It’s never too late for wellness

Mary Mannix
The end of winter always gives me a boost. The prospect of spring and more temperate weather represents nature’s renewal and offers a great opportunity for the restoration of health.

Fortunately, our quest for good health does not need to be dependent on the seasons but can be a yearlong endeavor. No one knows about the long view on well-being more than Bruce and Marlaine Henderson, who are featured in our diabetes section. The Hendersons suffered from several diabetes-related complications before they adopted some healthier lifestyle choices, which led to better management of the disease. They know now that the habits and adjustments they made — such as improving their diet — are not temporary fixes but changes that they will strive to embrace for the long haul.

It’s heartwarming to know that we can regain our health at any age. In the case of Dale Diacont, 2017 was a year of health ups and downs. While he lost 75 pounds, his life took a difficult turn when a follow-up visit to his doctor, Brian Stisser, MD, revealed prostate cancer. Thankfully, Dale recovered well from two minimally invasive surgeries with the da Vinci® Surgical System. He is back to his walking routine and is looking forward to a life with his new wife and health advocate, Cynthia Long.

A big component of being well is eating well. Augusta Health has made a move to educate people about healthy eating habits with the opening of the AMI Farm at Augusta Health, a partnership between the hospital and Allegheny Mountain Institute. The farm will be home to three acres of crops, gardens and more.

One direct benefit of good nutrition is heart health. Learn some lifestyle tips that will make a big and long-term difference on your health.

Unfortunately, we can’t do it alone. Healthcare issues arise that require medical attention. That is why we have compiled a directory of Augusta Medical Group (AMG) physicians and support staff. We hope you will consult this guide when you have a healthcare need.

To your well-being!

Mary N. Mannix, FACHE
President and Chief Executive Officer
Augusta Health