When Brad Gruno, founder of Brad’s Raw Foods, decided to adopt a raw food diet six years ago, he started seeing great benefits right away. This type of diet consists of consuming mainly uncooked, unprocessed, organic fruits, raw vegetables and nuts.

Gruno explains that he lost 40 pounds in the first three months, felt better, healthier, had more energy and his complexion cleared. Though he was sold on his new diet, he missed the familiar crunch of chips and other similar snacks.

The world has advanced so quickly that even the monks at Indiana’s Saint Meinrad Archabbey haven’t been able to ignore it. The Benedictine monastery has served the Catholic Church and society through its graduate-level school of theology for lay and priesthood students since 1854.

Since 1867, it has supported this mission through Abbey Press – a diversified company that prints literature and crafts products devoted to the values of its owners, such as faith, friends and family. That message has not changed; its delivery, however, has adjusted as the world has evolved.

“When someone finds out I’m with The ICEE Company, I’ll hear about how they take their kids to Target on the weekend and everybody gets an ICEE,” Fachner explains. “Or [they’ll tell me], ‘I remember when my dad took me to the local convenience store and ICEE was our treat for the weekend.’”

Aging gracefully used to mean letting Mother Nature, genetics and lifestyle dictate how our bodies changed over time. But that approach is quickly becoming obsolete, giving way to a new attitude on aging that has people working hard to look and feel young as long as possible. For the age fighters, there has never been a time with more advances.

The top executive at The Hartley Co. credits its more than 140 years of success in business to one factor. “First and foremost, I think we’ve had a long line of leaders that have maintained a high level of integrity throughout our years of business, and that’s what’s kept us in good relations with vendors and suppliers,” President Doug Hartley says. “Integrity is the most important thing to us; we’ve made it this long being honest, having integrity and doing what we say we’re going to do.”

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