni Munna’s review of beauty products features Multitaskers that will improve your skin’s health, while decreasing time spent in front of the vanity. And Dick Scholem’s Food Reviews and our Islandwide Dining Guide will take care of the nutritional part of your wellness triangle—as well as help you find the best eats.
*Oh, so closer to fine,