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Letter from the Publisher October 2018

Temperatures might still be hovering around 75 or 80 degrees, but autumn has arrived here on the Suncoast! As we transition into a new season, this month Natural Awakenings wants to highlight another important area of change too—people who are making strides toward positive action and transformation in our culture. Who are these “game-changers,” and what initiatives are they creating? Open the issue and find out!

 

Our feature article for October is titled “Fresh Take: Youthful Game-Changers,” and it examines how this next generation is leading the crusade for activism in local communities and beyond. These young people have spearheaded conscious business reforms, challenged bureaucratic policies and advocated for the celebration of diversity in their spheres of influence. And with grassroots youth leadership programs right in our area, these game-changers of tomorrow have already gotten a headstart today.

 

In addition to causing progressive shifts in community organizations and businesses, the next generation is also at the forefront of environmental change. One of the easiest and most impactful ways to protect the earth is through mindful, sustainable eating habits, and socially aware Millennials have turned the plant-based initiative into a mainstream lifestyle. As this month’s “Conscious Eating” article discusses, plant-based eating is the “greener” alternative to meat and dairy production which emit fossil fuels into the atmosphere. But as more people embrace the meatless trend, the healthier our planet can become.

 

While these young advocates are indeed working toward a brighter future, they still need the guidance and support of older generations to show them what it means to be a game-changer. Without forward thinking adults to empower socially minded children, their well-being could suffer. In fact, we probe the effects that poor nutrition, environmental stressors and commercial drugs can have on children in our “Epidemic of Compromised Health” article. As chronic illnesses become more pervasive in younger kids, it’s our role to teach them how social responsibility benefits their quality of life—and the world at large.

 

As usual, that is just a glimpse of what’s awaiting you inside our October issue. I hope you will be inspired, emboldened and motivated to seek out opportunities for change in your own life this season. Please send any comments, questions or feedback to Publisher@NASRQ.com, and in the meantime, here’s to new beginnings this fall!

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