April Days Are Here

Welcome to Unconditionally Her.  Spring. Is. Here.   Hooray!   In my neck of the woods, it is an exciting time to see old man winter finally leave and to see all the beautiful colors finally coming

Welcome to Unconditionally Her.  Spring. Is. Here.   Hooray!   In my neck of the woods, it is an exciting time to see old man winter finally leave and to see all the beautiful colors finally coming to life with the new beginnings that spring brings. I eagerly wake up each day wondering if today will be the day that my cherry trees are going to bloom this season, and it brings me such great joy when I finally see the “sea of pink” outside my front door. I. Love. Spring. I love it!

 

As we move into fair weather and appreciate the outdoor beauty that unfolds, Unconditionally Her will be right there with you to celebrate the goodness that spring brings.  Food, fun, and inspiration are always in order and we’ll have plenty of it coming your way including new several amazing Untold feature stories!     We will also hear some special news about an upcoming partnership.  It is time to BLOOM and Unconditionally Her is going to do it this month!

 

With the new beginnings of spring, it is a good time to talk about health.  It is always the right time for good health and April is no exception.  April marks National Minority Health Month and this year’s theme is #VaccineReady. The focus will be to empower communities to educate themselves about the COVID-19 vaccines to get the facts, share accurate information, participate in clinical trials, get vaccinated, and practice COVID-19 safety measures. While we all want to put the pandemic behind us, we need to be diligent. Look for a special feature this month about being vaccine ready and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health’s Minority Health Month efforts.  April also celebrates public health with April 5-11 marked for National Public Health Week.  That means a lot to this editor-in-chief as a long-standing public health professional.  There has never been a better time to celebrate the importance of public health – as a profession and as people caring about the health of our neighbors and communities – than in 2021.  And of course, we cannot forget World Health Day on April 7th. Let’s give health the importance it deserves this month!

 

I’ll close with a favorite spring quote.  “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” Happy Spring Everyone!

 

Be Encouraged, Be Empowered, Be Inspired – Be Unconditionally YOU!

 

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Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.

While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.