Locala Magazine, February 2022

02/01/2022 03:06 AM By Lisa Anderson
February 2022, Vol. 1, Issue No. 9

Healthy Heart

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Letter from the Publisher

Dear Ocala,

We’ve already made it one month into 2022. How are your New Year’s goals and resolutions holding up? Have you joined a gym or committed to a new workout routine at home? Have you started planning your bucket list trips since reading our January issue?

If you are being intentional about your health journey in 2022, we have some incredibly inspiring stories for you—from weight loss to healing to “can do spirit.” We are also featuring a story on Ocala’s ballerina, Leighton Okus. Her journey as a ballerina and the physical toll it has taken on her body is both eye-opening and inspirational. To top it all off, we asked Zone Health and Fitness owner Ben Marciano for some tips on how to start a healthy lifestyle, and Dr. Manal Fakhoury uses football analogies to help you practice champion leadership on and off the field.

This issue also ushers in some new favorites! Join us in welcoming staff members from the Appleton Museum, as they delight us with stories about artists new and old! Plus, we’re taking the reins in our newest department, From the Paddock, where we’ll share personal stories from people active in our city’s beloved equine industry.

I hope you feel encouraged by the members of our community, as you enjoy another month of stories.

Most Sincerely, Lisa Anderson
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