LOCAL Houston | The City Guide April 2017 - Page 4

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Whenever there’s a new ranking of the healthiest cities in America, Houston never seems to fare well. According to these polls (alternative facts?), Houstonians are overweight, spend too much time in our cars, don’t exercise and eat way too much (which dovetails nicely with our position as a top food city in America). I don’t know about you, but from my experience, we’re a pretty healthy popu- lace. Every day, many thousands of runners, walkers and bikers take advantage of our excellent park system, which links bayous, greenbelts and recreational facil- ities throughout our 627-square-mile metropolis. Every morning and evening, our gyms, cycling and yoga studios and Pilates classes are filled with the young and young at heart — and there seems to be a new facility opening every other day. Take a look at a recent arrival — 9 Round Boxing — which we profile in these pages. Because this is the annual Health and Wellness Issue. We cast our net far and wide to bring you stories that might not be expected — from Chef Ryan Pera, who pays his employees to be healthy, to the folk magic prescriptions of Stanley Drug Store, the last remaining hoodoo pharmacy in Texas. You’ll ride along with Houston City Controller Chris Brown as he bikes to his favorite places around the city, and learn the value of meditation skills for our local schoolchildren. Health and wellness can be defined in many ways, and I think our writers and photographers have done an oustanding job of bringing their angles on the subject to you. Get outside and exercise and enjoy the city while the weather is still tolerable. Be well. P.S. I'd also like to extend a warm welcome to Texas Monthly, our new neighbor in the Sawyer Yards complex. There's nothing I like better than a “healthy“ publishing market! Tim Moloney editor-in-chief BEHIND THE COVER What lurks inside the last hoodoo drugstore in Texas? Natural folk magic and remedies that are hundreds of years old, along with custom prescriptions for what ails you in the love, money or career department. Stanley Drugstore graciously let Collin Kelly and me inside to explore and learn about this vital link to centuries of Southern folklore and spirituality. -- T.M. 4 L O C AL | april 17