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have always been active, participating in a variety of sporting pursuits throughout my life that challenge my mind, body and spirit. Life has a way of throwing you curveballs. Sometimes, when you are hit, you fall down and remain down. Sometimes, you get up, dust yourself off and go at it again. Before my mom passed, she told me to read Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. It was a book about taking care of you. After she died, I read the book and began taking baby steps on how to put myself first and improve on my health and fitness journey so I would have the energy spiritually, mentally and physically to handle whatever happened – including the passing of my little brother, my dad and, then, the unexpected passing of my son. With each curveball thrown at me, I was slowly losing energy. It was a struggle to get up. The unexpected passing of my son in February 2014 was a curveball I don’t wish on anyone, but it made me stay up. I used exercise to cope with the grief, and I ran my first half-marathon in May 2014. My son’s motto was “Live your dash.” I continue to use exercise to help cope with the grief and live my dash. I was slowly losing my grip on staying on top of my exercise game after my half-marathon. I wanted to let the grief take over and succumb to the chair. I was bound and determined not to let that happen, but I needed someone or somebody to help me stay up. The Ohio State University Health and Fitness Center motto spoke to me: “There is no routine fitness program,” using a holistic, individualized approach to meet the needs of the individual. 10
between what you want now and what you That was what I needed to stay on top. I have been to many gyms, but the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany was different. It offered everything I was looking for. After my nurse practitioner at the center recommended I try the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) program, I was on my way to staying on track with achieving my health and wellness goals. My primary focus is my health and wellness, but what keeps me coming through the door is the positive energy that pulses throughout the center; the personal attention, the genuine care, concern and compassion from – and for – everyone. The wellness programs offered at the center have been a wonderful addition to helping me stay on track and meet my goals. I started with the EIM program, progressed to the Kick Start program and am currently in personal training with fitness and EIM specialist Grant Nau. From day one, the connection between Grant and me was wonderful. He has a heart of gold, his en-
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the workout, it is the end result – the feeling of peace, contentment and a sense of accomplishment – that help me deal with whatever comes my way during the day. Grant’s motto, “dig deep,” is a beautiful reminder that I’ve got this and not to give up, both with exercise and in life. He intuitively knows what I need; he is an amazing person and trainer, and I am very blessed to have him as an integral part of my health and wellness journey A healthy, holistic lifestyle is what I want most, and being a member of the Heit Center and OSU has been wonderful in helping me continue fueling my desire to achieve a healthy and positive mind, body, and spirit. This has been a coping tool to help me continue working through my grief. So much positivity has come from being at the center. There, I’m in the right place. Thank you, Phil, for your vision, bringing the center to fruition, your selflessness and the positive energy that exudes from you. Thank you Grant, for being the person you are, being on this journey with me as we prepare for next year, taking one day at a time. And thank you to all of the support staff for helping to make the center what it is. Always keep a smile on your face, a song in your heart and a pep in your step. Do whatever makes your heart go pitter-patter. The center helps make mine pitter-patter!
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Local cook Eileen Pewitt uses her skills to connect people and fight food insecurity
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ileen Pewitt has come a long way. This time last year, she was helping to run a food pantry out of a garage. Today, she’s running the same operation on a large scale out of a spare room in a New Albany school building. “This is like a palace compared to what they had before,” Pewitt says. “It’s really hard to find a place when you’re a nonprofit and you don’t have money.” People don’t always realize that hunger and access to food are significant problems in New Albany, but Pewitt and the Village Coalition Against Hunger (VCAH) have been working to raise awareness and improve the situation. “When it first started, this community was like, ‘We don’t really want to believe that that’s a problem here,’” Pewitt says. “Every month, we seem to gain more connection.” For Pewitt, connection is huge. It’s what she strives for with the food pantry – connecting clients to resources and recipes. It’s how she found herself teaching and presenting with the City Life Center and Bradford School, it’s how she convinces others to use their skills and it’s what brought her to cooking in the first place. Pewitt wasn’t always a cook, at least not in this sense, though she’s long been a lover of the kitchen. Years ago, Pewitt was a nurse in Chicago. Two kids, one move and some time later she found herself in New Albany, looking for the next thing when her first son went to college. That thing was culinary school. “We always hear people say, ‘Do what you love, follow your passion, take a risk,’ that sort of thing,” Pewitt says.
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“Because we were fortunate enough that we didn’t need my income, I said, ‘Well, what the heck.’” The transition from nursing, to the Bradford School’s Columbus Culinary Institute, to teaching and confronting food insecurity makes more sense than it may initially seem. As a nurse, Pewitt saw herself as a teacher, helping clients understand how to best take care of themselves. When she graduated culinary school, she saw the potential to share her knowledge of and passion for cooking with others. A chance connection at church led her to teach culinary classes at Central Ohio Youth for Christ’s City Life Center. For the last few years, Pewitt, along with founder Joyce Pinson, have been working to introduce students to cooking – both the basics and “cool stuff.” Since then, Pewitt’s culinary resume has grown to include VCAH, presentations as a Bradford School admissions agent and cooking classes at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. “To me, it made sense that somehow I could share what I learned,” Pewitt says. “That’s what I did in nursing; I shared what I learned with those families.” Pewitt has little trouble making the connections, but she has found some challenges bringing others’ attention to the issues. Particularly with regard to New Albany, Pewitt has encountered some uncertainty about the significance of food insecurity. “We’re not that much different than other communities,” she says. “People look at us here like we’re the golden mecca or something, but we have the same issues. People can’t believe that we have a food pantry.” Within New Albany, though, Pewitt has found a community of people ready to help and give what they can. That’s one reason her family has called the city home for almost 20 years.
Due to Pewitt’s dedication to lasting connections, the VCAH is rife with partners. The Heit Center, New Albany Farmers Market and New AlbanyPlain Local Schools are just a few of the organizations that have come together with VCAH.
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Eileen Pewitt shares her wellness habits What’s a favorite healthful recipe of yours? I love a very basic, healthful chicken noodle soup that can be made in 15 minutes, because soup is such comfort. If I were going to have a business, it would be called Stone Soup, that story about two visitors who came through a village. They didn’t have food or money to buy food, so they went to the village and said, “We have this great recipe to make this stone soup.” They put this pot in the middle of the town square, they filled the pot with water, they put their stones in there. They eventually had the whole community coming and adding to the pot, then when that was finished, the community ate out of this pot of soup. So it’s a community connectedness kind of story. Are there any foods you try to avoid? I honestly don’t love raw fish, so sushi, I don’t love. I’ll eat it, but I don’t love it. I love to make it, but I don’t eat it. What’s your favorite recipe to make? I really love to make veal Bolognese sauce for pasta. It 14
takes all day and it has wonderful flavors. Then you create this pasta dish and you can feed everyone. What’s something you do to relax? Crossword puzzles and cooking magazines. The whole idea of cooking and food is so comforting to me, so I love to look at new recipes and think about flavors and those kinds of things. Crossword puzzles for a few reasons; because we have Alzheimer’s disease in our family, plus I just love the challenge of finding the words. I usually do them at the end of the day or after dinner or when I’m in bed. What’s your favorite way to stay fit? I love to play tennis. I started playing tennis when I was 36 and have enjoyed it ever since. It’s a great physical sport, it’s a great team sport – so there’s connectedness with other people. It’s one of the life sports so you can do it at any age. Like my son says, “You can’t play old geezer football, Mom.” But tennis, you can play.
are there,” she says. “It’s little, teeny, tiny things too. Do you have a half hour to deliver groceries?” While the first volunteer experience might not be the one, Pewitt says it can introduce people to other ways that they can put their own skills to use. After all, she’s all about connecting one thing to another. How can our skills be put to use? How can we do more? How can we get others involved? “It’s hitting the pavement and meeting people,” Pewitt says. “The more people you come in contact with and the more you share your story, the better off the world is.”
It’s a common misconception that there isn’t a need for a food pantry in New Albany. Fortunately, Pewitt and others at VCAH have taken up the cause for those in food insecurity in the area.
“There are a lot of people to help and connect with,” Pewitt says. “There are so many generous people here, both generous financially and with time.” Pewitt has put her time to use trying to not only provide food and basic cooking instructions, but expand upon people’s knowledge. With the food pantry for example, she makes an effort to
test and share new ways to use the same food. Try splitting a box of mac and cheese for a light olive oil pasta dish and, later, a cheesy popcorn snack. Volunteering has become a lifestyle for Pewitt, and it’s something she thinks we all can do year round. “Once you volunteer, you realize all the other volunteer opportunities that
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A Cycle of Giving For fans of fun, friends and fundraising, the New Albany Cycling Club is a hit
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n Thursday summer nights in New Albany, residents may notice an influx of cyclists throughout the city. The group of cyclists was given a route at the beginning of the week, split based on skill level and, though they’re enjoying the ride, many are most looking forward to that post-ride beer. The group may seem too organized and large to be a resident-organized club, but that’s exactly what it is. Since its founding in fall 2012, the New Albany Cycling Club has become a vital part of New Albany. The club has an impressive website, www.thecyclingclub.org, and clear organization. However, despite the formality of the club, it’s still unintimidating, inclusive and easy to join. People of all ages and genders are represented within the club. The club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after work, with upwards of 40 people on Tuesdays, and as many as 100 on Thursdays. The Thursday group is split into four subgroups, with group A being the fastest and most skilled riders, who typically ride between 50 and 60 miles each Thursday, and group D being newcomers or those looking for a shorter route. Each group is headed by a leader who ensures nobody gets left behind, everyone follows the correct trail and everyone is being safe on the roads. After all the specifics are worked out, it comes down to simply enjoying the ride and one another's company. “The thing about biking is it’s the camaraderie of riding with your friends and riding with other people and sharing that experience,” says club founder Todd Brubaker. “Some days you’re out there with blue skies and cornfields; it’s beautiful.” Brubaker was cycling weekly with a group of about 20 people. As the group 16
(Top) Members of the New Albany Cycling Club stop for a beer at the Hawks Nest Pub after a long ride. From left: Mitch Mink, Todd Brubaker, Craig Mohre and John Archer. (Left) Bill Barrett with his wife, JoAnne, at Pelotonia.
grew, members knew they wanted to organize into something more and increase attendance. With New Albany’s commitment to health and fitness, Brubaker and the original group knew the club would be successful if they could just get the word out. Luckily, the original group was made up of cyclists with diverse backgrounds. “We have a lot of talented individuals, and everybody was stepping up and bringing a lot of talent to the table,” says Brubaker. “With Pelotonia coming into
Columbus, there is such a focus on biking that people wanted to be involved.” Club member Bill Barrett says partnerships were the biggest factor in turning the weekly rides into a true club. “Girls with Gears was one of our mentors, and helped us understand what they were doing. We also had some input from Phil Heit from the (Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany),” says Barrett. “We had a role model with Girls with Gears because they were a few years older than us. It was to help with routes, training, to get people into the sport.” The club was founded with a goal to bring together a community and promote cycling – two important goals, but not everything. The group is also a major supporter of non-profits, and always has a large presence at events such as Pelotonia and Honor Ride Ohio. For www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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Members of the New Albany Cycling Club at Castello di Velona in Italy. From left, back row: Tony Eramo, Scott Cummans, Keith Goodwin, Daryl Sybert, Bill Barrett, Joe Calvaruso, guide Fabio Marzi. Front row: Donna Eramo, JoAnn Cummans, Diane Goodwin, guide Casey Carr and Deb Sybert
sometimes when folks get out there, they just assume they own the road. … There are people who live out there, and riding four abreast isn’t going to make them happy.” However, the core reason the club has seen so much success always comes back to the social aspect of riding with a group. Each Thursday, after the ride is over, many members of the club stay to get a beer and catch up. “People stick around and get a beer afterward. I think it’s a really nice amenity for our community,” says Brubaker. And for Barrett, the club has made him lasting friendships. Last year, he and his wife even traveled to Italy with a group of cycling club members and their spouses. But he isn’t just joined on the bike by friends, he’s also joined by family. Though his wife doesn’t cycle, she always volunteers at various events, directs traffic, works rest stops and drives a car to support cyclists. His children are very involved with the bike. He and his daughter rode Pelotonia
together for the first time in 2010, and his son is a member of the club. “He volunteered at Pelotonia for the last four years, and he’s ridden Ride 2 Recovery,” says Barrett. “It’s especially great for me, because any time you get to spend six hours with your son, what else would you want to do?” In the future, Brubaker hopes the club will be able to start its own fundraising event. For now, club members enjoy being part of an active, fun and giving group. And, of course, being a fitness-focused group makes the social time that much more enjoyable. “One of the things that cycling affords you is the ability to eat and drink what you want,” says Barrett. “On a long ride, you’ll burn 6,000 calories, so whatever someone puts in front of you, it’s like, ‘I’ll have that.’ Do you want this one or that one? I’ll have both of them, please.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Barrett, that’s one of the best parts of the club. “One day … you’re (at Pelotonia) riding and you’re thinking, ‘The people in this group – just this year – have raised over $100,000 for cancer research,’” he says. “What better way to spend a day?” Brubaker attributes a lot of the club’s success not just to the dedicated members, but also to New Albany’s culture and proximity to country roads. “New Albany is a great place to ride from; it’s kind of a central point for people not only within our community, but from Columbus,” he says. “There are people that come who are coming from all over the city of Columbus, so we’re really fortunate that we have these roads with beautiful countrysides right at our doorstep.” The support for the club in the community has also been central, says Brubaker. From the signage and bike lanes throughout the city to the interest from city government and promotion of cycling in schools, New Albany supports a culture of encouraged and safe cycling. In fact, promoting safe cycling has been one of the club’s biggest efforts. “We’ve all evolved and trained, being observant with traffic laws and helping members,” says Barrett. “It’s interesting — when I’m on country roads,
initiatives By Scott McAfee, City of New Albany
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Roundabout, Road & Trail Construction Ramping Up
Stay up-to-date on the projects throughout New Albany through 2017
number of projects will occur between now and the end of the year, including:
U.S. Rt. 62/Greensward/ Lambton Park Roundabout This $1.5 million project, which began in July, will better facilitate traffic flow, eliminate head-on and high speed right-angle collisions, reduce speeds and carbon emissions, prevent the need
to widen U.S. Rt. 62 in the future, and better maintain the rural character of the area. It will be paid for in part by a grant and no-interest loan from the state of Ohio, city capital fund revenues and a land donation by the New Albany Company. A traffic study confirmed that conditions at this intersection met state requirements for a traffic central device such as a roundabout.
Traffic Impact Both directions of U.S. Rt. 62 will remain open for the duration of the project, but there may be slight delays and flaggers depending upon the phase of construction. â€˘ Greensward Road at U.S. Rt. 62 is expected to be closed in July for four to six weeks. Detours will be posted. New Albany Country Club members can access the club a number of ways,
including Yantis, Ogden Woods or Greensward from Dublin-Granville. • Around mid-August, Lambton Park Road at U.S. Rt. 62 is expected to be closed for approximately four weeks. Detours will be posted. • Construction impacting vehicular traffic should be complete by the end of the year. Landscaping and trees will be installed spring 2018.
Fodor Road Traffic Signal at New Albany High School Entrance This $250,000 project will provide a safer environment for pedestrians and
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lem Road traffic volume heading south toward Dublin-Granville was the largest factor for meeting the state’s requirements for a traffic signal at this intersection.
Street Maintenance Program Each year, the city ranks roadway conditions and invests roughly The traffic volume on Harlem Road heading south toward Dublin$1 million for street mainGranville will be better controlled by a new traffic signal. tenance improvements. vehicular traffic entering and exiting the Sealing cracks in paveschool campus from Fodor Road. Con- ment is performed on streets that are in struction of the underground equipment good shape but need preventive repair began after school recessed and con- to protect the road from the weather’s tinues throughout the summer months. damaging effects. Micro-surfacing is a The traffic signal is expected to be in- treatment process utilized to extend the stalled in late fall, after the underground lifespan of existing asphalt roads and to construction is completed. provide a better aesthetic value. When road bases are still good but the asphalt Harlem Road – Dublinsurface course is deteriorating, a mill and Granville Road Traffic Signal overlay of new asphalt is performed, and This $200,000 project is expected when the asphalt and street base are to be complete by year’s end. Har- both in failure, a total road reconstruc-
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Safe Routes to School Leisure Trail Along DublinGranville from Meadway to Morgan This $250,000 project includes leisure trail from Morgan Road to Meadway Drive along the north side of Dublin-Granville and a new storm sewer. Vehicular traffic will not be impacted during construction. The majority of the project will be funded by a Safe Routes to School grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation. This trail will improve pedestrian safety along the northern side of Dublin-Granville Road between the Hampstead community and the school campus. Scott McAfee is public information officer for the city of New Albany. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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post office, beauty shop, art center, media room, theater, chapel and four different dining venues. You might guess that this is the layout of a small college town. You’d be wrong. These are actually just a few of the amenities of the new Wesley Woods at New Albany retirement community, opening later this summer. The sprawling 38-acre campus of Wesley Woods will be the third retirement community owned by Methodist ElderCare Services in the central Ohio area, the other two being Wesley Glen in Columbus and Wesley Ridge in Reynoldsburg. Methodist ElderCare’s CEO, Peg Carmany, says she was approached for the new location by the city of New Albany. After a survey showed that New Albany had a sizable group of younger
seniors who were looking toward retirement community living, Carmany and the Methodist ElderCare team gave the project a green light. “I honestly believe that this is a perfect fit for this community. I think New Albany needs what we have to offer,” Carmany says. “I think it will complete the community.” After the need was established, the next decision arose: Where would be the ideal location for Wesley Woods at New Albany? Carmany says Methodist ElderCare wanted to be near attractions in and around New Albany – such as the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, Easton Town Center and New Albany Country Club – while being set in a beautiful and semi-secluded environment. She thinks the location they de-
cided on, right off state Route 161 near Interstate 270, is the ideal spot. “We’re close to (downtown New Albany), but we’re also nestled out in the woods,” Carmany says. “I think we’re a perfect combination of community and the environment.” Along with the many amenities listed above, Wesley Woods at New Albany will partner with Otterbein University. Residents will have the opportunity to take and even teach courses at the university, while Otterbein students will work as interns at Wesley Woods. Additionally, Wesley Woods will continue to collaborate with the Heit Center, which Carmany says has a “strong focus on all aspects of wellness,” and the New Albany Symphony Orchestra for special offerings for its residents. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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New Albany’s many amenities — including the Heit Center, New Albany Country Club and proximity to Easton — make the city a perfect home for a Wesley Woods facility.
“We jumped into New Albany with a great deal of gusto,” Carmany says. “We are really looking forward to being a part of New Albany.” Wendell Graves, executive director of Wesley Woods, says Methodist ElderCare is all about helping to serve senior adults, and that is something he is trying to impart onto Wesley Woods as well. “When a resident moves into our community, all their needs will be met, no matter what level of care,” Graves says. “We offer peace of mind.”
There’s a reason New Albany was ranked the best suburb by Business Insider in 2015. It has top-ranked schools, an extremely low poverty rate, low crime rate, and more than 600 acres of public parks and green space. For the same reasons, Methodist ElderCare chose New Albany for its new location. Carmany says Wesley Woods is “going to be a welcoming and vibrant community that will add to this welcoming and vibrant community.”
“Our residents will have much to give back and to enjoy with to this great community,” Graves says. “New Albany is America’s best suburb. What better a place to live and thrive?” Carmany says the ultimate goal of Wesley Woods is to live up to the values set by Methodist ElderCare. “Our mission, vision and values say that … we know our business, we understand the people we serve and we care about the people we serve as an individual,” Carmany says. “So our mission, vision and values are that we know, we understand and we care, and every aspect of this community is working toward that goal.” Zachary Konno is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Situps may not be all they’re cracked up to be
Health & Fitness Journal in 2013 suggested that the optimum workout length is about 20 minutes. The trick? Low rest between sets – proof that the quality of the workout matters much more than how long it lasts. Because the average person does not have hours upon hours to train, workout enthusiast Dr. Chris Kolba, a physical therapist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has some tips on how to safely advance your workout efficiently. As it turns out, pure body weight fitness exercises may not be as useful as advertised.
1. Change Up Your Abdominal Workout Routine “I don’t recommend situps for anyone. Why risk injury when we know of so many other great alternatives?” says Kolba. “And we know without a doubt repetitive flexion leads to bad things in the spine.” Historically, situps are among the most popular workouts of all time, but they may not be that effective – or safe – for you. “The core is an area that all forces are transmitted through, either from the
Chris Kolba’s alternatives to situps Plank: In the push-up position, hold your body weight up by your forearms rather than your hands. Hold your body in this position as long as you’re able. Bridge: Lie on your back with your knees bent and arms at your sides, palms down. Using your legs rather than your back, push your lower back and buttocks off the ground. Be sure not to rest upper body weight on your neck. Side plank: Similar to a plank, lie down on your side with your feet stacked on top of each other. Rest your top arm on your side, and use your bottom arm to lift your body off the ground. Hold your body up using either your hand or forearm on the ground. Bird dog: Get on your hands and knees with a flat back. Then, extend either your left arm and right leg, or right arm and left leg, keeping the raised arm and leg parallel to the ground. Continue to look down rather than forward to ensure you do not strain your neck. Keep your hips and shoulders square, rather than tilting your body to one side. 24
ground up or the top down,” Kolba says. “If the core is weak, you will not be able to generate and transmit forces appropriately, which leads to compensation and eventual breakdown. Most traditional exercises came from the bodybuilding boom of the past, where everything was isolated and worked.” Outdated, he means, due to the new knowledge of how abdominals are integrated within the body. “Fast forward to today, where we know so much more about the body, its muscles and how it actually functions against gravity, ground reaction forces and momentum for improved sport performance – not just looking good on stage or in a T-shirt,” says Kolba. “Most people think the core is just the abs. They don’t realize the core is the abs, the lateral and posterior trunk muscles, and the hips. We also now know through research that doing repetitive flexion movements of the spine – i.e., situps – leads to disc degeneration, spinal joint breakdown and muscle imbalances that set you up for injury.” The idea that situps are not good for your body is not new. About 10 years ago, a report was published through Harvard Medical School, detailing how alternatives to sit ups such as planks are much more effective, and cause the exerciser less risk of injury. “Great alternatives that will effectively work core and spare your spine the damaging forces include planks, bridges, side planks, bird dogs, farmer carries, waiter walks, to name a few.”
2. Optimize Your Workout While these alternatives are helpful to know, it doesn’t do much good if they take too long to complete or add too much time to your workout. While the Health & Fitness Journal study stated that a 20-minute workout is ideal, completing any workout routine perfectly can be challenging, frustrating and time-consuming. Don’t stress yourself out, as there is no hard and fast rule of the length for a workout, Kolba says, and it should be tailored to the individual. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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n the late 1960s, when Arnold Schwarzenegger would famously walk up and down the sun-torched beaches of Venice, Calif. to an army of gawkers and international photographers, it seemed as if the desire for incredible physique and musculature was at its peak. In reality, this intense longing for perfect body symmetry harkens back to the ancient Greeks who idealized the perfect muscular body, as Simon Goldhill describes in Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives. Fast forward 2,000 years. You’d think mankind would have optimized working out to its full capacity, right? Even with all this history and evolution of exercising, science suggests, for the most part, that people are still remarkably inefficient – and potentially unsafe – with their exercise practices. For instance, a study published in the American College of Sports Medicine’s
“How long a workout takes depends on many factors. What are your goals, how much time do you actually have, how old are you, what is your training background, etc.,” Kolba says. “In general, a good general workout is probably about 40-45 minutes, but could be shorter or could be longer.” Some ways to increase the efficiency of your workout include utilizing a combination of muscles, not isolation. “Using multi-joint lifts allows you to work many muscles in one exercise and is more time-efficient. Getting proper instruction is important to prevent injury and to design the most efficient and effective program for your specific needs,” he says. “You want to ensure the intensity, frequency and duration of your program fits your specific needs, and the exercise selection maximizes your ability to achieve your goal in working out. In general, a workout should be specific to your goals; include multi-planar movements; include pushing, pulling and vertically loaded movements; be performed with good form; and be void of situps.”
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3. Take Proper Care of Injuries Even with efficient time length, proper form and safe exercises, injuries can happen. Instead of pushing through, Kolba recommends a proper timetable for recovery to ensure you can get back to exercising as soon as possible. “When you are injured, it’s important to consult with a qualified professional who can assess you and identify your imbalances and faulty movement patterns,” he says. “Often, the area of pain is not the contributing factor, it is just the area that was overused to compensate for another link in the system that is not working to its full potential. They can also educate you on proper form and modifications to allow you continue to exercise, but avoid aggravating movement/exercise.” David Allen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Globetrotting Goals NAHS senior is inspired after exchange program in Croatia
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ask, ‘Why are you letting her do this?’” Forbes says. “To that question, my parents always said, ‘Why not? This is what she wanted and it’s an amazing opportunity.’” Rotary has been facilitating exchanges such as Forbes’ since 1929, sending teenagers around the world to more than 200 participating countries. Exchanges can be shortterm, about a month, or long-term, like Forbes’, for a year. The Rotary program in Columbus provides a year’s worth of training for the students participating in the exchange prior to their summer departures. “Once a month, there is a training sleepover weekend where they will train you on what to expect and how to solve problems that come your way,” says Forbes. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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n the age of helicopter parenting, Peri Forbes’ story sounds like fiction. Forbes, a senior at New Albany High School, spent her junior year studying abroad in Croatia as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Program. Though many students study abroad at some point during their education, most do so in college, not high school. The truth is that Forbes isn’t like most other students. “It was a ‘why not?’ decision, because I love to look for new adventures,” Forbes says. Her parents were very supportive of her decision, and Forbes’ mother even played a large part in finding the program for her. “Other parents wondered if my parents were sending me away because I did something wrong, or they would
Forbes says living with families of varying backgrounds provided her with a well-rounded cultural experience.
The more prepared the students, the more likely they are to achieve the goals of the program, which Forbes says are “to explore, share and learn cultural differences, with the added bonus of learning a new language to help provide service to the global community.”
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Forbes lived and studied in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. She would catch a bus each morning that would take her to the tram, and the tram would take her to school. Her classes took place in either the morning or the afternoon; certainly different than a
typical day at New Albany High School. Classes were more varied, too. “I think (Croatian) school was a lot more difficult because students take up to 16 different classes a year at the same time,” says Forbes. Forbes lived with two host families during her time there, typical for the Rotary program. The eldest sibling in both families had participated in the Rotary exchange before. Having someone nearby who knew what she was going through helped Forbes’ transition. One of the stated purposes of the Rotary Exchange Program is to help students learn outside of the classroom in addition to inside it. Forbes’ host families helped provide much of that outside of the classroom learning by taking her on many trips and serving as personal tour guides. Living with two different families added even more cultural experience, as one of her families was Muslim and the other was Catholic. One might think that a high level of maturity would be required of a high school student who wanted to study abroad, and while Forbes certainly has that, she takes a different view.
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“Studying abroad allows students to mature by learning a new language and going through different struggles or milestones without someone holding their hand,” she says. Now that Forbes has returned to NAHS and is finishing up her senior year, she has fallen back into the swing of her stateside life. Her favorite class is math, and she enjoys delving deeply into Forbes reads to a group of younger students in Zagreb. book analysis in her English class. She’s also doing some writing “This year I am a part of the of her own. school’s literary magazine, Crooked
New Albany VCAH creates a healthy community with Empty Bowls event By Amanda Etchison
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n annual event organized by New well as bowls decorated by students group that organizes events throughout Albany’s Village Coalition Against at NAMS. Columbus that are catered by teams of Hunger (VCAH) and the New Al“The kids get so engaged because volunteer soup makers, for a Souper bany Middle School art department aims you can physically make your bowl, then Supper at the Philip Heit Center for to raise awareness about food insecurity paint it and then you can eat out of it and Healthy New Albany. one bowl of soup at a time. keep it, so it is a really cool concept,” VCAH was able to raise $1,000 in Part of the Empty Bowls Project, Douglas says. donations from that event, Douglas says. an international grassroots initiative that The funds go to VCAH, which runs In addition to community gatherorganizes fundraising and educational the local food pantry and hosts other ings and fundraisers, Douglas says, opportunities to aid in the fight against community outreach events, such as its VCAH also strives to provide a variety hunger, New Albany’s Empty Bowls annual 5K/10K run and walk. In March, of resources year-round to the clients dinners invite community members to VCAH partnered with Souper Heroes, a that it serves. In the past, VCAH hostcome together and learn how this issue hits close to home. “Families just come in and purchase a bowl, or bring their bowls and have a simple meal of soup and bread, just to remember there are as many empty bowls as people who are struggling and fighting food insecurity,” says Angela Douglas, director of VCAH. “People don’t realize that there are hunger needs in this community, that there are families that are food insecure in this community.” This year’s event, which was held April 20, featured food donated by local restaurants Many are unaware of the food insecurity that can face community members. The Village Coalition Against Hunger and its many and volunteers, as programs, such as Empty Bowls, aims to bring those insecurities to light, and end them.
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hen you think of summer, you probably imagine sunshine, rest and relaxation. And for many people, that idea is fulfilled by a summer cruise. Over the past few years, cruises have become some of the most popular types of vacations for people of all ages. In fact, the average age of cruisers is steadily dropping. Much of the reason for their surge in popularity is that cruises just arenâ€™t what they used to be. Gone are the days of regimented dining times and limited excursion options. Today, cruises have become themed, which is a way to bring people with similar interests together. And one of the more popular themes, as it turns out, is cruises that focus on health and fitness. Lynsie Stout, sales manager of the AAA Ohio Auto Club in Columbus, says health-focused cruises are among the latest and greatest options in travel.
Cruises were formerly known for vegging out, relaxing and watching the horizon from the deck of a ship. Now they’re increasingly known for fitness rooms, health-focused excursions and activity.
“Cruise companies understand that like-minded people often like to travel together,” she says. “As such, they’ve started to offer themed cruises that emphasize health and wellness.” So what exactly are health and wellness-focused cruises? Simply put, they’re cruises that build healthy activities into their itinerary, offering sport and fitness facilities aboard. This allows cruisers to keep in shape while enjoying amazing views and experiences. Many of these cruises also offer programs such as yoga, meditation, circuit training and much more. Stout says newer cruise ships offer more active options than ever before – both on the ship and in port. “These newer, health-focused cruises offer a range of options for those who wish to be physically active. The enormous list of options offered by cruise companies – biking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing – seems never ending, and that’s even in addition to state-of-the-art gyms and group fitness classes,” says Stout. “Aside from these physically active options, cruise lines also now cater to all sorts of dietary needs by offering foods that are low-sodium, gluten-free and better for allergies.” Steve Cores is a travel professional with Cruise Planners, a group of travel advisors in Columbus. Cores believes that themed cruises – specifically health-focused cruises – are only going to continue to grow in popularity. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
“Cruises are fun, enjoyable, all-inclusive vacations. And health-focused cruises are not only fun, but also educational, because the cruisers get to learn about healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices,” says Cores. “Many of today’s health-focused cruises relate to popular health and fitness programs such as Weight Watchers, Hungry Girl, Holistic Holiday at Sea and Marathon Runners. They offer classes and programs throughout the cruise to keep people motivated and healthy. These days, you don’t have to go on a cruise and think you’ll gain weight. You can enjoy a five-star ocean view, eat at five-star restaurants and stay healthy – or perhaps even lose weight.” So how can you find a healthfocused cruise to take this summer? Stout says there are plenty of options still available. Stout recommends Cunard’s Big Band Ball Series, which offers cruises in August and November. The cruise features ballroom and swing dancers to get down to a full orchestra. AMA Waterways Active Danube Cruise includes bicycling tours through Germany’s Black Forest and through chateaus and citadels in France. Tauck’s Peru and the Galapagos Island Cruise runs in conjunction with BBC Earth, and cruisers can enjoy hikes up Prince Philip’s Steps, kayaking in Darwin Lake and snorkeling off of Fernandina Beach. “While these types of cruises aren’t specifically themed as health-focused, they’re much more active than typical cruises,” Stout says. Cores agrees there are always health-focused cruises available, and it’s not too late to book one for this summer. “One of the best summer cruises for on-board fitness is Royal Caribbean,” says Cores. “They continue to lead the pack with fitness options such as surfing, ice skating, roller skating, rock climbing and state-of-the-art fitness centers with incredible spas for relaxation.”
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ationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University have been using a surprising method to help patients with certain conditions: video games. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s have created a video game that can be used to measure muscular ability in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disorder that affects young boys and causes muscles to substantially weaken over time. The effects of the genetic disorder are most commonly measured with a walking test. However, this method does not allow patients in wheelchairs to participate in clinical trials. Now, though, patients’ upper body movements can be gauged with a video game called ACTIVE-seated (Ability Captured Through Interactive Video Evaluation). “We needed an outcome measure that would be reliable, valid and also give numerical results so we could measure change (big or small) over time,” says Lindsay Alfano, a research physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
Virtual reality is helping patients at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, such as 13-year-old Cole Eichelberger, pictured above. Eichelberger has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which often confines patients to wheelchairs at an early age and prevents them from taking part in clinical trials. 35
The game measures upper body movements through a Kinect gaming camera, which tracks the patients’ reaching distances while they push a force field toward zombies and other threatening monsters. Needless to say, this is a lot more exciting than previous tests. “Many of our patients are big video game fans and certainly like playing ACTIVE-seated more than performing the traditional assessments,” says Alfano.
The video game will assist researchers in charting upper body functions, and hopefully will help expand medical trials to include more patients.
“We can always count on them for honest feedback if we upgrade the software, too.” ACTIVE-seated is not only more accurate and entertaining. In fact, the benefits of it seem endless. “We really like that ACTIVE-seated is affordable, doesn’t require a lot
of training to administer and is portable,” says Natalie Miller, another research physical therapist at Nationwide Children’s. The game has given accurate measurements of muscular ability so far and
Linda Lowes and Lindsay Alfano analyze data from Eichelberger’s video game.
is already being used in a number of clinical trials. “Our hope is that ACTIVE-seated will be used in many more clinical trials so that all children have the opportunity to receive experimental treatments regardless of their ability to walk,” says Linda Lowes, director of clinical therapies research at Nationwide Children’s. “We also plan to continue to expand the use of ACTIVEseated by validating its use in other diseases, such as other forms of muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.” Researchers at OSU have also been using video games to provide a more accessible form of constraintinduced movement therapy for stroke survivors. Both video game programs are monumental steps forward in their fields, and even have the potential to help patients with other conditions in the future. Valerie Mauger is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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Foods for Fitness
By Debbie Rigaud
A Market of Success The New Albany Farmers Market supports the community
health – whether that is in buying locally grown foods/goods, walking or cycling to the market, bringing a blanket and enjoying live music, or seeing friends and neighbors at the market.” The game plan instead has been to pull in a wide array of merchants. And in this endeavor, the market has found success. The market partners with a variety of farms, including Wishwell, Doran’s, Legend Hills Orchard, Bird’s Haven and Branstool. Sprinkled into this array of farmers are a potpourri of merchants selling one-of-a-kind offerings like maple syrup, specialty ice cream, pies, flowers, meat, artisan bread, cookies, cinnamon rolls and even salsa. The market’s five-person committee is very intentional about selecting the market’s products – careful to, for example, have only two jam merchants and one coffee person on site on a given market day Thursday. For one, space is limited. But the bigger reason is that it provides the best support for the merchants. “We help our merchants make a living,” says Jenny. “Adding the farmers market as a place to buy daily foods helps our local economy, the environment and individual health.” www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
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hen something is special, word gets around. Since its debut in 2011, the New Albany Farmers Market has built a large audience of delighted patrons. To its Market Square location flock local residents and members of the very workforce that swells the city to nearly twice its size during business hours. And for the uninitiated, the discovery by happenstance of the bustling square with wafting aromas and lively music surely leaves a great impression. Whatever ultimately pulls people in, chances are a return visit follows. What keeps them coming back? An informal survey found a popular answer: “I love meeting new people and seeing familiar faces,” says New Albany resident and market frequenter Kimberly Jones. “I love that I can purchase so many things that I can skip the grocery story run if I want.” Eating local, supporting farmers, hanging with friends. It all keeps people coming back to the market. And not by chance; these reasons, among others, were central to the founding committee’s goals for the market. Speaking to Kristina Jenny, dietitian and market committee co-chair, the magic behind what makes the market special is palpable. Jenny has an obvious grasp on the interconnectedness of the community. Give her a few minutes, and she’ll offer sample morsels of each merchant’s back story. The romantic vignettes she renders will leave the listener eager to walk the market to meet the merchants she so vividly describes, and experience their homegrown products. Jenny weaves easily through the market with her “funny little basket on wheels,” doing her shopping. “I love it when people tell me their stories … the farmers, the honey people,” says Jenny. “Gosh, it’s so fun to talk to Joel about bees and his passion for it. Our jewelry maker, Valerie Long, is a schoolteacher who recycles old jewelry into wonderful pieces. Our soap maker, Betsy Roberts, hand-makes all of these soaps and lip balms. We’re saying goodbye to our friends when we shut down for the year; they really become family, and we want our community to rally around us.” It quickly becomes clear that to her, the market is about community. It’s about people. And then there’s the word synonymous with farmers and farmers markets; healthy. Shopping markets like this one give the health-conscious a vital outlet. But to label the New Albany Farmers Market a place offering healthful fare would only be accurate by happenstance. “We’ve never decided that we’re a healthy farmers market,” says Jenny. “We see the farmers market as helping to build a sense of community and setting up an avenue for
Adding the farmers market as a place to buy daily foods helps our local economy, the environment and individual health
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It says something about the vetting process and selections that past vendors have taken off from this market. Past popular chili vendor Gourmet Farm Girl is now sold at Kroger, and glutenfree baker Eban’s Bakehouse can now be found at the Easton Whole Foods location. Perhaps because they have gained a reputation for launching such success stories, vendor spaces fill up quickly. For the annual June opening, the committee starts recruiting the new season’s vendors in January. By mid- to late February, four months before the summer market opens, all of the spots are typically full. Support for the market comes in all forms – a paid internship, a senior seminar program consisting of four or five students from New Albany High School, and even local business owners offer support, often in helping merchants set up in Market Square. It’s all part of the tapestry that makes up the perfect backdrop for the New Albany Farmers Market. “As a dietitian, I always say, ‘Make sure your plate is colorful,’” says Jenny. “That’s really like the market; we have a nice mix. Health has as much to do with the variety of the food you choose for your plate as with the variety of experiences you enjoy at the farmers market.”
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ith the new Wesley Woods at New Albany, opening soon, residents are bound to meet some new faces in the community. However, the medical director of Wesley Woodsâ€™ New Albany campus is not one of those new faces. Dr. John DiPietra has lived in New Albany since 1997, and will have a clinic on campus. Throughout his career, DiPietra has been dedicated to improving care for those living in hospice and assisted living facilities, and he plans to continue his hard work in his new clinic. Healthy
New Albany Magazine sat down with DiPietra to talk about caring for the elderly and making life comfortable for those in hospice care.
Healthy New Albany: What is the main goal of hospice care? What kinds of treatments or programs can patients expect to receive in hospice?
Dr. John DiPietra: The main goal of hospice is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support, allowing the inevitable process of dying to unfold in the best way possible. Hospice provides services that help lessen fear, pain and isolation associated with this process. Hospice care is multidisciplinary, and includes pain management, nursing care, pastoral support and therapies such as physical, occupational, musical and aroma, to name a few.
HNA: What does a typical day look like in the life of a person who works in a hospice center? Dr. John DiPietra has been a boardcertified internist for 29 years and has been in a group practice, Canyon Medical Center, since 1994. A former chairman of medicine at Mount Carmel East, DiPietra has been a medical director for skilled nursing homes, hospice and home health companies, and a collaborating physician for numerous nurse practitioners. He has served on multiple committees to improve care in and out of the hospital setting. A resident of New Albany since 1997, DiPietra lives with his wife, Eloise, and has four daughters: Caroline, Charlotte, Isabel and Lily. 40
JD: Hospice care utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, so there is no single profile of a person who works in a hospice center, and care is highly individualized, so there is no real typical day. There are, however, typical traits that I associate with individuals drawn to hospice care. These include selflessness, compassion, skill and a strong sense of duty.
HNA: What should people know about hospice care prior to going into it, or admitting a loved one into it?
JD: The mission of hospice is to provide skilled, dignified and compas-
sionate care to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and support their loved ones in the process.
HNA: Are there any common misconceptions when it comes to hospice care and caring for the elderly?
JD: We live in a culture that is generally uncomfortable discussing death and dying. The misconception is that hospice is the bad news when, in actuality, hospice can be the good news because it has the ability to improve the end-of-life process.
HNA: What are the common reasons that cause people to seek hospice care?
JD: Family and loved ones can be easily overwhelmed by the needs of the patient in the end stages of life. Hospice is an available resource that can help deal with the numerous and complicated issues at hand.
HNA: Are there any alternative options to hospice care?
JD: In general terms, medical care has a focus on being curative. Hospice provides comfort and dignity when palliation is the main goal. Questions about alternatives to hospice care are more about a treatment philosophy, since hospice today is provided in a wide variety of settings from in-home to clinical environments.
HNA: What is the typical age range for patients who go into hospice care?
JD: Hospice care can be, and is, provided to people of all ages.
HNA: What does the hospice environment look like in central Ohio?
JD: There are many options offered in a multitude of settings including hospitals, hospice care centers, skilled nursing facilities and in the home. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com
HNA: How does hospice care combat caregiver burnout? What do caregivers need to know about hospice care and caring for someone who is terminally ill?
JD: Physical, mental and emotional exhaustion are not uncommon in caregivers. Accepting help from a hospice team can greatly alleviate the stress associated with the intense challenges one faces in caring for the terminally ill patient. Caregivers may find the help therapeutic not only for the patient, but for themselves as well.
HNA: What should close family members and loved ones know after the patient passes away? What are typical next steps for them?
JD: The hospice team will assist with the required tasks in the hours immediately following a death. In addition, access to support groups and bereavement services will be made available.
HNA: Is there anything else readers should know about hospice care, or about caring for the elderly or sick?
JD: Hospice treatment uses a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to end-of-life care. For every hour spent directly with a patient and family, many hours are spent behind the scenes creating a plan that will maximize quality of life and minimize suffering. Those who choose this type of work are very special, and it is my privilege to work with them. Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Clare Proctor is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ cityscenemediagroup.com.
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