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January/February 2017


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Fighting Fires through Diet I have had the great fortune to be able to portray a plethora of characters during my five years of writing the opening editorial letter for this publication. Whether I’m a beekeeper, roller derby ace, Pilates instructor or bodybuilder whose pectorals are abnormally inflated due to an infusion of supplements, the challenge of finding the next “Phil character” can be daunting. As our editorial team discussed the different stories for this issue, a number of options were introduced. With great fanfare from our team, the decision was unanimous. “Phil, we want you to be a firefighter. And we want you to be seen holding an ax.” Little did I realize, this assignment would initiate a collection of thoughts regarding my perception of the physical conditioning needed by firefighters to be able to perform their job on a daily basis. It all began when I stopped by our Plain Township Fire Department to retrieve my gear. It required two of us to haul my wardrobe for the photo shoot, all 60 lbs. including boots, helmet, coat and pants. And that did not include the ax. After arriving at the photo studio, I dressed in my firefighter gear, prepared to take the 10-step walk over to the spot where Wes, our photographer, would provide instructions signaling where to stand before he would begin initiating the many clicks on his camera that would capture my numerous poses – except for one minor detail. Walking only 10 feet in firefighter gear at my normal speed was slower than that of the pace of a snail on opioids. So it dawned on me. Firefighters need to be almost in superhuman physical condition to perform their tasks. And one of the most important factors that influences physical well-being is following sound nutritional practices. I hope you read Debbie Rigaud’s piece about what Healthy New Albany is doing to promote healthful eating among the outstanding firefighters in our community. Following a healthful diet helps our firefighters keep you and me safe. Healthfully,

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my story

By Rosalie Ungar

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In a Heartbeat

Living with atrial fibrillation isn’t a breeze, but Rosalie Ungar doesn’t skip a beat

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can’t believe it. This year, I will turn 80 years old. What’s more unbelievable to me is that I feel better mentally and physically than I have in more than 15 years. Is aging gracefully working for me? Yes and no. I strive to thrive and survive. It takes energy and attitude, neither of which happens without effort. Atrial fibrillation has been with me for 35 years. More than 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from AFib. Projections show that, by the year 2030, more than 12 million will have it. A heart attack woke me up. Discomfort from AFib was getting in my way. The only relief was the blood thinner warfarin and an antiarrhythmia drug that worked about 90 percent of the time. The other 10 percent was a doozy. Seventeen years ago, I had a heart attack while giving a speech to 25 people about heart-healthy foods. It happened in Omaha, Neb., while I was working as a regional sales manager for a food manufacturer. Imagine my horror when I felt a wrecking ball hitting my chest – from the inside. I knew exactly what was happening. At the hospital, I was told by the doctors that tests revealed this was not my first heart attack. The question: Did I know it? I recalled some strong mid-chest discomfort a month prior. I was on a plane at the time and dismissed the pain as part of the AFib I had been suffering from for the past 20 years. It wasn’t the AFib. I was told they weren’t related. At the hospital’s ICU in Omaha, cardiologists did tests and a heart catheterization, and four days later I came back to Columbus with a DVD and a file of documents for my cardiologist at the The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.


Being no stranger to health issues since age 15, I had developed the attitude: “Okay, something else is in my way. Let the doctor fix that one, too.” I knew nothing and relied on doctors for everything, not even questioning them. I took no part in my own health. Between 1998 and 2003, I had five surgeries. I had to do something, take charge of my body. I knew to be able to do this, I needed to partner with my doctors and, from now on, be part of the cure. Though none of my health problems are cured, they’re managed through medications, procedures and ongoing visits with electrophysiologists, cardiologist, endocrinologists and pharmacologists. But most of all, diet and exercise make up my primary regimen. Doctors at the OSU Wexner Medical Center and Ross Heart Hospital say that I have reversed all heart

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damage caused by my heart attacks. I am told this is unusual. I chalk it up to diet, exercise, atRosalie Ungar’s doctors tell her that it’s extraordinary to have reversed the titude and partnering heart damage caused by heart attacks. She tells them it’s all thanks to diet, with my doctors. exercise and attitude. I have learned that knowing your how and when to take them, and their body and what you put into it is key. Ask side effects. questions, especially if you don’t underMy recent memoir, In a Heartbeat: stand the answers. Learn about your The Ups and Downs of Life with Atrial medications, why you are taking them, Fib, tells my story from a patient’s point

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Long Road to Recovery

Former U.S. representative makes fighting addiction his top priority


ight now, addiction is a hot-button topic – and for good reason. Increasingly, we hear of drugs such as heroin and benzodiazepines, or benzos, like Xanax, valium and Klonopin entering the community; drugs that weren’t prevalent just 15 to 20 years ago. These statistics do not discriminate, and even people within upper-class communities are not immune. That includes former Congressman, current brain disease advocate and upcoming Jefferson Series speaker Patrick J. Kennedy, nephew of President John F. Kennedy. According to the National Institutes of Health, all categories of drugs have seen an increase in overdose deaths since 1999. Between 1999 and 2014, cocaine saw a 42 percent increase in overdose deaths, and that’s the smallest increase. Prescription drugs saw a 242 percent increase in overdose deaths. Heroin saw a 439 percent increase, from nearly 2,000 deaths in 1999 to more than 10,500 in 2014. Benzos saw an even larger increase at 600 percent, from 1,135 deaths to nearly 8,000.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2,744 people in 2014 in Ohio alone died of a drug overdose, making Ohio second only to California as the state with the highest number of deaths by drug overdose. Often, addiction ends in tragedy, and Kennedy – a U.S. representative from Rhode Island from 1995 to 2011 – considers himself lucky that his ended with recovery. Kennedy’s addiction began when he was just 12 years old. He says he didn’t understand his emotions, and self-medicated in order to cope. In an episode of The Axe Files earlier this year, Kennedy told host David Axelrod that he used all types of drugs to fuel his addiction. OxyContin was his drug of choice, but he also used alcohol, stimulants, cocaine and others. During the show, he spoke of his legal problems stemming from his addiction, including being arrested in Los Angeles, once by the Coast Guard and even by U.S. Capitol police when he crashed his car into a barrier on Capitol Hill under the influence of drugs, including alcohol.

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However, like many struggling with addiction, Kennedy wasn’t ready to admit it was a problem, even when his family members were, causing a rift. “Family members have to remember that no one wants to be addicted and no one chooses depression or other mental illness,” says Kennedy. “We don’t wake up and say, ‘How can I push away everyone who cares about me?’” Kennedy says his breaking point, which helped kick-start his journey toward recovery, was during the last year of his father’s life. “I saw him surrounded by people who truly loved him,” says Kennedy. He realized that he desired the family structure that his father had made, inspiring Kennedy to seek treatment. Kennedy’s father, Ted Kennedy, died in August 2009. Ted Kennedy served as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years. Patrick Kennedy retired from Congress at the end of his term in order to dedicate himself to sobriety. Kennedy still struggled, but managed to get and stay sober on Feb. 22, 2011 – his father’s birthday. He has now been in recovery for over five years, and has hit some significant milestones in that time, including marriage to his wife, Amy Savell, and the birth of his three children. “Maybe I’m a late bloomer and didn’t meet the love of my life until I was 43 years old, but I’m making up for lost time,” says Kennedy. “My children also give me a sense of purpose.”

National Behavioral Health Platform: A Nonpartisan Approach to Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders Via The Kennedy Forum • Every medical examination must include a behavioral health evaluation followed by an aggressive plan of early diagnosis and intervention, when appropriate • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should establish a broad mental health surveillance system • Congress should pass a one-time, five-year tripling of the budgets of the National Institutes of Health that cover the brain • The Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor and state regulatory agencies must fully implement the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act • We must increase the number of inpatient beds by amending the IMD exclusion and increase the number of behavioral health providers through training grant fellowships and incentive payments • Records for mental health and substance use disorder treatment must be integrated into electronic health-record systems so providers have the information needed to treat the whole person – while still protecting patient privacy • We must make an impact on the nation’s rising suicide rates by adopting evidence-based programs, like ZeroSuicide, nationwide • Every county should implement a system of diverting individuals with serious mental illnesses or co-occurring substance use disorders into communitybased treatment instead of jail • We must implement outcomes-driven collaborative care programs in every care setting • Mental wellness programs should be required in all public and private schools • All American employers should examine and improve their health insurance and employee assistance programs’ coverage of mental illnesses and substance use disorders • We must increase access to evidence-based care for substance use disorders by requiring insurers to cover a comprehensive range of treatments, including medication-assisted treatment 13

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“I know how lucky I am, but you shouldn’t have to be a former Congressman or come from a famous family to get care,” says Kennedy. “The recovery I have, I want that for everyone. Everyone deserves to live a life of love, joy and contribution.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at gbishop@


other brain diseases,” says Kennedy. “The bottom line is that everyone who needs treatment gets it. No exceptions.” And, as always, Kennedy advocates for those struggling with addiction to overcome, and says it may be hard, but it can be done. Kennedy himself is living proof.

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Patrick Kennedy shares his wellness habits 1. Are there any foods you avoid or emphasize? Many of the foods people started eating to improve their heart health also promote brain health. I’m a big fan of the Mediterranean Diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, lots of salmon and other foods that have Omega-3s. Berries of any kind – strawberries, blueberries – are great for a number of reasons, including support for brain health. 2. What are your favorite ways to stay active?


I’m a runner. In fact, if I miss a day, I can feel the stress building. It’s a must-have. 3. What do you do to relax? Like everyone else, time with my family recharges my battery. We still love to sail and spend time at the beach. 4. How do you incorporate wellness into family time with young children? My kids are still at the age where their energy is boundless. I stay in shape

by trying to keep up with them! We talk about everything – what it takes to stay healthy, why diet and exercise are important. I think if you model good habits, your kids will grow up with those habits. 5. In what ways do you stay active during busy travel periods? Fortunately, running takes no equipment, except a good pair sneakers. I’m lucky I can run anywhere, even when traveling.

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In addition to his family, Kennedy has hit the ground running in his work to fight addiction and lobby for mental health reform and awareness. He and the Kennedy Forum created a National Behavioral Health Platform, which highlights 12 steps to take on the path to understanding and changing mental health legislation for the better. Kennedy will explore these topics during his Feb. 1 appearance on the Jefferson Series at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. The National Behavioral Health Platform follows the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. The Parity Act, aimed to equalize the playing field between medical and surgical benefits and mental health benefits in terms of health care. The act was signed into law by President George W. Bush, and was amended in the Affordable Care Act. Right now, Kennedy says he is devoting his life to ensuring the Parity Act is enforced. “To me, there is nothing more important than ending discrimination against people with mental illness, addiction and

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on the path

by Hailey Stangebye

Dr. Sabgir walks with patients during Walk with a Doc.

Walking Fever In New Albany, being mindful of health and fitness is a given. Surrounded by bike paths in a community that constantly promotes wellness, it’s hard not to be inspired. New Albany businesses won’t be left in the dust, encouraging fitness in a way that stimulates friendly competition and fun. “If you can get 7,500 steps in a day, you’re really doing yourself miraculous health benefits that are vastly underappreciated in the public,” says Dr. David Sabgir, cardiologist and CEO of Walk with a Doc, a national organization that gets patients out and walking with their physician in an 16

effort to be more transparent and proactive about fitness. For many, reaching those 7,500 steps seems like a daunting task when coupled with a busy work day. Fortunately, progressive companies in New Albany are crafting initiatives to support the health and wellness of their employees. “We have an entire committee dedicated to health and wellness,” says Sara Huelsman, marketing specialist at Knowlton Development Corporation. “We organize several events every month focused around a particular topic, whether it be diabetes awareness or, within that topic, healthy menus that you can do at home.

Then we’ll do some of those menus here at our own cafe and offer those during lunch for our employees.” Each month, KDC works to educate employees on how to better maintain a healthy lifestyle. More than this, though, the company provides resources to its staff. “We’ll organize workout programs. We’ll take a walk around the Beauty Park as a group,” says Huelsman. These simple, collaborative activities are key when it comes to strengthening the corporate community, says Sabgir. “I think the thing that gets lost in the shuffle is the camaraderie and the bonding that occurs. (Exercise) increases

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Daily exercise is an infectious, positive behavior in New Albany corporate life

teamwork,” says Sabgir. “The benefits are really countless as far as increased productivity, increased creativity, increased accountability, increased energy levels. You could go on and on. I’m a strong believer that exercise is the fountain of youth.” KDC isn’t the only local company taking notice of the various benefits to employee health. Abercrombie & Fitch is also known for taking a vested interest in the health of their employees. “We have a gym on our campus, so we encourage associates to take time out of their day, when they can, to go down and use our gym,” says Mackenzie Bruce, public relations for Abercrombie & Fitch. “As part of the gym, we offer different classes throughout the day, and we’ve also started recently partnering with local gyms and fitness groups.” A&F partners with System of Strength and other organizations such as Pure Barre and Native Cold Pressed to provide top-notch wellness programming, says Bruce. Steps taken by companies such as KDC and A&F are comprehensive examples of how local companies promote employee health. But Sabgir stresses that even simple lifestyle changes can have wonderful benefits, and that those changes start with education. One such solution is pedometers. “I love (the pedometer) suggestion,” says Sabgir. “Mount Carmel (Health System) provides our patients with free pedometers to anyone who wants them because it’s a way to really compete with yourself. It doesn’t matter what your neighbors or your friends’ families are doing. It’s personal.” Walking is also Sabgir’s exercise of choice because it’s simple and free. The pedometer simply acts as a tool to help track progress. “That empowerment that you get by seeing that you can walk 7,500 steps a day or better leaks into productivity and overall wellness of the corporation,” says Sabgir. This empowerment helps people to make healthier choices, such as skipping the breakfast doughnut and opting for a healthful option, says Sabgir. Companies such as KDC and A&F have both found that company-wide exercise has numerous benefits. “A healthy employee is a happy one. You’re more inclined to come into work if

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you’re feeling better, as opposed to when you’re not doing your best. That tends to bleed into everything else that you’re doing in your daily life, not just at work,” Huelsman says. “One thing that we hit home at A&F is working together and collaborating. So, not only walking around and getting to see people face to face, but also the classes they offer to us and meeting people down in the gym,” says Bruce. “It’s all another way to interact and meet peoWalk with a Doc also gets patients out and active. ple across the company.” Sabgir hopes that more New Albany companies will begin to create health and wellness initiatives of their own. “As far as physical activity, the majority of my patients feel that they get enough physical activity,” says Sabgir. “A lot of my patients will say things like, ‘I do the laundry twice a week and when I do that, I have to go up and down the stairs two, three, sometimes four times.’ Well that’s great that they’re doing those stairs, but the recommendation is 150 minutes a week or 25 minutes a day of a walk where the heart rate is continuously elevated. Unfortunately, there’s probably less than 5 percent of people that are doing that.” The majority of people fail to meet the recommended levels for exercise, but corporate involvement and education could help enrich life both inside and outside of the office. “We try to make it the best workplace that we can,” says Huelsman. “We try to make it a positive atmosphere, helping the employees progress within their jobs and also their families and personal lives.” Bruce appreciates that the health and wellness services are offered to everyone at A&F. “I think it’s great and I think it’s important that Abercrombie offers health and wellness opportunities to all of us,” says Bruce. Access to resources such as the on-campus gym or meals provided by Bon Appetit create opportunities for personal health and business relations. When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, exercise — especially walking — is a wonderful, perfect untapped resource that can lead to even more healthy choices says Sabgir. “It’s an infectious, positive behavior.” Hailey Stangebye is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Changing Corporate Lives OSU Health and Fitness Center’s worksite wellness program is changing workplace cultures By Amanda DePerro Over at The Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Health and Fitness Center at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, health in the workplace is taking a front seat. Akin to a wedding planner, the OSU Health and Fitness Center’s worksite wellness program aims to take the burden of wellness off the shoulders of the business and offer a complete revamping of the business culture. Melissa Hendricks, director of the program, says it’s unique in that the program isn’t one-size-fits-all. “We definitely tailor everything to meet the needs of the company,” says Hendricks. “We do a lot of employee challenges, whether it’s walking challenges and stress relief, and we can get a sense of engagement within the company, too.” The corporate wellness program began two years ago when the Heit Center opened its doors, but Hendricks says within the past three to four months, it’s really begun to pick up speed. She attributes the success partly to Bob Evans, a company that takes advantage of the corporate wellness program. However, it’s also due to New Albany’s all-encompassing culture of health. “One of New Albany’s goals is to be the healthiest community in the area,” says Hendricks. “This doesn’t just help the employees; it helps their families, it helps their way of life.” John Paro, general manager of the OSU Health and Fitness Center, says the program helps bridge the divide between New Albany employees and residents. “I think New Albany embraces not only their residents, but anyone who works here is part of the community,” Paro says. “For us to impact not just the residents or people who are members here, we’re able to reach out to a greater population and make that change in the population.” The specific programs offered are vast, among them sending specialists to the business once per week, lunch-and-learns, newsletters, and healthful recipes. “I think that people are really loving it and enjoying it, because we don’t make it the standard program,” says Hendricks. “It doesn’t have to be about controlling health care costs; it’s all about engagement and showing your employees that you’re providing for them. It can be for whatever reason they want it to be.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at


Story by Bob Valasek, photos courtesy of M/I Homes

This is the sixth in a series of neighborhood portraits in Healthy New Albany Magazine. The series shows what makes each neighborhood unique while exploring how its residents pursue Healthy New Albany’s ideal for physical and mental health by creating a sense of community and belonging.

Balancing Act Residents of Straits Farm find themselves living in equilibrium


ealthy lifestyles almost always stem from balance. Work/life balance, a balanced diet and the right balance between exercise and rest are all important, but finding a balance in all facets of life is easier said than done. The residents of Straits Farm know something about balance. Many of them chose the relatively new neighborhood because it afforded them opportunities for balance that other New Albany neighborhoods did not. Straits Farm is nestled between Johnstown and New Albany/Reynoldsburg roads, just south of DublinGranville Road. It consists of 51 home sites, the first of which sold in October 2013, and all are built in the Georgian architecture that is now synonymous with New Albany.

Balancing Style Susie Rozanczyk and her husband, Gary, were among the first four families to buy homes in Straits Farm, and their story is typical of many others who have become residents of the neighborhood.

Straits Farm is new, but boasts all the benefits of being located in New Albany.

“My husband and I wanted to downsize. It was important to us to stay in New Albany because we had lived here for 12 years and loved it,” Susie says. This dilemma of downsizing in New Albany, a city not known for smaller home options, is one that many couples are facing. Straits Farm allows them to

live in their community of choice, yet still in the smaller style of home they seek. Straits Farm is also a zero-maintenance community. This means lawn care, landscaping and snow removal from sidewalks and driveways are included in the homeowners’ association fee. 19

Balancing Location “I love Straits because I love walking,” says Susie. The neighborhood’s proximity to the amenities of Market and Main streets plays a significant role in the balance Straits Farm residents seek. Residents can walk to restaurants, to get coffee, to the doctor or the dentist, and for a workout or one of the many activities at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. As with most neighborhoods in New Albany, Straits Farms’ sidewalks connect directly to the blacktop leisure trails, and Susie sees this as not only important for access to all that New Albany has to offer, but also to health. “We can walk from Straits Farm for miles and miles on those paths,” says Susie. “It is wonderful.”

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Similar to the Rozanczyks, Phil and Sheryl Heit moved to Straits Farm from another neighborhood in New Albany, and Phil believes that his beginnings at Straits Farm are similar to other residents’. “Many who came to Straits wanted to downsize from larger homes in New Albany,” says Phil, founder of Healthy New Albany and the New Albany Walking Classic. “As a result, many in the community already knew each other.” Susie sees the existing and new relationships that neighbors form as important reasons for residents’ happiness in Straits Farm. “Since a great deal of staying healthy is also mental health, knowing and talking to our neighbors is very important,” she explains. Though Straits Farm is only three years old, the neighbors have already grown close. There is an email directory

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lot has happened in the two years since the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany opened its doors. Today, more than 2,000 central Ohioans are members of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s (OSUWMC) fitness center inside the Heit Center, with access to child care for a minimal fee. Thousands more see health care professionals from OSUWMC and Nationwide Children’s Hospital on the center’s second floor. And Healthy New Albany, with a mission to create a culture of health throughout the community, offers hundreds of health-oriented programs for all ages and manages 6,000 square feet of community space inside the center. It’s safe to say that a great deal of healthy activity is occurring at the Heit Center – so much that even Heit Center regulars may not realize the full extent of services offered. Fitness center members may not be aware of the health care choices available, and those visiting their doctor or physical therapist may 22

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not notice all the Healthy New Albany community activities and programs occurring around them. “Perhaps the biggest misconception about the Heit Center is that you have to be a fitness center member or

utilize health care services to take part in the Healthy New Albany community programming,” says Phil Heit, founder and executive director of Healthy New Albany. “This center is a place for the entire community – and all ages – to

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learn how to infuse health into all aspects of their daily lives. More people are coming through our doors each month, and we are happy to serve them. You do not need to be a resident of New Albany to participate in any of our programs and activities.” The Heit Center’s warm and inviting atmosphere has created a new place for residents and visitors to relax, whether in front of the fireplace in the indoor lounge or on the outdoor patio. Families rent Heit Center space for celebrations, and businesses and organizations routinely schedule retreats in the community space, which also includes a gourmet demonstration kitchen courtesy of M/I Homes. The Heit Center is a community hub for healthy living in the core of our town. It complements healthy activity already occurring in our community, and Heit Center partners created alliances with our schools and our joint parks district to promote the importance of physical and mental well-being. The Heit Center’s success has driven new foot traffic into our Village Center, which in turn had a vital role in the construction of more than 90,000 square feet of new restaurant,

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retail and service space around it. These are options many New Albany residents desired for years. “These last two years have been fantastic,” says Heit. “All of our Heit Center partners are committed to helping Healthy New Albany obtain our vision of making New Albany the healthiest community in America in a measurable way. Health and wellness is a core value of New Albany, and is ingrained in so much of what goes on inside the Heit Center and throughout the community. For anyone who hasn’t participated in a Healthy New Albany program or visited the Heit Center, I invite you to come by for a personal tour. You will be met by staff who will help you set and reach your personal health goals.” To learn more about the fitness center, health care offerings and Healthy New Albany programming available at the Heit Center, go to Scott McAfee is public information officer for the city of New Albany. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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A Winter Walk

The new Chilly Chili Mile aims to promote heart health and winter activity By Amanda DePerro Getting outside and active in January in Ohio can be hard. However, this year, the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany will help the community get out of bed and get walking in the winter. On Feb. 12, 200 walkers will participate in the inaugural Chilly Chili Mile. The two-lap, one-mile-long walk held on the grounds of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany will feature food – mainly chili, of course – fun, and a little bit of winter activity.

Why in winter? Why not, says Phil Heit, founder of Healthy New Albany and the New Albany Walking Classic. “There aren’t that many races in the winter,” says Heit. “We want to promote heart health and we want to promote walking, and we thought it would be a novel approach to just have some fun in the winter.” As a race, the Chilly Chili Mile will reward the top finishers: The top three men and top three women will win gift certificates from Second Sole, an Ohio-based athletic apparel company. But getting out and active in the winter is no easy feat, so no matter whether walkers come in first or

last, each finisher will receive a race chili bowl and fresh chili from the official “chili sponsor,” Gourmet Farm Girl, a New Albany Farmers Market vendor based in Bucyrus. “It’s just a very unique event, and the fact that the distance is only a mile will be attractive to a large number of people,” says Heit. “They can come inside the center and socialize and have chili.” The walk will begin at the Heit Center entrance, and after participants finish the onemile walk, they are invited to warm up in the center and enjoy Gourmet Farm Girl chili and food from Kroger. Heit is also working with Exercise is Medicine, a global health initiative managed by the American College of Sports Medicine, for the Chilly Chili Mile. Timeless Skin Solutions, a physician-directed skin care practice that has just opened its New Albany office, is the presenting partner. As the residents of New Albany have come to expect of Heit and Healthy New Albany, this is only the start for the Chilly Chili Mile, and all can anticipate the event’s growth. Although as few as 200 registrants will be accepted for the first walk, Heit hopes to grow registration and sponsors for next year’s Chilly Chili Mile. “I want to see how this year goes, and what the reception is,” says Heit. “If it’s good, then we can really make it into something bigger.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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Addiction & Recovery By David Allen

Healing a Community Heroin is on the rise in affluent communities “People have been trying to get high forever. Since the beginning of recorded history people have been doing what they can to get high,” Dr. Brad Lander, clinical director of addiction medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, says to me. “They are just getting more and more potent and powerful drugs to do it with.” A veteran of the drug addiction science field for 34 years, Lander has more or less seen everything imaginable. “First it was phencyclidine, then Quaaludes, then crack cocaine, club drugs, ecstasy,” he says. “Even OxyContin, which was designated for terminal cancer patients, and then they gave it for a lot of different reasons like back pain, arthritis. It was never meant to be for that. It’s way too strong.” Now, it’s heroin. Once reclined in the pop culture of rock star overdoses and drug gangs, heroin and opiate use has been settling uncomfortably into communities across the nation in an unprecedented nature. In fact, between the years 2002 and 2013, the number of heroin-related deaths quadrupled nationwide. “Most of the patients in our facility are … (in for) a lot of heroin, with some prescription drug addiction,” Lander says of the addiction medicine facility at OSU. “The average age of the patient admitted is 25 years old.” Twenty-five years old. “There are two groups of people that become addicted: people on pain medications, then once they were cut off they went into withdrawal, or recreational heroin from self-medication,” Lander says. “It doesn’t take much to get addicted.” About 23 percent of people who try heroin become dependent on it. 28

Roughly five years ago, the heroin epidemic became a reality, something of an “overnight transformation,” says Lander. But the path to the heroin epidemic didn’t start overnight. In the 1990s, Lander says a culture that perpetuated the nonexistence of pain, that pain needed to be eradicated completely from life, began. In response, physicians overprescribed pain medication. Slowly but surely, this practice led to patients’ dependencies on painkillers as physicians increased dosages. “It’s gotten better in some respects, but really, it’s a shift from prescriptions to more drugs. The number of patients really hasn’t changed. The availability of the drugs is so widespread, groups that have set up business here in West Virginia (and) Ohio, and they have an actual business model of bringing the heroin to you, very discreet, in $20 in-

crements, and there is very low risk of getting caught,” says Lander. “They are more than willing to make it as easy as possible for you to get it. It is easier to get heroin than it is to get prescription pills now, which explains the transition.” A sobering fact: If this drug – one that has the ability to destroy so many lives – is so ubiquitous, why isn’t it more visible? “A lot of the people are still productive,” says Lander. “A lot of them have not lost their jobs, but they spend a lot of money on their drugs, so they don’t have any savings. Physically, they sometimes look pretty beat up and have a loss of productivity and steal things.” What is perhaps most surprising is the fact that this drug abuse is not only affecting disenfranchised communities, but affluent ones equally. New Albany, named the “best suburb in America” last year by Business

Insider, is a community affected by this phenomenon, although not as much as others. Franklin County’s overdose death rates are still below the Ohio state average. However, as the city is surrounded by communities with significant numbers of overdoses, there is concern that New Albany may begin to see more heroin overdoses. In late September, central Ohioans were shocked when 27 heroin overdoses were reported in just 24 hours in Columbus.

“There are two groups of people that become addicted: people on pain medications, then once they were cut off they went into withdrawal, or recreational heroin from self-medication,” Lander says. “It doesn’t take much to get addicted.” “We get patients from New Albany. A lot of our patients are the young people are coming from the suburbs,” he says. “Predominantly Caucasian (suburbs) like Upper Arlington and New Albany have more than their fair share of people that are addicted.” This saddening reality has mobilized the police and judicial system in more ways than one. “The police are starting to treat this as a health issue. They are starting to use Naloxone kits to stop overdoses and getting them to the hospitals quicker,” Lander says. Naloxone, brand name Narcan, is a drug that reverses the effects of an opiate overdose. One of the even more successful moves has been the establishment of the drug corps, which orders people to

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Ditching the 12 Steps New findings in alcohol addiction may offer an alternative to Alcoholics Anonymous By Paige Brown Alcoholism is no new concept. According to Addiction Center, alcoholism affects about 18 million Americans. As an addiction, it’s second only to tobacco. But new strides are still being made to help people with alcoholism ditch the bottle. An interesting new development for alcoholism was updated in August of this year. While rehabilitation, detoxification, individual therapy and support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous are still effective forms of treatment, doctors are seeking to design an extended-release tablet to help with alcohol addiction. A new treatment – called gabapentin enacarbil, or HORIZANT – is being used in a study aimed at treating alcohol use disorder, or AUD. Gabapentin is already being prescribed to many people with epilepsy and pain conditions. So how exactly will this new drug affect your body? Scientists at XenoPort, the biopharmaceutical company focused on commercializing HORIZANT in the U.S., explain why they designed the extended-release tablets: “(The drug can) address certain limitations of drug levels in the body, which may make it a more attractive treatment option for people with AUD.” This new clinical trial is still in the works, but doctors hope this could soon be another way of fighting the disease, and the study is slated to be completed in February. Dr. George Koob, director of the National Institution on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism says, “...The development of new medications is an important component of our commitment to broaden the range of treatment options for people with AUD.” Paige Brown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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Understanding shopping addictions By Hannah Bealer

We’re familiar with stories of drug, alcohol and gambling addiction. But there’s one addiction that can go largely unnoticed by friends and loved ones; shopping. Like other addictions, an addiction to shopping stems from a lack of control and impulsive behavior. A shopping addiction can have a detrimental impact on a person’s bank account and credit score when income doesn’t line up with

spending habits. Rather than saving a larger purchase for next month’s pay day, a shopping addict might disregard the constraints of his or her budget and make the purchase immediately and impulsively. And sometimes it’s not just one pair of winter boots or a single bottle of designer cologne; addicts are often compelled to buy in excess. While shopping addicts might come off as materialistic, many of them conceal their purchases from family and friends. This can involve hiding the items, receipts and credit card and bank statements. While the initial spending spree might feel great for the shopper, the addiction is often accompanied by feelings of embarrassment or guilt afterward. There’s no hard and fast cure for a shopping addiction. Antidepressants have been met with mixed results, as untreated depression is not always the root cause. Sometimes, it just helps to avoid shopping alone, ditch the credit cards and have someone you trust control or supervise your finances.

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Is an addictive personality a symptom of something larger? By Amanda DePerro Often, when we hear of someone struggling with some type of addiction – be it gambling, pornography, drugs or even codependency on another person – we hear he or she may have an “addictive personality.” This concept of the addictive personality relies on the idea that either several factors in a person’s life makes him or her more prone to addiction (nurture) or an imbalance in brain chemistry exists that predisposes a person to addiction (nature). Though the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistics Manual of Mental Disorders doesn’t include addictive personality as a disorder, it classifies 10 personality disorders, including borderline, narcissistic, paranoid and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders. Addiction often falls under obsessive-compulsive disorders; a person who struggles with mental illness such as depression or anxiety may have the compulsion to cope or self-medicate with illegal drugs, or with legal drugs in an unhealthy way. Not enough evidence exists to say for certain whether addiction is nature or nurture. However, in studies of twins,

some raised in the same environment and some raised in differing environments, if one twin becomes addicted, the other twin is likely to become addicted as well. A 2012 study published by the National Institutes of Health showed that the likelihood that both twins get addicted depends on the class of drug, from a 39 percent chance for hallucinogens, the lowest likelihood, to a 72 percent chance for cocaine, the highest likelihood. In a 2014 study, it was found that substance addiction is diagnosed in approximately half of patients struggling with personality disorders, and personality disorders are often diagnosed before the addiction makes itself known. More data is needed to classify addictive personality as a diagnosable personality disorder rather than a symptom of an already-present disorder. It’s clear, though, that some people have a higher predisposition to addiction than others. Whether that be from nature, nurture or some combination of both is yet to be confirmed.

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By Debbie Rigaud

Meals Fit for a Hero Plain Township firefighters don’t sacrifice health during long hours on the job



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“She did a really good job of helping us manage the financial part of meal planning,” says Herren. Blake helped develop a meal plan to provide a game plan for incorporating both healthful and on-sale ingredients. “We looked at labels and things that really matter – sugar content, salt content – and replaced them with healthier options, like yogurt for mayonnaise,” says Herren. Blake’s suggestions were wellreceived. But above all, the cooking crew appreciated the assistance with tackling its biggest challenge: cooking on a budget. However, there was some uncertainty

in how the other 30-plus firehouse tenants would take to the new plan. “You can’t ever force or push people to eat a certain way,” says Herren. “You can, however, give positive feedback, a little encouragement and obviously lead by example. Then people start to listen. So that’s the biggest thing we do now.” The credit doesn’t all go to Blake. Even before her visit, the cooks at the firehouse had been working in more nutritious fare, always with input from the whole team. “As we all take turns doing the rotational thing we do, someone will say,

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he brave men and women of the Plain Township Fire Department know how to work a fire – including the one on the stove. It’s a scene playing out in their communal firehouse kitchen at least twice a day. Working long, unpredictable shifts and staying alert to respond to Plain Township and New Albany emergencies have a way of working up a hefty appetite. The task of preparing meals falls to a handful of go-to guys who keep meals tasty as well as healthful. Deciding what to make for dinner is an age-old dilemma that stumps many. It’s daunting enough coming up with a meal plan for one’s own family who live under one roof and, more or less, share similar dietary backgrounds. Try to take on cooking for a diverse group of adults with different personalities, tastes and appetites on a fixed budget ($10/person per day). The process is further complicated by the fact that the engine can be called out at any time. “There are days when you spend an hour cooking and not eat it,” says firefighter Derek Caplinger, one of the frequent cooks. “There are times when you start cooking and someone else has to finish.” Sound like a challenge fit for a hero? Undoubtedly. Enter Lauren Blake, nutritionist at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. When Blake offered to take the firefighters grocery shopping to help them choose more healthful foods while meeting their budget, the firehouse’s main cooks said yes without hesitation. One of the leading proponents was health buff and fitness center owner Joe Herren.

‘Hey, I saw this on the Internet,’ and so it’s like, ‘OK, let’s try it,’” says Caplinger. “The firefighters we’re hiring now have a different attitude about health (than those who) have been here for 20 (to) 25 years,” says Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp. “It is a culture change more towards health as we learn more and more from research.” It’s also a change toward increased vigilance of all-around health at the fire department. The crew continues to be mindful of the startling number of strokes and heart attacks nationwide each year. To stay alert, the department conducts intermittent physicals and extensive stress tests on the team. In keeping with a nutritional diet as often as possible, the hope is firefighters will attain the conditioning they need to go from zero to sixty at the sound of the bell. “If we have a firefighter with a cardiac emergency, not only does it affect them, it affects the people they’re working with, the community and … their family,” says Rupp. “(People) look at firefighters as being athletes, but the thing is, most athletes go out and condition themselves before they play the game. We don’t always get the opportunity to condition ourselves before we play the game. And so that makes it more important for our staff to stay healthy and be conditioned all the times.”

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Cracking Carcinogens

Which carcinogens should we really concern ourselves with?


ancer is one of our top health concerns – it’s the top killer after heart disease, and a family history of cancer can make even the healthiest people anxious. Healthy New Albany spoke with Dr. Susan OlivoMarston from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center on carcinogens and the role they play in our lives.

Healthy New Albany: Can you explain what a carcinogen is?

Dr. Susan Olivo-Marston: A carcinogen is anything that can cause


Dr. Susan Olivo-Marston is currently an assistant professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program during which time she earned a Master’s of Public Health concentrating in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2005. Olivo-Marston also earned a Ph.D. in Tumor Biology from Georgetown University in 2004 and a master’s of science in cancer biology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2001. 38

cancer. It can be a specific exposure such as tobacco or ultraviolet light, or it can be a specific element, such as asbestos or radon. A carcinogen doesn’t necessarily cause cancer in every person that is exposed to it.

HNA: We hear that everything from microwaves to plastic water bottles cause cancer. Is this just fearmongering, or is there any truth behind these more outlandish statements?

SO-M: It is extremely challenging to determine if something is a carcinogen. Sometimes, we have research in humans to justify that something is a carcinogen, but often, the research may be in lab animals, which are obviously quite different from people. The most widely recognized system for identifying carcinogens is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which classifies carcinogens (based on research in animals and humans) into one of five groups: 1) Carcinogenic to humans; 2A) Probably carcinogenic to humans; 2B) Possibly carcinogenic to humans; 3) Unclassifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans; and 4) Probably not carcinogenic to humans. I believe the above statement is just out of lack of knowledge and fear. Currently, there is no evidence that I am aware of that microwave ovens, when used according to the directions, pose a cancer risk to humans. With regard to plastic water bottles, again, I’m not aware of data in humans suggesting they can increase risk of cancer. The materials that make up plastic water bottles are classified by IARC in group three, which is “unclassifiable as to carcinogenicity in humans.”

HNA: What are some common household carcinogens we should all be aware of? What’s the best way to address them?

SO-M: In a common central Ohio home, there may not be a lot of common household carcinogens with the exception of alcohol, tobacco (including exposure to secondhand smoke and smokeless tobacco), and processed meat. These are things that it is pretty easy to limit exposure.

HNA: What are some common workplace carcinogens we should all be aware of? What’s the best way to address them?

SO-M: Common workplace carcinogens really depend on the occupation. Specific substances that are listed in IARC’s list as “carcinogenic to humans” that people may be exposed to at work include things such as diesel engine exhaust, formaldehyde, outdoor air pollution, rubber manufacturing industry, soot and UV radiation. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with Occupational Safety and Health Administration – part of the Department of Labor – exist to make sure that work environments are safe for employees.

HNA: We all know there are lifestyle factors such as smoking that can cause cancer. But what other lifestyle decisions can impact our health when it comes to cancer?

"It is extremely challenging to determine if something is a carcinogen. Sometimes, we have research in humans to justify that something is a carcinogen, but often, the research may be in lab animals, which are obviously quite different from people." SO-M: Other lifestyle factors that can increase risk of cancer include diet, such as processed meat consumption and alcohol. In addition, obesity is known to increase risk of several types of cancer including postmenopausal breast cancer, colorectal cancer and endometrial cancer, so maintaining a healthy weight is really important. Physical activity may decrease risk of cancer so an active lifestyle is also important.

HNA: How do researchers determine if something is carcinogenic?

SO-M: It is a combination of lab data from animal studies and research in humans. Researchers use epidemiologic studies, which just means studies in large populations of people, to assess whether specific exposures increase cancer risk. Data is looked at from many studies over long periods of time to determine if something is carcinogenic. IARC, which is part of the World Health Organization, has been determining whether exposures are potentially carcinogenic for 30 years and has looked at more than 900 exposures. Only a little more than 100 of these were determined to be “carcinogenic to humans.”

HNA: What does some of the latest research in this area tell us about carcinogens?

SO-M: At the beginning of November, seven new substances were added to the National Institutes of Health Annual Report on Carcinogens. Five of them were viruses, one was a chemical and one was a metal. Cobalt has

been added as “reasonably anticipated to be carcinogens,” which means although there is some research in animals that suggest it can cause cancer, there isn’t enough research in humans to support this. Trichloroethylene was also added although exposure is unlikely in the general population. Certain occupations (it is used as a metal degreasing agent) may have a higher risk of exposure, but it is believed that exposure in the general population is actually decreasing. The five viruses added to the list include HIV and the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV). There are approximately 1.2 million people in the U.S. who are infected with HIV, and EBV is one of the most common human viruses. While infection with some of the other listed viruses is common in the U.S., most infected people remain healthy and symptom-free. Cancer risk increases in people that are infected with these viruses if they also have a weakened immune system.

HNA: Which carcinogens affect DNA directly?

SO-M: Many carcinogens affect DNA directly, such as UV and ionizing radiation. It would really be impossible for me to list all the carcinogens that directly affect DNA and, although there is research to support that certain exposures increase cancer risk, there is still a lot of research being done to really understand how many of these exposures work biologically to increase cancer risk.

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