Publishers Letter

It’s not just shocking, it’s scary!

Written by Kendra Akers


Typically, each June we focus on issues pertaining to men’s health. However, an issue came to light that I felt we needed to share with our readers. Recent studies show that men are in a state of decline in their mental, spiritual, physical, and financial health. For example, did you know there are more women than men who graduate from high school, have more advanced degrees, and make more money? Did you know women have more driver’s licenses than men?

It’s been proved that men commit more crimes, are more likely to become addicted to an illegal substance and have a much higher suicide rate than woman.

I was certainly shocked when I heard these statistics, mainly because media coverage focuses on how women struggle and make less money, and so on. I am sure you’ve heard all the reports. That is why I felt it necessary to share our findings with you in this month’s issue of Healthy Living.

While at my daughter’s college graduation this year, I saw firsthand the number of female graduates compared to the number of male graduates. There were 10 females to every male receiving a bachelor’s degrees. There is something happening with our guys.

If this is news to you, I invite you to read our feature story titled, “The Decline of Men.” The results from our research are shocking, and scary to say the least.

I think it is time to shift the conversation away from the women marching and the struggles women face and take a deeper look at what is happening with men. Cater to our sons, who appear to not be as needy as our daughters and realize they may not be as eager to express their feelings and share their challenges, but they are most certainly having them.

Let’s not make our men feel less masculine because they may be dealing with emotional issues. Instead, let’s be a soft place to land, and let them know we are here to help and here to listen.

We must start somewhere.

Until next month,




Kendra Akers\


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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