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March/April 2018


Teaching from Experience Stage III colorectal cancer survivor Michelle Unger shares her story

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March/April 2018 Vol. 7, No. 4

7 First Glance

Letter from the Executive Editor

26 Conversations with Impact

The Jefferson Series has a wide reach

8 In & Out What’s happening in and out of New Albany

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30 See the Difference Protecting your vision

10 My Story

32 Student Spotlight

Michelle Unger

Chloe Ray’s successful transition to Marburn

12 Personalities Professional runner Drew Windle



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35 Foods for Fitness Food trucks make it easy to eat on the go

16 On the Path New Albany Walking Club members off the track

20 Race through the Nation

38 Ask the Expert Joint Implant Surgeons on types of arthritis

42 Scene At… Dr. Berend’s talk Chilly Chili Mile 24-Hour Theatre

Swim, cycle, run and walk through the country

22 Initiatives What makes New Albany a great host?

44 Gadgets & Gear Win great prizes from Healthy New Albany Magazine

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46 Luxury Living Real estate listings

48 Scene in New Albany A spring scene

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Jefferson Series: Chris Matthews April 17

Evening in New Albany May 4

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New Albany Founders’ Day May 19

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4th of July 5k, Parade & Fireworks July 4

Taste of New Albany July 29

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Living Life Fully with Arthritis


n preparing my opening letter for this issue of Healthy New Albany Magazine, I discussed its content and the accompanying photo that would best depict the theme with my editor. According to feedback the staff of the magazine and I receive from our readers, intrigue often centers on my attire. “What’s Phil wearing now? That’s the first page I want to see.” Certainly, I do not want to disappoint our readers. After discussions with staff, it was decided that I focus on arthritis. In Jenny Wise’s content-filled interview with nationally recognized physicians from Joint Implant Surgeons in New Albany, the topic of arthritis seemed most apropos for a photo. But this was not the only reason for attention to arthritis. More than 50 million people of all ages in the U.S. have this chronic condition. The initial idea for the photo shoot was to have me depicted as an elderly man grasping a well-used brown cane so tightly that the white of my knuckles appeared to protrude through my skin. I was to be hunched over as if my ancestor were a camel, with my head parallel to the ground so that my eyes would not be able to view any object past two feet. Then it dawned on me. How unfitting and stereotypical to portray a person who has arthritis. I happen to be in the 28 percent of people who live with arthritis in Ohio. I don’t fit the stereotype, though there are many for whom arthritis is extremely debilitating. My arthritis is limited to my knee, yet I am healthy enough to compete in half marathons – albeit in the walk division, where I am very competitive. In fact, I will cross the finish line ahead of hundreds of runners in my next half marathon. Arthritis manifests itself in all shapes and sizes. Even though arthritis has no cure, its presence need not forecast gloom and doom. It didn’t for me. Healthfully,

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What's happening in and out of New Albany

Thursday-Sunday, March 1-4 Arnold Sports Festival

Throughout Columbus,

Friday, March 2 Jonny Lang

8 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Saturday, March 10

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Carnival of the Animals 11:30 a.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Sunday, March 11

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Lions, Tigers, & Bears – Oh My! 3 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Monday, March 12

New Albany Young Professionals’ Trivia Night at the Goat 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Goat,

Saturday, March 3

McCoy Center Celebration: 10th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, March 24

7-10 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

4-6 p.m., Barrel on High, Columbus,

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Jerseys of Hope Sampling

Thursday, March 8

Souper Supper and Empty Bowls Paint Night 5-7 p.m., Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany,

Tuesday, April 17

The Jefferson Series: Chris Matthews

Friday-Saturday, April 6-7

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Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22, 26-29

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Saturday, April 7 Lady Tutu 5K

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my story

By Michelle Unger

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Defining My New Normal

Stage III colorectal cancer survivor brings experience to the classroom

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ou are what you are,” they say, but I am here to tell you that is simply not true. I can still remember the very day – Nov. 30, 2010 – when my world went blurry. The day that my husband, Troy, and I would have to tell my 11- and 8-year-old boys that their mom had just been diagnosed with a cancer that would lead us down the neverending and treacherous journey that is stage III colorectal cancer. When you first hear the word “cancer,” it feels as if you have just boarded a runaway train going 100 miles per hour. You are vaguely aware there are trees flying by, but it’s all just one big blur. A yearlong battle included four surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation that would leave me feeling physically frail and broken. But, at the same time, I was feeling very grateful and blessed. That’s where my cancer battle ended, and defining my new normal began. After my treatments were over, I was having a conversation with my family. My oldest son made the statement that, because he was built like my husband and my youngest son was built like me, he would be destined for high blood pressure and my youngest was destined for cancer. At that moment, I realized that they did not see that my healthy mindset and actions prior to cancer had impacted my survival. The reality of what the boys had known their mom to be, which was very high-energy and athletic, had come head to head with what cancer had taken from her. Now, it was up to me to adjust the situation and define my new normal – for me and for them. So, my response was, while we are predisposed genetically to some things, nothing is ever written in stone. You absolutely can affect your health and future by your actions now. Don’t get me wrong, the process was slow, which, for me, was very hard to accept. But I could


not let cancer define my new normal. I need to take action now. Action was required to move from victim to survivor mentality, and I got to work. I sought out and found a nutritionist, went to acupuncture and massage therapy, found a trainer who was willing to go slow but push when necessary, and most importantly, I engaged my biggest support team: my family, with my husband, Troy, taking the lead and being there every step of the way. When all was said and done, my biggest takeaway and the message I want to convey is: Don’t let your circumstances define you. Define your circumstances. As with my health struggles, I bring this mentality to my job in New Albany as the Early Learning Center principal, focusing on the whole child. It is vital to employ healthy initiatives at a young age. I love the partnership we have with Healthy New Albany to promote healthy initiatives in our youngest learners. I am pleased to be a small part and to have walked the New Albany Walking Classic to practice what I preach.

The Unger family on the beach. From left: Corbin, Troy, Michelle, Brock.

Life is always full of lessons and blessings if you will just take the time to look, even when your world goes blurry. But I am not a survivor alone. My faith, my family and my willingness to define my new normal have all come together to make me what I am today – a mom, a wife and a woman willing to change when it’s what life requires. Michelle Unger is principal of New Albany Plain-Local Schools’ Early Learning Center. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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#RunLiketheWindle On the track, NAHS graduate Drew Windle represents the nation The Beginning

records for the 800-meter and 4x4 and 4x8 relays. He went on to run at Ashland University, where he studied history. Windle smashed a 42-year-old record for the 800-meter at Ashland, running it in 1:46.91 outdoors. After running his indoor personal best of 1:46.50 on the 800, he began thinking he could go pro. “Right as I crossed the finish line, it dawned on me, that’s getting really close to a world-class time,” says Windle. That’s when he began looking for sponsorship opportunities. One team

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Drew Windle might not live in New Albany anymore, but as the son of two New Albany High School graduates, and because he was born and raised here, New Albany will always be home.

A natural athlete, Windle got involved in football and baseball at a young age. He always envisioned himself as a professional baseball or football player, but was disappointed when he was cut from the baseball team in eighth grade. With the spring season free, NAHS track and field coach Amy Glenn saw an opportunity. “She kind of pushed me into the track and field world,” says Windle. “I just started running.” And, as it turns out, he had a talent for running. He still holds three NAHS



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that caught his eye was Seattle-based Brooks Beasts. He remembers being home on break during his sophomore year at Ashland, watching a Brooks video with his mother. If he were to go pro with any team, he thought, this would be his pick. Just a few years later, the stars aligned. “I was sitting in night class my senior year in the fall, and the head coach of the Brooks, Danny Mackey, slid into my Twitter (direct messages) and asked me for my email and phone number,” Windle says. “I lost it. I was freaking out. It was something that I’d

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wanted to happen for a few years, and it was really cool to have that coach reach out to me.”

Going Pro

Windle graduated from Ashland in 2015, and packed up for Seattle. His personal best in the 800-meter is now 1:44.63; the U.S. record sits just seconds away at 1:42.60. He is ranked No. 15 in the world in the 800-meter, and No. 3 in the U.S. In hindsight, getting cut from the baseball team in eighth grade doesn’t seem too bad.

No matter how many records he breaks or how much time he shaves off his personal record, Windle still makes time to come back to central Ohio. His parents, Karen and Kenny, have moved out of New Albany, but Karen still spends plenty of time there as an intervention specialist at New Albany-Plain Local Schools. And every time Windle comes back, he tries to head into New Albany. Just last December during his winter break, he even fit in some time to run with former NAHS teammates and hit the high school track for a few workouts.

with Amanda DePerro

Drew Windle shares his wellness habits Are there any foods you try to avoid or emphasize? As a professional athlete, I have to pay a lot of attention to what I eat. When I’m in my base training phase I eat, for the most part, how I want to eat. I won’t shy away from pizza or dessert, or going out for a few drinks with friends. However, once the competitive season gets closer, I keep a food diary. I try to get good sources of fat, carbohydrates and protein. There is a lot of avocado, pancakes, chicken and steak. What are your favorite ways to stay active? Obviously, I enjoy running, but my favorite parts of my job are workouts, weightlifting and doing long runs. Our workouts are usually pretty intense, and there is a great sense of accomplishment when you execute a solid workout. I enjoy weightlifting, because it is not something I think people associate with distance running. It’s actually a major component to being successful, and it allows me to return to my high school football days in the weight room. Long runs are awesome because I meet up with 10-15 of my good friends and training partners and run for about 90 minutes. I enjoy this because running for that long would be boring without conversation, and when you spend that much time running, the conversations go to some interesting places where you learn a lot about the people you’re with. What do you do to relax? One of the most important aspects of training is recovery, so over the last three years, I’ve gotten pretty good at recovering. I enjoy playing video games such as Madden, FIFA and Minecraft. I also binge watch Netflix shows such as The Office, New Girl and Peaky Blinders. When I want to do something a little more mentally engaging, I try to learn Spanish or German, or go into my garage and do some woodworking. 14

As a professional athlete, you’re “forced,” in a sense, to stay physically fit, but how do you stay mentally fit, too, and prevent burnout? This is one of the biggest changes from high school and college running to professional running. In high school and college, you have academics and social events to balance the demands from running, which helps avoid burnout. One of the hardest parts of being a pro is figuring out when and how to turn the switch to be competitive and dedicated and when to turn it off. I take my offseason pretty off. I usually don’t run a step for four weeks, and even in the early parts of training, I take a very relaxed approach. I eat how I want to eat, I stay up late, I spend time hiking the Pacific Northwest, and going out for drinks with friends. When the time comes to be a little more serious, I flip that switch, and mentally, I’m fresh and get back into good fitness pretty quickly. I feel like this method allows me to get to 90 percent fitness, and then clean up the last 10 percent to get into top form. Do you have any rituals before big events, such as eating specific meals or listening to a particular song? My pre-race routine is the same for every race. I start the morning with a solid breakfast and a shakeout jog for about 10 minutes. Then I relax for a little bit, take a shower and put my race uniform together. About four hours out from my race, I have my final meal, which is chocolate chip pancakes and maple syrup accompanied with 32 oz. of Red Bull. Once I’m two hours from the start of my race, I head to the track to get prepared. Seventy minutes from the gun, I start my warmup, which consists of some activation drills, a 15-minute jog, and some dynamic drills and strides. Then it’s time to race!

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Windle has felt tremendous community support, but his biggest fans come from his family. His parents and siblings, Heidi, Kaleigh and Kyle, are always there to cheer him on. At Ashland, he says, his parents missed just one track meet when Windle’s nephew was being born. Leading the pack, however, is Mom. “My mom is, like, super mom. She’s hands down my No. 1 fan,” Windle says. “I always have old teachers commenting on race videos that she posts online. It’s just nice that these people, who had a lot of impact on me in my formative years, still care.” Windle isn’t stopping at that 1:44.63 time; New Albany and the U.S. can still expect more from him. Last year, he qualified for the U.S. team in the world championship, which has the same qualifications as the U.S. Olympic team. As expected, Windle still has his sights on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It won’t be a breeze, however, as Windle will have to rank in the top three in the country. “I’ve done what I need to do to make the Olympic team,” says Windle. “The U.S. team is so deep and talented, it’s one of the hardest teams to make, so it’s not a given to make that team.” Windle’s ultimate goal is to come back to central Ohio and coach at The Ohio State University. The support and experience he gained here is hard to overstate. “Every coach I had growing up, whether it was football, baseball, whatever I was doing, even in the classroom, New Albany is pretty competitive,” he says. “If you want to get noticed or be good at something, you have to really work hard for it.”

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By Lydia Freudenberg

Beyond the Path New Albany Walking Club members are well-rounded NAWC member for 12 years In 1999, Priscilla Knaus was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Knowing she needed to stay active to stay healthy, but realizing her passion for training show horses had become too strenuous, she began participating in the New Albany Walking Classic. After several Walking Classics, she became inspired to join the New Albany

Walking Club. Today, Knaus is not just a 12-year NAWC member, she is a cancer survivor. Knaus is keeping a healthy lifestyle beyond the walking club, too. Throughout the week, she works with a personal trainer who helps her strengthen her balance and flexibility through exercise. And to keep a balanced diet, Knaus’ trainer also creates healthful meal plans. Walking is still Knaus’ go-to workout, though. She participates in several other walking groups, which have challenged her physically on different terrains, mostly in metro parks or wooded areas. Knaus says having a diverse selection of workouts helps keep her going. “It is important to have a mix of healthy hobbies,” she says. “It has been proven that as one ages, one needs to keep active both mentally and physically. This is my goal: enjoy life to the max, because I can.” Knaus adds that the NAWC and participating in races has led to her friendships and support. “The NAWC gave me structure for my walking in addition to friends to walk with,” she says. “I have participated in many races both within Ohio and outside. … Along the way, I have met some great people. Some of these have been cancer survivors also.”

Mike Erlichman

Linda Romanoff walks at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon in 2017. 16

Member for six years Several years ago, Mike Erlichman was an avid cyclist. But after a freak cycling accident and a serious shoulder injury, his go-to exercise had to change. He chose to become a member of the NAWC. Erlichman says walking relieved some of his shoulder pain and was very therapeutic. Today, after physical

Debbie Levine and Priscilla Knaus at the Chilly Chili Mile in 2017

therapy and working out at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, his shoulder has recovered, though he remains a dedicated NAWC member. “It’s more than just exercise; I’ve developed friendships with the folks that are there, and it’s almost like walking therapy because you can walk and talk,” he says. “It’s the nicest group of people you’d ever meet, so it makes going there a welcoming thing and an enjoyable thing.” Apart from the NAWC, Erlichman began working out at the Heit Center. He says he enjoys such classes as spinning and Pilates, and even dabbled in yoga. Long-distance walking has also become a favorite. Erlichman recently participated in the Nationwide Children’s Columbus Marathon, and won first place in his age group. Erlichman plans to participate in a race put on by his workplace this spring

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Priscilla Knaus

Priscilla Knaus, Linda Romanoff and Padmini Ekbote at the Lady Tutu 5k in 2017

Walking Classic and makes sure to stay active outside the club. She frequently works out at the Heit Center. You can find her cycling, strength training and in the pool at aquatics classes. Walking long distances is intriguing for Romanoff, and she often walks extra miles with NAWC members before the weekly club meetings. Plus, she participates in other walking groups where they make sure to get in their steps in even on the coldest of days. “We’ve gone to the mall and done laps,” she says. “It ends up coming to

be about four miles. And the nice thing of that is it’s exercise, but it’s also a lot of socialization as well.” Romanoff has quite a few fitness achievements under her belt. Since joining the NAWC in 2005, she’s walked in more than 20 events and finished three full marathons. “In order for me to be more fit, I realized I needed to do more,” she says. With races already marked on her 2018 agenda, Romanoff has goals to keep pushing her walking skills, along with avoiding sugary treats and increase her overall strength. For her, walking is


Stephanie Ladson-Wofford and Linda Romanoff at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon in 2017

and will complete the Columbus half or full marathon in the fall, depending on his health. Erlichman thanks Healthy New Albany founder Phil Heit for creating a positive program and facility. “Folks in New Albany are very lucky to have someone like Phil leading the organization there at the Heit Center,” he says. “All the good that he does is really appreciated, and it makes the community a much better place.”

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more than an activity most can do; it’s also a great mental health exercise. “A lot of time, I notice when I don’t walk, I’m missing something,” she says. “(Walking) is always a good place to do a lot of thinking and sometimes that helps, too, in relieving stress. You can just go out and let go of everything.”

cal benefits. “One, I enjoy the exercise and two, I enjoy the social aspect,” he says. “When Mike and I walk together, we can catch up on everything and have great conversations.” His most prominent activity outside the club is long-distance cycling, mainly participating in Pelotonia. Pelo-

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Member for five years Steve Mogul and Erlichman are longtime friends. So when Erlichman had his bicycle accident and joined NAWC, he encouraged Mogul to join, too. For the past five years, Mogul says he has enjoyed the Sunday morning walks for more than just the physi-

tonia, which supports cancer research at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, has a personal connection to Mogul. Within six months, Mogul lost both of his parents to undetected cancers. “Pelotonia means a lot to me,” he says. “(I feel like I’m) giving back to the community and to cancer research. We’ve lost too many friends and family to cancer, so if Pelotonia helps save even one more, that would be great.” In 2018, for his fourth Pelotonia, Mogul’s goal is to accomplish the two-day, 280-mile ride. Another goal for Mogul is working toward a more healthful diet with less sugar, but he adds that having both a variety of exercises and a balanced diet is vital. “It’s not one thing that will make you healthy, it’s a lifestyle that you have to take advantage of,” he says. “One piece may get you started, … but you need a little bit of everything to complete that circle.” Photo courtesy of Steve Mogul

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Race through the Nation Central Ohio is rife with fantastic races and fitness events. With events such as Pelotonia and the New Albany Walking Classic in our back yard, central Ohioans, and particularly New Albany residents, are spoiled. But what else is outside of New Albany and even Ohio? Check out these cycling, swimming, running and walking events around the U.S. You might just find your next bucket list item.

Bloomsday Run May 6 Spokane, Washington This enormous 12K is open to runners, walkers, wheelchairs, assisted wheelchairs and strollers.

Escape from Alcatraz June 3 San Francisco, California Escaping from Alcatraz isn’t easy, but you can try. Swim from Alcatraz Island, cycle through the Great Highway and Golden State Park, then run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Big Sur International Marathon April 29 Big Sur, California This marathon spans the nation’s first nationally designated Scenic Highway, and is open to both runners and walkers.

Dirty Kanza June 2 Flint Hills, Kansas For masochists looking for a grueling event, Dirty Kanza features 200- and 100-mile events. Paved, flat roads won’t be found here.

E.T. Full Moon Aug. 25-26 Area 51, New Mexico UFO sightings aren’t guaranteed, but this race – with 5K, 10K, half and full marathon, and 51K options – starts at midnight and promises a lot of extraterrestrial fun.


Central Ohio Races The Arnold Pump & Run 5K March 4 Columbus For every bench press done, each racer receives a 30-second deduction from his or her run time. The Arnold also features a standard 5K for non-lifters still looking for fun. New Albany Walking Classic Sept. 9 New Albany This walking-only event features a competitor and non-competitor division, and is marked by gorgeous New Albany views, abundant volunteers and killer swag.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon Oct. 21 Columbus The Columbus Marathon has raised more than $6 million for Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and both runners and walkers are encouraged to participate in either the full or half marathon.

Pelotonia Aug. 4-6 Throughout Ohio Pelotonia has become a point of statewide pride, raising over $26 million for cancer research since its inception. It hits especially close to home with its 55-mile routes beginning in New Albany and 80- and 45-mile routes ending here.

Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure June 16-23 Throughout central Ohio With a course that runs about 50 miles per day through Delaware, London, Circleville, Lancaster and Newark, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure is perfect for a fitnessfocused central Ohio tour.

Honor Ride for Project Hero May 26 New Albany The Honor Ride aims to bring purpose back to the lives of veterans. With 14-, 31- and 67-mile options, each bicyclist rides with meaning, and wounded vets ride for free.

WIN for KC Triathlon July 28 Smithville Lake, Missouri Lyn Lemaire became the first woman to complete a triathlon in 1979, and now, a Missouri triathlon exists solely for female racers.

Manchester Road Race Nov. 22 Manchester, Connecticut Started in 1927, the Thanksgiving Day Manchester Road Race is one of New England’s longest-running races. Costumes make this 4.75-mile race a colorful sight for tens of thousands of spectators.

Little Rock Marathon March 3-4 Little Rock, Arkansas This self-proclaimed “race for every pace” welcomes children and racewalkers, encouraging marathoners to enjoy Southern hospitality and scenic Little Rock in their own ways. Walt Disney World Marathon Jan. 7 Orlando, Florida What’s more fun than running through the parks in the happiest place on earth?


initiatives By Scott McAfee, City of New Albany

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What Makes New Albany Such A Great Host Destination?


ou may have already seen this issue’s feature about New Albany being home to some of the coolest fitness events around the country. Beyond the Georgian architecture, white horse fencing and bucolic scenery that make our hometown such a beautiful backdrop, New Albany’s event popularity can be tied to at least three other significant factors:


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Our residents (and businesses) care about the greater good and are active in creating ways to give back. This has been evident with the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day, Pelotonia, the New Albany Walking Classic, Honor Ride Ohio and Thanks for Giving 4-Miler. Residents such as Abigail Wexner, Tom Lennox, Phil Heit, Susie and Peter Horvath, Paul Naumoff, and Kasey Kist all believed there was a worthy cause that a

nity activities, events, disease prevention and wellness programs. Not only does Healthy New Albany play a major role in this magazine and coordinate the community garden, farmers markets and the New Albany Walking Classic, it also manages the public space inside the 55,000-square-foot Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. This community health destination includes meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a health care center in partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner


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related event could support, be it to break the cycle of family violence, help eradicate cancer, serve disabled veterans and first responders, take steps (literally) toward healthier lifestyles, or give thanks by ending hunger one nourishing meal at a time. Add corporate residents such as Abercrombie & Fitch and its A&F Challenge to benefit SeriousFun, a global community of camps and programs for kids with serious illnesses, and you begin to see the extraordinary combination of entrepreneurship and philanthropy so prevalent in our community. And these fitness-related events don’t even include the thought-provoking Jefferson Series and Remarkable Evening speakers, which promote lifelong learning brought to you by the New Albany Community Foundation. Health and wellness are community core values… …so much so that our own Healthy New Albany not-for-profit organization was developed with the goal of creating the nation’s healthiest community, right here in New Albany, that serves as a model for the rest of the country. Healthy New Albany staff and volunteers embrace healthy living through

Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. New Albany consciously prioritizes events that bring about community benefits. The scheduling of events can be a balancing act of creating fun activities for residents and visitors while minimizing local inconveniences. We are sensitive to the old adage that too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing. That is why we limit the number

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Conversations with Impact

The Jefferson Series enriches New Albany and surrounding communities


“Typically, we donate books to the various schools in advance so that the kids can read about the author. It makes for a much higher level of discussion,”

says Craig Mohre, president of the foundation. “If the speaker is really good and if they have a really compelling message, the kids are inspired to learn more

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n 2002, the New Albany Community Foundation invited David McCullough to speak at A Remarkable Evening to raise money to build a new library. The event was successful in more ways than one; it fulfilled its intended purpose, but it also sparked a noticeable energy in the room. The foundation noticed. The Jefferson Series was created to continue this energy and desire to listen as well as learn. The series is dedicated to promoting education and lifelong learning, one of the foundation’s four areas of impact. The foundation made it a goal not only to enrich New Albany residents, but surrounding communities as well. Through the Jefferson Series, the foundation invites students from Columbus City Schools to attend the lectures and interact with speakers.

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because they are curious. Curiosity is the foundation of all authentic learning.” The students who attend the series have demonstrated a noticeable increase in their desire to learn. In the sessions, the speaker usually talks for about 20 minutes before opening the floor to questions. Students come prepared with questions, creating an interactive conversation. “They want to know more because the speakers make it exciting and compelling. They not only ask about the history, but also the process,” says Mohre. Among Jefferson Series alumni are Patrick Kennedy, John Glenn and Mariel Hemingway. By interacting with a variety of speakers, students are able to learn about the world, explore various career paths and delve deeper into topics that may not be achievable in a classroom setting. Through the Jefferson Series, students get real world experience and insight. “Drawing kids from different backgrounds makes the experience enriching in and of itself. It uplifts the entire community, and you can see what else is going on in the world around you,” Mohre says. “The series is allowing the community to speak with people who have real insights into the government, world issues and current concerns.” The Jefferson Series promotes lifelong learning not just for students, but for adults and seniors as well. In addition, the series empowers New Albany to start necessary community dialogues. “Three years ago, we brought in Mariel Hemingway because we had recently had teenage suicides in the community,” Mohre says. “The school district has started these necessary


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From the Students “I think the Jefferson Series offers a very unique opportunity for community members and students to really see education active in the world, and how we can have greater conversations about the people who come and speak in our community and bring that to New Albany schools and the New Albany community at large.” —Blair Carter, New Albany High School

“I really appreciated hearing from (General David Petraeus) himself what it’s really like to be in the battlefront and what it really takes to complete plans, go out there and fight wars because we really don’t understand. (General Petraeus) coming in today and being able to talk about it is really inspiring, and it is truly a gift to be able to learn from that.” —Brooke Pirwitz, New Albany High School

“I really thought that (General David Petraeus’) speech was passionate in a sort of way that was inspiring as I was

General David Petraeus meets with students from Knowledge is Power Program Columbus.

sitting there and wearing this uniform. I’m very grateful to come to the McCoy Center and to see General Petraeus.” —ROTC Cadet Dakota Mendoza, Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center

“(General David Petraeus) offered an insightful perspective on the current state of affairs both abroad and domestic, including our nation’s biggest threats. One of these challenges, he shared, is the shortage of younger people equipped to continue the innovation and sustained growth that has fueled the success of the past century. I feel fortune to be part of a program and a broader Fisher community that prioritizes innova-

tion and leadership to prepare us for what lies ahead.” —Nicholas Joy, The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

“I really enjoyed Charles Osgood because he really nailed the topics of broadcasting and news and made me want to be a journalist. I learned a lot about journalism and the overall work that it takes to actually do it. It makes us more aware of what we can do in life and how we can succeed in different job venues.” —Gregory Madison, Cristo Rey Columbus High School

“I was really inspired. …When (Charles Osgood) talked about his friend Mike, that was a big takeaway for me. To be a journalist, you have to experience harsh criticism, which is something he experienced from Mike. I think that’s essential for any journalist. It’s pretty great because you experience a lot and learn a lot having him there. It was great.”

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“My biggest takeaway wasn’t what (Charles Osgood) said about broadcasting, but what he said about being a good person in general. He said at one point, ‘Just be a good person.’ And you can use that to answer any other question you have about what you should do.” —Maya Hammond, The Wellington School

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See the Difference How to protect your eyes and preserve vision over time By Jenny Wise


e often take our sense of sight for granted, but as the body ages, there is an increasing likelihood that vision will worsen. So, what can be done today to protect one’s eyesight in the future? In honor of Save Your Vision Month and Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, and Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month in April, here are some tips and guidelines for maintaining healthy eyes.

When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Depending on your age, the recommended frequency of eye exams varies. According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), babies should get an exam when they reach 6 months of age, again at age 3 and then before entering first grade. After that, a person should have an exam once every two years until he or she is 60 years old, at which point exams should be conducted annually. 30

Outside of regular exams, one can improve eye health with the addition of antioxidants and other important nutrients to the diet. According to the AOA, many studies show that lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, vitamin E, essential fatty acids and zinc all contribute to good eye health.

Are you protecting your eyes? Obviously, it’s wise to wear polarized sunglasses anytime the eyes are exposed to direct sunlight. If you plan to participate in outdoor activities, appropriate eyewear is necessary to protect your eyes from both the sun’s rays and debris in the air. In today’s digital workplace, extended screen time poses a threat to healthy vision. People, especially those who work at a computer all day long, are at risk for digital eye strain. According to the AOA, “To help alleviate digital eye strain, follow the 20-20-20 rule; take a 20-second

break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.”

Is your vision changing? Adults reaching the age of 40 should expect to see some changes in vision. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms, as they could mean there is a serious underlying issue: Fluctuating vision, as this could be a sign of diabetes or hypertension. Seeing floaters and flashes. More floaters than normal plus flashing lights could mean you have a retinal tear. Loss of side vision, which may be a sign of glaucoma. Seeing distorted images. Straight lines that appear distorted or wavy, or an empty area in the center of your vision, could be signs of age-related macular degeneration. Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

Nutrients & Benefits for Healthy Eyes Lutein and zeaxanthin Found in leafy green vegetables and other foods such as eggs. Studies show consuming these nutrients reduces the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.



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By Bob Valasek

Finding the Right Fit


hen Chloe Ray was 5 years old, she and her parents, Lara and Nathan, moved to New Albany. Their new home in the Windsor neighborhood faced an open field, which remained empty for a few years until trucks and construction equipment began showing up. Chloe and her family didn’t know it at the time, but her life was about to change forever. The land was being prepared for Marburn Academy’s new school building. Marburn is an independent day school devoted to serving the educational needs of bright students with learning differences such as dyslexia and attention disorders. When the Rays 32

learned of this, they, and 20 of their friends, walked the land, praying that the families who needed Marburn would find support and that the school would be fun for the students. Chloe remembers thinking she wasn’t very excited about something being built across the street from her new house. “At first, I was a little disappointed because I had a really good view from my bedroom, and the best sledding place was there,” she says, though her attitude changed when she learned it would be a new school. “Once I saw it was going to be a school, I wasn’t disappointed anymore, and I said, ‘I really want to go there.’”

During Marburn’s construction, Chloe attended New Albany-Plain Local Schools’ 2-8 Building. Though this was where the Rays envisioned Chloe to be, learning didn’t come quite so easily to Chloe as it did to her peers. She was eventually diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, and the building that displaced her favorite sledding hill became Chloe’s new school. “At the initial informational meeting, about two months before Chloe was accepted (to Marburn), the school’s admissions director, Celeste Stevenson, said all the things I always believed about my daughter,” says Lara. “I remember going home and telling Nathan, ‘All right, let’s figure this out. We’ve got to take the next

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9-year-old Chloe Ray’s success skyrockets after move to Marburn Academy

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steps to get her in there because this is the perfect spot for her.’” Chloe is now a 9-year-old thirdgrader in the Lower Division at Marburn Academy, and by all accounts is flourishing. She has developed a new love for reading and for climbing the rock wall in gym class, and she feels surrounded by support to help her learn differently. “Mrs. (Leslie) Dilley is my favorite teacher. She’s really nice,” Chloe says. And the feelings are mutual. “At the beginning of the school year, when we first met Chloe, she was shy and afraid of making mistakes,” Dilley says. “Now, as we see Chloe becoming more confident and comfortable, we see her share her empathy and kindness with peers, visiting students and new students at Marburn. She performed in the school musical, takes risks in the classroom and she is now beginning to see the progress for which she has been working so hard.” Lara noticed the change in Chloe that Dilley observed, too. “She’s happy and excited to go to school. Her confidence has gone up,” she says.


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Foods for Fitness

By Amanda DePerro

Taking Taste to Go Healthful eating on the go is a no-brainer in New Albany


ne of the many benefits of living in New Albany is the walkability that it offers. And when you’re walking through the city’s new Market and Main II development or New Albany’s green spaces, you might want to stop for a quick bite. Luckily, New Albany has no shortage of choices for food lovers of every breed. If you’re rushing between meetings, shopping or trying to get errands done, food trucks are always a fantastic and quick option. Of course, choosing something greasy will be delicious on the way down, but after sitting back at your desk or rushing through the grocery store, that good feeling probably won’t last. Worry not; every corner of New Albany features a healthful alternative, and the visiting food trucks are no different. When you spot these four food trucks around the city, have no fear; the food might be served quickly, but these trucks aren’t sacrificing health when considering speed or taste.

Blu Olive

Find it! Twitter: @blu_olive Facebook: @bluolive Who doesn’t love Italian food? This truck, serving Italian to go, will certainly fill

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you up without making you feel weighted down. Meatball, chicken, eggplant and grilled cheese sandwiches make this truck a crowd-pleaser. If you’re in the mood for something lighter or more customizable, Blu Olive features a buildyour-own-bowl option. Choose a pasta or salad, then choose protein, veggies, and sauces and dressings. It’s worth coming back again and again, as Blu Olive’s menu is everchanging, offering a variety of delicious Italian food at food truck convenience and price. 35

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Trying to find your favorite truck? Check out www.streetfood to stay updated on these and many more trucks coming through New Albany, or stop by the New Albany Farmers Market during the summer months to get a taste for each truck. Fat Cat Food Truck

Find it! Twitter: @fatcat_ft Facebook: @fatcatfoodtruck With fresh ingredients, quick service and a smiling chef, Fat Cat Food Truck’s employees are just as colorful as the truck. Chef and owner Bob Davis lives right here in New Albany, and with 30 years of experience in huge chains including TGI Fridays and Max & Erma’s, Davis is now getting as hyper-local as he can, serving the community in which he lives. You’ll catch Fat Cat Food Truck at all the cornerstone New Albany events including Founders Day and the Independence Day celebration, but on non-cheat days, Fat Cat’s TMB Chix Sandwich and Grilled Chix Apple Walnut Salad won’t derail the diet. Fresh apples, candied walnuts made in-house and dried cranberries create a delicious combination of flavors and textures. Fat Cat’s TMB Chix Sandwich is brand new, and won’t disappoint with a grilled brioche bun, slab of mozzarella and tomato basil spread.


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itself. Pitabilities’ pitas and salads are both fresh and filling, making sure you’re neither falling asleep nor starving through a 2 p.m. meeting. With a hand-shaved gyro and chicken fresh from Ohio, the pitas are easy to grab if you’re in a rush from one spot to another. You can’t go wrong with a Pitabilities salad, either. Each one comes with the traditional and healthful toppings including romaine lettuce, cucumber, feta cheese and tomato, plus Pitabilities’ signature Bella sauce, olives,

banana peppers and grilled onions. Or check out the Possibilities Salad and add a steak, falafel, gyro or grilled chicken. Owner Jim Pashovich has carried on the mobile restaurant tradition for more than 30 years in Columbus. Starting with pushcart Derik’s Gyros, changing to Skyward Grille and now with Pitabilities, the truck’s food quality and dedication to Columbus are unwavering.

Find it! Twitter: @tortillastreet Facebook: @tortillastreetfood Looking for a quick way to get your fix of Mexican food? Tortilla Street Food has a wealth of options for everyone, featuring a fully customizable menu. If you’re keeping away from carbs, try out the burrito bowl or salad bowl, loaded with fresh ingredients. Fill your bowl with everything including jalapenos, diced onions, fresh lime, chipotle seasoning, and a slew of salsas and sauces, and a variety of steak, chicken, pork, chorizo and fish make the bowls work for any diet. With two Tortilla trucks in rotation, it’s easy to catch one around New Albany. Though each customer’s choices will differ, don’t expect to wait long, as Tortilla prides itself on a fast, friendly and memorable dining experience. Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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Ask the Expert

With Jenny Wise

Hips, Shoulders, Knees and Tips Joint Implant Surgeons experts weigh in on the types of arthritis


ccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 percent of people in the U.S. have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Accounting for 2,547,000 of those 54.4 million people, about 28 percent of Ohio’s population has doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Healthy New Albany Magazine spoke with four local doctors from Joint Implant Surgeons about this widespread disease with no cure.

Healthy New Albany Magazine: Could you elaborate on the different kinds of arthritis and the associated symptoms? Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., MD, FACS: In simple terms, arthritis is inflammation within a joint. There are many types of arthritis, which can affect people of all ages, sexes and races. It is reported to be the leading cause of disability in the U.S., with more than 50 million adults suffering from arthritis. However, children are not immune. There are

approximately 300,000 children who have some type of arthritis. The weightbearing joints of the lower extremities are more frequently involved. There is a higher incidence of arthritis in women, with knee involvement greater than hip, while men have more hip involvement than knee involvement. The symptoms of arthritis are specifically localized to your joint. Stiffness and loss of motion are usually the initial symptoms, followed by swelling and pain. At the onset of arthritis, the symptoms are generally mild and intermittent. Unfortunately, as the arthritic condition progresses, the number of bad days outweighs the number of good days.

HNA: What are the risk factors that contribute to the development of arthritis? Is there a demographic most likely to develop arthritis? AL: Because of child-bearing, women tend to have wider pelvises


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Doctors Adolph V. Lombardi, Jr., Keith Berend, Jason Hurst and Michael Morris are part of the Joint Implant Surgeons team in New Albany. Joint Implant Surgeons was founded in 1972 by Dr. Thomas Mallory, who performed the first total hip replacement at The Ohio State University. Joint Implant Surgeons is committed to providing the highest level of care, performing thousands of successful hip and knee replacement surgeries and orthopedic research. Joint Implant Surgeons has locations in New Albany, Athens, Bellaire and Hilliard.


than men. This affects the overall standing position and alignment of the lower extremities, resulting in different loading patterns in females versus males. Additionally, women tend to have more flexibility than men. This causes hypermobility and is believed to result in repetitive minor trauma, especially in the knee, which ultimately leads to the arthritic condition. There is also a hormonal association in females, with arthritis more common in post-menopausal females. However, estrogen replacement therapy has not been shown to decrease the incidence of arthritis. The most controllable risk factor for the development of arthritis in both males and females is calorie intake control. It is intuitively obvious that we are becoming a larger society. This increased body habitus places significant demands on the lower extremities and is directly associated with increased development of arthritis.

HNA: How can arthritis impact a patient’s everyday life? If there is no cure, what can be done to lessen this impact? AL: In the early stages of osteoarthritis, symptoms can be managed with rest, ice and heat applications; exercise that promotes range of motion; muscle strengthening to enhance the stability of the joint; use of an assistive device to offload the joint; weight reduction to decrease the load on the joint; and over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. As symptoms progress, injection therapy can be administered in the form of either corticosteroid injections, platelet-rich plasma injections or stem cell injections. Finally, when significant pain limits activities of daily living, joint replacement is an appropriate option.

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Hips HNA: What is hip dysplasia? How is it related to arthritis? Keith Berend, MD: Hip dysplasia is a congenital or developmental condition in which the ball of the hip joint is not completely covered by the socket of the joint. Today, when severe, it is almost always diagnosed and treated at birth. However, very mild forms of dysplasia can go undetected and eventually cause damage to the hip joint resulting in arthritis. Hip pain, particularly in the groin or crotch, with weight-bearing, impact-loading or extremes of motion can be early symptoms of damage caused by undiagnosed dysplasia.


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HNA: How severe does hip arthritis need to be for a patient to get replacement surgery? KB: For arthritis, there is no such thing as partial hip replacement. There is partial knee, which we favor, and occasionally, a partial hip will be performed in elderly patients with hip fractures. Total hip replacement is warranted when the pain and dysfunction of arthritis impact quality of life. If X-rays demonstrate significant disease, and the signs and symptoms are not controlled with medications, activity modifications, injections or regenerative medicines, then surgery may be indicated.

KB: Conservative treatments involve activity modification, medications and possibly injections with steroid or a biologic treatment such as stem cells (or stem cell-like materials). Arthritis, or the degeneration of the joint, is actually not curable, so management of symptoms is the choice prior to surgical intervention.


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HNA: What other options does a person with hip arthritis have?


HNA: What sort of motion or activity should someone with hip arthritis avoid? KB: We call this activity modification, and it basically relates to how much pain and discomfort certain activities cause. Impact loading, such as running, can be very painful and should be reduced or avoided if the arthritis is significant. Nonimpact activities such as swimming, biking, elliptical trainer and even Stairmaster are frequently better tolerated.

Shoulders HNA: What causes shoulder arthritis? What type of arthritis is most common in the shoulder? Jason Hurst, MD: Most shoulder arthritis occurs without any specific reason or underlying condition. There is believed to be a genetic reason why people get wear and tear arthritis, but the specific gene has not been identified. While there is no association of shoulder arthritis with overhead sports or frequent shoulder use, shoulder arthritis is clearly associated with traumatic events such as shoulder dislocations and injuries to certain structures within the shoulder joint. Another very common cause of shoulder arthritis is chronic tears of the rotator cuff. When the rotator cuff is torn, the biomechanics of the shoulder joint is altered significantly and this leads to eventual arthritis of joint.

HNA: What symptoms are associated with shoulder arthritis? Is it possible to have arthritis of the shoulder without any symptoms? JH: The most common early symptom of shoulder arthritis is stiffness and mild discomfort. As the arthritis progresses, the shoulder gets increasingly stiff, overhead function is compromised and reaching behind the back is very difficult. Another very common complaint is shoulder pain at night with difficulty sleeping. While this shoulder pain at night is not specific to shoulder arthritis, it is a common reason why patients seek advice from a doctor. It is 40

common to have no symptoms at all in early shoulder arthritis. In these cases, the patients are typically very active and have excellent shoulder motion despite the early onset of arthritis that might be seen on X-ray.

HNA: To what other injuries is a person susceptible once he or she has shoulder arthritis? JH: The presence of shoulder arthritis does not predispose patients to injury. However, because of the constant presence of inflammation associated with an arthritic shoulder, patients can get the sudden onset of painful flare-ups with minor trauma that an otherwise normal shoulder would be able to tolerate.

Knees HNA: Of all the joints that can be ridden with arthritis, is the knee influenced the most by a patient’s weight? Mike Morris, MD: The knee is one of the most common joints afflicted with arthritis. Studies have demonstrated obesity is a major risk factor for the development of arthritis, especially in the knee. Since the knee bears four to six times one’s body weight during many activities of daily living, it endures an increasingly significant amount of force and load when one is overweight. Modest weight loss has been shown in studies to reduce with risk of developing arthritis. For those individuals who already have arthritis in their knees, modest weight loss can lessen the pain by decreasing the forces and load across the knee.

HNA: What types of arthritis are most common in the knee? Can one be affected by more than one type of arthritis in the same joint at once? MM: The most common type of arthritis is the knee is osteoarthritis, which is often called “wear and tear” arthritis. Other common types of arthritis are post-traumatic, such as from a fracture or anterior cruciate ligament

injury; rheumatologic, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis; and crystalline arthropathy, such as gout. Interestingly, it is possible to be afflicted by more than one type of arthritis in the knee. For example, one might have osteoarthritis in one’s knee and develop gout, too.

HNA: What are the treatment options for a person with knee arthritis? Is surgery the only long-term solution? MM: Currently, there is no cure for arthritis. Arthritis can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth and limited function. The goal of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis and improve the quality of life of the patient. There are a multitude of surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Non-surgical options include joint-friendly exercise such as swimming, walking, yoga and cycling. There are vitamin supplements such as glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate, fish oil and turmeric. Over-the-counter pain medicine such as Tylenol or acetaminophen can be helpful. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Injection therapy such as cortisone, hyaluronic acid and biologics might have a role in alleviating some of the symptoms of arthritis. Often, these non-surgical measures can improve the symptoms of arthritis. However, for those patients with end-stage radiographical arthritis that is recalcitrant to non-surgical modalities, knee replacement surgery is an excellent, durable, long-term solution. Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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