Healthy New Albany Magazine March/April 2019

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March/April 2019


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March/April 2019 Vol. 8, No. 4

7 First Glance

Letter from the Executive Editor


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

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10 My Story Jim Brisk

12 Personalities For these New Albany couples, the best vacation is a competition


16 Fit Five 20 Initiatives 911: Call if you can, text if you can’t

Kodiak Cakes

22 Do Eat Before Reading This Why exclusionary diets don’t work for everyone

26 Silent Mode Instituting “no phone zones” may improve your family’s health

Weekly fitspiration planner Kion Bar 12 Bar Box

36 Foods for Fitness

29 29 A Clean Driving Record New Albany paves an eco-friendly roadway with Teslas

34 Student Spotlight Ellen Monahan

On the Cover Caroline and Guy Worley

JoAnne and Scott Cummans Jen and Craig Richardson Photo by Jeffrey S. Hall Photography 2

Replacing processed and red meats with healthier proteins could reduce health risks

38 On the Horizon Gut health and why new evidence suggests you should think twice

40 Gadgets & Gear 44 Scene At Jefferson Series with Glenn Close Chilly Chili Mile

47 Luxury Living Follow Healthy New Albany on Instagram! @healthynewalbany Share comments/feedback at

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I’m Electrified


ver the past year, my fascination with electric cars has prompted a flurry of thoughts that, if anything, has challenged my decision-making skills. You see, I’m at a point in life where a new car purchase is warranted. Through my previous car-buying experiences, I always had a fairly good idea of what my next four-wheel choice of transportation would be after learning the facts, listening to my desires and sometimes, to a lesser degree, what is most practical. I peruse myriad expert reviews, test drive a few possibilities and solicit feedback from those who drive that, which stimulates my fancy. This time, however, my decision-making prowess is muddled. Do I travel the more traditional course and stick with a gasoline-powered vehicle? Or, do I buck tradition, as often has been the case, and delve into the future by going electric? Mallory Arnold’s piece in this issue, A Clean Driving Record, prompted me to think about my role as not only an individual who has a commitment to promoting environmental health, but also my responsibilities as a health professional. I have contributed to many publications in which I have espoused the importance of protecting the environment, especially as it relates to automobile pollutants and the deterioration of the ozone layer – a contributing factor that is responsible for the rise in the number of cases of skin cancer. In fact, the American Lung Association has given an ozone grade of F to Franklin County. My intrigue about electric cars has assumed greater significance after seeing so many cruising the streets of New Albany. I have queried a number of owners of electric automobiles and yes, I received the responses I suspected, such as the perks of having just about no maintenance nor visits to gas stations and that the acceleration is amazing. But the one answer I received in every case was the pride of contributing to the health of the environment. I found this heartening. I’ve already taken steps toward doing my part in contributing to a healthy environment. Thanks to the generosity of Tesla, I now have one of its vehicles in my office to drive, albeit down the hallway. It is battery powered, so the halls of Healthy New Albany will not succumb to harmful emissions. P.S. This brand-new battery powered mini Tesla will be offered to the first person to donate $2,000 to Healthy New Albany, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Proceeds will support our community health programs. Call Phil at 614-685-6346 and drive away knowing you have supported our mission. Healthfully,

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in & out

What's happening in and out of New Albany

Friday-Sunday, March 1-3

New Albany Walking Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Sundays at the Heit Center, 150 W. Main St.

Arnold Sports Festival

Throughout Columbus,

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Friday-Sunday, March 8-10

New Albany Symphony Orchestra and New Albany Children’s Ballet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty

7 p.m. March 8-9; 3 p.m. March 10, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Saturday-Sunday, March 2-3

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Monday, March 11

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New Albany Young Professionals Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom

9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3 Ohio Expo Center, Bricker Building,

6:30-8:30 p.m., Mellow Mushroom,

Tuesday, March 19

Monday-Friday, March 4-15

The R Factor Parent & Community Session: Make A Difference

New Albany Primary School Flower Fundraiser

7-8 p.m., New Albany Intermediate School,

Healthy New Albany Community Programs Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, 150 W. Main St.

Urban Zen

6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays

Saturday, March 2

Indoor Farmers Market 9 a.m.-noon

Saturday, March 2

Body Talk: Celebrating Mothers & Daughters 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

Tuesdays, April 9-May 14

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Monday, March 11

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1-4 p.m., The Greater Columbus Convention Center,

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

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New Albany Young Professionals Trivia Night at Mellow Mushroom 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mellow Mushroom,

Saturday, April 13

Marburn Academy’s 37th Annual Gala 6 p.m., L Brands Headquarters,

Saturday, April 13

National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats

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

Heit Center Running Club meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Heit Center


New Albany High School presents The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Saturday, April 20

Monday, April 8


Saturday, April 27

OhioHealth Capital City Half Marathon 8 a.m., Downtown Columbus,

Sunday, April 28

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my story

By Jim Brisk

Editor’s Note: “My Story” is a first-person column about health issues that touch New Albany community members. Have a story to share? Email Submissions should be no more than 500 words.

A New Plan

How cancer taught me to appreciate life and the small victories along the way That First Phone Call It was a Saturday morning in the fall of 2002 when my urologist called our home phone and told me the news. My first PSA, a blood test used to screen for prostate cancer, had come back with high results. So high, in fact, that my doctor was sure it was a mistake. His suggestion was that I return on Monday and retake the PSA. Immediately, I knew in my heart that the results weren’t mistaken, but I took the test again, and then proceeded with more tests that confirmed my worst fear. I had prostate cancer; a fairly advanced and aggressive form of it. I was 42 years old with three daughters; the youngest had just turned 1. I will never forget my wife and I sitting down with our older daughters to tell them that I had been diagnosed with cancer. We’d been told that it was important the girls learned the news from us and not someone else. It was vital to us that they never felt that we were hiding the truth, no matter how young they were and how difficult it was. If we weren’t honest, they would lose their trust in us. We told them that we, as a family, had a battle ahead, but that we were up for it and that together we would kick this cancer to the curb.

The best news you can get in a prostate cancer diagnosis is that the cancer has been found early and is contained in your prostate where it can be surgically removed. After consulting with some of the top doctors in the field, the consensus was that I would not be so lucky as to hear that news. I was told the cancer had most likely spread, although we had no idea how much or how far, and the recommended path was a combination of therapies that would hopefully kill off the cancer cells - wherever they were hiding. I remember that feeling of empowerment when my doctors said they were going to throw everything at my cancer because I was young and strong and I could handle it. I remember thinking, “Give it all you’ve got. I can take it. Just get this cancer out of my body.”

Disappointment After completing all of the recommended procedures, the waiting game began. I took my PSA every three months and hoped for the best. Each blood test literally sucked the strength out of me for days at a time. My blood pressure was 10

through the roof during that waiting period and I couldn’t think or talk about anything else until I got the results. I never wanted anything more in my life than to be cured of this disease that had invaded my body. It took about 18 months for the conclusion to become clear that we had not gotten all the cancer. It’s hard to describe what that realization was like. At first, I felt like the least lucky man on the planet. I thought of myself as being in pretty good shape, a healthy eater and not overweight. I loved my wife and kids, and considered myself a good husband and father - so why me? Was my body telling me that I was doing something wrong? What was I missing? But then, I picked myself back up and began to focus on the good fortune in my life. Most importantly, I was determined to stay right where I was; I wasn’t going anywhere any time soon.

Photos courtesy of Jim Brisk

Making a Plan

The journey has taught Brisk to appreciate the little things in life.

A New Plan The first step in moving on was getting past the mentality that you either kill cancer or cancer kills you. Over time, I learned that I couldn’t put this cancer behind me but I also couldn’t allow it to run my life. I have been in and out of remission five times over the past 16 years. I’ve continued to endure treatments and take medication whenever recommended, and it has taken a toll on me and my family that I wish it hadn’t. I

know that in the future I’ll likely need to do another treatment to stall my cancer’s progression, but wouldn’t it have been a terrible waste if I’d spent the past 16 years just waiting around for the next bit of bad news? I’ve also gotten to watch my kids grow from children into young adults. I’ve coached their softball and lacrosse teams and been to their high school and college graduations. I just celebrated my 28th wedding anniversary with the woman I love, respect and feel extremely fortunate to call my partner. Many people have chronic illnesses, mine just happens to be called cancer.

Looking Forward I have no idea whether I’m going to live for three more years or 30 more years, but neither do most people. This journey has taught me to appreciate life and the small victories along the way. I am determined to take care of my body, soul and mind. I’m very fortunate to live in a community where healthy activities are so easily accessible. Join-

ing the New Albany Walking Club, taking yoga classes at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, attending the New Albany Community Foundation Jefferson Speaker Series at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and going to prayer services at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany are just some of the ways I have enhanced my well-being. You may have seen me out and about in New Albany enjoying my daily power walks with my dog, Sophie. I’m always singing to myself, oblivious that you’re trying to grab my attention because I probably can’t hear you. My doctors tell me that these activities are helping me slow down my cancer and I have no doubt they are right. More importantly, though, my outlook and lifestyle choices have made me a stronger person who is ready and able to take on any challenge’s life may throw my way. Jim Brisk is an investment advisor residing in New Albany. Feedback welcome at feedback@

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No Rest for the Adventurous F

or many of us, a vacation means time to relax, but three New Albany couples have other ideas about time off.

The Richardsons Turning the typical retreat on its head, Jen and Craig Richardson, along with their three children, love nothing more than loading up their van with gear and keeping fit in the fresh air. Married for 24 years, this extreme 12

couple has trained and participated in events alongside one another for the past eight years. The whole family joins together for fun challenges such as the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, and since the children are older, they now participate in local adult races, too. This year, the Richardsons plan to run the New York City Marathon in November, having qualified to enter a year in advance. With so many memorable achievements behind them, Jen and

Craig fondly recall one of their favorites, the IRONMAN Louisville. The IRONMAN is an extreme test of endurance. It begins with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile cycle, finished off with a 26.2-mile run. Aside from major bragging rights, participating in an IRONMAN means traveling to some incredible destinations. Two of Craig’s six IRONMAN events took place in Hawaii, and Jen’s first IRONMAN, which she completed alongside Craig, was in Louisville, and it was a day to remember.

Photos courtesy of Jen and Craig Richardson

For these New Albany couples, the best vacation is a competition

The New Albany Fit and Fun group has been a great motivator for Jen and Craig Richardson.


She recalls the feeling of seeing her friends and family at the finish line, cheering her on in the dark. Having trained years for this moment, clocking between 30 and 40 hours each week, Jen checked a major achievement off of her bucket list. Jen, a rheumatologist for 15 years at the Columbus Arthritis Center, has a special interest in keeping herself and her family fit. “I have to practice what I preach,” Jen says. The Richardsons plan to do just that during the next New Albany Walk with a Doc on May 4. For anyone look-

ing to get fit, Jen advises, “start somewhere.” A marathon for some may be a five-minute walk for others, and that’s OK. Jen began preparing for long triathlons with smaller sprint events, and as she improved, she took on more demanding tests, finally leading up to the IRONMAN. The biggest challenge that the Richardsons face isn’t running marathons or swimming laps, but finding the time to train each week. However, with a family as supportive and active as theirs, they are regularly joined – and motivated – by their children. The Richardsons walk, run and do weekly yoga

JoAnn Cummans crosses the finish line in Berlin.

“Living at Wesley Woods at New Albany is more than a comfortably upscale apartment. The whole community feels like a part of my home. Just outside my door, I can take an exercise class, enjoy a walk along the woods, meet friends for lunch at Bistro 54, play bridge, and much more.”

The Cummans Good friends of the Richardsons, JoAnn and Scott Cummans, also enjoy running and cycling together. Married for 35 years, the Cummans family has lived in New Albany since 2000. Their active lifestyles have taken them all over the world, and their next stop in March – Tokyo. Since her 2007 marathon debut in Chicago, which she calls “the year of the heat,” JoAnn has completed 25 marathons. Tokyo will mark her fifth of six races in the Ab-


Photos courtesy of JoAnn and Scott Cummans

“Eateries, entertainment and fitness options right outside my door!”

as a family and, in the summer, love to hike and cycle. Their favorite way to relax? Dial the training back a little. They find that as soon as they’re away, they’re hankering to lace the running shoes up and get back on the track. The Richardsons give a lot of credit to their running groups and the great friends they have made through keeping active together. The New Albany Fit and Fun group has been a great motivator for Jen and Craig – a platform to post runs and encourage each other to reach their goals. For Jen, keeping fit is “all about the camaraderie and training with friends.” The social aspect, teamed with the natural endorphins and fresh air helps her feel like she is achieving the best version of herself.

Caroline and Guy Worley at the finish line of a 200-mile cycling event.

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The Worleys sail fishing in Costa Rica.

fit five

The Worleys standing on a chunk of ice at Glacier National Park in 2014.

The Worleys hiking in Glacier National Park in 2014.

with the Cummans, Richardsons and Worleys

Jen and Craig Richardson, JoAnn and Scott Cummans and Guy and Caroline Worley share their wellness habits What are your favorite ways to stay active, apart from when you’re competing? Jennifer Richardson – Relaxing. Our family enjoys time together outside. We like to ski in the winter, both downhill and cross country, and hiking. The Cummans – we enjoy walking with our dog as well as taking fitness classes, and weight lifting. During the summer, we do a lot of cycling to train for Pelotonia. The Worleys – When not competing, we enjoy golf, tennis, biking and paddle boarding to stay active. What do you do to relax? Jennifer Richardson – We make maple syrup in the spring, at the beginning of February. It gets us all outside and moving around right when the weather is starting to warm up. The Cummans – Scott would say JoAnn does not relax but we both enjoy hanging out with my family and friends, home remodeling projects and a nice bottle of wine on the patio. The Worleys – We always enjoy watching the television series Billions and Big Bang Theory. How do you balance your day job and competitive training? Jennifer Richardson – Craig swims with a masters program in New Albany for fitness year round, and I like to meet with friends for running a few times a week before work. I work full time. Most of my training will need to be done before my work day starts. When I have an event coming up it may mean setting the alarm for 4 or 4:30 a.m. to get it done, or it doesn’t get done. Longer bike rides and runs get pushed to the weekends, and now that our kids are older it’s a bit easier to get 16

those in. But now they like to join in on some of them, and that’s the best ever. It feels great to work out with my kids. I think it teaches them lessons about the importance of fitness and finding ways to work it into any schedule. The Cummans - JoAnn’s job requires travel so she’s learned to make the most out of a hotel workout facility and running in whatever daylight she can get. She has logged several miles exploring many cities. Scott manages to fit in a training run while exercising the dog or a stop at the gym after work. The Worleys – We try to work out before and after work and on the weekends to avoid the craziness of the work day. What makes you such a competitive person? Jennifer Richardson – I would say I’m not really a competitive person. I like to join events for the comradery of the accomplishment. It feels so good to hit a personal goal, and I am happy for everyone there with me, meeting their own goals. I love watching the finish line after I am done with an event, cheering on everyone who crosses the line. For me it’s not about my time in a particular race, but about the journey getting there. The event is just the frosting on the cake. The Cummans – We both hate to lose and love a challenge. We also enjoy discovering, at our age, what we are still capable of accomplishing and discovering our limits. We think too often people fall short of finding what their limits truly are and how to push ourselves beyond what they perceive as our limits. The Worleys – We encourage each other to try new challenges and to reach new goals.

Above: The Worleys hiking the Gran Paradiso in the Graian Alps in Italy. Right: The Worleys at the summit of the Gran Paradiso in Italy.

Are there any foods you try to avoid or emphasize? Jennifer Richardson - We try to eat a real food diet. We make most of our meals, focusing on vegetables, fruit and protein. It is so easy to throw a pan full of veggies and meat in the over, and we don’t fuss much about it. We don’t eat out much, but really no food is off limits if kept in moderation. We use natural products like maple syrup and grains, and nuts, and all are ramped up during rigorous training schedules. We try to teach our kids to use food as fuel. They need to eat right, and enough, to support their schedules. The Cummans – Nutrition is probably an area that we don’t spend a great deal of time stressing over and maybe should. We do try to stick to a healthy diet, avoiding processed and fast foods. We carb load and avoid spicy food before long runs or marathons. We do enjoy eating absolutely anything after the run. We are still searching for that athlete’s diet that “emphasizes” wine! The Worleys – We try not to go to Dairy Queen more than five times a week!


Caroline Worley posing atop a boulder in the Graian Alps in Italy.

The Worleys participate in Pelotonia.

The Worleys “(It is) just you, the ocean and good friends,” she says. Together, JoAnn and Scott have been afforded some incredible destinations through their fitness events, and they wouldn’t trade those experi-

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New Albany’s reputation for being a bastion of health and fitness inspired Guy and Caroline Worley to make the move in April last year. Married for 20 years, Guy, CEO of the Columbus Downtown Development Corp., and Caroline, an attorney for 25 years, met through their shared interest in fitness. Guy describes his wife as a natural athlete, and the couple pushes one another to try new things, hit new goals and stetch boundaries. Caroline encouraged Guy to start running, and Guy introduced Caroline to rock climbing. Caroline completed her first IRONMAN in Louisville in 2014, and Guy is training for his first in April. “She’s my inspiration,” Guy says. “It’s my job to keep up with her.” The Worleys have been climbing mountains and hiking together for 20 years, an activity that has taken them around the world. When asked about their last leisurely vacation – one that didn’t revolve around a sport of some kind – the answer isn’t easy. On a trip to Hawaii, the highlight wasn’t the crystal-clear waters or the delicious cocktails, but the moment when the Worley’s reached the 13,000-foot summit of Mauna Kea. Since most of their time is spent working at desks, leisure time means outdoor activities. Recently, the couple took a trip to the Italian Alps, which meant packing

Photos courtesy of Caroline and Guy Worley

bott World Marathon Majors, and she plans to complete the set in London next year. Scott, who ran his first full marathon in 2014, travels with JoAnn and participates in the fun runs before each race. JoAnn recalls her first Boston Marathon as the most memorable. She’s run Boston seven times now, but the first still brings back memories – after all, it was “a huge reach.” But she can’t forget about the Big Sur International Marathon, where she was accompanied by Scott and a group of friends. It was “an absolutely beautiful marathon,” JoAnn says.

ences for anything – not even a beach vacation. “I don’t know if I could take a relaxing trip,” says JoAnn. Rather than throwing on a sun dress and donning a camera, the couple traveled around Italy two years ago, trading the typical taxi for bicycles. “You see more on a bike than you would a bus, and you get to learn so much about the country and culture,” she says. The Cummans may have started running as a casual activity but, like the Richardsons, the relationships and motivation they get from fellow athletes keep them going further. Finding time and the right weather can be difficult, but rain or shine, come marathon day it’s time to run.

Caroline Worley crossing the finish line at an IRONMAN event in Louisville.

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crampons, ice axes, ropes and backpacks. On top of their body weight, Caroline and Guy each hauled between 40 and 70 pounds of equipment up the mountain. In fact, even when it’s not necessary, they each carry 60-pound packs in order to prepare for the next big climb. On this particular trip, the Worleys were joined by their son, Jake, who has been climbing for 20 years. “Whether we summit or not, the best part is working together as a team and as a family,” Caroline says. Guy and Caroline advise anyone interested in climbing to set reasonable goals and put in the necessary training time and effort. Most importantly, save energy – once you hit the summit, you still have to climb back down. In addition to climbing and running, Caroline loves to ski. She goes each year with her father, an 81-year-old skier. But back in New Albany, she can be found on the many trails that drew her and Guy to the city originally. Caroline is also an active member of the cycling group Girls with Gears and has enjoyed participating in Pelotonia for the last five years. Though a relaxing beach vacation or cruise may be perfect for some couples, pushing your body to scale the next mountain, running the next race or cycling the next trail can be just as reinvigorating. If these couples have inspired you, get outside – the fresh air is waiting.



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fter more than two years of work and cooperation between Franklin County and its jurisdictions, Franklin County residents can now send text messages to 911 dispatchers — with one very key caveat. “If a person has the choice between calling or texting 911 centers throughout Franklin County, please call if you can and text if you can’t,” says New Albany Police Chief Greg Jones. “Calling is better than texting because emergency dispatchers can get more immediate answers to questions from callers, listen for distress in voices and background information that could assist police in a potentially life-threatening emergency.” Still, Jones is very excited about the new Textto-911 technology, and the work that so many central Ohio agencies put in to make it a reality. He knows the new Text-to-911 service will greatly assist the deaf community, as well as those who may be in a domestic violence situation who are hiding or simply can’t make a phone call. 20

Safety agencies throughout Franklin County collaborated to share 911 systems and develop partnerships to improve emergency service delivery for all Franklin County residents while simultaneously reducing implementation costs for the agencies. These agencies will be able to receive Text-to-911 texts either directly or via transfer — Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; the city of Bexley, Columbus, Gahanna, Grove City, New Albany, Reynoldsburg, Westerville, Whitehall and Worthington; the Dublin Northwest Regional Emergency Communications Center (which also serves Upper Arlington and Hilliard); The Ohio State University and the John Glenn Columbus International Airport Police. The 911 dispatchers in the agencies noted above will see Text-to-911 messages in a similar fashion to what shows up on a smart phone text chain and have the ability to text back specific questions to the sender. With this in mind, agencies jointly developed pre-programmed responses

“Calling is better than texting because emergency dispatchers can get more immediate answers to questions from callers, listen for distress in voices and background information that could assist police in a potentially life-threatening emergency.” New Albany Police Chief Greg Jones.

aimed to address the text emergencies they receive and quickly ask for key information. Text-to-911 works on cell phones, tablets and other devices with the capability of sending texts. Though the initial Text-to-911 rollout will not include the ability for texters to send pictures and videos, partners throughout Franklin County will keep working with individual agencies and expect this to happen at some point in the future. Text-to-911 service is subject to cell signal availability and not every text sent will be received – another reason why those attempting to contact 911 should call if they can and text if they can’t. In the event a text does not go through, the person attempting to use Text-to-911 will receive an automated bounce-back message indicating the text’s failure to be delivered. “We all understand our collective responsibility to embrace this new technology and its public benefits,” adds Jones. “At the same time, and I can’t emphasize this enough, I hope our public remembers to call if they can and text if they can’t.” For more information about the new Text-to-911 service, go to www.text911.

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ow many times has someone asked you, “You’re really not going to finish that?” Or, on the flip side, asked “Wow, I can’t believe you finished all that food.” How many times have you punished yourself for eating that last slice of cake? Or patted yourself on the back for not eating it? These reactions – though not usually intended to be hurtful – can seriously affect the way we view our food, and can hurt our relationship with it. Think about it: You don’t punish yourself for needing to use the restroom a certain number of times each day, so why would you punish yourself for being hungry? Enter the practice of intuitive eating. “If we started focusing on (our food) and being more mindful about what we’re doing and how our bodies respond, I think that could go a long way with having a better relationship with our food,” says Laura Poland, RD, of Westervillebased Dietitian In Your Kitchen. “I focus

with my clients more on a lifestyle and, as part of that lifestyle, one of the things we talk about is being more mindful and being more present; not having guilt over foods they’re eating.” Intuitive eating isn’t a diet. It’s the idea that, rather than excluding certain foods or food groups from our diet, we should listen to what our body is telling us. If a certain type of food – dairy, for instance – doesn’t make us feel good, we should cut back on eating foods within that category. If we’re hungry, don’t put it off; quench the hunger with something that makes you feel good, like fruits or vegetables. By that same token, it’s important to recognize how much food you really need, and if you’re eating so much that you feel exhausted and sluggish, eat less next time. This may sound too good to be true, and while more research is certainly needed, preliminary studies suggest intuitive eating not only leads to lower BMI and improved cardiovascular risk, it also improves intuitive eaters’ relationship with food, and encourages longerterm behavioral changes. A 2005 study

published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association analyzed two groups of chronic dieting obese women; one group ate intuitively, another group dieted. While the dieting group lost more weight initially, they ended up regaining all the weight they’d taken off. Though the intuitive eating group maintained weight, women in the group reported an improvement in self-esteem, metabolic fitness levels and had healthier eating behaviors. Part of intuitive eating is eating when you’re hungry. When we put off eating, despite feeling hungry, Poland says, we’re much more likely to overeat, and are apt to binge on less healthful foods. Instead, if we eat as we begin to get hungry, we’re more likely to eat the right amount of foods, and foods that are more healthful. In order to monitor what makes you feel good, gauge your hunger level and keep your body feeling good about what’s being consumed Judy Loper, Ph.D., RDN and executive director of the Central Ohio Nutrition Center, Inc. (CONCI), suggests keeping a food intake journal. Determining what consti-

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But, she promises, if the patient follows quality advice and makes the necessary behavioral changes, they’ll see results. “After they get good education, looking and their motivation and making the proper behavior changes – sometimes those changes don’t come at once,” says Loper. “There are baby steps in making the behavior changes. I think the questions they want to ask (such as) ‘What do I want to eat’ (and) ‘How hungry am I’ are very important.” A major part of what makes intuitive eating different from dieting is that it is not a one-size-fits-all plan. That means Loper and Poland’s jobs are more difficult, but it also means patients are given a plan modified for their lifestyle; not the other way around. “Most people, what they really want is to be healthier,” says Poland. “When you start to frame it as wanting to be healthier, that’s when you can start letting go of the scale and realizing that your body feels better – and that can be different for everyone.” At the end of the day, the most important part of intuitive eating is when the client or patient goes home and implements the plan. However, with rampant misinformation surrounding nutrition, it can be difficult to implement that plan when one is supplementing his or her education with advice from the internet. Loper recommends going to sources from physicians in the field or registered dietitians. “There is a lot of misinformation out there, so I think education first from reputable sources is important,” says Loper. “The good news is, in the last probably 10 to 15 years, people are more aware of their diet or weight. I think there is better awareness, and I think that’s positive.” The way we think about diets and weight management may be slowly changing. However, Poland says, if you have concerns about your weight, diet or the way you feel throughout the day, it’s best to make an appointment with a registered dietitian. “If you have something wrong with your tooth, you’re always going to go to the dentist,” says Poland. “Why is it so different with our diets?” Amanda DePerro is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at



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Silent Mode Instituting “no phone zones” may improve your family’s health By Bethany Schultz


ell phones have been integral to our lives for many years now. These days, we’re constantly looking down at our phones, and it’s common to feel twitchy or “naked” without one. Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if there were certain times of the day when cell phones had to be put down so families could reconnect? “No cell phone” zones might be the answer.


Dr. Joseph Mangine of New Albany Psychological Services, LLC, is a psychologist who studies the topic of the no phone zones. Nowadays, cell phones are used for virtually everything. However, Mangine says multitasking doesn’t work. “There’s no actual process in the brain that is supported by the term multitasking,” Dr. Mangine says. “What basically happens is the brain shuttles back and forth between tasks and, every time it changes tasks, it costs the brain.” So, what is a no phone zone? Mangine says a no phone zone can be classified as specific places, such as not having phones in bed, family meal time, work, etc. This means phones aren’t present or are out of reach. Whether the phones are charging in the kitchen or if they are all put in a basket at family meals, they aren’t immediately accessible, making the area a no phone zone. Cell phones usage continues to be a problem on the roads. 28

“Probably the biggest health issue that come with cell phones is the 17 percent increase in accidents from 2010-2016,” Mangine says. “The second biggest risk is the incredible stress on adults and mostly teenagers from the way cell phones are used. Sexting, sexual content being shared, entrapment by predators; those things are more prevalent than we would like to think and that is a serious health issue,” Mangine says. “When you have a kid who commits suicide because of what they’re reading on Snapchat about themselves, that’s a health issue.” “The research data shows that excessive use of social media is linked with anxiety, depression and lower selfesteem,” Mangine continues. “There are more kids with social anxiety or isolation.” Children of this generation are receiving phones at a young age, but being able to make phone calls isn’t what parents should be worried about. It’s the ability for children to access the Internet

and apps, which is why Mangine suggests children should not have a phone before they reach middle school. In Mangine’s household, no one is allowed to have a phone at the dinner table and his kids’ phones must be handed to him before they go to bed. If his kids fail to give their phones to him at the end of the night, they will lose phone privileges the next day. Mangine says his kids’ compliance skyrockets after one or two days without their phones. While cell phones may be a necessity in a person’s life, they have the potential to do a lot of harm, in terms of mental health and family relations. So, pick a time out of the day when you can turn off your phone and just enjoy your family’s company. People may be surprised to see what they learn when they peel their eyes away from their screens. Bethany Schultz is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@

A Clean Driving Record New Albany paves an eco-friendly roadway with Teslas

By Mallory Arnold


olumbus may be headed for some trouble if it doesn’t clean up its act – or more specifically,

its air. In 2018 The American Lung Association slapped Franklin County with a big, fat F for its ozone grade in the State of the Air report. Reports from the association have shown improvements over the previous year but not enough for a passing score quite yet. Community members aren’t ignoring this problem,

as shown by the progress documented in the Columbus Annual Sustainability report published each year. Smart Columbus has promised to work toward an increase in electric vehicle sales by 486 percent by the year 2020. The organization has even launched the Smart Columbus Ride and Drive Roadshow, a program that allows people to test drive electric cars and learn about the benefits of eco-conscious driving choices. It’s no secret that Tesla Motors has pushed the automobile envelope by

making environmentally friendly driving not only possible but sleek, innovative and, dare we say, downright trendy. While the idea of electric cars may have not been on the radar years ago, it’s clear the company is now publicly prominent from Tesla’s 280 percent sales increase from 2017 to 2018. New Albany is reported to have a significantly high concentration of Tesla owners, which may be attributed to the community’s concern for the environment. Seventy-five percent of cars in the area run on bio diesel fuel and the city 29

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Columbus has 211 public charging station ports, including both Level 2 and 3. Eighty percent of the ports offer free charges for your electric car. The two main charging networks in operation are Charge Point and GE. To find out more about the charging networks, such as policies, pricing and registration information, visit ChargeHub’s networks section. The most popular charging stations in the Columbus area are as follows: • AAA Reynoldsburg, 6971 E. Broad St. • Easton, 108 Easton Station • CARCHARGING, 1280 Demorest Rd. • Honest 1- Auto Care, 1030 Old Henderson Rd. Find a charging station near you with the online ChargeHub charging stations map. You can check out the map on the responsive website or the mobile app. ChargeHub users can edit information, add pictures and leave comments. received a Smart Community mark by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission for its success in creating ecofriendly programs. Tesla owner and New Albany resident Chad Evers says he had never thought of purchasing an electric car until he did some research and learned about the advantages of owning a Tesla. Not to mention, the Model X is fast. “What originally really caught my eye was that I never realized how fast they are. It’s super quick and faster than any other sports cars on the market,” Evers says. He also realized that there are hardly any maintenance expenses involved. He simply connects it to wifi overnight and in the morning is greeted with a fully charged and updated car. To Evers, the environmental benefits of owning a Tesla seemed to be the cherry on top.


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New Albany doesn’t just have a high concentration of Tesla owners. Did you know that the New Albany International Business Park is powered by a triple-redundant electric service through a partnership with AEP? This means that for the entire power system within the business park to fail, three sub components all must fail before power is disrupted Google recently agreed to an investment of $600 million to build a data center within the technology cluster of the business park. The new data center will be located on the west side of Beech Road and south of the State Route 161 interchange. This new investment means the city will receive $750,000 in new annual revenues beginning in 2021, which is the equivalent to a $37.5 million payroll. In addition, the community’s two school partners will share more than $1 million annually in new revenues once construction of the data center is complete. Notable Business Park Tenants Abercrombie & Fitch Accel AEP Aetna Axium Bath & Body Works Discover Facebook Google iQor Justice KDC Motorists Nationwide As for the skeptics, Evers advises to just go and test drive one before you completely write-off the idea of buying a Tesla. “It’s hard to tell until you get in one and you feel the acceleration and you feel it put you back in your seat,” Evers says. “It’s different from a normal car.” Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@

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llen Monahan, a New Albany resident and junior at Columbus School for Girls, has lived in two states, has two brothers, has attended two different all-girls schools, and plays two positions in lacrosse for two different teams. Yet, out of all the schools recruiting her to play college lacrosse, there was only one true fit: Boston University. Monahan is a standout women’s lacrosse player with honors such as the Columbus Dispatch Athlete of the Week, the Under Armor All America-Midwest Team in 2017 and 2018, the Ohio representative for the first ever Women’s Professional Lacrosse League Future’s Summit in 2018, and MVP of her 2018 CSG varsity team. Monahan also holds the CGS record for goals in a season with 84. As a result, many teams came calling last Sept. 1, the date when she made contact with college coaches and could verbally commit to a school. “My goal had always been to find


“I believe the most important part of being on a team means developing trust with others as well as allowing yourself to be vulnerable, make mistakes and learn from them.” the right school that also has the best fit for me athletically,” she says. “I never wanted to commit to a school just to be on a Division I team - it had to be a perfect match.” Monahan’s family – consisting of her mom, her dad, an older brother who graduated from The Ohio State Univer-

Monahan holds the CSG record for goals in a season with 84.

sity and another who will also graduate from OSU this spring – moved from Ohio to Virginia and then back to Ohio, settling in New Albany during the summer of 2015 just as Monahan was entering eighth grade. Prior to eighth grade, she attended an all-girls independent school in Cleveland, so CSG made sense, as Monahan explains. “I loved the single-gender education. I understood that attending an extremely rigorous school like CSG would put more pressure on me with my outof-school activities, particularly lacrosse, but it would be worth it since I enjoy challenging myself in the classroom as well as other aspects of my life.” Monahan has challenged herself with lacrosse since she began playing in second grade. “My lacrosse career has been a long journey, with hundreds of hours traveling, working out, doing stick work, along with attending college clinics, elite showcases and tournaments,” she

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explains, but she’s not complaining. “Although it has been a huge commitment and I have made many sacrifices, I wouldn’t trade anything for the time I’ve spent with lacrosse and the hundreds of friends I have made from all over the United States. I even had a teammate from New Zealand.” The team aspect of lacrosse is important to Monahan, and she’s aware of the roles she and her teammates play for each other. “I believe the most important part of being on a team means developing trust with others as well as allowing yourself to be vulnerable, make mistakes and learn from them,” she says. She knows it isn’t always easy though, and that in order to grow as a team, each team member must hold herself accountable. “By taking yourself out of your own comfort zone, you grow and can share your experiences with teammates and help them grow, too.” Before she trades the comforts of New Albany for the new challenges of Boston University, Monahan still has the remainder of her junior year and all of her senior year at CSG, where she is involved in far more than just lacrosse. In addition to playing both field hockey and basketball, Monahan’s influence on sports at her school extends beyond the playing field. “I am also a member of the Columbus School for Girls Athletic Leadership

Monahan organizes the Red Cross Blood Drive at her school.

Monahan looks forward to the remainder of her junior and senior year at CSG.

Council, which is a group of student athletes chosen to participate in various leadership training programs, enhance the communication between sports teams, raise the visibility of our athletic programs, and provide community service opportunities,” she says. Monahan also helps organize the Red Cross Blood Drive at her school, and, now that’s she’s 16, is looking forward to giving blood this year. Once she arrives at Boston University in 2020, Monahan intends to study neuroscience or neurobiology, a field that has increasingly close ties to athletics. “I am fascinated with the human brain and have participated in the Hu-

man and Cognitive Sciences Summer Institute at Ohio State. Boston University has a leading research facility for chronic traumatic encephalopathy which was definitely one of the deciding factors for my commitment there,” she says. Though Monahan says she felt right at home when she visited Boston University, she won’t be leaving New Albany and CSG behind entirely. “I am really proud to be able to make an Ohio mark on the Boston University women’s lacrosse program,” she says. Bob Valasek is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ 35

Foods for Fitness

By Cameron Carr

Curb Your (Meat) Enthusiasm Replacing processed and red meats with healthier proteins could reduce health risks


he American dinner plate has long been summarized by a meat and potatoes diet, but research, especially in recent years, has suggested potential negative consequences of a diet heavy in meats. The common staple in our Western diet has come in to question as researchers continue to find links between negative health effects and red and processed meats. This conversation reached a turning point in 2015, when the International Agency for Research on Cancer – the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization – released findings on the subject after reviewing more than 800 studies. “They concluded that red meat is probably carcinogenic to humans and processed meat is carcinogenic to humans,” says Josh Smith, Ph.D., a nutrition expert for Ultimate U Total Health in New Albany. Included in processed meats are foods such as bacon, ham, hot dogs and often deli meats. Red meats include steak, lamb and pork — the common pork tagline “the other white meat” is misleading in this context. The 2015 study also found a correlation between processed or red meats and cancer. This wasn’t the only bit of bad publicity for carnivores, other research has linked these meats, in varying ways and to varying extents, to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, overall mortality and a shorter lifespan. While the research does point to potential negative effects related to the foods, it’s not all bad, meats still have benefits to offer. “Meat, in general, is a really good source of protein,” Smith says. “It has B vitamins, it has iron, it’s not a total downside. We consume it for a reason, but red meat and, in particular, processed meat have specific components in them that are maybe not as great.” 36

Lindsey Mathes, an intuitive eating nutritionist based in Columbus, says that while it’s smart to be informed about what we’re eating, it’s important to not commit to black and white reasoning and make decisions that are practical for each individual’s lifestyle. “What I would tell everybody is look at real research and make some small adjustments,” Mathes says. “If you’re eating eight ounces of meat at a time consider dropping down to six or four (ounces), try things that maybe you haven’t tried.” A more conscientious adjustment in diet is also recommended by Adrienne Raimo, a registered dietitian and nutritionist who founded One Bite Wellness in Gahanna. Raimo stresses emphasizing foods to eat more of rather than foods to eat less of. “We’re eating basically three plus times a day; it has huge effects on the way

that we look and feel so why not try to do eating the best way possible in a way that nourishes our bodies?” she says. Raimo advocates eating more grains and plant-based proteins such as nuts, quinoa or beans, which she jokes are “an Armageddon food” that most people have but rarely eat. Smith recommends replacing red, and especially processed meats, with poultry or fish. The latter, he says, is actually associated with decreased risks of some chronic diseases. These foods are all good sources of protein that avoid some of the high cholesterol and salt associated with processed meats. “If we’re eliminating red meat surely that’s going to help, but also be conscious that what we put back into the diet has to be healthy too,” Smith says. “People should really focus on making sure that not only are they reducing the

“It’s important to just do a little bit better tomorrow or today than you did yesterday, so instead of setting yourself up for failure by saying you’re going to make a giant diet overhaul, just pick one thing.”

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bad stuff, but they’re including the good stuff in the diet.” Considering how food makes you feel can be an important healthful factor as well. Mathes points to the common notion that the protein provided by meat makes it a healthy choice but says it can lead someone to ignore the heavy or bloated feelings that come with over eating meat. She adds that one’s personal experience with a food can influence eating habits. “We have to understand that people come with behaviors and emotions and habits and beliefs related to food and, a lot of times, those things can drive our food decisions and they’re based nothing on the needs of our bodies,” Mathes explains. It’s beneficial to consider these factors when making decisions about one’s diet. What’s true for one person may not be true for another person, or in a different context. “It’s important to just do a little bit better tomorrow or today than you did yesterday, so instead of setting yourself up for failure by saying you’re going to make a giant diet overhaul, just pick one thing,” Raimo advises. “It’s still something different that’s putting you onto the path for better health.” Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@


On the Horizon

by Mallory Arnold

What’s got your Gut? Gut health and why new evidence suggests you should think twice


diarrhea and more. The symptoms of gastrointestinal distress are uncomfortable, painful and some consider it all too embarrassing to openly discuss. Common signs that a gut is in disarray can oftentimes be overlooked or

ignored, but it’s important to recognize the symptoms. Stomach issues Obviously, one clear red flag is an upset stomach with disturbances like gas, bloating, constipation, heartburn and diarrhea. Weight changes Drastic change in weight, whether it’s unintentional weight gain or loss, should always be looked at seriously. Weight loss may mean that you have an intestinal bacterial overgrowth, while weight gain may be caused by insulin resistance. Insomnia or fatigue The gut produces 90 percent of your body’s serotonin, a neurotransmitter that promotes mood boosters and regulates your sleep patterns. If you have gut damage, your ability to sleep through the night may be impaired and lead to full-out exhaustion. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to heal a “sick” gut. “With so much evidence and emphasis on digestive health, we will continue to see more brands and products appearing on supermarket shelves, boasting their ‘gut healthy’ benefits,” says Vandergriff.

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e all have a gut. No, we’re not talking about the little pouch we get after scarfing down a full plate of food or the bit of a belly we may grow thanks to craft beer. We mean the gastrointestinal tract that houses about 100 trillion complex bacteria and microorganisms. Fad diets and health trends have come and gone, but recently the gut has been a highly discussed topic at the dinner table – microbiomes, bacteria and leaky stomach linings? Yum! Perhaps, a change in lifestyle, however, is more beneficial than most common diets, because of its concentration on helping you feel healthy on the inside. “Within the last several years we have learned that gut health plays a significant role in overall wellness,” says Stephanie Vandergriff, New Albany registered dietitian. Every day 70 million people experience digestive issues ranging from irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain,

Trends and myths addressed by registered dietitian, Stephanie Vandergriff Apple cider vinegar “Apple cider vinegar has generated quite a lot of talk. Unfortunately, the scientific literature does not support many of the claims and it certainly is not a panacea. However, it does seem to be effective for some individuals, but the evidence at this point is mostly anecdotal.”

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Ginger “While ginger has long been used to soothe upset stomachs, the latest craze of ginger shots may not be the best way to go about healing your gut. While it is true that ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative stress effects, a small shot is not likely to have a substantial enough effect to cure an ongoing gut issue, especially if poor diet and lifestyle habits are not addressed.” Stephanie Vandergriff Lemon water “Adding a slice of lemon to your water is likely to do nothing for your gut. However, if you’re juicing a whole lemon, you can promote better gut health by feeding the good bacteria the pectin fiber found in the rind and pulp.” Turmeric shots “Turmeric, like ginger, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it a worthwhile addition to the diet when used to spice up our food. However, turmeric shots may not be a suitable stand alone therapy to heal your gut.” As of 2018, the supplemental probiotic market was valued at approximately $40.09 billion and is expected to generate a whopping revenue of $65.87 billion by the 2024 according to Zion Market Research. Consumers are purchasing supplements because of the fantastic claims that taking them will heal any digestive ailment you’re experiencing. “Probiotics in supplement forms have been shown in numerous studies to improve gut health, however, it is important to note that not all probiotics are equally effective,” Vandergriff says. She urges those interested in taking supplements to consult with a physician first. Vandergriff also insists that while some “gut healthy” products may be beneficial, the most effective treatments don’t need a label. Unprocessed, whole foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and high-quality proteins all benefit a well-rounded digestive system. Even better, probiotic-rich foods specifically target the good bacteria in your gut.

“Foods like kimchi, kombucha, and unpasteurized sauerkraut or pickles are a great way to boost gut health,” Vandergriff says. “Similarly, foods high in prebiotics like asparagus, unripe bananas, cabbage, garlic and onions are also beneficial.” Because of its skyrocketing popularity and concern, many new studies and findings have been released about the microbiome. One of the most astounding studies published in the scientific journal Cell found that probiotic supplements people take to create a healthy gut environment, though beneficial, don’t actually end up in the gut. What goes on in your gut is important, regardless of the unpopular verbiage used to describe bacteria and digestive issues. Consult your physician and have an open conversation about what you can do to achieve your healthiest lifestyle. Mallory Arnold is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@


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Kion Bar 12 Bar Box $35.99,

Walking down the nutrition bar aisle at the store can be straight out of a horror movie – confusing and daunting. Don’t even get us started on the nutrition labels! Kion Bar is a nutrient-dense energy bar with simple, organic ingredients like organic white chia seeds, grass-fed gelatin and cocoa nibs. They’re also gut-friendly, with no soy, gluten or dairy! Most importantly, it’s a healthy snack that doesn’t take like cardboard!


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The Synergy Company has created a way to incorporate nutrients in a colorful, convenient way. These Organic Veggie Powders come in an array of flavors, from Organic Beet juice to Organic Carrot Juice Powder. Each comes with specific benefits for your health and can be added to juice, water or even your favorite smoothie!

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Keep your aches and pains away with MuscleAid Tape. This taping technology treats muscle and joint pain by focusing on blood circulation to certain areas. Not only is this tape helpful for supporting muscle structure, but it also provides relief to any pain you may feel from exercise wear and tear.

Bubbly Rose Health-Aide Kombucha $24.00,

Health-Aide kombucha was originally started by a husband, wife and best friend who aspired to make real food become accessible in a commercial store. Their kombucha is gut friendly and packed with gutboosting probiotics. The Bubble Rose flavor has a fruity and tart taste, with blends of hawthorn berry, mangosteen and pink rose.

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The FlipBelt waist band is designed to sit flat and comfortably on your hips without riding up. It holds all your accessories without bouncing around and making your run more difficult. There are no buckles; just simply slip the belt over or under your clothes and slide your stuff inside.

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It’s the middle of the workday. You already had lunch but absolutely cannot focus without some kind of snack. KIND Bars are the perfect option for a healthy but delicious reward for your busy schedule. They’re made with 100% whole grains and topped with all kinds of different flavors and ingredients! It’s the ideal guilt-free indulgence.


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