Publishers Letter

Perhaps it is a guy thing

Written by Kendra Akers

I never will understand why the men in my life rarely discuss their health.

We might worry privately about my father, who experiences shortness of breath a little too often and has a difficult time just walking from his house to his car. And we might take some notice of my brother’s new healthy diet and sudden weight loss. But we wouldn’t ever discuss it with them directly. It simply is not done.

Perhaps this is a “guy thing,” to never admit weakness or share about their several visits to the doctor recently. Because that would mean something is wrong. And even admitting something is wrong would mean they actually aren’t equipped with Superman powers.

But more and more, I realize it’s crucial to discuss health issues with the men who are most important in your life.

Not long ago, our Akers Media family was blindsided by the news that one of our beloved team members suffered a stroke. It came out of nowhere and was a complete shock to everyone because this person had always appeared to be extremely healthy.

All of this goes to show that you never should take good health for granted. Even if everything seems normal, a routine checkup or round of tests recommended by your doctor may reveal things you never knew were there.

If you are one of the lucky people with impeccable health, know that you are blessed and do everything you can to maintain optimal health. Many people do not have that luxury and would give all their personal wealth and belongings just to feel good again.

I leave you with a quote from A.J. Reb Materi: “So many people spend their health on wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”

I hope you enjoy this month’s issue. As always, please feel to provide feedback or comments via Facebook or email me directly at

Stay healthy,

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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