From The Editor

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With the end of summer comes that lagging summer feeling – the heat and humidity seems never-ending; vacations have been planned and taken; students face another school year; diets and healthy eating practices for “swimsuit” season have come and gone. The summertime blahs.

And yet, we can flip that script and take a refreshed look at the end of summer. It’s the perfect time to beat the heat with seasonal, fresh foods from the local farmers market. When else can you get the best sweet corn, berries and tomatoes? You don’t need an excuse to indulge in frozen beverages while listening to music from live local neighborhood players from your front porch. It’s ok to take things a bit slower, to stay cool and made in the shade.

Fall lies just ahead of us. Although the weather may stay hot for a while longer, the light is at the end of this long, humid tunnel with the (relatively) cooler months just a few weeks away. And with those cooler months comes festival season – and boy do we have a well-deserved, jam-packed doozy of a fall festival season this year (something we all can daydream about while by the pool).

This month we focus on staying healthy and avoiding that late summer rut. We champion the top doctors in our region, with the best of the best highlighted in a wide variety of specialties. We profile Dr. Belinda Sartor, a specialist at The Fertility Institute of New Orleans to discuss the COVID-19 baby bust or boom, the latest in IVF and what inspires her practice. We also take a look at the important issue of food inequalities in the city, and efforts being made to provide healthy food to everyone in our community.

From our monthly calendar of events, our style guide with fashionable ways to beat the heat, island getaways near and far, and so much more, this issue will certainly become an essential tool in managing these dog days of summer.

So, hang in there! Grab a refreshing cold drink and enjoy our August issue. Fall is right around the corner.

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