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March/April 2020


Inside NACF’s Impactful Projects Healthful Dining Options Giving Back While Playing Polo

The Tuckermans’ dedication to cancer research fundraising

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March/April 2020 Vol. 9, No. 3

7 First Glance

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Letter from the Executive Editor

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

10 My Story Evey Fuller-Moore


12 Personalities Steve and Judy Tuckerman help raise funds for the James

16 On the Path Remarkable New Albany women with a passion for giving back

18 Initiatives Rose Run Park opens to the public with spring around the corner

22 Community Foundation Series The NACF strengthens the four pillars after introducing thriving resources

34 Food Enjoy a delicious and healthful meal out on the town

37 Like Mother, Like Daughter Mother-daughter duo volunteer for Friends of the NASO

38 Never Too Young Fourth-grade Marburn Academy student rallies community to give back

41 On the Horizon How does lab-grown meat compare to the real thing?

43 HNA Column The health benefits of volunteering

22 30 Family Friday Night – On Horseback


Local families bond over giving back and the sport of polo

47 Scene At… The Jefferson Series presents Newt Gingrich and Valerie Jarrett

48 Scene in New Albany

On the Cover Steve and Judy Tuckerman

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first glance



s I was reviewing the manuscripts that were slated to appear in this issue of Healthy New Albany Magazine, I was heartened by the focus on volunteerism. New Albany residents are engaged. They enrich the lives of others because they give. Whether serving on boards, handing out bottles of water at a race or stocking shelves at the food pantry, New Albany residents donate their time, energy and expertise for the benefit of the community. It was in early 2015 that Healthy New Albany was in search of an executive director. But when examining the financial state of this nonprofit organization, it was apparent that the funds needed to support the position were at a level that might raise concerns about its fiscal viability in the near future. It was at this time I mentioned to the board that I would gladly assist in any way possible. Thus, I was anointed executive director of Healthy New Albany, an unpaid position with a title exuding significant responsibility. Shortly after my tenure began, I was expressing my enthusiasm to a friend about my new journey when he praised me for my volunteer work at Healthy New Albany. At that moment, I was taken aback. I felt that my contributions to Healthy New Albany seemed to be perceived as irrelevant when compared to that of a paid executive director. Certainly, there was no difference in job responsibilities. About two years ago, I asked for and received an employment contract from my board, thus designating me as an employee of Healthy New Albany. My yearly salary of one dollar has altered my inner sense of perceived importance by others. I believe my professional status as an employee of Healthy New Albany is elevated in the eyes of others when I am thought of as a paid executive rather than a volunteer for Healthy New Albany. Can one dollar really make a difference? I’m fortunate to be in a position to give back to my community in my role as paid executive director. Uh, volunteer?


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What's happening in and out of New Albany

Sunday, March 1

New Albany Walking Club

7:30-10 a.m., Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany www.newalbanywalkingclub.com

For more events visit www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

Saturday, March 14

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents SensoryFriendly O-H-I-O 11:30 a.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts www.newalbanysymphony.com

Sunday, March 15

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents O-H-I-O

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

Thursday-Sunday, March 5-8

Arnold Sports Festival

Throughout Columbus www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8

Arnold SportsWorld Kids & Teens Expo

Ohio Expo Center, Bricker Building www.arnoldsportsfestival.com

Saturday, March 21

National Geographic Live presents Nature Roars Back with Bob Poole

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

Sunday, March 22


Saturday, March 7

1-5 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts www.tedxnewalbany.org

9 a.m.-noon, Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany www.healthynewalbany.org

Tuesday, March 24

Indoor Winter Farmers Market

Sunday-Sunday, March 8-29

Scioto Miles Spring Race Series

7 a.m., Genoa Park, Columbus www.sciotomiles.com

Saturday, March 14

Luck O’ The Irish Race

7 a.m., Mount Carmel Fitness Center, Lewis Center www.greenswell.com

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Heit Center Running Club meets Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. at the Heit Center Friday-Saturday, April 17-18

New Albany Middle School presents Frozen Jr. Various times, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts www.napls.us

Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26; Thursday, April 30

New Albany High School presents Radium Girls

Various times, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts www.napls.us

Saturday, April 25

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents SensoryFriendly Meet Joanna Frankel 11:30 a.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts www.newalbanysymphony.com

What Parents Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

Sunday, April 26

Friday, April 10

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

7 p.m., Early Learning Center Gymnasium www.napls.us

OhioHealth Introduction to Parkinson’s Disease

9 a.m.-noon, Bing Cancer Center, Columbus www.ohiohealth.com

Saturday, April 11

Springfest Egg Hunt

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Joanna Frankel Plays Higdon

Tuesday, April 28

Executive Function Challenges in Middle and High School Seminar 7 p.m., Marburn Academy www.marburnacademy.org

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

Friday, April 17

An Evening in New Albany

7-11:30 p.m., New Albany Country Club www.nawn.org

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

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in & out

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

Thursday, March 5

Thursday, March 19

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Student Wellbeing Expo Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 10-May 5

I Am Thriving - An Experience for Cancer Survivors

Community Kitchen Cooking Class Wednesday, April 15

Lunch & Learn: Fitness Can Be Fashionable Noon-1 p.m.

6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

Lunch & Learn: Gardening 101

Thursday, April 16

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Wednesday, March 18

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my story

By Evey Fuller-Moore

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 lfreudenberg@cityscenemediagroup.com. Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words.

Phoenix Rising How my life changed and then how I changed my life


t was Charles Dickens who said, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” I never appreciated the full meaning of this statement until seven days before Christmas in 2017 when I got the call. “We need to do a 3-D mammogram as your yearly has come back unusual.” I remember standing up in the middle of the library and screaming, “Do I have cancer?!” Of course, the doctors can’t give you definite answers right away, as more tests are needed. Let me just say, you immediately think you’re going to die. The holidays that year were somewhat of a blur. I didn’t tell anyone as I didn’t want to “ruin it” for my family. Plus, my husband’s mother had died from breast and ovarian cancer, and I couldn’t even begin to fathom telling him. On Dec. 29, 2017, I had a 3-D mammogram and then they did an ultrasound. I knew it wasn’t good. I had breast cancer, and I had to tell my husband. He took the news as well as you’d expect. Let’s just fast forward through 2018. I’ll spare you the gory details. A week after being told I had breast cancer, I got a severe case of the flu and ended up in the emergency room. After being bedridden for a couple of weeks, I then

began the journey of numerous biopsies, surgeries and doctor visits over the course of months. Oh, my! It was not a fairy tale. I had reactions to every medication and every cream. Radiation burnt me like a toasty marshmallow. And just to really top off the year, I lost my job of 18 years to downsizing and turned 50. I know what you’re thinking, “Well, that was the worst of times.” But indeed, it was really the best. Cancer caused me to take a good hard look at my workaholic life and make drastic changes. I created the Phoenix Rising Strategy to transform my life and help others. Perhaps, as you read this story, you’re facing an opportunity, whether a health crisis, job loss, death of a loved one or other life event. Pause and ask yourself these questions – questions I The inspirational bracelet and phoenix necklace correlate with her upcoming book, Phoenix Rising: Out of the Darkness, Into the Light.  asked myself. 10

Evey Fuller-Moore’s husband, Tom, and their daughter, Sara.

Plan: How are you going to survive? I decided that I wasn’t going to die. Or, if I was, I was going to give it one heck of a fight. I managed my cancer using a project plan. Every day I set two goals for myself: one for my health and one to move my life in a new direction. This, from someone who ran her entire life before with multiple lists that filled pages and spreadsheets to match, was a lot. Literally, my new goal for the day was as simple as “get out of bed” or “sit in a chair for 10 minutes.” Ponder: How are you going to change? Given all my new free time lying around on my back as I looked at the ceiling and willed myself to heal, I had a lot of time to think about what I really wanted my life to be and what changes I was going to make. My biggest fear had never been dying, but losing my job. When that happened, I quit being afraid. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

Purpose: Why are you here? In letting go of my fear, I finally found my purpose. There are no coincidences in life. The very same day I was declared cancer free, I learned that I had passed my oral coaching exams and was officially a certified life coach. It took me 50 years to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. It literally took me almost dying to make the changes necessary to live my most enlightened life. Purge: What is meaningful in your life? Everything becomes crystal clear when you think you are going to die. Everything you thought was important and critical is not. You suddenly realize that you don’t need “stuff” and an intense removal occurs. I cleaned my purse, my desk, my car, my house and my life. I let go of people and things that weren’t serving me. I basically let go of all the driftwood so I could enjoy the ocean. It was, to say the least, therapeutic. Power of One: What is one small change you can make today to move toward the life you want? As I moved from having cancer to being a cancer survivor, I became very intentional about ongoing changes in my life. It can be overwhelming (don’t forgot those long lists I used to make). Now I do little, bite-sized chunks. Drinking one glass of water a day leads to drinking more. Eating better at one meal leads to eating better at other meals. Every day I’m a work in progress and every day I do a little more. Plan, Ponder, Purpose, Purge and Power of One – These are just some of the strategies I have implemented over the last two years that have changed my life. Without cancer, I would still be doing what I was doing before my diagnosis and wouldn’t have the joy and happiness that I have today. I still work hard, but now I play, too. I stop and look at the beauty around me. I laugh and, yes, I cry. I spend my life in prayer and gratitude. I have a new job, spend more time with my family, meditate, journal, visit the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany for Urban Zen classes, and help a lot of people. It brings me tremendous joy, as I’m living the life I always dreamed about. And that is the best of times.


Fuller-Moore calls Tom and Sara the loves of her life.

Evey Fuller-Moore is a breast cancer survivor, certified life coach and Energy Leadership Index-Master Practitioner. She helps people embrace their energy to live their

most enlightened lives. Fuller-Moore is available at fullere50@gmail.com. She is working on writing her first book, Phoenix Rising: Out of the Darkness, Into the Light.

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Keep Moving Forward

Steve and Judy Tuckerman helped raise more than $18.9 million for cancer research – and aren’t slowing down 12


hile attending a Wexner Center for the Arts gala in the early 2000s, Judy Tuckerman kept recalling a discussion she had with her oncologist, Dr. William B. Farrar, during her annual mammogram at The Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute. As a breast cancer survivor and OSU alumna, Judy wanted to give back to the institute not just monetarily, but with a physical item. “Is there anything the hospital needs or wants?” Judy asked Farrar.

The humble doctor was hesitant at first, unsure of how to respond. Eventually, Farrar told Judy about a new, top-of-the-line mammogram machine available in Pittsburgh. It wasn’t in the institute’s budget. During the gala, Judy sat with her husband, Steve, alongside their longtime friends, Les and Abigail Wexner. Eventually, Judy mentioned what was on her mind, and the Wexners were immediately interested. While still seated at the gala, they pledged to donate half the fund, and www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

Dr. Michael Drake, Dr. Sharon Press, Dr. Hal Paz, Dr. Dave Schuller, Carole Schuller, and Steve and Judy Tuckerman at the 2019 Celebration for Life.

challenged the Tuckermans to spread the word and raise the rest. The couple’s determination paid off, and by the end of the night the machine was paid for. “I called Bill (Farrar) the next day and said, ‘Sit down,’” Judy recalls. “I said, ‘Get in your car, get to Pittsburgh and go buy the mammogram machine.’” Farrar was dumbfounded, and the Tuckermans were officially bitten by the philanthropic bug.

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Celebration for Life

Shortly after providing the new mammogram machine, the Wexners and Tuckermans started brainstorming about fundraisers for the James. Pelotonia was not yet established and the institute needed an event to raise funds for crucial resources for cancer research and patient care. Celebration for Life kicked off in 2002. Hosted at Smith & Wollensky at Easton Town Center, the venue and its phenomenal dinner courses are sponsored by the Easton Community Foundation. At the top of every year, the Tuckermans start fundraising and creating the invite list of about 200 guests. Judy jokes that Steve can’t wait to call people for donations; he sees it as an opportunity to not only do good, but to reconnect with friends. “It’s not like I can’t wait,” Steve says with a laugh. “I get to talk to friends I www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

haven’t talked to in a while and keep up the relationships; get on the phone and hear about their winter vacations.” Since its inception, Celebration for Life has raised more than $18.9 million; one stand-out year raised more than $2 million. Every penny supports the James. Judy mentions the 2017 purchase of the Mobile Education Kitchen, a state-of-the-art kitchen on wheels that allows chefs and registered dietitians to partner on cooking demonstrations and provide preventive cancer education. “They’re booked and booked and booked,” Judy says. “The guys in that mobile unit need another one. Companies call and set up a calendar for this unit to come to their business and give information about the James. It’s unbelievable, it’s fabulous.”  Since the money is raised before Celebration for Life – this year is set for May 9 – the 2020 funds will support new technology and equipment for the new west campus ambulatory facility. Apart from the amazing cuisine and camaraderie, the evening includes short speeches, typically by Farrar, the CEO of the James since August 2019, and Dr. Raphael Pollock, the director of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The evening also celebrates the incredible, brilliant doctors, researchers

and surgeons that come from all over the world to work (for OSU),” Judy says. Supporters and patients are also honored. Past spotlights include Doug and Amy Grace Ulman with Pelotonia, who have raised more than $100 million for the James, and the family of Stefanie Spielman. This touches a cord for Judy – she and Spielman were best friends. “It’s been 10 years since she’s been gone and I miss her, like every day,” Judy says. In 2014, Judy was named the Champion of Hope, an award presented by the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research that honors those who give their time and energy to helping the cancer community. In her heartwarming speech, Judy praised her friend: “One of the true blessings in my life was my relationship with Stefanie Spielman. I was old enough to be her mother, but our friendship roles were reversed. For 11 years she was not only my special friend and confidant, but my teacher. Stef taught me how to reach out to cancer patients to give them hope and a kind hand. … I carry Stef with me every day of my life.”

Philanthropic Home

Steve always dreamed of building a home. When he learned that New Albany was growing rapidly and on the forefront 13

Jeffrey S. Hall Photography

of community development, the Tuckermans sold their home in Bexley and moved north to build their dream house. Upon entering the home, it’s impossible to miss the pictures framed on practically every table. “I probably have thousands,” Judy says. The kitchen is Judy’s haven. She laughs, recalling how she’d only let Steve build a home if she could design the kitchen. The marble countertops and steel blue cabinets create a French country atmosphere, and the childhood drawings by their now-adult grandchildren are displayed on the fridge.

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“Stef taught me how to reach out to cancer patients to give them hope and a kind hand. ... I carry Stef with me every day of my life.” The Tuckermans are very close with their children and grandkids, and are proud the “philanthropic gene” was passed down. Steve recalls a story of when their grandson sold bracelets through his fraternity to raise awareness for female assault survivors. “Fundraising runs in the family,” Judy says. “Doesn’t matter who it is,” Steve adds. “That’s correct,” Judy continues. “All of the people our children married, their parents were very philanthropic, so we hope it continues.” Thankfully, the Tuckermans don’t have to travel far as most of their family lives in Ohio. Plus, the move to New Albany paid off – the couple says they’re happy to live in a community where people keep moving forward. “This community works,” Judy says. “We’ve met some extraordinary, wonderful people in this community and it’s very welcoming.” Lydia Freudenberg is an editor. Feedback welcome at lfreudenberg@ cityscenemediagroup.com. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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on the path

By Mallory Arnold

Get on Board with Volunteering

Remarkable New Albany women with a passion for giving back

Cindy Hilsheimer

been honored with many service awards such as the OSU John B. Gerlach Sr. Outstanding Development Volunteer Award, the YWCA Women of Achievement Award and more. While many people would bask in accomplishments and perk up at the word “award,” Hilsheimer prefers to stay out of the spotlight. “I usually hide from being recognized for service,” she admits. “However, others say the benefits are that you become a role model and people emulate you,

Within the first few minutes of speaking with managing principal of BeecherHill Cindy Hilsheimer, we are astounded by her accomplishments. She has served on the boards of The Ohio State University Foundation, Pelotonia, James Cancer Hospital Foundation, COSI, Columbus Symphony Orchestra and more. “I’m not amazing,” she insists immediately. Her humility proves the opposite. Hilsheimer moved to New Albany in 2000, motivated to find a space to Linda Brown continue hosting community Cindy Hilsheimer events, professional gatherings and board functions. inspiring more volunteers to give back.” “We wanted to host in a larger, more Hilsheimer says she would spend organized way,” she says. “We wanted a all her time volunteering if she could, but home where we could open our doors when she isn’t doing so, she’s enjoyto the community.” ing time with her family. She has a simiThe first board she ever joined was larly philanthropic husband, Larry, three the Ohio History Connection. Back then, grown children and a grandchild. a client of her husband asked her to join, “Our kids are really special,” she and although she was new to the posi- says. “They sacrifice time with me and tion, she soon realized this kind of ser- are understanding so I can spend time vice was infectious. volunteering. I’m so grateful they em“I engaged and enjoyed the rela- brace that I do this.” tionships with some very seasoned volHer children emulate her acts of unteers and learned a great deal from service, carrying her kindness through them,” she says. “I cannot imagine my the generations. life without volunteerism.” “I see them caring about people; all Hilsheimer has, not surprisingly, three volunteer,” she says. “It’s just car16

ing about people – even if it’s just one person at a time.”

Linda Brown

Sometimes it’s about being in the right place at the right time. Linda Brown was recruited by Huntington Bank to move from New York City to Columbus. So, she left her city, where she sat on the Children’s Aid Society for five years, and moved into New Albany. “It’s just so warm and welcoming,” she says. “It has those classic white picket fences and is such a good, friendly community.” Immediately upon moving in, the first thing people began asking her was, “Do you have any interest in being on boards?” Having board experience in New York, she jumped on the opportunity and filled a conveniently open spot with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus. “I’m passionate about the arts whether it’s music or dance – and I love jazz,” Brown says. “It was a great introduction to the community and board leadership in Columbus.” Since then, she’s been busy in the community giving her time, passion and efforts to making the city better. Brown served on the boards of Children’s Hunger Alliance, served as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is a member of the Columbus Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. Brown has been on the board of Goodwill Columbus since 2017 and says this position holds a special place in her heart. “This is more personal,” she says. “I have a niece and nephew that are chalwww.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

Photos courtesy of Cindy Hilsheimer, Linda Brown and Sarah Underhill


here’s something in the water in New Albany. The community is known for its service-oriented residents – so much so that we decided to recognize a few people who are active on executive boards and volunteer committees, giving back to a greater cause.

lenged, and oftentimes I think of the challenges and barriers they went through growing up.” She spoke with Margie Pizzuti, president and CEO of Goodwill Columbus, and felt connected with Pizzuti’s vision for the future of the organization. “She saw a shift in Columbus, wanting to help people with disabilities to get out into the community and into Sarah Underhill their own independent homes,” Brown says. “We want to help, but we also want people to have the power to take care of themselves.” Driven people like Brown can sometimes make performing such acts of service look easy, but for many people, it can be easy to make the excuse, “I don’t have time.” “I think people make time to do the things they really want to do,” Brown says. “You just have to carve out time – little increments can even add up and you can make a difference.” When you have a passion, you find time. It’s why she also finds time to read, go to jazz concerts with her husband and take spa trips with her friends. Her positive attitude about putting good out into the world stems from her mother, who was an educator in Cleveland for years. Brown says she gave back to the children and community, and so her mom’s example became her foundation. Her favorite quote, one she holds close, is from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Everyone can be great, because anybody can serve.”

“We saw a need for something and filled it,” Underhill says. “The schools had great programs and resources, but we needed something community-based outside the school.” The Well-Being Con-nection’s website will launch this year and will promote mental health resources and programs that are available in New Albany. The nonprofit’s goal is to inform community members of the help that is available, and to bring more support groups, education and events into the community. Underhill went through her own battle of improving her mental health, and thus is able to provide honest, personal insight on how important it is to take care of yourself. “After I bettered my mental health, I realized how unhappy and depressed I

was,” she says. “Looking back, I was like, ‘I felt terrible,’ because you don’t even know how bad it is until you feel better.” Being part of this movement that promotes well-being has, in turn, cultivated Underhill’s own happiness. “Helping others has been huge for my mental health,” she says. “People are coming to me and saying, ‘I can’t explain how helpful this is.’ It’s amazing to hear the impact I’ve had on these people’s lives.” Recently, Underhill has taken on new goals in her personal life. She’s cut out alcohol, trying new things in the community like yoga and meditation, and is bettering herself in preparation for the launch of the new nonprofit. “I want to be my best for this,” Underhill says. “As this has grown, I’ve healed. It’s been remarkable.” Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@ cityscenemediagroup.com.

Sarah Underhill

Moving to New Albany 16 years ago was a pretty easy decision for Sarah Underhill, whose dad was a zoning lawyer who helped create the community. Underhill and Diane Herman have been full-time volunteers for New Albany-Plain Local Schools since 2016, but their passion recently took a new direction. After working with the Well-Being Initiative, an opportunity arose to create a similar nonprofit that would promote mental health education and resources in the community. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com



By Adrienne Joly, Director of Administrative Services for the City of New Albany

Blooming this Spring Rose Run Park opens to the public with spring around the corner



ose Run Park opened at the end of last year with little fanfare – that will come later this spring – but lots to celebrate. As trees and plants begin to bloom and more residents head outdoors, what was once a stream hidden behind overgrown brush for years will soon claim its role as the physical, visual and emotional heart of New Albany. Multiple pathways, including brick crosswalks, the Raines Crossing bridge and promenade, as well as a leisure trail are complete. This has created new connections from the New Albany-Plain Local Schools learning campus to the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, the soon-to-be-underconstruction Charles & Charleen Hinson

Amphitheater, the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, Columbus Metropolitan Library - New Albany Branch, and Market Square’s restaurants, retail shops and offices. Along Dublin-Granville Road, narrower traffic lanes reduce speeds, the brick crosswalk promotes safety and the first half-mile of New Albany’s protected bike lane (also known as the Velo Loop) connects to New Albany’s 45 miles of leisure trails. To the north, a terraced limestone and grass wall on the school campus adjoining a granite plaza provides ample space for events.  South of the plaza, the Raines Crossing pedestrian bridge and promenade, with decorative brick and an iron railing, cast a captivating glow at dusk. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com



Below the bridge, a leisure trail encompasses a nature-focused children’s play area ready for active children and benches for those who want to relax. A bike hub/fix-it station east of the promenade is available for cyclists who need to make repairs, inflate tires, fill water bottles or take a break. The new library garden, where the Columbus Metropolitan Library - New Albany Branch plans to hold storytime and special events when the weather cooperates, is also ready to be put to good use by residents seeking a scenic spot to read or relax.  Several project elements, including narrowing Dublin-Granville Road and adding leisure trails, were completed four months ahead of schedule before the school year began in August.  A few park features will be completed this spring, including the birch walk that will form an enchanting path linking the library garden to the natural creek area. Large decorative bluestones engraved with quotes 20


reflecting the four community pillars – lifelong learning, health and wellness, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability – will be embedded in the ground along the birch walk, and various plantings will occur throughout the park in early spring. The 16-month-long, $17 million project was completed on time and on budget thanks to Messer Construction, EMH&T, Inc. and MKSK. Special thanks to Facebook, the Raines and Cadieux family, the Marx family, and the Hinson family for their generous donations that support our recreational and cultural offerings. And thanks to all of our residents and business owners for their patience throughout the construction process. Now the fun begins with this new community asset and gathering spot in the core of our town! For more info about the park, visit  www.newalbanyohio.org/answers/roserun-park.

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This is the second installment of a six-part series in 2020 highlighting the New Albany Community Foundation as it celebrates 25 years of transformative impact on our community.

Big Projects Lead to Big Impact The NACF strengthens the four pillars after introducing thriving resources


tanding on the top step of the entrance to the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, one can see the Georgian-style bricks on the north-facing side of the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. These two buildings, separated by a very short distance directly across Dublin-Granville Road, are now connected by the new Rose Run Park paths and pedestrian bridge. Their origin stories and significance to the New Albany community, however, have always been connected thanks to the New Albany Community Foundation. 22

In the early 2000s, the NACF determined four areas, now known as the four pillars, where the foundation would focus its impact: lifelong learning, health and wellness, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability. In pursuit of these pillars, the foundation often serves as a convener, gathering the right civic and private entities to help turn ideas into reality. The foundation plays this role for both the McCoy Center, which opened in 2008, and the Heit Center, which opened in 2015.

When the school district was ready to build an auditorium on its new learning campus back in 2002, the original plan called for a modest cinder block structure with a budget to match, but the success of the first Remarkable Evening and subsequent student lecture with David McCullough had community leaders thinking bigger and feeling inspired by the recent public-private collaboration behind the new Columbus Metropolitan Library - New Albany Branch. They saw a need for a space where the entire community could gather to engage the www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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The Jefferson Series 2019-2020 season-opening lecture featuring Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright in discussion with Fareed Zakaria. The NACF has been presenting The Jefferson Series at the McCoy since it debuted in 2014.

Jane and John B. McCoy, John G. McCoy and Ginny McCoy at the 2008 dedication of the McCoy.

arts and lifelong learning opportunities, but the question remained: How could they make this happen? “In most communities, different governmental entities and organizations often focus more narrowly on the traditional roles, such as police and road maintenance for cities, fire department for townships,” says Craig 24

Mohre, president of the NACF. “They limit their involvements to the traditional roles, and they often operate in silos, sometimes not communicating much or working collaboratively with other organizations. The foundation’s role was to bring people together and help them see what could be possible if we could all work together.”

One of the community members that the foundation involved in the initial stages of the McCoy Center was Francie Henry, regional president at Fifth Third Bank and the McCoy Center’s founding chair. “The community foundation provided the vision and strategy that enabled our community to think differently about a venue to support our students, which could also serve as a community resource and a family gathering space,” Henry says. “They were also instrumental in researching similar projects both near and far that provided us the necessary data and knowledge to understand how best to proceed. Finally, they were able to convene both public and private funding and collaboration to build the one of a kind, best-in-class arts center.” In 2010, Dr. Phil Heit approached Mohre and the foundation about wanting an organization focused not just on physical, mental or community health, but on all areas of health. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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Entertainer Martin Short performed at the McCoy’s second year gala.

Adding Up to Greatness Statistics for 2019

“I got together with Craig Mohre and shared the idea of starting Healthy New Albany. Craig, the great convener he is, and I pulled together a group of volunteers from the community, whereby someone said, ‘Let’s start a farmers market,’ and another wanted to see a community garden,” Heit says. “Things developed from there, leading to Healthy New Albany Magazine, lectures and more.” www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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• 135 programs implemented  at the Heit Center  • 4,000 people in total at packet pick up for the Walking Classic, Mother’s Day bRUNch and Kids Triathlon • 374 events, community and school, at the McCoy • 102,401 attendees in total at the McCoy 

The New Albany Symphony Orchestra is the McCoy’s residential orchestra.

It became obvious to Heit and others that, in order for Healthy New Albany to reach its potential, it needed a physical location. At the same time, the City was looking to spur more private investment and provide its residents with health offerings, and it was out of this need that the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany was conceived.

“The City of New Albany took the lead with financing and constructing the Heit Center, but as with most of our community projects, it was truly a collaborative effort,” says New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding. “The City, the school district and Plain Township have been amazing partners to the foundation in advancing projects,” Mohre adds. 25

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Today, both centers are thriving. The McCoy Center, serving as the anchor of the Learning Campus, is in use 300 days a year; and the Heit Center, operating as a mainstay of the Village Center, currently has more requests for community use than the space can handle. The McCoy Center hosts the New Albany Symphony Orchestra, national recording artists, the New Albany Ballet Company, National Geographic Live, a vast array of New Albany-Plain Local Schools events, and the foundation’s Jefferson Series lectures. “I believe it is a window to the arts right in our back yard,” Henry says. “It is a beautiful venue where memories are made every day.” The Heit Center includes a stateof-the-art fitness center and primary care, sports medicine and physical therapy services, along with countless community engagement classes, lectures and events. “We are also seeing the Heit Center as a factor in attracting people to move to New Albany, as availability of health and fitness services are important factors for many potential residents,” Heit says. 26

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The community groundbreaking celebration of the McCoy in 2006 included youth and adult performers, city and school leaders, and foundation donors, among others.

Members of the New Albany Women’s Network volunteered throughout the 2008 dedication week of the McCoy.

Fulfilling the foundation’s four-pillar vision, the McCoy Center and the Heit Center exemplify what makes New Albany a unique and special city. “They bring people together around shared experiences in those areas,”

Mohre says, “which is what community building is all about.” Bob Valasek is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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The NACF’s Jefferson Series discussion on mental health featuring actress Glenn Close interviewed by WBNS 10TV’s Tracy Townsend on stage at the McCoy. More than 2,000 adults and students heard Close speak during her 2019 visit.

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The New Albany-Plain Local Schools drama department regularly performs in both the Irving Schottenstein Theater and Mershad Hall at the McCoy. 

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Michael Feinstein performed at the McCoy in 2018 with the New Albany Symphony in celebration of its 10th season.

Healthy New Albany programming attracts community members to the Heit Center for education on a variety of health topics. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com


When you give to The New Albany Community Foundation, you give to the greater good. In New Albany, the power of every gift is magnified by the spirit of collaboration that defines this remarkable community. Here, we have a proud history of working together to turn big ideas into initiatives that create tremendous impact. You can feel it in the incredible arts and performance centers where the community gathers. And in the education, health and wellness programming that enriches us all. The City of New Albany. New Albany Schools. The Township. And, of course, The New Albany Community Foundation have all seen how much more can be accomplished when goals are shared. And dreams are realized. Together.

When you donate through the Foundation, gifts of any size, large and small, generate impact in so many ways. Grants have been made in support of worthy efforts that touch lives throughout our community. Including the Jefferson Series student lectures, the E3 Learning Lab, the Homework Help Center at the Branch Library, Safety Town and many more. The Foundation has been at the center of these efforts that bring us together. If you’ve given, we thank you. And if you are yet to make a gift, we invite you to join us. 220 Market Street, New Albany, Ohio 43054



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Family Friday Nights – On Horseback Local families bond over giving back and the sport of polo

The two teams celebrate at the end of a spirited match on the grounds of Bryn Du Mansion in Granville at the 2019 Polo Cup benefiting the New Albany-based Orthopedic Foundation. 30

By Brittany Mosley


amilies in New Albany are creative with how they spend their family time and how they give back. In fact, some residents found a way to combine both by playing polo for charity. Play Polo Club, a member of the United States Polo Association, was created by Horace Henriot in 2013 after he moved from Belgium to Ohio. As a former professional polo player and experience in pastoral work and leadership coaching, Henriot wanted to create an opportunity that teaches polo and encourages philanthropy. The club invites all ages to get involved, whether it’s being in the horses’ “pit crew” or playing the game with professionals. Play Polo currently has more than 30 members. What’s unique to this club is that many players compete with and against family members, as parent and child pairs are not at all uncommon in Play Polo.

“Family-centeredness is the nature of the game,” says Henriot. “Polo is a thrill in and of itself. Combine it with the most important people in your life – sublime.” Peter Risch enjoys saddling up and playing with his daughter, Lauren. Even though other Risch family members typically don’t play, Peter and Lauren rely on them to be on the sidelines cheering them on. “Even with my two girls who are through college and working, it’s a reason for us to get together,” Peter says. “It’s something we look forward to as a family. You get a good workout, but you spend time together.” The club puts all members on an even playing field (no pun intended). With ages 7 to 70, the group is a diverse bunch that’s caring and inclusive. Morgan Ebbing has experienced this firsthand. “From my perspective, I’m a young 20-year-old girl, there’s a lot of middleaged people that play and I was unsure of how they would deal with people my age playing,” says Morgan, who plays www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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Bill Ebbing, Santiago de Estrada, Morgan Ebbing

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Pete Risch and Lauren Risch

with her dad, Bill. “But they’re all awesome and took me right under their wing, and it’s been so much fun to make these friendships and connections.” Even with family members already on the team, Play Polo has evolved into a family all its own. “It’s just the nature of the sport that it encompasses that,” says Mark Gittins, who plays with his son Tyler. “It’s very competitive, but it’s also very social.” Apart from competitive matches, Play Polo hosts Friday Night Polo for more than just a fancy trophy. Hosted at the Play Polo Farm in Westerville, the games occur during the summer and support local charities, including the Orthopedic Foundation, the Buckeye Ranch and Freedom a la Cart. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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Lauren Risch, Morgan Ebbing, Tyler Gittins, Bill Ebbing, Pete Risch, Mark Gittins

“These charity matches have created much excitement for multiple nonprofits, and we have exposed hundreds more to this great sport being played right here in Columbus,” Henriot says. “That was an important piece for Morgan and me as well,” Bill adds. “We’ve been riding together in Pelotonia, and this is an extension of that philanthropic side of the community.” It doesn’t stop at Friday Night Polo. For larger charity events, polo professionals from England and other coun-

Alec Henriot, Pete Risch, Mark Gittins, Tyler Gittins

Jennifer Risch

Mark Gittens


tries will fly in to raise the stakes – and excitement. “It keeps the game moving pretty quick and is a lot of fun to watch,” Peter says. But it’s more than just fun, and even more than the money the club helps raise. The camaraderie, its ability to build confidence and how members coach other players through difficult moments are all parts of the club that keep members coming back.

“It’s an amazing group with big hearts,” Mark says, “and it’s nice to have just good, clean family fun.” The 2020 season kicks off in May. For dates, locations and times, visit www.playpoloclub.us. Brittany Mosley is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com


By Mallory Arnold

Health Havens

Enjoy a delicious and healthful meal out on the town


e all know the feeling: your diet is going well, you’re feeling great and noticing progress. That is, until you visit your favorite restaurant and your resolve crumbles after just one look at the menu. Statista, an international online database of statistics and market research, reports that 54 percent of people trying to maintain a healthy diet ruin their good habits when going out to eat. But forget the statistic and defy the odds – just because you want to drink more water, lose a few pounds and feel better doesn’t mean you have to lose out on the best menu options. Check out these health-focused restaurants and bakeries in central Ohio that won’t set your healthy lifestyle back. True Food Kitchen

Easton Town Center, Columbus

– SOW Plated Shops on Lane Avenue, Upper Arlington

S is for sustainable. O is for organic. W is for wellness. – SOW Plated believes fresh, healthful meals can connect the mind, body and spirit. It strives for zero food waste to combat a rapidly growing issue in the U.S. and sources locally. If that doesn’t give you a warm feeling in your belly, the restaurant also rounds up every check to the nearest dollar to support the On Our Sleeves movement at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While you’d normally never pair the words “healthful” and – “alcohol,” the tastemakers at SOW Plated believe in balance. Its unique menu of cold pressed cocktails, like Hendrick’s gin, hibiscus water, fresh lime and cucumber ribbon, en– hance your happy hour experience. The famous SOW Old Fashioned is created with house-made cacao-infused rye and chocolate bitters.

Comune Parsons Avenue, Columbus

Set to open at Easton Town Center the beginning of May, True Food Kitchen will feature colorful, fresh and good-for-thesoul dishes. Born with the vision to combine delicious dining with conscious nutrition, top chefs and a doctor of integrative medicine promise guests that they will leave the table feeling good. The kitchen focuses on individual ingredients and True Food is able to explain the health benefits of each bite. Plus, you’ll never get tired of this joint because the menu is seasonal. If you want simple, Comune will give you simple. However, don’t call it bland. Comune presents its dishes elegantly with 34


a plant-based menu full of seasonal ingredients. These shareable plates make it easy to try a plethora of tastes. The dish Pantry Love contains vegetables pickled year round. To smash a carb craving, delve into the salt and vinegar potatoes, dressed with laurel valley cora cheese and tomato oil.

Lávash Café North High Street, Clintonville

Experts report that the Mediterranean diet contains some of the most healthful foods you can eat. Lávash Café’s menu is filled with colorful vegetables and monosaturated fats such as olive oil, which doctors give two thumbs up. Lávash’s hummus


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These sweets are made from scratch using organic, vegan and natural ingredients. The bakery boasts a menu of buckeye bars, cookies, cakes, muffins and more – something for every sweet tooth. Plus, with recycled and biodegradable packaging, you’ll feel even more guilt-free while you indulge.

Portia’s Café Indianola Avenue, Clintonville This café is a vegan’s paradise. But it’s not just free of animal byproducts; its menu features gluten-free ingredients and organic, local and GMO-free food. A Portia’s novice may read this and ask, “Well, what the heck is on the menu then?” The best part of Portia’s Café is actually the wide variety of options. From house-made, gluten-free quesadilla wraps served with dairy-free cheese to a burrito bowl of brown rice, lettuce, black beans, guacamole, salsa and house-made vegan sour cream, the possibilities are endless.

Little Eater

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

North Market, Columbus Little Eater celebrates colorful vegetables and uses local, organic ingredients. The produce-inspired restaurant serves seasonal veggies to ensure the best quality and freshness. You’re actually able to mix and match your scoops to create your own flavors. Plus, if you’re a breakfast hound, Little Eater’s signature granola is made with organic, gluten-free oats, coconut, raisins and vanilla. It’s sweetened with Ohio maple syrup, of course.

Bake Me Happy

“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.”

East Moler Street, Columbus When the shop owners of Bake Me Happy watched a family member suffer through gluten intolerance, they saw no other choice but to open a gluten-free bakery. Plus, many people feel better choosing gluten-free options. It’s hard to pass up a quinoa flake monster cookie, a flourless peanut butter cookie with quinoa flakes, chocolate chips and candy-coated chocolate pieces. While everything should be consumed in moderation, catering specifically to sweet tooths with food sensitivities is a major plus. Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@ cityscenemediagroup.com.



Like Mother, Like Daughter Mother-daughter duo volunteer for Friends of the NASO

By Gillian Janicki

Photos courtesy of NASO


ensory-friendly shows, original concerts and major animal fundraisers. Do you ever wonder how all the events hosted by the New Albany Symphony Orchestra get accomplished? Meet the Friends of the NASO. This group of volunteers helps with planning and organizing fundraising events like the Independence Day 5K, Wine Soirees, the Gift Basket Fundraiser and the annual NASO Gala – all vital events that keep the symphony performing. Heather Garner, founder and executive director of the symphony, says Friends of the NASO is always there to help when she needs an extra hand. The volunteer program started the same year the symphony was created, highlighting how quickly the community accepted the symphony. “I founded the New Albany Symphony almost 13 years ago, so it’s like my third child,” Garner says. “I love all the people involved in our volunteer group and the community that supports us.” Friends of the NASO isn’t just impacting the community, it’s also impacting its volunteers. Karen Dennis has been part of Friends of the NASO for nine years. When she first started, she was new to the community, and as much as she helped the symphony, the symphony helped her. “A friend invited me to a meeting with the fundraising committee so I could become more involved with the community,” Dennis says. “From there, new friendships fell into place based on camaraderie and mutual love for music.” Dennis was clearly an inspiration because her daughter, Jacqueline Ricker, also volunteers. At 29 years old, Ricker is the youngest member of the Friends of the NASO. “She started about two years ago, before she got married. She’s still young, but I think it’s definitely rubbed off on her,” Dennis says. “Hopefully, it will continue down the line with our family.” www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

Members of Friends of the NASO

The group is the perfect bonding opportunity for the mother-daughter duo, who often joke about their favorite volunteering memory. “I had forgotten to bring the scissors to the gift basket wrap party, so Jacqueline called her husband and he went out and bought a huge pack of 10 scissors and he came to the event just to drop them off,” Dennis says. “When we think back to that, we just laugh.” One of Dennis’ highlights from this past year was bringing her 8-month-old granddaughter, Vivian, to the Gift Basket Fundraiser. “I brought Vivian with me and she sat on the floor and just watched, and Jacqueline came later, and I got to end the night with my daughter and granddaughter there with me,” she says. In addition to becoming a treasured family tradition, volunteering for Friends of the NASO is rewarding in other ways. “There’s just different rewarding parts for me being a part of this community and being a part of the fundraising committee,” Dennis says. “Aside from the funds we raise, it’s rewarding because it supports programs that the symphony has, especially the inclusive, sensory-friendly

Karen Dennis with her granddaughter, Vivian, and her daughter, Jacquline Ricker, mother of Vivian.

kid performances. I’ve attended a few of the Saturday shows because of my two small grandchildren. It’s very special and it brings us so much joy.” For volunteer information about Friends of the NASO, visit www.new albanysymphony.com. Gillian Janicki is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at feedback@ cityscenemediagroup.com. 37

student spotlight

By Zoë Glore

Never Too Young Fourth grade Marburn Academy student rallies community to give back


“I take in the pop tabs because they turn into money and the money goes toward the Ronald McDonald House for stuff for the kids, parents or other stuff,” says Ashley. “I want to help them raise some money.” While Ashley’s efforts started on a very small scale, she has been able to get her entire community involved. It may seem daunting to people of any age, but Ashley has no problem asking for help and holding people accountable, including teachers, faculty and even older students. Getting the word out has led to collection jars being placed near vending machines, teachers’ lounges and at faculty leadership retreats and events such as Marburn-

Con, an annual conference on learning differences in education. “I was drawn to Ashley’s effort because I have had a close family friend who has had to use the Ronald McDonald House,” says Marburn High School student Davis Raabe, who donated more than 3,000 pop tabs to Ashley’s cause. “I think it’s very gracious that Ashley has decided to use her time to give to others.” Ashley’s mother says she fell into this project, but has always been a giving child. “It’s nice because it shows them that they aren’t wasting the pop tabs and they’re trying to help people,” Ashwww.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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o matter how big or how small, no act of kindness is ever wasted. Ashley Keyser’s act of kindness starts very small – pop tab small. The 10-year-old Marburn Academy student began collecting over a year ago and, like the snowflake that starts the avalanche, successfully got the entire Marburn community involved. Initially part of her affinity project – an annual opportunity for lower division students in which they explore a passion or curiosity – Ashley’s turned into a schoolwide movement with collection jars all over Marburn. The jars are dumped into a five-gallon bucket that, once full, Ashley takes to the Ronald McDonald House as a donation.

Ashley Keyser, far right

Ashley taking a donation to the Ronald McDonald House.

ley says. “No one likes to not be helped. Let’s say you’re hurt; you would want someone to help you. You feel nice when someone helps you, so then you could help someone else. People have helped me and it felt nice.” It’s safe to say that Ashley has made a difference, not only for the Ronald McDonald House but also her community. “We could all learn something from Ashley’s fervor and determination for collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House,” says Scott Burton, Marburn Academy interim head of school. “Ashley has continued collecting over multiple school years and school breaks and never loses sight of her purpose.” Outside of school, Ashley enjoys spending time with her sister and friends, doing gymnastics, and loves anything science related. She says she won’t stop collecting pop tabs any time soon and will continue to help others. “Ashley’s affinity project not only helped her achieve success and the goals of the project, but allowed her to develop a sense of purpose, gave her confidence and the feeling of being connected to a larger community,” says Leslie Dilley, Ashley’s 2018-19 teacher. “I am so proud of how Ashley has blossomed as a student and as an individual.” Zoë Glore is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at zglore@ cityscenemediagroup.com. www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

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The Beef with Lab-Grown Meat How does lab-grown meat compare to the real thing?


e Americans love our beef and poultry. According to food availability estimates by the United States Department of Agriculture, the average American was expected to consume about 222 pounds of red meat and poultry in 2018. You read that right: 222 pounds per person in a year. This is a continuation of a 25 percent increase in beef production over the past 50 years. Of course, higher demand means more supply. Between 1990 and 2018, American farms increased animal product production by nearly 66 percent to 103 billion pounds of meat. Regardless of where you stand on the ethics of consuming meat, the meat industry does have an impact on our environment – cows produce over 100 tons of methane per year according to a study funded by NASA’s carbon monitoring system program. While the www.healthynewalbanymagazine.com

volume of methane produced is less in volume than carbon monoxide, methane has a larger greenhouse gas effect than carbon monoxide does, according to the same study. As we better understand our impact on the environment, many Americans are looking for alternatives to meat, whether that means cutting down on meat consumption or eliminating it from their diets entirely. Among possible future meat alternatives is lab-grown meat, which is exactly what it sounds like: meat grown in a lab from a DNA sample that’s taken from the animal crueltyfree. Since it’s still technically meat, many lab-grown meat startups claim that this product has the potential to have all the tastes, textures and nutritional benefits of regular meat without the environmental impact. Lab-grown meat companies also

claim that lab-grown meat can be manipulated to be healthier than the real thing. But are these claims true? And if so, is lab-grown meat really a better alternative to traditional meat? Is it better than eating a plant-based diet? “Since lab-grown meat is a fairly new scientific idea and there is currently no lab-grown meat on the market, it’s hard to understand the complete nutrition profile,” says Kaleigh Carpenter, registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Several research companies are suggesting that their lab-grown meat could have nutrition profiles better than traditional slaughtered meat, but we don’t know for sure if that’s true.” Aside from lab-grown meat, there are still ways to be healthier when consuming animal products. “If consumers want a healthier meat, then they can also make changes like reducing their saturated fat intake or 41

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increasing vitamins,” says Carpenter. Researchers also claim that labgrown meat could improve overall food safety; there may be a reduced risk of foodborne illness since this meat is grown in a sanitary lab. “Again, this is still speculation at this point, and until formal regulation and inspection is established, we will not understand the true safety of these new products,” Carpenter says. “That said, because lab-grown meat will be grown in a stable lab, it should be safe to eat.” Regardless of the heath pros and cons, consumers can get those nutrients from other sources right now. “If technology companies are able to manipulate the nutrition profile and fortify the lab-grown meat with additional nutrients, it could end up being a better option than conventional meat,” Carpenter says. “However, these fortified nutrients can be found in several other foods including plant protein sources.” Even though you can’t yet buy labgrown meat at your local supermarket, there has been some federal interest in regulating and making it more accessible to the general public. In December, the Food Safety Modernization for Innovative Technologies Act was proposed to the U.S. Senate to outline the regulation, inspection and labeling of cell-cultured animal products, and the Food and Drug Administration and USDA have started a regulatory framework for these new products. While we may have time before lab-grown meat is sold in mainstream markets and is affordable, it’s possible that it could become a groundbreaking meat alternative. That said, according to Carpenter, it doesn’t seem that lab-grown meat will have many advantages over maintaining an informed plant-based diet.

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Volunteer Rx The health benefits of volunteering “What is the essence of life? To serve others and do good.” – Aristotle


ristotle must have had New Albany on his mind. The profound impact made by volunteers in New Albany is nothing short of miraculous. Nonprofit organizations like Healthy New Albany and entities under the HNA umbrella – the New Albany Farmers Market, Food Pantry, Community Garden and the New Albany Walking Classic – have been built by an army of dedicated volunteers. These soldiers of service are driven, willing to

share their time selflessly, care for their neighbors and do whatever is required to build a connected, resilient and engaged community. Research shows compelling evidence of the many mental and physical health benefits of volunteering. In addition to boosting self-confidence and lowering stress, the Mayo Clinic cites other benefits of volunteering including greater life satisfaction, reduced rates of depression, improved sense of purpose, longer life expectancy and improved relationships. Research conducted at Michigan State University documents how oxytocin, a hormone made in the brain, spikes

in some people who volunteer regularly, helping them to better manage stressful events. Related theories suggest that volunteering is beneficial because it shifts focus from self to others and provides perspective. For example, personal problems may seem less prominent when helping people who are experiencing homelessness or food scarcity. Understanding that volunteerism is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, it’s compelling to witness the good work that is done in our community by loyal volunteers. HNA and its many events and programs are replete with fine examples of New Albany leaders changing the world through volunteerism.

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