August Calendar

Calendar Girl Is it saying you're coming down with a cold and need to rest or that you're under stress and you should change a situation in your life? Is it telling you to exercise? Or asking you to see your health care practitioner about a nagging issue? Listen! Your health may depend on it.

in its myriad facets. Life is a feast. Appreciate the smorgasbord of memories and experiences that are uniquely yours. Enjoy your banquet of family members, friends and colleagues. View each day as a series of appetizers, entrées and desserts to look forward to.

Calendar Veggies Beet greens, chard, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens and watercress are all good sources of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, calcium and iron — vitamins and minerals which research shows help lower risk of cancer, heart attack and birth defects.

on multivitamin/multimineral supplement. Keep echinacea and zinc lozenges on hand to ward off summer colds; acidophilus for yeast infections and traveler's diarrhea; aloe and calendula for wound and burn healing; and passionflower; valerian and chamomile for insomnia.

Calender girl with ponytail Being flexible is a healthy state of mind. If you feel emotionally bogged down, try exercise and meditation. Also, take calcium/magnesium to help lift your spirits, B-complex vitamins to calm your nerves, chromium to balance blood sugar, and St. John's wort or SAM-e to elevate your mood. for more recycling information.

House According to the ancient art of feng shui, you are your home. Make your dwelling a sanctuary by surrounding yourself with your favorite colors, plants, art and music. Buy a small desktop fountain, burn aromatic candles, install a fish tank or hang wind chimes.

— Deborahann Smith

Illustrations by: Mary Lynn Blasutta