Publishers Letter

You did this.

kendraIt is with great pleasure and excitement that I introduce you to Healthy Living’s first annual Top 20 Most Influential People in Health and Wellness. When we do these types of features, we always receive emails or phone calls asking, “How did you select these individuals?” This month the answer is easy, we didn’t—you did.

In June, we published a call for nominations and asked our readers to visit our website to select individuals who inspired them. It could be your doctor, fitness trainer, nutritionist, or any person who has influenced you or others to live a healthy well-balanced lifestyle. It appears there are many people in our community who are inspiring to others because we received hundreds of nominations. Therefore, we narrowed the field by selecting the top 20 people who received the most nominations.

The next step was to have readers vote on who they thought was the most influential person, and offer that person the opportunity to be featured on the cover to represent the top 20. Our voting methodology was to post the top 20 on our Facebook page and have our followers “like” the person they felt was the best. Again, we received a tremendous response. The results are in, and I gladly present to you the best of the best in the field of Health and Wellness, congratulations to you all. And, a special congratulations goes to Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, for your overwhelming influence on our community.

If you missed the opportunity to nominate and vote for your favorite, please stop what you are doing, go to our Facebook page and “LIKE” our page. We offer many additional opportunities through our website and our social media pages for our readers to get involved in our editorial. Healthy Living is a magazine for our community and you.

Thank you to all of our readers who participated. We could not have done this without you.






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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