Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Simple things

You just can’t overstate the value of a few simple things this time of year. Fresh air, friendship, a little exercise, and a few indulgences alongside healthful foods — does anyone need much more?

In Healthy Living on Sunday, Dr. Patrick Neustatter shares the virtues of his family’s day-after-Christmas walking tradition — and encourages readers to create their own. His tradition involves so much of what I value — and in fact, it incorporates the best of what many medical professionals recommend all year round: getting up off your butt and exercising, but also, nurturing your relationships and striking a balance between healthful foods and treats.

I’ve participated in the Winter Walk in years past and plan to be there again this Sunday, shaking off my pie-induced lethargy and tuning in to the beauty of the woods surrounding Dr. Neustatter’s home. In a column not long ago, Dr. Maha Alattar, a local neurologist, wrote about the spirituality of time in nature, and how it can nurture the brain in ways that reduce stress. 

Sounds good to me.

Here’s hoping your holidays include a tradition as energizing and heart-warming as Dr. Neustatter’s Winter Walk.