What Were Your 
New Year's Resolutions?

Did you make any resolutions for the New Year? Improving one’s health and fitness are at the top of many people’s lists, and in this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, we address the various ways our neighbors and friends are tackling those resolutions. In one story, you’ll find out what various community leaders are planning in 2017 to boost their overall health and fitness levels. Another story shows how two area fitness centers are motivating people, young and old, to get physically fit in ways that are fun and dynamic.

Our Hot Spot column this month features an exciting new restaurant and bar on Norman’s historic Campus Corner. Volare (pronounced like the song of the same title memorably sung by Dean Martin), is located where Toto’s stood for many years. Volare offers Neapolitan pizza, handcrafted in the true Italian tradition and baked inside a brick oven, as well as an assortment of tasty appetizers and entrees. The beautifully appointed, four-story restaurant (the second and third floors house offices) features a rooftop bar area with a fantastic view of Campus Corner and beyond.

Our Hometown Hero this month is an Air Force staff sergeant who in 1996 was awarded the Airman’s Medal, a distinguished military decoration awarded for heroic action and voluntary risk of life to save others, for his life-saving efforts following the Khobar Tower bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 airmen and injured 350 others. He continues to help fellow veterans through service at the Dale K. Graham Veteran’s Corner.

Also in this issue, you’ll learn about a worthy nonprofit, the Food for Thought Learning Institute. The United Way partner agency offers cooking classes and food-safety preparedness lessons to some of the most vulnerable members of the community, and teaches them how to make the best use of items found in the kitchen.

Also in this issue, we shine the spotlight on a cleaning service that “gets it right–the first time,” and much more.

It’s hard to believe, but with this issue, Cleveland County Lifestyle celebrates its first full year of publication. It’s been an educational, fun and fulfilling journey thus far. Publisher Jimmy Darden and I wish to express our profound thanks to you, our dear readers and valued advertisers, for joining us on this journey, and hope you will continue with us in the ensuing months and years.