Opinion: 2023 Health and Fitness Issue

My predecessor, Steve Palopoli, famous that final yr’s Health and Fitness Issue might need been Good Times’ “greatest ever, when it comes to reporting on each [health and fitness].” “Biggest ever” I can’t affirm or deny, however I can say with confidence—after sifting by a number of again points—that the 2022 Health and Fitness Issue delved deeper into psychological well being than any earlier yr, and I commend Palopoli for that. But the emphasis on psychological well being made the difficulty stand out. During the pandemic, it appeared like psychological well being grew to become extra prevalent, or possibly folks have turn into extra open to discussing it. How to observe that up?With writers like Liza Monroy, who repeatedly ship content material loaded with resourceful info coated with beneficiant parts of ardour—irrespective of the topic she covers—any apprehension I had about placing collectively a compelling Health and Fitness Issue was eased. Monroy’s cowl story “Not Your Parents’ School Lunch” facilities on the invoice Gov. Newsom authorized in 2022, which allocates $100 million for enhancing college meals. Last yr, when Monroy first reported on this, readers responded with pleasure about California turning into the primary state to help plant-based meals in faculties. As she stories, it’s an advanced situation, and “issues stalled—and modified.” While the whole lot isn’t shifting in line with the preliminary plan and timeline, constructive modifications are starting. In health information, Mark C. Anderson previews Watsonville’s Ramsay Pump Park Track, which opened in 2021. The newish idea first debuted in 2004 in Colorado, and it’s caught hearth worldwide. Anderson stories that the 20,000 sq. ft of meticulously crafted loops, turns and hills might be navigated by absolutely anything with wheels, from skateboards to scooters to bicycles to wheelchairs. And it’s free to all. Lastly, on the health finish, Hugh McCormick, whose pleasure for, nicely, the whole lot, offers us a glance inside dance instruction on the revamped Palomar Ballroom in downtown Santa Cruz. His elation surrounding these dance classes is obvious in his prose. McCormick notes that the lessons have been filling up quicker than ever, and it’s a good way to remain match and have enjoyable—he is aware of firsthand; his mother is a pupil.  I hope you get as a lot out of studying these tales as I’ve and discover some concepts for find out how to stick with your New Year’s decision if it entails exercising extra. You have every week to get your votes in for Best of Santa Cruz County. This is your alternative to point out appreciation for the whole lot that makes you’re keen on Santa Cruz County. Visit goodtimes.sc by Jan. 31. 


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