Cecilia Rosales Ph.D.

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The New Year is a month old and unless you have been dutiful and stuck to your resolutions, by now they may have been deleted from your short-term memory cache. 

But not all is lost. Instead of focusing on our lack of resolve, we can re-purpose our good intentions this month and choose to get more of what is good for us and our heart. Simple things like taking a stroll with our better half or listening to a favorite tune can help increase our “happiness factor”— and even contribute to our physical well-being!

Because February is National Heart Month, we join the American Heart Association (AHA) in their effort to disseminate important information that can help save lives. Despite the technological and medical advances we have witnessed in recent decades, heart disease continues to be the #1 killer of Latina women. As individuals, and as a community, we can help reverse this trend. But the first step is to learn more about how to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease. Do you know the difference between systolic and diastolic pressure? Or how high blood pressure can affect your health?  Read this month’s feature to find out.

Speaking of the heart, they say love is blind but “America’s Marriage Doctor,” Jacqueline del Rosario, thinks it is better to be safe than sorry. If you are in a relationship and ready to take the plunge, you must read “Delight or Doom? 7 Signs you’ve found the ‘right’ marriage mate.”

Also in this issue, Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez outlines in Briefcase “11 Fears that are holding you back” and how to break free of each one of them to achieve greater personal and professional satisfaction.

If you are in need of some inspiration, check out this month’s Entrepreneur and Rincon del Arte profiles. Young, talented and driven, Chris Nieto (cofounder of the award winning architectural and design firm Merzproject) and Shaina Sandoval (who just made her debut in a lead role in the movie, In Search of the American Dream), epitomize the promise of the millennial generation.

As we celebrate 100 years of statehood, recently-appointed state senator David Lujan shares his take on how the legislature can embrace an inclusive vision for Arizona, and lay the groundwork for a bountiful second century. Read it on My Perspective.

Here’s to Arizona!

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