From The Publisher’s Desk…..

Janet Davis-Leak
February 8, 2012
Filed under From The Publisher's Desk

The New Year’s started and we, here at WomanScope, are excited about what lies ahead  in 2012! During our first six months of publishing, we’ve had the good fortune to bring on fantastic staffers, service a wonderful readership demographic and begin to attract those always needed (and important) donors and quality advertisers.  We’ve endeavored to present a full and varied editorial menu to our readership and have been rewarded with an avalanche of positive (and mostly constructive) feedback. There have also been some hiccups along the way; which is, of course, par for the course.  We are learning and growing from these experiences.    Thank you, everyone, for your continued support in allowing us to give “voice” to issues affecting women and girls here in the Baltimore region, the nation and even globally!  We are committed to continue working on, improving and growing the WomanScope brand!

February is Heart Health Month and of course we’re encouraging women to get their heart’s checked regularly.  Heart attacks (not cancer) are the major killer of women, so, if you haven’t already done so, now’s a good time to schedule an appointment to see your doctor.  Let’s all commit to good health in 2012!

Our cover story this issue gives a nod to this month’s special observance by spotlighting the work of Dr. Monica Aggarwal, lone female cardiologist at Mercy Medical Center and written by staffer Erin Frost with photos by staff photographer, Ric Guy.   Dr. Aggarwal’s story and the services being delivered through Mercy’s Center for Women’s Health and Medicine are truly inspirational.   Fitness instructor Tonya Wigfall gets us off to a good start for the New Year with great weight loss tips and a fantastic pilades Move of the Month feature.  And while you’re working on getting things into shape, why not stop over to Angeline Huffman’s column and learn about how to start putting your finances in order through setting-up a sound and workable budget. The sad outcome from bullying is examined by Leslie Orndoff in MOM CENTRAL .  She tells the horrifying story of 10 year old Ashlynn Connor, who as a result of relentless bullying from classmates, took her own life.  And she’s not alone.  Statistics show that more and more children ages 10-14 are committing this unthinkable act due to feeling unable to endure the pain and stress of relentless bullying.   Learn what efforts are being done help stop it.  Writing in a different capacity as a contributor to our GREEN LIVING column, Leslie also shares information on learning how to calculate you and your family’s “carbon footprint”  (the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere) through their daily living for the purposes of working on changes.  What she finds out is startling.  Her article mainly points out that we can ALL do our part to make a difference.  Continuing in the area of eco-living, please read Jen Morgan’s article outlining some of the activities going on at the Baltimore Green Works and also our fashion columnist, Jewel McFadden’s enlightening piece on two women who’ve found a way to produce environmentally-friendly clothing, accessories and cosmetics through their unique (online only) boutique  called Nancy’s Gone Green.com (NGG) named after one of the owners, Nancy Atkins.  She along with her daughter, Mary Savoca endeavor to make sure that their products are organic, sustainable or recycled.  They believe that “caring for the earth includes caring for the people who inhabit it.”  Finding yourself feeling a little “blue” during the cold winter months?  Well you’re not alone.  Millions suffer with a condition known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  Yes, there really is such a condition!  Learn more about it from our writer, Mia Bolton, who delves into the topic giving you ideas for coping with this malady.  You can beat the blues!  Aileen Gabby of the MDSPCA gives a different spin on setting New Year’s resolutions…. why not include your pets?  Resolve to take better care of them; make sure they get proper nutrition, exercise and medical care.  Our pets deserve our best treatment! We’ve got some really exciting upcoming events to bring to your attention as well:  March 17th – The GBS-NCNW “Spirit Of A Woman Mind, Body & Pocketbook” Conference  is to be held at the Radisson Hotel located in the Village of Cross Keys. For further information email:  info@gbs-ncnw.org.  Another very worthwhile event is the annual Empty Bowls fundraising event sponsored by St. Vincent De Paul of Baltimore.  The event will take place on Sat. March 24th at the Timonium Fair Grounds.  Contact Janice Williams, Dir. Of Development or Teresa Eaton, Director of Communications at 410-662-0500 ext. 216.  Please make note of our full events calendar in both our print and online issues. Dr. Renee, as usual, serves up some great relationship advice in our WOMAN TO WOMAN column, while Vicki Townsend discusses “new beginnings” in her INSPIRATIONALLY YOURS column.  Take a look; it will inspire you!

Please take time and read all of the great articles we have for you this issue!  They are all caringly presented for your reading enjoyment.  And, as always…… support our advertisers!

Happy reading!

Janet

P.S.  February is also lover’s month!  Don’t forget to make time for love :-)

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