It's so easy to stay in a routine that may or may not benefit our health: a little exercise, a bit of sugar, a lot of screen time, not enough sleep. But if a health crisis occurs, it turns our world upside down.

Research is proving that we can pre-empt many, even hereditary, serious health issues by paying closer attention to our physical and mental wellbeing earlier in our lives. The more we move, the better we sleep and the healthier we eat—the quality of our lives will improve. This issue of Columbus Monthly Health addresses the latest-breaking research in a lot of areas.

The most updated recommendations for screen time for the kids, the best nutritional tips, the latest treatment for diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and so much more. We are fortunate to be in the era in which many studies are linking specific genes in our bodies to the troubles we have. The discoveries being made in Central Ohio, alone, are stunning.

Certainly, wellness is more than a buzzword. Just ask journalist Laurie Allen who wrote the “A Wellness Journey: The Importance of Self Care” in this issue after a year of trying to regain balance in her life. Like so many others, Laurie had spent a lifetime caring for others—including a son who suffers from addiction—and putting her own needs on a backburner. The time had come that her own well-being was no longer optional, it was imperative. When she told me in early 2019 about the journey she was about to launch, I asked her to record it for you to read. I hope you enjoy it.

We are fortunate in this issue to also have two other personal stories shared by The Keep’s executive chef Jonathan Olson and Dr. Deepa Halaharvi, a breast cancer surgeon at OhioHealth. Both are cancer survivors, and their lives are informative, as well as inspirational.

After spending several weeks pulling together this issue of Health, here are the Spark Notes. Disrupt your comfortable routines: eat green, move more, breathe deeply, look at screens less often. Choose well the things you should worry about, and try to forget about the rest.

May you and yours have a healthy 2020!

Reprinted from Columbus Monthly Health 2020.