Never before has an issue of Health & Home been produced and delivered in such a strange and scary time. As we go to print, we're just days into Washington state's "stay home, stay healthy" order, issued by Gov. Jay Inslee to deal with the spread of the coronavirus. I can't help but wonder what type of world our little issue will encounter as April turns into May.
As we've worked — mostly remotely in the last few weeks — it could sometimes seem surreal to be covering anything but the virus that has upended our lives. But as we assembled the issue, our hope was that it might offer the opportunity to relax and reflect, with stories and images to brighten your day.
It's actually just a coincidence that Daniel Walters' story on the "gamification" of health — featuring video games that make at-home exercise so enjoyable you hardly know you're working out — arrives at a time when all the gyms are closed. And Chey Scott's story on outdoor living offers promising glimpses of the summer we know is coming.
Just before the era of social distancing, Carrie Scozzaro was lucky enough to spend some time with Jill Ann Smith, an exceptionally versatile artist and businesswoman who also happens to have a passion for helping others. That's just the sort of energy and optimism that we'll all need to tap into over the next few months.
To your health!