It’s funny how sometimes after we begin production of an issue of Well-Being, we find that it takes us somewhere we never expected. The May/June issue is a perfect example, except in this case, it wasn’t so much where it took us, but how. It turns out a number of the features we cover in this issue can be reached by MS Highway 463. Once we began to see the trend we realized that it was only natural that as the population grows in that part of the region, health and fitness related businesses and service industries would follow. It is for that reason we chose to feature Highway 463, “highway to health,” on our front cover.
We start with the Madison Healthplex Performance Center and the high level of fitness training it is providing athletes of all ages. We also feature Chef Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive-in and…Local 463 Urban Kitchen, the first in a series of articles in which Chef Derek shares his commitment to serving fresh, local, and seasonal food, and we had the opportunity to meet Jonathan Picarsic and Sevana McDaniel of Amorphous Gardens in Canton, one of the local suppliers of fresh produce for Emerson’s restaurants. From there we move to the story of John Sellers, rehabilitation therapist and co-owner of Grace Myofascial Clinic (also on highway 463), and sustainable farmer and operator of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, that offers “shares” of his weekly harvest from his farm, Grace Plantation – Local Food Company, in return for a financial investment at the beginning of the planting season. We also learned of the Livingston Mercantile, at the end of Highway 463, that will be opening later this summer, and will offer fresh produce, meats and eggs from Grace Plantation.
We could go on and on, but you get the idea. The good news is that as Madison County grows in population, it is also growing in the accessibility to healthy sustainably grown food, professional fitness training and quality healthcare. We were inspired by the strong commitment of the individuals we spoke to about their choices to live healthy lives, to enrich their communities and to make their part of the world a better place. These are goals we share as the staff of Well-Being. Once again we are privileged to bring good news about Mississippi and Mississippians who are dedicated to making our home a better, healthier place to live and raise our families.