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About once a month, a group of us get together and map out a 10-mile walk.

Since the average person will burn between 80 to 140 calories per mile (or roughly 1,000 calories in 10 miles), we reward ourselves afterwards with a leisurely lunch paired with wine. This month, we decided to explore Sea Pines. Our course was canopied by oak trees swathed with Spanish moss, lined with iconic and historic Hilton Head hot spots and included a beautiful beach section. Here’s how you, too, can do it:

Meditation can be so simple, it can seem complicated. Busy minds often hear the word “meditation” and immediately think, “I could never just sit there and do nothing.” And yet, meditation is one of the most beneficial and inexpensive things you can do to improve your health. The key is knowing which method works best for you.

After his father committed suicide three years ago, now 12-year-old Blake Lutz wrote, “He always loved me and I always loved him. … I’ll never understand why he did what he did, and I never will. …

“When you're dead, you never can tell the people that you love that you miss them. … Make sure that you tell people who are close to you that you love them because you never know if you might see them again.”

BEHIND THE MYSTIQUE OF HILTON HEAD HEALTH

For years, decades even, Hilton Head Health seemed to exist behind a veil of secrecy for locals. It endured on the fringes of our community conscience, the setting for the latest celebrity sighting rumor mill. This starlet was here to dry out after a bender. That movie star was here to shed a few pounds.

“Life is short. Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably and never regret anything that made you smile.”

That anonymous quote is everything you need to know about how to live life to the fullest in 2016.

However, a little outside help doesn’t hurt. This year, instead of trying to do everything yourself, turn to the experts. From dentists, masseuses, personal trainers, plastic surgeons and more, the pros can provide you with services to make you look and feel your very best.

A look back at how Hilton Head became a world-class destination for indulgence

Hilton Head Island had many amenities that helped it reach and maintain its world-class vacation destination status back in 1993. Wide pristine beaches, top-ranked golf courses and tennis facilities, award-winning restaurants, three-and-four star luxury hotels, wildlife and forest preserves, water adventures and bike trails.

You better watch out, you better not ask why but it’s time to get honest about this jolly old guy. Santa Claus is one of the most beloved and recognized figures in the world. Also well-known are his sometimes unhealthy habits and lifestyle – like his weight. Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way. Hilton Head Hospital has health advice for you so you won’t need sick pay: 

BEFORE MAKING THE COMMITMENT, GET TO KNOW YOUR HOSPICE CARE.

Families sometimes don’t recognize that they can choose among hospices. Why is this so important?

The U.S. hospice industry has changed dramatically in the past two decades because of the growth of for-profit hospices. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports 66 percent of hospices held for-profit status in 2013, an increase of 15 percent from the 51 percent reported in 2011. 

After Jeffrey Newton’s tragic death, Audi of Hilton Head gives back in his honor.

As he did every morning, 30-year-old Jeffrey Newton arrived at Audi Hilton Head on Aug. 26 and said “hello” to everyone in the dealership. An hour later, he fell to the showroom floor and began to seize. His colleagues called 911. The paramedics arrived just a few minutes later, but Newton was taking his last breath. 

Veteran ZacharyPSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOGS HELPING VETERANS WITH PTSD

Psychiatric service dogs can be powerful allies for recent veterans recovering from the traumatic effects of war.

“There isn't enough medicine in the world to make myself or other veterans feel as safe as we do with our four-legged battle buddies,” said veteran Zachary Pennington, who served in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and is recovering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “Sometimes human beings can't heal what dogs can.”