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January/February 2018 Vol. 7, No. 3
7 First Glance
26 Student Spotlight
Letter from the Executive Editor
8 In & Out What’s happening in and out of New Albany
Leann Lofton empowers herself and her peers
28 Special Section: The Mind
10 My Story
12 Personalities Village Coalition Against Hunger’s Angela Douglas
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16 On the Path The McCoy and New Albany Symphony Orchestra mark their 10-year anniversaries
38 Foods for Fitness Brain foods
40 Ask the Expert Chinese medicine
42 Scene at… Thanks for Giving 4-Miler New Albany Walking Club’s Pie-a-Palooza A Remarkable Evening with Colin Powell
20 Initiatives New Year’s Resolutions at the Heit Center
24 Learning from the Generals The Jefferson Series welcomes three prominent war generals
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46 Luxury Living Real estate listings
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am not one to downplay the merits of pain relief that can be provided by ingesting a magical elixir disguised as a pill. I’ve experienced the excruciating pain brought on by kidney stones. Certain medical procedures have necessitated that I be “put under” so that an examination could be conducted expeditiously and pain-free. In such instances, the need for medication is warranted. Today’s wellness initiatives are evolving from a “pill-first” remedy to a “pill-free” intervention. I’ve experienced acute bouts of back pain, and a common medical response had been to head over to my local CVS to fill a prescription or, perhaps, invade my medicine cabinet so I could self-administer 400 milligrams of ibuprofen. In my last encounter with back pain, I decided to avoid the meds and instead engage the services of a Pilates instructor, who guided me through exercises to strengthen my core so I could prevent back pain now and in the future. The result has been remarkable. In a matter of a few weeks after beginning Pilates, my back pain was gone, and I have not experienced any recurrence of pain in several years. Though I have not been engaged in formal Pilates instruction for some time, I often incorporate several Pilates exercises during my workouts to help maintain my back strength. Pilates is one example of a nonmedical intervention that is used to treat a health issue. For any number of health issues, there are nonmedical interventions that have proven effective in preventing and/or relieving health concerns. Many of these are described in several articles in this issue and, of even greater significance, these interventions are available at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Yoga, aromatherapy, mindfulness, reiki and our very popular Urban Zen classes are effective approaches for not only dealing with stress but also reducing or preventing any number of physical issues many of us face daily. In Healthy New Albany Magazine, we are able to provide our community with valuable health information. At the Heit Center, we take it one step further by providing the opportunity to put into practice what you read. Our medications have no chemicals, and are not ingested. Healthfully,
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Getting Back Up
New Albany resident’s positivity never faltered after major accident
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wouldn’t tell this story if it didn’t need to be told. One year ago, on a beautiful fall morning, I was returning home from walking my dog, Toby, when the unthinkable happened. I was crossing the street, heading home, and an SUV ran into me. Toby made it to the curb unscathed. I did not. I sustained a traumatic brain injury and a broken collarbone, which required surgery and a plate. I returned home after weeks in the hospital. A lot of therapy has been required and I have had many side effects from the accident, but I am alive. My goal is to return to 100 percent, no matter how long it takes. To meet this challenge, I have had to overcome many obstacles in order to regain my strength and improve my stamina. I approached the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany to help me achieve my goals. At the center, I work with caring, professional therapists who know how to treat my condition. The schedule has been easy to maintain because of the center’s convenient location. Convenience was essential, as I was not able to drive for six months after the accident. I easily attend my therapy sessions, which I have been doing since November 2016. I have reduced the number of therapy sessions as I progress. Now I attend therapy once per month. Since the center offers a variety of good health measures, I also use their other services in order to regain a healthy lifestyle. For
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Rosemarie Bauer and the Plain Township Fire Department squad that saved her life pose with the ambulance in which she was transported to the hospital following her accident.
example, I attend the Zen and Meditation class and receive massage therapy. In addition to the excellent care I have received, the center is a beautiful, state-of-the-art health center that I enjoy going to, instead of a hospital or rehab center. Together, the environment and team I work with help me stay motivated and achieve my fitness goals. I want to return to the New Albany Walking Club on Sunday mornings, because I was an avid walker prior to my accident. I also want to participate in the New Albany Walking Classic, which was previously an annual event for me. Although I am unable to walk long distances yet, the center’s team of experts is helping me make this goal a reality. My time at the center has been crucial to my recovery. I have a positive outlook for the future, thanks in part to the enthusiasm and encouragement from the center’s therapists and instructors. Part of overcoming any obstacle is surrounding oneself with the right team.
That’s why the center has been important for me. Above all, I hope my story can help others who are facing challenges. I have learned a lot during the past year recovering from this accident, and I can tell you one thing. Life is so very precious. Enjoy every day. Rosemarie Bauer is a New Albany resident and longtime Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany member. Feedback welcome at email@example.com. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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which it was operating was in a state of disrepair. What else was she to do but move operations into her garage? “It was crazy,” says Douglas. “We served out of my garage for a year.” While the pantry was in Douglas’ garage, drivers picked up food and delivered to clients. It was an opportune time to restructure, so Douglas consulted with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry and Worthington Resource Pantry. She was told that in order to best serve New Albany, she should restrict pantry operations to the confines of the New
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t’s understood that New Albany is an affluent community. According to DataUSA, the median household income in New Albany is $196,000 – a big jump from the national median household income of $55,000. However, these statistics don’t tell the whole story. One in 10 students in New Albany-Plain Local Schools is on a free or reduced-price lunch plan, and with many students whose parents do not speak or read English, it’s possible that number should be higher. New Albany residents are lucky to have friends and neighbors who are passionate about helping those with need in the community. One of those neighbors is Angela Douglas, former director and current board chair of the Village Coalition Against Hunger (VCAH), which runs the New Albany Food Pantry. “It’s really difficult to see people in the community and not respond,” says Douglas. “After realizing there are people in the community who needed these services, … how do you not participate at that point?” Douglas was dropped into the director position – which she left at the end of 2017 – when the previous director became unable to run the organization. Douglas says she rejected the position as long as she could, but eventually said yes, unable to let the VCAH diminish. However, it was a bumpy road to where the VCAH is today. In 2014, Douglas had to shut VCAH down for a period of time because the building in
Albany-Plain Local School District. The new VCAH started with 10 families, but it quickly grew to 20, then 30. It was time to graduate out of the garage. “We were begging for a place to go, and (NAPLS Superintendent) Michael Sawyers heard our call and said, ‘Sure, we have a place,’” Douglas says. The VCAH moved into a few rooms in the old location of New Albany High School, where it remains today. Now that Douglas has refocused on New Albany and moved into a suitable space, she says, the VCAH can now focus on spreading awareness and finding new clients. The English as a Second Language population is one that Douglas hopes to target in particular. “This is an invisible population in many respects in the schools, because the parents don’t speak English and maybe they haven’t completed their paperwork for free and reduced lunch,” she says. “There’s a big gap, and maybe there are families in need there, and maybe there aren’t people reaching out to them in a meaningful way.” Through VCAH, Douglas hopes to end the stigma associated with going to a food pantry. She hopes community members see the pantry as an avenue to provide for others like any neighbor would. “It’s about community and decreasing the stigma and that dichotomy between
Though busy, Angela Douglas spends as much time with her family as possible. Clockwise from top left: Brett, Angela, Will and Ben Douglas. 13
Left: Brett and Angela Douglas in Naples, Florida. Middle: Ben holds his championship baseball trophy. Right: Will takes a seat during a soccer game.
‘us’ and ‘them,’ so hopefully this is a way to do that,” she says. “It’s really a partnership, and a service of equals.” Douglas didn’t expect to find herself running a food pantry. Born in Akron, Douglas spent four years in the Army before moving to New Albany with her husband, Brett. The pair have two sons: Ben, 7, and Will, 4. Though VCAH is the first place at which Douglas has as-
sumed a position in charitable work, it’s far from her first time doing good in the community. Five years ago, Douglas and Brett, as well as a friend in cardiology, founded mCORE, which provides cardiac screening for athletes. The company provides screening to nearly 300 schools all over the state, including New Albany schools. Cardiac events are the leading killer of high school athletes, and Douglas says mCORE’s goal is to change that.
Between the family, mCORE and VCAH, Douglas says it’s difficult to find time for herself. She enjoys walking and running, reading, and meditating when she can. For now, she’s just aiming to find equilibrium. “I would say finding balance and being present is kind of top priority for me,” she says. “I have not historically been really good at that, because you just go a million miles an hour. But in today’s world, it’s so important.”
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Are there any foods you try to avoid or emphasize? I’m a vegetarian, so I’m always trying to find something creative to do with veggies. I probably eat more Eagles Pizza than I should, but we love it. And my 4-year-old loves PB&J, so that’s a staple in our house. Oh, and lots of coffee and tea. What are your favorite ways to stay active? Walking and running. One day soon, I would love to make time for yoga. It’s my favorite thing physically and mentally. What do you like to do to relax? To relax, I love to read and drink tea. Also my indulgence this winter will be watching Downton Abbey again from start to finish. Making more time for meditation and massage is also on the to-do list. As an Army vet, do you incorporate any fitness plans you learned during your time in the military? Running is in my blood after miles and miles of running in the Army. It’s just something my body does even if I’m not 14
thinking about it; it feels natural to just throw shoes on a go out for a run, although I’m glad I don’t have to do it every day at 6 a.m. anymore. And when I need a quick ab and arm workout, I will do pushups. Between balancing the Village Coalition Against Hunger and mCORE, how do you maintain balance between home and work? Family, work, technology, life can be exhausting, but if I can be present in my moments and live my days mindfully, trying as much as possible to be present and aware as I go through my day, I find that it naturally provides perspective and balance. If I get swept up in too much activity and lose my awareness, I notice that I immediately lose balance. So trying to keep life simple and be present, grateful and aware, helps me to find my center. Gratitude for my immense abundance also provides perspective and allows me to see that what may seem like a huge problem or issue is really nothing at all. If my family is safe and healthy, my world is beyond good. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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Angela Douglas shares her wellness habits
Getting Involved: VCAH Programs New Albany Food Pantry: A food pantry housed on the NAPLS campus Summer lunch program: Providing students with adequate and healthful meals not just during the school year, but throughout NAPLS lunch fund: Teachers are able to pull from the lunch fund to assist children who may be in need of food during the school day School break backpack program: During school breaks, students in need are provided with backpacks full of food
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Community Open Kitchen: Cooking classes for VCAH clients, families and the community at large Thanksgiving and Holiday Baskets: The VCAH provides baskets during the holidays for families who may not have the opportunity to celebrate Resource Library: Providing clients and the community with resources that the VCAH does not cover, including family stability needs, referrals and assistance Though Douglas’ work as director for VCAH ended with the start of 2018, New Albany residents will still see her around the city, doing charitable work in any way she can. “I feel like kind of my purpose on the planet is to do good, and to do good work and to serve others in whatever capacity I can,” Douglas says. “I don’t know if I intended to run a food pantry, but you know, you do what’s in front of you. When a need presents itself, you take that.”
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By Amanda DePerro
Like Peas A and Carrots
Two of New Albany’s favorites come together to celebrate 10 years s many important pieces of New Albany change and improve – Market & Main II, the buildup of Rose Run and the plan for the five-mile bike loop around Village Square, to name a few – many long-established organizations have begun to hit major milestones. This year, two New Albany cornerstones celebrate their 10th birthdays, and are inviting the community to celebrate. On May 6 at 3 p.m., the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra will join forces for Michael Feinstein & the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, though the organizations will be celebrating year-round. While it’s a common misconception that the symphony and the McCoy are owned and operated under the same organization due to the symphony’s position as the McCoy’s resident orchestra, the entities have formed an unbreakable bond during their decade together.
Save the Date! Michael Feinstein & the New Albany Symphony Orchestra Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. 16
The original vision for the McCoy was a hall in which New Albany-Plain Local Schools students could perform and practice the arts, and any New Albany resident can tell you it’s become that plus so much more. “This was a collaboration, it was a vision. And, in fact, it was a rather unique vision for a community this size,” says Tom Hill, board chairman for the McCoy and partner in Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter. “It seemed to become a collaboration of the schools, the city, the township and the New Albany (Community) Foundation.” www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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The McCoy is a special place for Hill himself. He began playing piano at just 7 years old, continuing into young adulthood. Then, after 44 years away from the ivories, it was time to get back to the bench. By 2013, he was ready to perform again, and scoured Columbus for a venue for his recital. After the search, the best option was right under his nose: the McCoy. “I looked around and nothing compared,” Hill says. “The New Albany Foundation had just funded the purchase of a Steinway concert grand piano – the big one. And I played that thing. The venue was fabulous, but the piano they acquired for that facility is world-class.” The McCoy stage is now host to New Albany students, the symphony, New Albany Ballet Company, foundation’s Jefferson Series, jazz performers, country singers, blues artists, Columbus Children’s Theatre and more. In just 10 years, the McCoy has become a bustling concert hall that never seems to shut down. “The thing that’s amazing about this is that it’s not a big city, New Albany,” www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
The McCoy has become home to many local organizations, including the New Albany Ballet Company, New Albany Symphony Orchestra and New Albany Community Foundation’s Jefferson Series.
says Hill. “It’s a little place. 770 people get to hear world-class speakers – David McCullough, Patrick Kennedy, the list goes on and on. And they get to hear world-class performers.” Hill says that, other than the May 6 symphony show, he’s most excited for the 10th anniversary McCoy Center Celebration on March 3. This annual gala
gives McCoy affiliates and fans an opportunity to join together, enjoy student visual and performing artists, and simply appreciate the hard work that has been put into the McCoy for 10 years. “Its purpose hasn’t changed. This is a vision that has come to pass,” says Hill. “This is a cultural anchor in this community, and it’s grown.” 17
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the symphony roster, and student musicians who leave New Albany for college are always welcome back to the stage for the holiday show, forming a “sea of musicians on the stage,” says Garner. The symphony has now been awarded multiple PNC Arts Alive grants, allowing for a groundbreaking sensoryfriendly concert series. The series caters to people with Alzheimer’s disease and autism, and features shorter concerts. Audience members are welcome to make noise, stand up and otherwise engage in the concert in ways traditional venues may not allow. And Garner is excited to continue branching out. “We wanted to make an environment that was really relaxed and accept-
The Symphony New Albany resident and symphony founder Heather Garner says her ears immediately perked up when she heard about the plans to build the McCoy more than 10 years ago, and she got to work on the symphony. “I feel that every great hall needs a symphony orchestra; it’s a hub of every hall,” Garner says. “I felt it was a great opportunity to give back to my own community.” Though Garner had been a member of symphonies in the past, she had no experience kick-starting and organizing a symphony. While she wasn’t sure what to expect at the start, the symphony has grown tremendously.
“We didn’t have a single document in place, we didn’t have any contracts or licenses or a bank account,” says Garner. “Every single thing, we created from nothing. And if I would’ve known, I would’ve been scared to death.” The symphony began with 25 musicians, performing in a residence program at NAPLS. As time has gone on, the symphony has grown, and shows have gotten more ambitious. More than 100 members are named on
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New Albany organizations help break ground on the McCoy more than 10 years ago.
New Albany orchestra students perform at the McCoy with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founder Mark Wood.
ing of differences. Music is a great therapy, and I think it’s for everyone. I don’t ever want anyone to think they can’t come to concerts,” she says. “Every season, we try and push the envelope, think a little outside the box. (We) try and think a little differently and take the audience on a new journey.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions? Think Heit Center
hether helping people with their New Year’s (or year-round) resolutions or serving as a catalyst for more than 70,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and office space in the core of our town, the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany has provided a unique community benefit since its grand opening just three years ago. First, those who made healthy resolutions for the new year can join more than 2,500 other central Ohioans who have become members of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Health and Fitness Center. The professionally certified staff will help you develop a customized wellness plan, and you will receive a personalized key to the fitness machines that will help you monitor your progress toward your goals. This fitness technology also connects to most wearables for tracking purposes and upto-date information. Fitness center members also have access to a lane pool year-round and more than 50 dynamic exercise classes per week, which may intrigue local swimmers and triathletes.
The benefits don’t stop there. Even child care is available for fitness center members.
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tive medicine, sports medicine, orthopedics and physical therapy offered by OSU Wexner Medical Center; and sports medicine, orthopedics, sports physical therapy, lab, imaging and other services for kids and teens offered by Nationwide Children’s Hospital. As a father of two – both of whom have dealt with sports injuries – and someone who personally utilizes primary care services at the Heit Center, my experiences have all been excellent. Complementing the fitness and health care components of the center is Healthy New Albany, a local 501(c)(3) with a mission to create a culture of health throughout the community. Healthy New Albany offers more than 50 health- and wellness-oriented programs and manages 6,000 square feet of community space within the Heit Center. This includes space for rent for family celebrations or business retreats, including a gourmet demonstration kitchen courtesy of M/I Homes. Plus, you don’t have to be a fitness center member to participate in Healthy New Albany community programming or see a medical professional at the facility. The Heit Center has become a hub for healthy living in the core of our town. It complements healthy activities already occurring in our parks, on our trails and at the New Albany Country Club. And Heit Center partners continue to create alliances with our schools and joint parks district to promote the importance of physical and mental well-being. If you are intrigued by any aspect of the services described at the Heit Center, go to www.heitcenter.com or, better yet, stop by the Heit Center for a tour. You will walk away impressed by the staff and the welcoming atmosphere. Beyond the wellness benefits the Heit Center has created for our community, it was also critical to the development of new retail, restaurant and office space noted earlier by creating additional foot traffic in our Village Center. Amenities such as Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink, Mellow Mushroom and Hayley Gallery have all set up shop in and around our Market Square area, alongside the below companies. Which, by the way, are either already serving customers or will open by early 2018 between Hudson 29 and the Heit Center: www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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Learning from the Generals
Three prominent war generals talk on foreign policy and national security By Rocco Falleti
ror and the continually-growing cyber challenge. He served more almost 40 years in the Air Force and became the longest-tenured NSA director and No. 1 military intelligence officer in the country, allowing him to oversee the entire security community. He currently serves as principal of the Chertoff Group and acts as a visiting professor at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government in Washington, D.C. General Stanley McChrystal McChrystal is a four-star general, former commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, and the former leader of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the most sensitive counter-terrorism units. While leading JSOC, he is credited with the 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein, then in 2006 with the locating and killing of then-leader of al-Qaeda Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. McChrystal is the son and grandson of Army officers. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1976 and would go on to train at the Special Forces School in Fort www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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s Americans find themselves with even more questions about our role in the world, the New Albany Community Foundation is working hard to give local residents access to the answers. For the first lecture of 2018, the Jefferson Series brings a firsthand look at some of the highest-ranking members of the U.S. military. In December, the foundation brought General Colin Powell to headline the Remarkable Evening. Continuing with that theme, on Feb. 1, three prominent war generals take the stage of the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. Generals Michael Hayden, Stanley McChrystal and Peter Pace will take part in a stimulating discussion, and will offer rare insight into trends both domestic and international. “National security and foreign policy are important matters right now in our country,” says Craig General Hayden Mohre, president of the foundation. “These generals have served in Trump might lead, and how he might critical posts during their careers, so we act on foreign policy. thought they would bring unique insights “What is great about bringing in these to our audience.” generals (is) we can now hear them asThe night brings to the same stage sess the Trump presidency and foreign a former CIA director, director of the NSA policy a year later,” Mohre says. “All three and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff generals have served other presidents in – each with high-ranking commands in key roles, so they have unique perspecthe military. tives, insights and access.” This is not the first time a decorated war general has been part of the General Michael Hayden Jefferson Series. General David H. PeHayden is a retired four-star gentraeus visited this past April, and the eral and former director of the Central audience looked to Petraeus to pre- Intelligence Agency. Hayden was on the dict how the newly-elected President forefront of geopolitics, the War on Ter-
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eann Lofton, a senior at New Albany High School, is a true product of Ohio. Born in Cincinnati and raised in Dayton, she and her family moved to New Albany when she was in seventh grade. As a middle schooler, moving to a new school in a new city wasn’t easy, but Lofton was determined to make it work. “It was a huge adjustment for my family,” says Lofton. “New Albany has a beautiful exterior, but was not so beau-
tiful and welcoming when I first arrived. Luckily for me, I made friends and adjusted within the year.” Not only has Lofton adjusted to her new situation, she has thrived at New Albany High School. From her involvement with student council, Key Club and WellBeing Club to participating in the Student Advisory Board, Lofton has taken on many challenges. She has also read the morning announcements for the past two years and played an integral role in Black History Month assemblies. Outside of school, Lofton participated in the YWCA Columbus Bright Futures leadership program. The program builds high school juniors’ leadership skills, and sessions cover topics such as social justice advocacy, leadership development, positive self-image, college prep and social media safety. Lofton says she found it extremely valuable, and participants “learned various things about (themselves) as well as how to handle certain life situations.” Lofton took what she learned from the Bright Futures program and formed a club of her own; the Young Women’s www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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Lofton has a wide variety of interests, and she explores them through the many clubs in which she participates at New Albany High School.
Empowerment Club. She has enlisted the help of YWCA group leaders who hold discussions during monthly club meetings. The club aims to empower young women through self-awareness, covering self-defense, yoga, fitness and advocacy within the YWCA. “Our club relates to mental health, physical health and emotional health,” says Lofton. Lofton’s post-graduation plans are well underway and are, as expected, ambitious. “I’d like to go to college and major in communications and minor in business,” she says. Lofton says she hopes to eventually go into public relations or human resources, two fields that seem to match perfectly with her focus on connectivity to others and empowerment. Before she’s college-bound though, Lofton has her final year at NAHS to enjoy. “New Albany is special for me because it has provided me with various opportunities of education, leadership and social atmospheres,” Lofton says. Like so many of her NAHS classmates, Lofton is looking forward to Peace Week, when the high school celebrates culture, diversity and community in May. “Honestly, for this last year, I just look forward to spending time with all my teachers and all of my friends,” she says. “I will miss New Albany for all the memories and people it has blessed me with.” Despite being wary after arriving in New Albany as a seventh-grader, Lofton says her views have flipped. “My favorite place is our school,” she says, citing basketball and football games as some of her favorite activities to attend. “Life hasn’t always been easy, and it still isn’t, honestly. But I make the best of every situation and strive for greatness at all costs.”
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A State of Mind Having a clear head not only helps stress levels, but the health of your heart By Lydia Freudenberg
nfortunately, phrases such as “consumed by stress,” or “drowning in stress” seem to be commonplace now. Though deadlines at work and the usual worries of life can’t be controlled, the levels of stress they cause can. Allowing this stress to fester can lead to unhealthy levels of eating, avoidance of exercise and, ultimately, heart concerns. Learning to clear the head of stress is not only important to mental well-being, but to physical health as well. In a 2015 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, which examined stress and methods for alleviating and understanding stressful situations, stress was classified as a global health concern that leads to further mental complications along with physical problems, one being coronary heart diseases. Dr. David Sabgir – a cardiologist at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, a New Albany resident and founder of Walk with a Doc – says there are three ways stress can affect the heart. “The first is probably the biggest… for example, high blood pressure, cholesterol. Many tend to go towards comfort food and doing what they can to cope with stress.” The other two conditions are less common and deal with elevated levels of cortisol, the body’s natural steroids, causing high blood pressure. The third is the “broken heart syndrome,” Sabgir says, which is a result of severe emotional loss. Because conditions such as high blood pressure and bad cholesterol are “silent killers,” as there are few or no warning signs or symptoms, it’s critical to maintain a healthy diet. Sabgir recommends going to the grocery store with a mission to buy mostly fruits and vegetables and trying to avoid unhealthful snacks such as chips, cookies and candy.
As for combating stress mentally and physically, proven techniques exist. The primary focus of the 2015 metaanalysis examined the effects of mindfulbased stress reduction (MBSR), which teaches individuals to observe stressful situations with less judgmental emotion
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Special Section and depression for any participant. There are no criteria for needing a clinical mental health disorder for MBSR to be effective. When paired with physical workouts such as yoga and meditation, MBSR can be even more successful. Sabgir says these calming practices are highly beneficial because they lower one’s heart rate and build resilience for everyday stress. “Meditation is huge (in reducing stress) and very effective,” he says. “There are a lot of people getting significant benefits … from practicing meditation.” Sabgir also recommends using apps such as Calm or Headspace: Meditation to learn proper focus and breathing techniques. When it comes to continually using technology, though, he says putting down the cell phone and being present in the moment may also have ties to lowering stress. “The literature is emerging, but I really think (phones) are creating a lot of stress and anxiety,” he says. “Doing more to connect with being present is important because a lot of stress comes from when we’re trying to do something else. … You’re at a much happier level than when you’re trying to do two things, even if they’re both fun.” Sabgir says he understands that people now need their phones for everyday life. So doing small things such as setting the phone down for a few hours or changing the screen to grayscale, a setting that takes away the color and can help make specific apps like Snapchat and Instagram seem less appealing, are tips for combating phone addiction. Another exercise that most people can do without much phone-app-guidance is walking. As the founder of Walk with a Doc, Sabgir knows firsthand the benefits of walking, and says it’s the easiest way to exercise. “Physical activity is probably the best thing you can do,” Sabgir says, in terms of maintaining stress and a healthy heart. “Walking is the most accessible (exercise), and the exercise people maintain the longest.” He also references the book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative, saying walking or just being outside can have significant benefits. Spending just five hours outside every month can help lower the body’s cortisol levels, which becomes elevated when stressed. Taking a deep breath and implementing the mental exercises and teachings of MBSR into a lifestyle of physical workouts along with a wholesome diet, the weight of stress will probably lift over time. And because 80 percent of all heart conditions are preventable, Sabgir says, taking certain proven steps will improve the ticker. “There are four steps, and it’s really simple. 150 minutes, ideally, of physical activity a week is almost miraculous at what it can do for us, eating five fruits and vegetables a day, … maintaining a proper weight and not smoking,” he says. “There are less than 1 percent of the public doing all four of those, but if you do all four, you’re really doing yourself an incredible service.”
Stress(less) and Promote Positive Change Understanding oneself is the first step to promoting positive well-being By Rocco Falleti Self-doubt, exhaustion, stress. It’s just human nature to battle with these types of themes in our daily lives. The constant mental battle in your head can be extremely taxing on your mental well-being, so how do you escape this mindset that can be so easy to slip into? It all starts with a conscious and steady effort toward self-care and self-regulation. Mental health involves an inward understanding of what is going on in your life and how to approach problems in a positive manner. So, yes, as simple as it may sound, the key to knowing yourself and practicing productive self-care starts with positivity within your own thoughts. Quite often, when we feel ourselves becoming tense, easily annoyed or just frustrated, we tend to let those thoughts
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manifest, affecting work, relationships and our own mental well-being in the process. There are many ways to promote and practice self-care, but the easiest way is to stop and think. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, take a few minutes to step back and breathe. Instead of reacting, think through the situation from a rational headspace. Realize that your own focus on that situation is far worse than what is actually going on. Experts suggest keeping up a daily exercise routine, eating healthy, practicing meditation and always continuing to learn and read. Also, simply practicing self-actualization (understanding your potential) and taking the time to periodically write out your thoughts and answering the questions, “Why do you do what you do?” and, “What kind of impact you hope to have on your surroundings and the people in your life?” are great ways to continue to better know yourself.
Moving toward a post-stress life isn’t impossible
By Tessa Flattum
he bad news: Americans’ stress levels are at an all-time high, and reliance on unhealthy behaviors and instances of health complications due to stress indicate to researchers that the nation could be on the brink of a public health crisis. The good news: There seems to be an increasing awareness of the health impact connected to stress – and people are taking the time to reduce it. As the body responds to stress, the hypothalamus tells the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline, hor-
mones intended to increase the heart rate and send blood to major organs and muscles. When the perceived threat is gone, the body returns to its normal state. But when the body is introduced to these stressors every single day, health complications – such as depression, obesity and even cardiovascular disease – can quickly rise to the surface. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association (APA), more than half of Americans reported health problems as a result of stress in the last year, and over 84 percent of the population acknowledges that stress can have a strong impact on an individual’s life.
Though half the population claims to be excellent at knowing when their stress levels are high, the APA reports that a fraction of that sample knows how to adequately prevent stress in the first place. That number seems to be climbing, however, suggesting that more people are educating themselves on stress management and taking care of themselves as best they can. Tessa Flattum is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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fter an emotionally traumatic event, engaging in self-care is one of the most important things someone can do while taking it day by day. In a study conducted by the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, scholar Daniella Sieff interviewed psychologist Dr. Donald Kalsched about the ways in which survivors of trauma can sabotage themselves while healing by engaging in unhealthy thought processes and coping mechanisms. This particular study was centered mainly on those who are recovering from childhood trauma, but many of the points in the study can be applied to different levels of trauma, including traumas inflicted in adulthood. In the interview, Kalsched discusses how those who have been traumatized tend to blame themselves for the trauma as a way of finding an explanation for the painful experiences. This self-shaming thought process is counterintuitive, Kalsched says. In fact, it proves to be a significant barrier to healing and trauma recovery. Per Kalsched, methods for effective self-care following trauma focus on recognizing those negative thought patterns that run through the mind, but not dwelling on them. Other helpful practices include meditation, remaining connected with family and friends, keeping up physical health with a healthful diet and exercise, and, most of all, having compassion by realizing that healing after trauma is difficult, and something that can’t be done quickly or alone.
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fter decades of deadlines, retirement is supposed to put an end to workplace stress. Unfortunately, many people find that the transition to retirement, while exciting, brings its own set of stressors. Often, making the shift from working every day to not at all is accompanied by a loss of a sense of structure, stability and even purpose. Financial pressures and health problems can feel inevitable, and the idea of being retired can evoke feelings of depression due to the finality of it all. Perspective is key to handling post-retirement stress. This is, after all, an enormous life change, and it’s very natural to experience mixed emotions. By shifting the mindset to one of acceptance and gratitude, recent retirees can begin to embrace
He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not How to prevent dating violence and recognize unhealthy relationships By Jenny Wise
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retirement as a new and exciting phase of life. Start by structuring your day around regular exercise, volunteering, a part-time job or time with family to help you ease into retirement. If you have health worries, the best stress reduction strategy is preventive care, maintaining a healthful diet and staying active regularly. This approach improves physical health and feeds positively into mental health as well. As for financial concerns, read up on Social Security and Medicare and compose a financial plan. Consider simplifying or downsizing your lifestyle to ensure you can provide for your family in the years to come. Ultimately, it’s important to be kind to yourself. By accepting that some days of retirement will be better than others, you can appreciate the freedom that comes with this stage of life.
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here are many ways to manage stress. You could go for a walk, listen to your favorite tunes, hang out with friends or even take a nap. Any or all those things might work to help you relax, but what about yoga? Yoga is a practice that began thousands of years ago in India, and is still in use today – for good reason. It is said to be both physically and mentally beneficial, so it may be just the the hobby to pick up as a last-minute New Year’s resolution. According to a 2010 study by psychology lecturer and National Institutes of Health researcher Subhadra Evans, yoga promotes physical, psychological and spiritual well-being. A single, 30-minute yoga flow activates the musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary systems, and even improves autonomic nervous system and endocrine functioning. More specifically, it helps individuals become more in sync with changes in their bodies and promotes mental clarity, which in turn improves a wide variety of health parameters, including
better sleep and decreased cravings. Different flows help different areas of the body, both mental and physical. Pregnancy, anxiety and joint pain are some of the situations in which yoga may be beneficial. And the best part? Contrary to what you may think, yoga doesn’t have to be done in a large, intimidating yoga studio. If you prefer to flow in the comfort of your own home, free videos exist online on outlets such as @YogaWithAdriene on YouTube and step-by-step practices for beginners on Yoga Journal. All you need is your own body and a space to let your mind relax. Tessa Flattum is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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ost people today are concerned with leading a healthy lifestyle, but living it out can be easier said than done. Usually, making time for workouts in the midst of a busy schedule is the focus, but physical fitness isn’t the only component to a healthy lifestyle. Diet has a major impact on the body, but many neglect the effects that are invisible to the naked eye. Though you can’t see it change in the mirror, the food you eat certainly has an effect on the brain. “Let’s not forget that our brains are a part of our body, and so what is good for one part is good for another,” says Liz Weinandy, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medi-
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Local registered dietitian shares the importance of brain foods
walnuts and almonds are foods I like to see people try to include frequently and even daily in their meals and snacks.” Transitioning your diet can be just as challenging as changing your physical fitness regimen. It’s a daunting task if you are trying to revamp your entire diet all at once, but simply focusing on adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet is a step in the right direction. “Generally speaking, I find when people are focused on adding more healthful foods, the less healthful ones drop down or out, so it is a win-win,” says Weinandy. The time and the energy that goes into preparing fresh, nutrient-dense foods is often the biggest deterrent when it comes to adopting healthier eating habits. This, combined with the fact that people tend to choose food based on cravings rather than on nutrition, makes processed and unhealthful food a first choice for many people. That’s not to say that you won’t start craving healthful food once your body is used to getting it on a daily basis, but you should certainly start paying more attention to how many fruits and vegetables you are consuming, and aim for the recommended amount. “I like to see people eat a fruit or vegetable, or both, at every meal and most snacks. The recommendation is five servings a day, but for cancer prevention and optimal health, double that is the goal,” says Weinandy. For those who don’t have time every single night to cook a meal after work and other obligations, Weinandy says that meal prep and batch cooking are key. “Hardly anyone has time to cook every night and a little menu planning can go a long way,” she says. Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Straight to the Point Local acupuncturist shares her knowledge of Chinese medicine
cupuncture and other forms of Chinese medicine are often written off as inferior to Western medicine. In recent years, though, Americans have become more and more accepting of alternatives. Still, a lot of people don’t know enough about the practice to seek treatment. Healthy New Albany Magazine talked with Michelle Sauberzweig, a licensed acupuncturist at Living Well Acupuncture in New Albany, about her practice of Eastern and, more specifically, Chinese medicine.
Michelle Sauberzweig is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Ohio. She is also certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCAAOM). In 2009, Michelle received a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She was trained in various adjunctive therapies, such as moxibustion, tui na, acupressure, cupping, auricular therapy, battlefield acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and dietary therapy. Her specialties include women’s health, infertility, stressrelated conditions, digestive disorders, and muscular and joint pain, including back pain. Michelle is very passionate about Chinese medicine and is dedicated to helping her patients realize their full potential in mind, body and spirit. 40
HNA: What specific practices does Chinese medicine include? MS: The goal with Chinese medicine is to promote physical, mental and emotional balance, and we have several different modalities to use in order to achieve this balance. Acupuncture, the most common and wellknown modality, uses thin needles into the skin to correct the energy flow (qi, pronounced chee) in the body in order to treat and prevent disease and reduce pain. Chinese herbs are used to enhance the treatment, help with recovery from injury and treat disease. Cupping, made famous by Michael Phelps, is used to increase blood flow and circulation, eliminate toxins, and relax the muscles. Tui na is a form of Chinese massage that uses pressure on acupuncture points, meridians and groups of muscles in order to remove the blockages of energy in the body. Gua sha uses a massage tool to scrape the skin, which increases blood flow, improves range of motion and decreases pain. Usually, this is intimidating to patients due to the bruising it causes, but it looks far worse than it feels.
HNA: Do you use any other wellness-based therapies when treating your patients?
MS: In my practice, I also use dietary therapy to help patients heal. Food is medicine, so giving the body nutrients it needs to heal is crucial. With Chinese nutrition, we first identify what is deficient or excessive in their body through diagnosis. Based upon that, we can suggest specific foods or ask that the patient avoid specific foods that will help correct this imbalance. For instance, if a patient presents with menopausal symptoms, she is typically considered to be yin deficient. In order to improve this condition, the
patient should eat apples, asparagus, eggs, mangos, pomegranates, pears, kidney beans, yams, pork, tofu and honey. She should avoid spicy, pungent foods, alcohol, recreational drugs, coffee and caffeine.
HNA: Can you explain how acupuncture works?
MS: In Western medicine terms, when a needle is inserted into the body, the body responds with multiple biological responses mediated by sensory neurons within the central nervous system. Studies done with Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) have indicated that the central nervous system is affected by acupuncture. The stimulation from acupuncture triggers the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in an alteration in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, leading to the changes in blood flow centrally and peripherally. At this point, the body initiates responses to pain relief, immune function and hormonal balance.
HNA: What ailments can acupuncture be used to treat?
MS: Acupuncture is used to treat several health conditions including, but not limited to: allergies, arthritis, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, headaches, hypertension, induction of labor, infertility, insomnia, knee pain, low back pain, menopause, migraines, morning sickness, nausea, PMS, sciatica, sprains, stress related conditions, tennis elbow and vomiting.
HNA: What can a patient expect the treatment to feel like?
MS: After an acupuncture treatment, most patients feel very relaxed, mentally and physically. Acupuncture triggers the body to release endorphins, so a feeling of euphoria for a www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
few hours can result. Some patients get energized after the treatment, and others feel sleepy and tired. Drinking plenty of water before and after the treatment is helpful for optimal results.
HNA: How often does someone usually have to receive treatment?
MS: The number of treatments varies depending on the type, severity and duration of the condition. The benefits of acupuncture are accumulative, so more than one treatment is necessary. Acute conditions may take only a few treatments to resolve completely, but a chronic issue will take longer, at least 10-12 sessions. I usually schedule more frequently in the beginning but taper down as improvements are made and the body begins to heal itself, and that pace is different for everyone. Each medicine has its proper dosage and each plan is individualized to best fit the needs of the patient. For additional information or questions, feel free to contact Michelle at Living Well Acupuncture at 740-206-8705 or go to www.livingwell-acupuncture.com.
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