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March/April 2017


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March/April 2017 Vol. 6, No. 4


7 First Glance

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Letter from the Executive Editor

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

36 Retraining Fight or Flight

10 My Story

Active Shooter Response Training

Emily Linek

15 24 General Knowledge

38 Foods for Fitness NAPLS breakfast program

40 Ask the Expert Vertigo and dizziness

Gen. David Petraeus

26 Proactivity through Community Conversation Community Well-Being Forum

28 Student Spotlight 12 Personalities


31 Running for Love Rosie Swale-Pope

Dr. John Barnard

15 On the Path Marburn Academy opens

20 Initiatives New Albany Police Department and the community


42 Scene… At Marburn Academy’s grand opening At the Chilly Chili Mile At the Jefferson Series

44 Gadgets & Gear

32 If These Bricks Could Talk TEDxNewAlbany

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Amit Greenshtein

46 Luxury Living Real estate listings

48 Scene in New Albany Spring scenery

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Thrilled to be Chilled Every year, I witness a cycle of normalcy, at least when it involves making a commitment to well-being. The cycle progresses as follows: Commit to an exercise routine. Shed excess pounds. Follow a healthful diet. This mantra begins every Jan. 1. While these well-intentioned goals are easy to initiate, the self-discipline needed to attain them seems to disappear by Feb. 1. That’s the cycle of normalcy that seems to reoccur for many, year after year, at least from my perspective. The beginning of 2017 appears to have invalidated my prior observations. For the first time, I have noticed that the number of people who have remained committed to their wellness plan has remained constant throughout the first part of the year. The fitness facility at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in New Albany has experienced a significant increase in memberships. It seems that at certain times, almost every piece of equipment – whether treadmills, recumbent bicycles or free weights – is being used. Body pump, spinning and bar classes are completely filled. The number of walkers who participate in the Sunday morning walks coordinated by the New Albany Walking Club is growing, as training programs for events such as the New Albany Walking Classic flourish. To help keep people exercising and motivated throughout the winter, Healthy New Albany Inc. created the inaugural Chilly Chili OneMile Walk held in February. Whether walking for health and/or competition, this event served the needs of hundreds who were wanting for a venue for outdoor physical activity. Held during the coldest of months, the Chilly Chili was both invigorating and inspirational for those who participated. Of course, participants in this sold-out event were treated to chili, cornbread and hot chocolate after crossing the finish line. Check out the Chilly Chili on page 43 of this issue. Regardless of the activity chosen, this year has started out like no other I have seen. The commitment to a physical activity program is stronger than ever. Congratulations to all. Healthfully,

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in & out

What's happening in and out of New Albany

Wednesday, March 1

New Albany Community Garden Opening Day New Albany Community Garden, www.

Saturday, March 18

Using Music (Better!) to Deal With Stress 10 a.m.-noon, Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center, Columbus,

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Sunday, March 19

Tuesday, March 28

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

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Cancer Center,

Straighten Up and Fly Right: The Nate King Cole Tribute

Lunch and Learn: Cancer Nutrition Myths and Facts

Saturday, April 1

Lady Tutu 5K and Little Princess Dash

Thursday-Sunday, March 2-5

8 a.m., Easton Town Center,

Throughout Columbus, Ramsey Lewis

John Pizzarelli

Saturday, March 4 McCoy Gala

7-9 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Saturday, March 11 Pi Day 5K

9 a.m., Alum Creek Park North, Westerville,

Sunday, March 12

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Casey at the Bat

Monday, March 20

Community Well-Being Forum 7 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Friday, March 24

Peter Frampton Raw, An Acoustic Tour 8 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

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

Saturday, April 8

TEDxNewAlbany: Through the Looking Glass 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Saturday, April 15 SpringFest

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., New Albany Football Stadium,

Saturday, April 22 Earth Day Work Day

8 a.m.-1 p.m., New Albany Community Garden, www.newalbanycommunitygarden.

Wednesday, April 26 The Jefferson Series: David H. Petraeus

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Saturday, April 29

Sunday, April 30

Capital City Half Marathon

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Power of the Sea

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my story

By Molly Linek

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New Albany High School freshman Emily Linek is thriving while living with lupus

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his story is different. Most My Story articles are told by the person who is living courageously with a health issue, but we are lucky. My husband, Scott Linek, and I get to share our daughter’s story with you because it’s a story that is most appropriately told in this fashion. You see, Emily can no longer use her hands to write. Nor, for that matter, can she walk, talk or even dress herself without assistance. But this is far from a sad story. Rather, it’s a call to action to meet daily challenges – challenges we all have – with an un- Emily Linek is a freshman at New Albany High School and has been a New Albany resident since moving here from San beatable attitude, and Diego, Calif. at the age of 3. a will to live fully. Emily isn’t limited by of 2, Emily’s speech slowed, her walk- to participate in everything. Resiliency her physical boundaries. Instead, she ing was shaky at best and sitting without and commitment to inclusion is the drivis constantly refining and crafting her support was nearly impossible. By age ing force of Emily’s life. So, what does strengths and overcoming obstacles 3, she could no longer hold a crayon or a typical kid in an atypical young body every day. Before sharing where she is feed herself, and she used a wheelchair do? Everything. today, you must understand the start to to get around. Doctors and specialists Emily runs, swims and even hikes Emily’s journey. She was born a com- throughout the country were baffled; ev- with her sisters, Abbie, 17, and Kaley, pletely healthy baby, and walked and ery biopsy, blood test and medical pro- 11. We just adapt and figure it out. Her talked like all toddlers do. But by the age cedure revealed nothing. There was no latest passion is swimming. Through diagnosis, and we were in the dark – a the amazing collaboration of New Alvery frightening place to be. bany’s adaptive physical education God shines brightest in the darkest teacher, Barry Ward, and the Philip moments, and finally, when Emily was 5, Heit Center for Healthy New Albany’s a random blood test revealed that Em- director, John Paro, Emily heads to the ily had an autoimmune disease – lupus pool twice a week after school. Driven – that was slowly attacking and destroy- by her passion and the Linek faming a part of her brain that controls motor ily motto (“Success comes from hard function. She immediately began aggres- work”), Emily has excelled in the pool. sive chemotherapy to stop her immune She recently took 50 steps in the Heit system from attacking her own body. Center pool. Fifty assisted steps may As a family, it comes natural to seem like a small thing, but to a young assimilate Emily’s challenges into our girl in a wheelchair, those 50 steps are physically active lives, as Emily wants truly freeing. 10

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With the help of an adaptive communication computer, Emily has found her voice. And, being very vocal about her opinions, she’s not afraid to use it. Emily communicates using the retinas of her eyes to signal a voice output from her computer. Emily works tirelessly with the progressive special education staff at New Albany-Plain Local Schools. She participates in class, talks out of turn, plays games instead of doing homework and even tells her sisters when they are bugging her – just as all 15-year-olds do. Emily teaches us that she is so much more than a “special kid in a wheelchair.” The depths of her perseverance and grit is truly what makes her special; the wheelchair does not. And each time we think we’ve met our capacity for a challenge, Emily shows us that our capacity is limitless. Molly and Scott Linek and their daughters, Emily, Abbie and Kaley, are New Albany residents. Molly is a registered dietitian and fitness instructor at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany and Emily, who lives with lupus, is a freshman at New Albany High School and a regular at the Heit Center. Feedback welcome at


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Doctor of Many Names

e have a saying around here: Leadership is a team sport,” says Dr. John Barnard. When it comes to leadership, Barnard is certainly a team player. He has dedicated his life to children’s health care and research. Today, he serves as a leader in the medical field as president of the Research Institute, chief of the department of pediatrics and the Ann I. Wolfe Endowed Chair at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in addition to his roles as professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. During Barnard’s time as president, the Research Institute has grown significantly, adding research facilities and recruiting scientists. He oversaw the addition of facilities for gene therapy trials and mathematical medicine, both rare among pediatric institutes. Nationwide Children’s is currently the sixth-ranked National Institute of Health-funded, freestanding pediatric institute in the U.S. Even with his many titles and responsibilities, Barnard is quick to credit the rest of the team at Nationwide Children’s as a collaborative part of success. “We have a lot of terrific colleagues, and we interact on a day-to-day basis,” he says. “You never feel like you’re alone.” Ideally, his jobs overlap. Barnard says his multiple roles are strategically planned in order to allow better and more frequent interactions between clinical practice and research. “There’s an opportunity to combine those all in creative ways that really didn’t exist five or 10 years ago,” he says. “There’s so much we still don’t know about disease – in children in particular – and so discovery is an important part of what we do every day.” 13

Growing up as one of six children on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Barnard says he always felt a love for children. His time in college spurred an interest in sciences such as biology and chemistry. A career in child health care allowed him to combine his passion for science and care for the well-being of children. Barnard worked his way north from there, attending the University of South Alabama (he remains a Crimson Tide fan, one of about three in New Albany by his estimate), followed by the University of Mississippi and Vanderbilt University before settling at Nationwide Children’s. As a medical student at Mississippi, Barnard says he gained a firm understanding of clinical practice. He credits his internship, residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt for growing his understanding and appreciation of the research and academic side of medicine. These firm roots in both clinical and research activities supplied him with the diverse knowledge and experience that prepared him for his positions today. Barnard emphasizes the importance of integrating the two fields to further our understanding of medicine and health care. He sees each patient as an opportunity to learn and discover. “If you take care of patients, then you quickly learn that there are gaps and holes and voids in our knowledge base, and that’s frustrating,” he says. “You want to bring the best that science and

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technology has to bear on the health of patients and, when it’s not there, it causes you to want to fill the gap and discover new things to help take care of patients better.” Barnard says teaching provides a similarly important role to scientific discovery in the medical field. He and his colleagues in the pediatric department all serve as child health professors at OSU’s College of Medicine. “We take it very seriously,” he says. “We’re training the next generation of physicians, we’re training the next generation of scientists, and that’s a big priority for us.” Columbus has proven to be an appropriate location for the success and growth of Nationwide Children’s, but Barnard has found it a fitting home for he and his family as well. When Barnard began working at Nationwide Children’s in 2000, New Albany’s homey features attracted him and his family. “Suburban lifestyle has always worked for me,” he says. “The homes and the white fences and the walking paths and all the rest of it is just something that fits my personality really well.” New Albany has also provided a great location for Barnard’s road cycling hobby, beginning with his experience cycling 100 miles at the first Pelotonia in 2008.

“I really wasn’t a biker before that, and from the very first year all the way up to present, it’s been a very important part of my life,” he says. “(Pelotonia) revolutionized my way of thinking about exercise and a healthy lifestyle.” Barnard has made an effort to contribute back to the city of Columbus as well. Through a series of op-eds, Barnard has aimed to better inform readers of scientific research. “Our public needs to understand science better,” he says. “I think generally, as scientists, we’ve not done a really good job of being able to communicate our work to the public.” At this point, don’t expect Barnard to add any new titles to the end of his name. After taking on the roles of chief of the department of pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s and chair of the department of pediatrics at OSU in 2015, he says he’s hoping to continue growing his impact within those positions. “This is it; my career is defined for me,” he says. “It’s an extraordinary opportunity I’m privileged to be able to take on.” Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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Dr. John Barnard shares his wellness habits What’s your favorite way to stay active? Road biking with my friends. What’s your favorite healthy food? My wife’s oven baked chicken — it’s delicious and it’s healthful. It’s low-fat and she’s perfected it. What do you like to do to relax? Photography is a hobby of mine, as are gardening and road biking. If my neighbors read this, they’re going to wince when they see “gardening.” They’re going to say, “Where does he garden?” But I really love it.


Are there any foods you try to avoid? I don’t eat beef and I don’t eat pork. That’s a relatively recent life decision – about four years ago. Do you have any healthful recipes passed down in your family? Those aren’t healthful recipes. I have a southern biscuit recipe that is utterly outstanding. My idea of a healthy diet is an appropriately proportioned, well-balanced diet that might include its proper representation from proteins, carbohydrates and fats. So I don’t mind butter on a southern biscuit or butter on a loaf of bread or something like that, but for me, it’s all about portion control.

on the path

by Amanda DePerro

New Kid in School

Marburn Academy becomes the newest member of the New Albany community

Photos courtesy of Marburn Academy


very morning at 1860 Walden Dr., Marburn Academy’s halls filled with the sounds of 236 students, ranging from grades two through 12. The building, part of the Marburn family for 30 of the program’s 35 years, was beloved, but small. The 236 students piled into the gym for morning meetings, a space that was full more often than not. During lunchtime, students in gym class would file out and a parent volunteer would get to work setting up tables in the space. After lunch, the parent would help clean and replace the tables in their storage space, and gym would resume. Teachers shared classrooms, and a room that used to be a library was now a sea of cubicles for faculty. Other members of staff turned old storage closets into offices. When Head of School Jamie Williamson invited parents to come in to talk about their children, parents and faculty members were nearly sitting on top of one another. Everyone in the Marburn family knew that moving was the only solution. But for a program in which every dollar went directly back to the students, moving seemed more like a pipe dream than something that could become reality. “This had been a discussion for 20 years, and it almost had become kind of a running joke in some ways,” says Williamson. “‘Well, when we get the new

Marburn Academy Head of School Jamie Williamson reads School’s First Day of School to elementary schoolers in the new Marburn building in New Albany.

building, we’ll have a music room. When we get the new building, we’ll have a pool on the roof.’” Williamson says this, laughing, from his seat in a brand new office, in a brand new building. Books line the walls of the office, with a circular table in the middle of the room and Williamson’s large desk in the back. A bicycle is suspended from one wall. New Albany residents may have sensed a new presence in the city, though with its Georgian architecture and classic New Albany appearance, the lo-

cation on U.S. Rt. 62, just off of State Rt. 161, may have gone unnoticed. Though Marburn is anything but new, the academy is the new kid in school for New Albany. Still, you won’t hear any of the 236 Marburn students complain about the title. “We had second-grade kids going to the bathroom with six-foot-tall high school kids, which really creates an interesting sense of community,” says Williamson. Now, it’s immediately apparent upon walking into Marburn that each group of 15

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Marburn’s walls are filled with picture frames featuring images of the Marburn family. Williamson looks forward to making even more memories from the New Albany building.

students has its own area. Elementaryaged children’s walls are bright and vivid, decorated with colorful posters and signs. Middle and high schoolers’ areas are age-appropriate as well. The hallways of Marburn’s high school area are peppered with vending machines and lounge areas. The school maintains its close-knit community, but now allows members of each age group to feel as if their surroundings reflect their maturity. Marburn serves students who have difficulty in certain subjects, or attentional issues such as ADHD. The students are of average intelligence, “just as bright as any other kid in any other building,” says Williamson. In order to serve these students, Marburn’s new building has been designed carefully. Each classroom is fitted with chairs that bounce for students with attention deficits as well as speakers in the back of the classroom attached to teachers’ microphones. The classroom is designed to engage all the senses, a major benefit to students who learn in unconventional ways. However, building the new Marburn Academy was no walk in the park.

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Because the program had never undergone such an extensive fundraising project, Marburn’s board faced the impossible. Marburn’s budget sat at $14 million. More ambitious yet, the board made an executive decision not to hire a consultant. “We knew that they were going to tell us that this could not be done,” says Williamson. “We decided to just forge ahead and figure this out.” One of the leaders for the new building was Rick Milenthal, a Marburn parent and president of the board for more than five years. Milenthal, like Williamson, knew long ago that it was time to move. “We turned down scores of applicants every year; the demand for Marburn far outstrips our capacity,” says Milenthal. “One in five children have some challenges in reading, and they learn differently. One in five.” Milenthal says another challenge Marburn faced stemmed from the program’s obscurity. Williamson calls it the “best-kept secret in Columbus for 35 years.” However, the need for the school and the passion parents, students and





Each classroom is fitted for Marburn students. Speakers around the room project teachers’ voices, and seats are designed to allow students to move and bounce while learning.



faculty have for the program were indicators that this was going to be done. Thanks to a gift of $1 million from L Brands, financing from Huntington Bank and the support of Marburn parents and affiliates, the school is nearing $7 million raised. “I think you only get a few moments in life when you can do something transformational, something that may last for generations,” says Milenthal. “There were many dark moments when we didn’t know we could achieve this; we didn’t know whether we could succeed. But we kept going and we are just thrilled with the result. … It’s amazing what the human spirit will do.” Each year, Marburn hosts alumni for a Thanksgiving meal, always held in the school building. Williamson recalls the panic when faculty realized, due to the lack of space in the old building, the 2016 Thanksgiving dinner may have needed to be canceled for the first time

in 25 years. After desperately searching for options, Williamson suggested holding the dinner in the new building, which was still under construction at the time.

Daimler postponed construction for a day, Marburn received temporary vacancy for the ground floor only and all Marburn students – alumni and current alike – were invited to Thanksgiving dinner inside the new Marburn Academy, lovingly dubbed Marburn 2.0. And, it turns out, Thanksgiving was the perfect holiday for the Marburn family to be introduced to their new home. “There were tears when kids walked in,” says Williamson. “It was very touching. Now, they have a spot that they can be really proud of. … This is going to allow us to have a space to shine.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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through April 5, to learn more about what it is like to be a police officer and the split-second decisions we make. We are fixtures on the school learning campus throughout the academic year. The City of New Albany provides two police officers to our New AlbanyPlain Local Schools at no cost, with one serving as the D.A.R.E. officer and the other serving as the school resource

officer. Establishing good relationships with our students while they are young – either on campus or through Safety Town, our bike rodeo or other outreach efforts – is a big step in showing youngsters that officers are on their side. And when school is not in session, these two join our other officers in patrolling New Albany streets. As safe as New Albany is, no community is immune to crime. To that end, earlier this year, we had our first community-wide active shooter training, co-sponsored by American Electric Power and the New Albany Chamber of Commerce, to learn strategies and appropriate responses to survive an active shooter event. To combat women’s violence issues, we offer self-defense classes to women 18 years of age or older at various times throughout the year. More than 1,000 women have participated in this program, which is a mixture of classroom and practical skills that include basic self-defense techniques, rape aggression defense and domestic violence awareness. We’ve even had mother-and-daughter teams take this class together. A third program we provide, but hope our residents never have to use, is child ID cards. Our police staff will create a child ID badge for parents containing a

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t’s common for Jefferson Series speakers to expound on the topic of individual health. Patrick Kennedy talked about mental health in February. David McCullough discussed historical literacy in spring 2016. April speaker Gen. David Petraeus, on the other hand, will be speaking on a much larger scale as he discusses factors affecting the health of countries. Petraeus will take the stage April 26 for the final speaking engagement of the 2016-17 Jefferson Series, organized by the New Albany Community Foundation. The program is sold out. Petraeus, a four-star general who spent 37-plus years in the U.S. Army, first became a household name when, in January 2007, he was given command of all U.S. troops in Iraq. Prior to

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that point, since 2004, he had led the MultiNational Security Transition Command in Iraq, overseeing efforts to train and equip Iraqi security forces such as army and police. He joined the Army in the mid-1970s after graduating from West Point University, and has had the opportunity to closely watch the U.S. armed forces evolve over the course of decades. Technological advances in particular have made a major difference, he says – not merely in terms of military tech-

nology such as unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and precision strike munitions (smart bombs), but in terms of context, given the farranging effects the Internet and social media have had. Petraeus presided over the “surge” of troops in Iraq shortly after taking command. One of the messages he wishes had gotten better traction during that time, he says, was that the surge was a success, even though the eventual end of the war did not go as many had hoped.

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“The gains achieved during (the surge) were sustained for three and a half years, until the Iraqi prime minister undid our effort to bring the fabric of society back together,” says Petraeus. Gen. Raymond Odierno succeeded Petraeus in command over Iraq in September 2008 and, a month later, Petraeus took command of the United States Central Command. In July 2010 – with President Bush having left office, and President Obama having entered it – he took command of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Petraeus gave up command in Afghanistan in July 2011 and retired from the Army in August 2011, but the next month, he was sworn in as director of the CIA, a post in which he remained until November 2012. Though the transition from Army to CIA was a gear change, Petraeus refers to the CIA gig as “the best job in government.” “While it was tough to take off the uniform for the last time, it was wonderful to join an agency with such committed, talented, innovative and selfless individuals as those of the CIA,” he says. Petraeus points to the development of a strategic plan for the CIA as one of the most important things he presided over, along with investments in human capital and the establishment of an economic security center. Since he left the CIA, Petraeus has visited 40 countries through his role as a partner in global investment firm KKR and chairman of the KKR Global Institute. He also holds down roles at the University of Southern California, Harvard University, the Royal United Services Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; serves on the boards of multiple think tanks and veterans’ services organizations; and is invested in 11 start-ups. “I am very fortunate, in my postgovernment life, to be engaged in stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable endeavors,” he says. Challenges in global security, economic trends and developments, and the exercise of strategic leadership are the topics Petraeus aims to discuss in New Albany. His goals: to inform, to intellectually challenge and to entertain, “and perhaps even to inspire those in the audience,” he says.

He welcomes the opportunity to speak at a more intimate facility in the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, he says, as it allows for better engagement with the audience. “Doing an interview before a live audience is always stimulating, enjoyable and interesting,” Petraeus says. “And I inevitably draw energy from the crowd.” For the Jefferson Series engagement, Petraeus will be interviewed by retired Col. Pete Mansoor, who was Petraeus’ right-hand man when he led the Iraq War. Mansoor, a central Ohio resident, is the Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State

University, and wrote a 2013 book on his time working with Petraeus titled Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War. The interest generated by his appearance in New Albany, and the evidence it shows of the community’s investment in the topics he will discuss, is heartening to Petraeus. “(It’s) nice to hear of the sellout,” he says. “Not that I am competitive or anything.” Garth Bishop is managing editor. Feedback welcome at gbishop@

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families and the community. The evening will consist of presentations by experts on topics related to substance abuse and mental health, and local data from the police and fire department will be provided to help describe what is happening in the community. A panel of community members will help facilitate the conversation.

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NAPLS Superintendent Michael Sawyers stresses that the forum is not just for students, but all members of the community. Drug abuse can be an uncomfortable subject, but Sawyers and the rest of the school district are ready to break the stigma through discussion and education. “(It) is impossible for the school district to do this without our entire community being engaged,” says Sawyers. “We

are trying to build capacity for awareness, and understand that it is okay to have these conversations as a community, because if we provide support to each other and we respond as a community, it will make us all better.” The school district has teamed up with local businesses and organizations, including Healthy New Albany Inc., Nationwide Children’s Hospital, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Concord Counseling Services. “It is important for us to have a healthy community,” says Sawyers. “I think it makes New Albany, to some degree, unique because there is a deliberate focus to try to create a healthy community, and not hide from the ills that exist in society, but hit them head-on.”

“(It) is impossible for the school district to do this without our entire community being engaged.” Sawyers acknowledges that one conversation won’t be enough. NAPLS administration has a vision of hosting substance abuse-related community conversations between two and four times a year. “We want this to become a series of really great conversations where we are talking about hard topics in our community at large,” says Sawyers. “We don’t want people to get the impression that you have a conversation and it goes away. It doesn’t.” Sawyers says he believes the community is interested in coming together to combat these problems, and hopes to empower New Albany residents to build resources which benefit the community, especially children, who are the most vulnerable. “We are really excited … and I think it will be wonderful,” says Sawyers. “This is just another extension of what we are always trying to do to build a healthy community.” Lydia Freudenberg is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Instead of crying over spoiled milk, New Albany High School senior is solving it This is the first in a series of New Albany High School student profiles. The series shows the impact these talented and driven students make on our community and our school system while highlighting their contributions to Healthy New Albany ideals.

in his first language, Hebrew. Moving and changing schools as a kid can be difficult, but moving to a new country brings an entirely different set of challenges. Greenshtein says that, at first, the transition to life in America – and specifically New Albany – worried him. “Coming to New Albany as a foreigner, I didn’t know if I would ever feel at home like I did back in Israel,” Greenshtein says. “It took some time, but now New Albany truly feels like home to me.” Greenshtein credits the school system for helping him feel at home. “New Albany is always pushing me and challenging me to be the best I can be,” he says. “The teachers, the staff, the whole envi-


hen Amit Greenshtein was 9 years old, his family moved from Haifa, Israel, the only home he’d known, to New Albany. He hasn’t yet lived half of his life here, but Greenshtein, a senior at New Albany High School, has already made a lasting impact on the school and the community. English is Greenshtein’s second language, and he says he still thinks and dreams Photo courtesy of Amy Flowers

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There’s No Place Like Home Amit Greenshtein shines a laser into the filter he created that allows for seeing the age of milk.

ronment. I came to school without knowing a word in English, and the teachers pushed me until I had a good grasp of the language.” Greenshtein certainly challenges himself, too. For example, math and science have always been his favorite subjects in school, and these interests naturally led him to be curious about the field of engineering. So, as a junior, Greenshtein took an engineering mathematics course from Wright State University through NAHS. For his senior seminar project, Amit took on another challenge, one that has gained him some renown beyond the borders of New Albany. Have you ever accidentally taken a sip of spoiled milk? Greenshtein wanted to find out whether the expiration date listed on milk cartons really told us everything we needed to know about the age and quality of the milk inside. The answer he found, and the solution he has developed, may change the way we gauge the freshness of milk.

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Greenshtein created a milk spoilage indicator that interacts with bacteria in milk. The indicator window is incorporated into the milk carton, and it attracts harmful bacteria to colonize on its surface. When a laser beam is directed at the indicator window, the shape of the reflection shows whether the milk is fresh or spoiled. “In fresh milk, the reflection of the laser is round and fixed. In bad milk, the reflection is a stretched shape that constantly moves,” he says.

He has plans to take the project further too. The next step, he explains, is to make the indicator more user-friendly. “I am researching and trying to work on a special laser that interacts with my surface by shining different colors,” he says. In addition to developing ways to save us from spoiled dairy products, Greenshtein was a leading member of the New Albany boys’ soccer team. This past season, Greenshtein led the team with 19 goals and was named first team

“Coming to New Albany as a foreigner, I didn’t know if I would ever feel at home like I did back in Israel,” Greenshtein says. “It took some time, but now New Albany truly feels like home to me.” Ohio Capital Conference – Capital Division All-League and second team AllCentral District. “Being a member of the soccer team has probably been one of the most meaningful and memorable experiences of high school,” Greenshtein says. “I learned how to be a team player, lead and be a part of a group with one common goal.” He credits the coaching staff for creating an environment for the team to thrive. “My coaches always believed in me and the team,” Greenshtein says. “They did everything to make sure we were doing the best we can while improving and having fun at the same time.” Peace Week – the annual tradition at NAHS that, according to the school’s website, exists to “bring awareness to social issues, celebrate cultural diversity, gain better understanding into the perspectives and experiences of others” – is also one of Greenshtein’s favorite parts of high school. He says that the week gives him a chance to reflect on the past year of school and all that has transpired.

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scaping from a naked man with a gun. Running alongside a pack of wolves. Evading an axe-wielding man jumping out of a tree. These might sound like scenes out of an action movie, albeit a strange one, but they are just some of the wild adventures Rosie Swale-Pope has experienced while on runs across various countries and around the world. New Albany residents will have the opportunity to hear Swale-Pope’s exhilarating experiences and engaging life lessons firsthand when she visits the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany on March 8. Swale-Pope’s talk will urge listeners to try to make the most out of life, and will encourage the outlook that every day is an adventure, one that she says New Albany has embraced. “I don’t care if I run 15 miles or 10 miles,” says Swale-Pope. “I really care about trying to just tell people to go crazy, to not just sit there (and) to not be afraid.” Growing up, Swale-Pope says she was not a very good athlete. She was scolded by her physical education teachers for being too slow and finishing last. The 70-year-old Switzerland native is the first to tell you that she’s not a fast runner. However, her love for adventure – nurtured by her grandmother, with whom she lived from ages 5-13 – led her to put aside that fact and set out to do what she loves. In her early life, Swale-Pope accomplished a number of impressive feats. She sailed around the world with her first husband, Colin, and daughter, Eve. She

was the fourth woman to sail in a small boat from England to the U.S., having to survive at one point without food and water for five days. Swale-Pope also rode across Chile on horseback. It was after her Chilean trip that Swale-Pope began to embark on crosscountry treks by foot. Though she had stayed in good shape from her previous travels, she knew pushing herself too far would not be a good idea. She says that she stresses building up endurance, and simply motivating oneself to start, when discussing with others how to get out and exercise. “Say ‘I am doing it,’ not ‘I can,’” Swale-Pope says. “Just put your shoes on, or your boots on, step out the door and smell the fresh air. Walk fast for three minutes and then slow for one … and have a treat waiting for you when you get home.” Since 1995, Swale-Pope has run in multiple marathons, including across the Sahara Desert, and she has trekked across multiple countries including Iceland, Romania and Cuba. She typically carries her own supplies with her, whether on her back or on a threewheeled cart she pulls behind her. In order to maintain proper energy and nutrition during her runs, SwalePope says she eats lots of protein and carbohydrates while attempting to eat foods that are “not too over-processed.” As for her mental state while running, she says looking up at the stars and imagining her family helps her through difficult stretches. Starting in 2002, Swale-Pope embarked on a run around the world that

Rosie Swale-Pope speaks about her unaccompanied run across the U.S. and travel across the Atlantic at the Heit Center March 8 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit would culminate on Aug. 25, 2008. She gained the inspiration for the journey after her second husband, Clive, died of prostate cancer, and she decided to do it to raise money for prostate cancer awareness and an orphanage in Kitezh, Russia. Swale-Pope recently finished a run across America, which began in New York and finished in San Francisco. She has begun writing a book about the trek, tentatively titled Two Footsteps and 4,800 Dreams, in which she details all of the people she met on her solo journey across the States. “It taught me more than any other run before,” she says. “I’m humbled by them.” Swale-Pope hopes the book – along with her other titles about her journeys through blazing heat – freezing cold and foreign wilderness, will resonate not only with runners, but with anyone who needs extra motivation to truly live life to the fullest. “I don’t do it to prove it how strong I am or test my limits,” Swale-Pope says. “Do it (for) love and joy and for some purpose, whether that is to help others or to help yourself.” Zachary Konno is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ 31

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limbing the business ladder to growth and success – while still in high school? In just four years, students at New Albany High School have taken the concept of TEDx, an offshoot of the international TED organization, beyond their high school and into the community. TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is known for its “Ideas Worth Spreading,” in numerous venues and forums. Originally named TEDxYouth@ NAHS and inspired by former assistant marching band director Nicholas Turon in 2014, the program was renamed TEDxNewAlbany in 2016, says senior Steven Kish – and now lays claim to being an award-winning TEDx chapter. Kish, who serves as executive program director, was introduced to TED and TED Talks by his father, but was unaware of the opportunity to create a TEDx organization within the high school until presented with the concept by Turon. “Mr. Turon liked the TED program, especially TED Talks. He thought that TEDx was definitely something students could learn a lot from,” Kish says. From the start, the local TEDx program was student-driven, with its audience youth-oriented. The focus was to have an annual stage event with student

TEDxNewAlbany, organized and run primarily by students, saw an increase in non-student audiences during their 2016 “Dare To…” event. The discussion brought in more than 500 people, of which more than 400 were adults.

speakers who had ideas to share. The first event at NAHS featured five student speakers with about 100 other students in attendance, and limited funds to coordinate the event from the principal’s discretionary fund.

The 2015 event was a little larger, but still spoke primarily to students. In 2016, Kish says, the scope changed, and TEDxNewAlbany grew significantly. “We decided to broaden (it) and make it fully community oriented,” Kish

says. “We had 10 adult and four student speakers, with over 500 people in the audience. More than 400 were adults.” With the theme “Dare To…,” the 2016 topics ranged from “Be an Individual” and “Quit School” to “Not be Average” and “Learn Without Limits.” Held at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the Saturday event lasted for six hours. In addition to speakers, the 2016 event included student artistic performances, a vendor area, merchandise giveaways, refreshments and a 32-page printed program with advertisers and sponsors. Speakers are generally connected to the greater Columbus and New Albany communities, and represent diversity in both topic and life experiences, Kish says. The common focus for each speaker is not to educate and inform, but to be thought-provoking and spark creativity. As the events grew, so did the number of students who organize the events, as well as the organizational structure






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and job descriptions. A group of approximately 25 NAHS students hold specific positions and organize the annual TEDx event, along with other smaller-scale events, such as open mic nights and performer auditions. However, it’s the annual event that requires months of planning, hard work and dedication – and every organizer is still a full-time high school student. “This is run like a business,” Kish says. “We raised $30,000 in sponsorships in 2016, including donations from the New Albany Community Foundation’s Ryan Family Fund and the Paul and Jennifer Naumoff Family Fund.” An executive team oversees numerous committee members in planning the events. The current executive team consists of an executive program director (Kish) and executive operations director (Prapti Dalal), sponsorship director (Drew Fischer), director of vendors and technology (Sujan Kakumanu), treasurer (Parker Selby), co-directors of speakers (Olivia Wootten and Miles Waytes), director of venue and experience (Alexis Rudy), and director of marketing (Redd Ingram). In addition, several students serve in other positions, including as speaker coaches. “Our speaker coaches have faced challenges beyond those of most students and are there to coach the adult speakers,” Kish says – including, he says, one speaker from last year, NAHS Principal Dwight Carter. Changing the focus of TEDxNewAlbany did more than bring hundreds of adults to the McCoy Center in 2016: It earned

TEDxNewAlbany solid community recognition. In December 2016, it received the New Albany Chamber of Commerce Delta Award for Outstanding Program for its growth within the community. One of a dozen or so TEDx organizations in the Columbus area – the groups are not limited to schools – TEDxNewAlbany is the only one totally student-organized from top to bottom that caters to the broad community, Kish says. “We have a great working relationship with the school and that helps us,” he says. He says that without the support of Carter and English teacher Anne Stidham, who cuts through the paperwork and red tape that only a school staff member can do, there could be more challenges in planning the event. “I am able to handle the administrative paperwork that students don’t have access to,” Stidham says. “It’s amazing to see how they look at every year and try to improve it. They have such a good understanding of the business aspect,

New Albany High School Principal Dwight Carter (left) and Steven Kish at the 2016 TEDxNewAlbany event. Carter spoke on taking on classwork and school in unconventional ways.

how to market, advertise, get money. They problem solve and overcome their weaknesses. If everything was run this well, our world would be a better place.”

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Retraining Fight or Flight Active shooter training teaches New Albany workers to be prepared


n Jan. 31, the AEP Transmission Center erupted with laughter. The packed conference room watched on as a man, armed with a Nerf gun, fired shots directly into New Albany-Plain Local Schools resource officer Ryan Southers. Southers countered with tennis balls, and the two engaged in a sitcom-like dance of dodging and firing. Though the mood in the room wasn’t serious, the topic at hand certainly was. Southers was demonstrating how to counter an active shooter. The New Albany Chamber of Commerce’s Active Shooter Response Training class, in collaboration with the New Albany Police Department, aimed to educate Chamber members on how to react if ever faced with a “bad guy” armed with a gun and an intent to cause major harm. NAPD Officers Southers and Leland Kelly, D.A.R.E. officer at NAPLS, headed up the presentation, kicking off with two words that have become a household term since the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School: lockdown drills,

An audience member gears up to shoot NAPD Officer Ryan Southers with a Nerf gun.

which the officers say was the defense mechanism to the event that left 12 students and one teacher dead. The main objective of the talk was to inform on what to do in time between when a shooting begins and when law enforcement arrives. Kelly and Southers

Southers reminds the audience that there are no obvious ways to identify who may become an active shooter. However, risk factors are based on trends of previous active shooters. For example, they tend to be male and come from a troubled home life, he says. 36

brought the room step by step through ALICE Training (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), the five steps to take to ensure the highest possible survival probability. Despite the dark subject matter, the officers managed to keep tensions in the room low and humor high. Still, potential volunteers were hesitant when Southers asked who in the room would like to volunteer to shoot a cop. Southers focused on changing immediate responses to an event such as a shooting. The three reactions to fear, says Southers, are fight, flight and freeze. Preparation, he says, is the only way to truly change one’s immediate reaction to fear, and allow one to avoid the “freeze” response, turning reaction into action. Another fatal reaction to an active shooter situation, the officers tell the audience, is worrying about accountability. Should a teacher find the classroom in a dangerous situation, the last thing he or she should worry about is getting in trouble for, say, breaking a window to escape.

Southers takes aim to throw tennis balls at a volunteer shooting him with a Nerf gun. Southers says his office tool of choice against an attacker armed with a gun is a “stapler to the forehead.”

“Survival, not accountability, has to be a priority,” says Southers. “Don’t worry about liability.” The officers inform the audience that though the overwhelming majority of active shooters have been historically male, an active shooter can look like anyone. And though the average number of people shot in mass shootings has increased steadily over the years, a lower ratio of people are succumbing to the wounds. The officers say that fact can be credited to the increased education on programs such as ALICE and Run, Hide, Fight campaign. The Run, Hide, Fight campaign tells potential active shooter victims to run if they can, hide if they are unable to run and, if hiding is no longer an option, to fight the shooter in order to decrease chances of becoming a victim. If it comes down to a fight, Southers gets another laugh by telling the room to use whatever is available as a weapon against the attacker. Southers’ personal favorite potential weapon? A stapler thrown at the attacker’s forehead. “Remember KISS,” says Southers. “Keep It Simple, Stupid.” Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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Foods for Fitness

By David Allen

Morning Munchies New Albany-Plain Local School District offers students the first meal of the day


Starting at just $1.50, students within New Albany-Plain Local School District can receive breakfast in the morning.

great flexibility with the availability,” says Patrick Gallaway, director of communications for the district. “We would have kids who would be hungry throughout the morning due to not eating before school. They would wind up at times in

Students are offered healthful options such as fruits, vegetables and milk for breakfast. However, unhealthful choices – French toast sticks, pancakes and muffins – still reign. 38

the clinic for a stomachache or such. Some kids … were hungry, and we decided to make this available to all kids at a minimal price, or for those kids who may also qualify for free and reduced lunch. An empty stomach impacts learning, and our goal is to keep students focused in the classroom.” Additionally, Gallaway says science has shown children with inadequate diets are not as focused in class, have more issues working with peers and may have further behavioral issues. Students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program also qualify for breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. until lunch time and, as Gallaway notes, there is also the Breakfast Club, which allows parents to bring their children to school early to allow for more time to enjoy the first meal of the day. “They have breakfast, and then they can play games with their friends, study or have social time prior to the school day,” says Gallaway. “It also provides a sense of security knowing that you can

Photo courtesy of New Albany-Plain Local School District

hough the jury is still out on whether breakfast is really the most important meal of the day, it’s at least as important as the other two. A study published in Journal of School Health last year found a significant benefit in children who ate breakfast each morning. Those who ate breakfast saw lower dietary fat intake and less impulse eating in obese children. On the other hand, teenagers who skipped breakfast were found to eat more lowquality snacks that contained lower micronutrient profiles than those who ate breakfast each morning. This study also reported numerous barriers to getting breakfast, including time, cost and even travel. For some living in New Albany, those barriers may apply, but the New Albany-Plain Local School District now has a program to fight back, starting at just $1.50. “It has been a number of years, probably around (year) 2000, since we started the (breakfast) program. It is a very popular program, and at the high school and middle school level, there is

Breakfast offerings at NAPLS enables students to make good choices at the start of the day, and prevents students from skipping the first meal just because they decided to sleep in an extra few minutes.

have breakfast provided at school. Students actually look forward to coming to school to receive breakfast, so this also helps with truancy issues. The kids really like it because it gives them a good start to their school day and offers some social time with their peers. Parents like it as well, especially if they may not have the time to make breakfast and need to get to work.” As a New Albany High School graduate myself, I utilized this program when I was a student. I know firsthand how it provided an effective and efficient meal program before school started, while also allowing me to sleep in a little more each morning. Because New Albany is a public school district, there are a few things the district is required to offer. For instance, the district must offer three of these four items: two ounces of whole grain, one cup of fruits or vegetables, and eight ounces of low-fat or fat-free milk. A review study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition in 2010 laid out a large body of evidence suggesting the benefits of whole grain consumption, like New Albany offers. The report suggests evidence that whole grain consumption reduces cardiovascular disease and risk of type II diabetes. And among pediatricians, milk is proven to be a must. The state government is working to improve the breakfast nutrient profiles in kids, and New Albany is right alongside it.

However, kids will always be kids, and unhealthful options reign. “We currently offer a variety of cereals, muffins, breakfast Danish, doughnuts, etc.,” says Gallaway. “Offerings must meet the calorie and nutritional value requirements. Based on school building, we also offer some variety with mini-pancakes and French toast sticks. We also have a non-blender smoothie made with low fat yogurt.” This program has also expanded further in recent years, allowing for student involvement, and more options, within the program. “One other interesting development … is the introductions of Jefferson’s Java, the high school coffee house, which also features the daily breakfast items. Students are also involved in it, as they design the signage and such. It is pretty cool.” David Allen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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Stop the Spinning Dr. Ashish Shah of Mount Carmel on vertigo and dizziness


izziness is a common occurrence, and while it’s often not cause for alarm, it can get in the way of your ability to fully function. Healthy New Albany Magazine spoke with Mount Carmel Health System otolaryngologist Dr. Ashish Shah on the ins and outs of managing dizziness, and some of its potential causes.

AS: It is important for the patient to be able to describe symptoms accurately, as the history often provides a diagnosis better than examination and testing. Symptoms of other types of dizziness include passing out, near passing out, lightheadedness, wooziness and falling.

Healthy New Albany Magazine: What’s the difference between vertigo and dizziness?

AS: Even mild dehydration can cause dizziness by lowering blood pressure. Vertigo, when associated with vomiting, can lead to dehydration, which further exacerbates the dizziness. Many people are not aware of their own inadequate hydration. A general rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces.

Dr. Ashish Shah: Vertigo is one form of dizziness and results from abnormalities inside the inner ear or the vertigo centers in the brain. It is a sense of motion such as spinning or tilting, similar to the feeling when getting off of a carnival ride.

HNA: How can someone experiencing symptoms tell them apart?


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HNA: How does hydration play into vertigo and/or dizziness?

HNA: At what point should someone experiencing the symptoms of vertigo and/or dizziness visit his or her doctor?

AS: You should seek medical attention immediately with any signs of stroke, such as FAST (facial drooling, arm weakness, speech difficulties and time). Quick intervention can lead to better outcomes. Severe or persistent symptoms also warrant evaluation. If the vertigo is associated with hearing loss, an urgent evaluation by an ear, nose and throat specialist is warranted as earlier treatment leads to better outcomes.

HNA: What can someone do to lessen his or her symptoms at home?

AS: Preventively, hydration, balanced diet, regular exercise, good sleep hygiene and stress reduction. With symptoms, even light activity and “exercises” in eye, body and balance coordination can help the brain to compensate for a vertigo disorder. In fact, golf is a great way to strengthen balance function. A sedentary lifestyle will often allow

a dizziness disorder to persist longer than it should.

HNA: What about over-thecounter medication?

AS: We try to avoid medications except when patients have severe vertigo especially with vomiting. Motion sickness medications may be taken for short periods, but these medications can cause drowsiness and prevent brain compensation.

HNA: What medication might a physician prescribe to treat severe vertigo and/or dizziness?

AS: The most common medication is Meclizine, a motion sickness medication. Diazepam (Valium) and steroids are also sometimes prescribed but, as stated, we prefer to prescribe medications only for short-term use. It sounds like dizziness can be related to a number of conditions, such as ear infections, insufficient vitamins, heart disease and anxiety, to name a few.

HNA: Are there lesser-known conditions that come into play?

AS: The common inner ear causes of vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a “loose crystal” disorder; vestibular neuronitis/labyrinthiti, essentially an inner ear viral infection; and Ménière’s disease, a disorder of excess inner ear fluid. Medication side effects, allergies and even obstructive sleep apnea can cause dizziness. Neurological disorders such as migraines can cause vertigo. Multiple sclerosis, stroke and brain tumors are other entities, but these disorders are usually associated with other symptoms.

HNA: Are there specific foods one should emphasize that can help offset symptoms?

AS: Adequate hydration, replenishing electrolytes, a balanced diet and treatment of hypoglycemia in certain patients.

HNA: Are there specific foods that might enhance symptoms and should be avoided?

AS: For Ménière’s disease, excessive salt often causes vertigo attacks. A high-salt diet may also contribute to hypertension, which can cause dizziness. Food with high sugar content may be an aggravating factor. Migraines may be triggered by certain foods such as nuts, avocados, bananas, citrus, onions, dairy, processed meats, and pickled or fermented products such as wine. Often alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and tobacco can be exacerbating factors in dizziness.

HNA: Is there a certain age range that experiences vertigo more often?

AS: Typically, older adults get the higher risk of most forms of dizziness.

HNA: What are the more serious side effects of vertigo and dizziness? Vomiting, fainting, etc.? How should one address these symptoms?

AS: By itself, dizziness is distressing and may lead to anxiety and limitation of activities out of fear, which will often only exacerbate symptoms. Falls are a major concern in terms of head and orthopedic injuries. Appropriate precautions should be in place, such as avoiding throw rugs and obstacles in the home. Some patients require equipment to assist with balance. Often, patients with severe symptoms benefit from physical therapy focused on the balance system. Hannah Bealer is an editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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