The holiday season – between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is a favorite time of year for many of us, at least conceptually. We look forward to gathering with family and friends and feel a great sense of anticipation for the sights and sounds of the season. It’s time to reflect on the origins of our faith, and a time to practice long-held traditions. It’s also a time of celebration and fun, for everyone from the youngest to the oldest among us.
As we put together the topics we wanted to cover in our November/December issue, we wanted to focus on the role our holiday activities and attitudes can have on our overall health and wellbeing. As often happens, finding ways to enjoy the holidays without putting undue expectations and unnecessary stress on ourselves, became somewhat of a theme throughout many of this issue’s articles. We hope that calling attention to potential seasonal pitfalls can help us all prevent unwelcome outcomes.
We also were pleased to recognize the great work of the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi (DFM) for all the many ways they serve our neighbors who suffer from diabetes and their families. Diabetes touches far too many Mississippians. It is one of our most serious healthcare challenges today and for future generations, unless we begin to turn the tide and take steps toward early diagnosis, improved access to care and treatment, and increased support of research to someday cure and prevent it. Maybe more than any other disease, left unchecked diabetes affects almost every part of the body – the eyes, the heart, the kidneys, the pancreas, the feet and skin. In this issue, we focus on the ways it can damage the eyes, often before there are noticeable symptoms. We hope these articles will bring special awareness about the dangers of diabetes and the resources and support available to Mississippians thanks to our friends at DFM.
As we enter this special time of celebration, we pray for all the blessings of health and hope for the season and for the year to come. And we thank you our readers for making Well-Being a part of your lives.
Here’s wishing you all a joyous holiday and a peaceful and prosperous new year.