From HER

Stories / January 15, 2014

The parties are over and we’ve officially rung in the New Year.  Now what?

While most of us make some type of resolution, either on paper or in our heads — lose weight, stop smoking, look for a new job or go to the gym more –they’re often repeated year after year with little result.  At HER we work hard to share the stories and information that empowers Mid-Missouri women to find more purpose and passion in their lives throughout the year.  In this first issue of 2014, we take a look at the trends for women in the workplace and at home and turn to the local experts who help the rest of us stay healthier to find out what gives them strength and joy in their own lives.  One trait many women share is making the care and comfort of others a priority while putting their own needs last. We must be more proactive in our own health and well-being to be in the best possible place for owning our lives. 

As February is American Heart Month, Dr. Allyson Walker, a cardiac thoracic surgeon, discusses ways to reduce the chance for heart disease and heart attacks, the number one killer of women in this country.  We also share the story of Denise Coots, a dietitian at St. Mary’s Health Center, who changed her own diet and found that it changed her life (p. 20), giving new meaning to the adage “you are what you eat.” Yoga instructors Megan Sappington and Erica Hurt from Wilson’s Yoga Studio and Ally Pitera, a personal trainer at the Jefferson City Area YMCA, model the latest in stylish workout gear (see HER Fashion, p. 23).  HER Story (p. 16) features two physicians who’ve pursued their medical careers while also making time for family and other passions and pursuits. As an OB-GYN at Capital Region Medical Center, Dr. Serese Smith-Haxton empowers women to know about their bodies and reproductive health and she can also belt out a tune. As a family medicine physician at Jefferson City Medical Group, Dr. Lory Feeler has spent 30 years caring for the health needs of families while also devoting time to mission work overseas.  All of the women featured in this issue are motivated by their children and families in all they do.

Mollie Linquist, a dentist at Diamond Ridge Dentistry (See HER Career p. 32), has found that often elusive balance between time at work and at home with family.  Some children in our community though are often neglected and need our help. In HER Family, we focus on the Capital City Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, program where volunteers act on behalf of the children placed in the juvenile justice system.  We all long for the comforts of home and Casey Anderson Marsch, a local interior designer at Mid-City Lumber Co., shares the Current Trends in home design (p. 28-29), and we feature fireplaces to keep the hearth burning in Home Essentials (p. 31). Our 6 of the Best showcases new finds for the kitchen.  May we all find ways to de-stress, stay energized and open for what’s around the corner, in the days ahead this year and always. 

“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all is a form of planning.”
Gloria Steinem

 
“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
Judy Garland

Shelley Gabert, Editor

Shelley Gabert, Editor

Ashton Leslie, Advertising Executive/co-Editor

Ashton Leslie, Advertising Executive/co-Editor






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