The Wellness Issue

It’s 2018, believe it or not, and a common refrain around this part of the calendar is the hope for a “happy and healthy new year.” People wish this for others, and harbor it for themselves—making New Year’s resolutions to exercise more, take up a new hobby that they’ve always wanted to do, or to do something good for their community.

This special time of the year, when our lives are up for reevaluation and reforming, inspired us to make a Wellness Issue. We dive into what wellness is and can be, challenging a limited definition of the concept and presenting some of the awe-inspiring people in the city who are pushing for wellness, both for themselves and for others.

Our cover features Rachel Estapa, a Somerville resident who took matters into her own hands when she felt larger people didn’t have a place in yoga classes. She launched More to Love, which promotes body acceptance and advocates for wellness that is independent from weight loss.

We also highlight a sweeping report of health in the city that examines the myriad influences that make up a person’s wellbeing. Nutrition and illness are no longer the standalone measures of health; the city is looking at how socioeconomic factors, like poverty and housing, contribute to a person’s wellness.

In this issue we also look at efforts to improve teens’ mental health and an approach to dealing with tension and painful memories that involves tuning forks and dissonant vibrations. Plus we’ve put together a roundup of the city’s vegetarian and vegan restaurants, for those of you who are hoping to squeeze more meatless or animal-product-free meals into your new year.

We hope this issue can help you think about what wellness is for you and that it shows the many efforts that are being made to make Somerville a healthier city.

From all of us here at Scout, we hope you have a happy and healthy new year.

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