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To hold up. To keep up. To supply. To support. To nourish.

This year the focus is on sustainability, of our environment and ourselves, because our need to protect the planet and our personal health has never been greater.

We call it personal and environmental sustainability at WebMD. My biggest kick these days is accomplishing both at the same time.

"That's nice, honey," says my Danish-born mother, who has had her own personal macramé grocery shopping bag (biodegradable, should she ever discard it) since she was a child in Denmark. "Those are some big words for simply being practical."

I adore the European sensibility on these types of issues. I have always valued my mother's distaste for excess anything -- waste, weight, words, stress. Oh, how I aspire to achieve reduction in all of those categories.

So, how can one go green? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whom we first loved as Elaine on Seinfeld and now in The New Adventures of Old Christine, is passionate about the topic and offers up her own tips on living green and how she personally sustains her family, career, and home.

And watch for our new interactive Health eHome launching soon at WebMD.com. You'll tour a home room by room and learn from leading experts about ways to avoid potential toxins and irritants that could be harming you and the earth.

Another way to enhance your health is by nourishing yourself. Everyone is talking about how finding and preparing good, healthy food -- and truly enjoying eating -- is the key to a slimmer waistline and a healthier lifestyle. Be sure to see how Take Home Chef's Curtis Stone shares his personal outlook on eating and living well in this issue.

To help you do something easy for your own eating pleasure, we are proud to introduce our new Healthy Eating & Diet Center on WebMD.com. You'll find 11 "power" tools -- together for the first time -- ready and waiting for you, such as a personal Food & Fitness Planner, Portion-Size Helper, and Food-O-Meter, with calorie and nutrition information for thousands of foods, right at your fingertips.

The new center is the result of years spent with renowned weight-loss professionals who worked with us to create easy, motivating, fun, and fast digital resources that will encourage anyone and everyone to feel and look better. If you have 10 minutes -- or even just one -- you'll learn something about yourself that will get you on a healthier food and fitness track today.

Have a happy and healthy February. This year, keep your focus on your personal sustainability. You'll be better off, and so will the planet.

Nan-Kirsen Forte

Nan-Kirsten Forte, MS
Editor in Chief, WebMD the Magazine

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