Summer’s almost gone, and school is just around the corner. Dreading those inevitable school germs? Our feature on back-to-school immunity boosters will give you the lowdown on cleanliness habits, immunizations and techniques to help your kids ward off nasty bugs all year long. Ever spent an afternoon baking and whipping up a fancy meal? No? Meet several local kids who want to turn cooking into a career. They include their own recipes, too—so maybe an afternoon culinary pursuit is in your near future, after all. If you have time for one more getaway this summer, a trip to the Smoky Mountains might be just what you need. Read all about what you can do and see in our travel feature. Now, about that back pain: We have a whole feature about spinal health, treatments and what to do next. And for all your health care needs, we cover the merger of Mountain States and Wellmont hospitals—all to bring you better care. Here’s to adventure, yummy cupcakes, healthy kids and a healthy you.