Focus on health 
and fitness.

Have you made your New Year’s resolution? Maybe you’ve decided to spend more time with your kids than your iPhone. Or perhaps you’ll finally tackle that junk drawer or linen closet.

However, if you’re like millions of Americans who commit to exercising more and eating less, you’ll be happy to know this issue is packed with plenty of health and fitness ideas to keep you on track. There’s no better time than now to get a fresh start to a healthier you!

If that green smoothie on the cover didn’t entice you, wait until you see the spread from our visit to Whole Foods Market Chandler. The talented chefs shared some of their best healthy (and tasty!) dishes including a bright and flavorful salad, a beautiful vegan pizza and mouthwatering beef lettuce wrap tacos. When you and your family dine at Whole Foods Market Chandler, you can feel good about the food you eat.

Interested in trying a new exercise regimen? Learn about the benefits of the popular barre exercise from new Pure Barre San Tan Village studio owner Nicole Hines. This low impact, high intensity workout incorporates muscle strengthening and stretching centered around a ballet barre. If you’re looking for more of an individualized program, visit Scott’s Training Systems where you’ll receive a customized and effective training and nutrition plan.

Our Giving Back story features Dignity Health Foundation’s free dance class for stroke survivors. This philanthropic program, which is available to stroke survivors, helps people dance their way back to health through movement and inspiration.

Three cheers for Chandler Unified School District Nutrition for implementing the Clean Label Initiative, an effort to remove unnecessary additives from breakfast and lunch meals served to kids at Chandler schools. The team removed more than 30 additives and is utilizing wholesome ingredients in each meal. As a mom, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

So dust off those tennis shoes, charge your iPod, and head out the door for 30 minutes of exercise. Reward yourself with a delicious green smoothie packed with plenty of vitamins and nutrients. Your mind and body will thank you.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016!