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Perhaps the main responsibility we have in life is to take care of ourselves. And by ourselves I mean our bodies — our health.

Over the years, I’ve heard many times that “health is wealth,” and that our “bodies are our temple.” And I always took those words to heart.

I’ve seen many instances of how someone’s body began to work against them and they became bogged down with disease and illness. A mental note was always formed in my mind that I would be mindful and conscious of how I viewed my health. And knowing family history, it was often said to me by my parents to take close inventory.

But it can become daunting. If you focus too much on one thing, it can morph into a manic obsession that will ultimately end up being unhealthy. And then you’ve unraveled a somewhat healthy cycle and, in turn, eliminated any progress you intended to make.

So you find yourself walking a fine line of keeping an eye out and being intentional on how you take care of your health.

But there’s hope! Moderation and reality are a good combination of ways to practice taking care of yourself. Cutting back on sugar? No problem. Just don’t beat yourself up if you wind up eating a cupcake.

Even with being vigilant, things can happen that are out of our control and that may cause us to alter our way of life to deal with new circumstances.

Just take it one day at a time.

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In this issue, we wanted to share a few stories that might tug at your heart, some that might inspire you and some that might give you insight to local resources you may not have known about.

There’s truly something for everyone and we hope that you find some valuable information inside.

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LaTria Garnigan is the Magazine Coordinator for Cobb Life. She has more than 10 years of experience editing newspapers and magazines. When she's not working, she enjoys trying out new recipes, traveling and binge-watching and live-tweeting TV shows.

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