Cheers to your health

by Donna Lewis Donna Lewis May 2016 Also on Digital Edition

On my birthday last month, an acquaintance casually asked, “What's your birthday wish? What do you wish for?” Well, since I wasn't blowing out my candles and didn't have to risk jinxing it, I unflappably told him, “Health and happiness!” To which he replied, “Oh, that's boring!” Well, I have to say, I've never been called boring—quite the opposite in fact. However, it's true—without your health, you have nothing, and certainly not happiness. The two are intrinsically connected. As Leigh Hunt once said, “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” Since wisdom does come with age, I have to agree.

That's why every May/June, we bring you the annual health care issue, so you can make informed and intelligent decisions about your health, and the health of your family and friends. Studies show magazine readers are the most informed and proactive about their health and diligently research the myriad options available. (Especially our readers because they are extraordinarily intelligent and savvy!) Our local readers know they have the best quality health care right here in their own backyard, and in “Top Docs,” our partial list of local doctors titled from medical research company Castle Connolly Inc., we help you navigate choices with a vetted grouping of top practitioners in different specialties.

You don't have to be a local to benefit from South Florida's stellar medical services. Patients from all over the country, and world even, are coming to sunny South Florida to reap the benefits of our medical amenities, and bring lots of cash with them ($6 billion according to the latest figure). Given our top-notch practitioners, first-class hospitals and state-of-the-art biotech facilities, coupled with our enviable weather, natural resources and outstanding cultural attractions, who can blame them for traveling to get superlative care? They can obtain unrivaled treatment and recover in style and luxury! Check out “Medical Tourism: Worth the Trip” on page 58 for insight into this competitive, non-traditional tourism industry that has South Florida as its epicenter.

Unrivaled health care isn't the only draw to South Florida, shopping ranks pretty high on the list as well! In our “Spring Gift Guide,” you'll find ideas for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Graduation, that summer vacation or for that budding chef. Spring has sprung so as you enjoy longer, lazier days, ponder what you can do to make improvements to your own health—your older (wiser) self will thank you. (And, you'll be able to make more birthday wishes!