Typically, when I think of my health, I think about my actual physical and mental well-being. We all know that what we do to our bodies affects our health — the food we put in and the exercise we put out — but we don’t always think about how our environment affects our health.

While some world-wide environmental health hazards have been discussed for decades — poor air quality from the burning of fossil fuels and manufacturing smog; water pollution from toxins and chemical spills; or the use of poisonous pesticides on food — your own personal environment can also affect your health.

For this issue, we are taking a look at how your own home can have an impact on your health and happiness. In our feature story, Elizabeth Hall, owner of Sanctuary Interiors, gives us a glimpse into the world of healthy interior design.

Lena Ellwanger, Upper Shore special sections editor, takes on Gentle Yoga and the importance of trying new things to get healthy for the holidays, and Darwin Weigel, our Southern Maryland special sections editor, gives us all the details on fall Alzheimer’s Walks to donate to a good cause.

As always, we have some great local health news from around the region — guest contributor Dustin Holt, editor of the Dorchester Star and Times Record, gives us a look at the extended version of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People program, now in Caroline County, and learn about the new neurofeedback program being offered by For All Seasons.

We hope to see you out and about Maryland’s Eastern Shore this fall, getting healthy and enjoying the beautiful Chesapeake region and it’s abundance of farmer’s markets. Have a happy and healthy autumn!

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