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Editor’s Note January 2011

I think it is safe to say that plenty of us out there aren’t sad to close the door on 2010.  Many have struggled, faced financial burden and underwent stresses we didn’t know existed; but in the spirit of Americanism, we as a society continue to progress, move forward and start again.

With that mentality, start the new year on the upswing with some solid and attainable resolutions.  Commit to write down your goals; put a positive message to each goal and begin to truly focus on your greatness.  Greatness, I love that word.  It means that you have something waiting inside you that has yet to be explored, exposed or shared.  You, my friend, have greatness within, and this year, it’s time to use your greatness for something bigger and better – just allow it to happen.

To kick off 2011, I am thrilled to join with the Chopra Center and align our positive and inspirational messages for you.  Deepak Chopra, M.D., and David Simon, M.D., opened the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in 1996 to guide people in their journey toward physical healing, inner peace and happiness, and higher states of consciousness.  The Chopra Center has led in the development of Ayurvedic medicine, wellness and spiritual growth.  The Chopra Center will share a three-part series with Green Living AZ, starting with Dr. Deepak Chopra’s Perfect Health Panchakarma program, based on the powerful principles of Ayurveda, India’s 5,000-year-old healing system.

In the spirit of health, gluten is becoming more of a mainstream topic, and allergies are at an all-time high.  In LIVE, we learn more about celiac disease and how gluten-free options are finally on the menu, and tasty too! 

We are also excited to pair with Disney and Siemens in GREEN KIDS to share the new book “Mickey and the Giant Kachoo.”  With Mickey as the host, this book was designed to relate to children and teach them about the commonalities of allergies.

In WORK, I turned the car due south to the University of Arizona Student Recreation Center extension, the first LEED Platinum rec center in the country.  I came back invigorated after I toured the new 53,000 square-foot extension with state-of-the-art equipment, Outdoor Adventures programs and sand volleyball.  It was definitely time to bust out the running shoes.

Did you know that there are only about 300 Indo-Chinese tigers and about 400 Sumatran tigers left on the planet?  In PLAY, Edward Ricciuti exposes the increasing depletion of the wild tiger in the “Vanishing Tiger.”  Conservation efforts are in place at the Phoenix Zoo, and you have the opportunity to see “Jai” and “Hadiah,” two Sumatran tigers on exhibit.

I wish you a year filled with happiness and inner peace.  Find your greatness within and reach your potential!


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