Publishers Letter

Is there an app for pneumonia?

Written by Kendra Akers

My six children have grown up in a vastly different world than the one I did. 

In my day, if I wanted to reach a friend, I had to make a phone call, and if my friend wasn’t home, I had to patiently wait for her to call back. Conversely, my children have always had instant access to friends via text messaging and email, as well as media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

If I was assigned a research paper, I had to visit the school library and comb through various books and encyclopedias. For my children, search engines like Google and Yahoo provide them instant information right at their fingertips. 

That has produced a desire for instant results, and we already are seeing millennials change how the world works. Health care is no exception. 

One of our feature stories this month delves into the expectations millennials have for the health-care industry. They want increased technical innovation, faster delivery of care, same-day appointments, competitive pricing, and a shift toward consumer-oriented services. I think we’ll be seeing a big swing in the way medical care is delivered in the future. 

I’m really excited about this issue because it features some other interesting topics. You can learn about the effects of cannabis on your brain, teen suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide, and whether homeopathy is effective. You’ll also read about a heroic war veteran who ultimately fulfilled a promise to God that he made while spending 15 grueling days behind enemy lines.  

I hope everybody has a healthy and happy April. 

God bless,


About the author

Kendra Akers

Kendra Akers is a lifelong resident of Lake County. She and husband, Doug, have five children, Michael, 23, Matthew, 21, Aubrey, 17, Shaena, 17 and Brooke, 15. She has been in the publishing industry since 1999, beginning her career as a marketing representative for a local newspaper. Since then, Kendra has worked at various publications and was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of becoming a magazine publisher with her launch of Healthy Living Magazine in 2008. She then launched her second publication, VLIFE, in 2009 and purchased Lake and Sumter STYLE Magazine in 2010. She is proud to report her publications, published by Akers Media Group, have been recognized in numerous categories for “Publishing Excellence.” The most recent accomplishment was when Healthy Living Magazine was voted “Best Overall Magazine” by the Florida Magazine Association for the fourth year in a row! In her spare time, she enjoys most sports and likes to spend her free time offshore fishing near Crystal River, Florida.

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