Healthlinks Upstate March/April 2022

www.Ups tatePhys i c i ansSC . com | www.Hea l thL i nksUps tate. com | 7 ABOUT THE COVER... Flowers are in bloom and the weather is beautiful – it’s springtime. That means that it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors, and in South Carolina there are a plethora of options. We have swimming, tennis, running on trails and hiking – and the list goes on. South Carolina is truly a place for getting fit while benefiting from fresh air and some natural vitamin D. In this issue, we covered stories about fitness and the importance of getting outside, as well as unrelated subjects on diseases that people live with that are not obvious physically, vision-impaired occupational therapy, hair loss in women and information on clinical studies. We also delved into reasons that may deter people from getting fit, such as joint pain and running injuries. Another important subject we feature in this issue is the rise in mental illness and suicide – and writer Molly Sherman shares her personal story. We want to thank Galen Bennett for working with us for the cover of this magazine. Born in Panama City, Panama, Bennett spent most of his youth in the Charleston area. He has a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Coastal Carolina University and is certified as a personal trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently works for the MUSC Wellness Center as the assistant fitness director and co-coordinator of the Center’s “Next Wave” performance training studio. He has been with MUSC for eight years. Jenn Cady took this amazing shot in the Planter’s Pointe subdivision in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We could not have put this beautiful edition together without the help of our graphic designer, and we cannot go without thanking our copy editor, who always makes sure all the content is accurate and on point. Of course, our writers are extremely valuable to us. We thank them for all the hard work they put in. We are also grateful to our sources, who give their time to speak to our writers – thank you for that. Putting these magazines together is a team effort. Thank you to our sales staff and publisher as well. We hope you enjoy this springtime issue of HealthLinks magazine. And, as always … To health and happiness, Theresa Stratford, managing editor Cover photo by Jenn Cady Photography. MARCH/APRIL 2022 COMPLIMENTAR MARCH/APRIL 2022 UP S TAT E THE POWER OF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM ABBEVILLE | ANDERSON | CHEROKEE | GREENVILLE | GREENWOOD | LAURENS | PICKENS | OCONEE | UNION | SPARTANBURG HAIR-SAVING SOLUTIONS FOR WOMEN SILENT SUFFERERS LIFE WITH INVISIBLE DISEASES IS “RUNNING THROUGH LIFE” HEALTHY? BEAT JOINT PAIN WITH LOW-IMPACT EXERCISE UPSTATE HIGH-QUALITY, BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY See through a different lens!