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November/December 2019


Sara Mershad’s Mindfulness Journey Inside 20th Annual Charity Fashion Show Benefits of Dance NAHS Mental Health Club




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November/December 2019 Vol. 9, No. 2

7 First Glance

Letter from the Executive Editor

8 In & Out


What’s happening in and out of New Albany

12 New Albany Walking Classic 14 Personalities Longtime resident Sara Mershad and her mindfulness journey

16 Fit Five

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32 Student Spotlight The NAHS Mental Health Club thrives

18 On the Path New Albany Women’s Network host its 20th Annual Charity Fashion Show

21 Initiatives

36 Foods for Fitness A dietitian’s take on intermittent fasting


Future village center improvements underscore how Community Connects Us

38 On the Horizon Winter skincare gets simplified thanks to local expert

40 Gadgets & Gifts Check out local gifts and trending gadgets


24 More than Written Words The New Albany Scholars Author Residency Program is more than inspirational speakers

28 Bust a Move Discovering the benefits of dance at any age

30 Spreading Sunshine The Chabad of Columbus creates programs for all community members

46 Scene At… Trick, it’s a Treat The Jefferson Series

48 Scene in New Albany

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he experience remains embedded in my mind. I remember the date, Feb. 2, but not the year. I awoke at 4 a.m. to get ready to participate in a half marathon. The outside temperature that morning was two degrees below zero, and that was not the wind chill reading. At 7 a.m. the half marathon start was lined with hundreds of runners and walkers, most of whom were shivering uncontrollably. The starter’s pistol sounded and the onslaught of runners and walkers began. It didn’t take more than 30 minutes for me to witness sights I had never encountered in all my years of competing, whether as a runner or walker. What I saw remains with me to this day. To my left was a runner whose perspiration had been dripping onto the temple of his eyeglasses, forming an icicle a couple of inches in length. To my right was a walker whose black knit cap had turned white due to the frost generated from the merging of cranial heat and arctic-like temperatures. The number of climate-induced visuals that caught my attention seemed endless. At least they served as a distraction from the elements. Little did I know that the tundra-like conditions would wreck havoc on my body’s largest organ, the skin. While I was bundled in multiple layers that shielded almost all of me from the frigid elements, the impact on my exposed face would be detrimental. After reading Mallory Arnold’s interview with dermatologist Dr. Susan Massick, it was evident to me that taking protective measures from the cold was not my forte. I did not apply sunscreen because, after all, the winter sun could not harm my skin – or so I thought. I did not apply a moisturizer before or after the race. Cold weather dries the skin and I experienced chafing, something that an application of a moisturizer would have prevented. Ah, nothing like a hot shower post race. Not smart! Extended hot showers and baths strip away the skin’s protective oils thereby promoting dry skin. And so my naivety had gotten the best of me. At least now I know better. Thank you, Dr. Massick. Healthfully,

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National Veterans Memorial and Museum 5 Mile Run and Walk

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New Albany High School presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Various times, Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts

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New Albany Women’s Network Annual Charity Fashion Show 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., The Estate at New Albany

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Thanksforgiving 4 Miler 8:15 a.m. Kids Dash, 8:30 a.m., 4 Miler; Market Square

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Power(ful) Walk Reflecting on the 15th annual NAWC and its strides through the years


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Living in the Moment

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Longtime resident Sara Mershad and her mindfulness journey



everal years ago, New Albany resident Sara Mershad was at an all-time low. Her depression and social anxiety were high as her youngest son went off to boarding school, and her three other children were either at college or living out of state. Even though her husband, Rick, was supportive and attentive, she still felt alone and lost. Plus, her anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications weren’t helping – she needed a new solution, so she started practicing yoga. Mershad wasn’t a stranger to the world of yoga and meditation, but she wasn’t experienced either – at least not yet. She immediately jumped in and soon found that the poses and mindfulness associated with yoga helped improve her mental health. “It really got me out of my head,” Mershad says. “I remember the day I finally got crow pose – I remember getting up and feeling like I was in a whole new universe. It was like I froze in time and let everything go.” Still, she craved more. When a friend mentioned kundalini yoga – a form of yoga that uses physical movements, meditation, breathing and mantra to heighten awareness – Mershad decided to give it a go. “That’s what really got me hooked,” Mershad says. But her journey was only starting.

Finding the Foundation

After moving to New Albany in 1998 for its sense of community, Mershad and Rick decided to start the Mershad Family Foundation in the early 2000s. It was created to highlight the arts in the community, but after Mershad discovered her passion for mindfulness, the foundation’s mission evolved into “the art of mindfulness and well-being.” The foundation is now in full swing and provides speakers to the community, works with the New Albany-Plain Local Schools and hosts retreats. In April, Mershad and several colleagues were integral in bringing worldrenowned yoga instructors, authors and integrative health advocates Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee to the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts. “People who are walking around not forgiving themselves for their past

From left to right: Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Rick Mershad and Sara Mershad. In April, Mershad was integral in helping bring the Yees to New Albany for a speaker series.

or not knowing why they’re unhappy or waiting for the next thing to temporarily make them better, need to be educated (on mindfulness),” she says. “I feel it’s my duty, almost my mission in a way, to raise awareness.” Mershad dreams of bringing yogis Deepak Chopra, an author and alternative medicine advocate; and Gabrielle Bernstein, a motivational speaker, life coach and author; to New Albany. As for living a mindful life, Mershad says it’s all about pausing, breathing, staying present and grateful, and not casting judgment. From the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, where restorative yoga Urban Zen classes are taught; to one of Mershad’s favorite new spots, InStill Wellness for mental, physical and spiritual health, the local options are abundant. And starting in January, InStill Wellness will also offer Urban Zen. Students K-12 are feeling the impact of Mershad and her friends, too. The NAPLS Well-Being Initiative is a collaborative effort that provides resources to help New Albany students’ well-being. Recently, Healthy New Albany implemented an Urban Zen program in the schools and Mershad is ecstatic.

“The best news – it’s happening. The teachers are loving it, the students are loving it,” Mershad says. “There is a mindfulness movement happening and it’s so great.” As for the retreats, Mershad hosted a variety at her family’s cabin – a cozy spot surrounded by a wooded area, flowers and an all-ages swing set – but her newest idea for spring 2020 is possibly the most unique. “We’re talking about doing a silent retreat,” Mershad says. “When you sit with yourself quietly and you can’t speak and you communicate via energy, you learn about yourself and nature.”

Mindful of Mindfulness

The words of wisdom Mershad gave during our interview were phenomenal. From being kind to others to the importance of self-love, she has completely restructured her perspective on life. Mershad says her family and the community are huge cheerleaders for her journey. “How has the community not helped?” Mershad asks. “The community is thriving because we’re all about being conscientious and healthy, and I think everybody here is in support of this (mindfulness movement) happening.” 15

But the quote that Mershad loves is what ties her story into a nice package with a ribbon on top. “When you’re in the past, you’re constantly having regret; when you’re in the future, you’re constantly having anxiety,” she says. “If you’re present, which

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Sara Mershad shares her mindfulness habits Favorite yoga pose? I have two. One is easy pose, which is the cross-legged pose, because it’s so quieting and that’s when I get into my meditative place. And then cobra pose, because it’s heartopening and I’m all about heart-opening. Aside from yoga, how do you spend your free time? I love to go on walks and be a part of nature. I also love to spend time with my husband, my family and our dogs. And I love to travel; I have friends and family all over and we like to see different parts of the world.

Where do you practice mindfulness? My favorite place is my yoga room at home or going to our cabin and walking on our path. But I also enjoy going to InStill Wellness to see my acupuncturist. Favorite way to start your day? We all wake up with thoughts. Whatever thought it is, I recite my mantras and then I chant and then I mediate and then I have my bulletproof coffee. Best mindfulness tip? Gratitude. Be grateful for you, for everything around you and for everything that’s happened to you because there is a gift in that. And you can’t forget forgiveness.


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In the Eye of the Beholder

New Albany Women’s Network hosts its 20th Annual Charity Fashion Show


or the past two decades, the New Albany Women’s Network has brought and continues to bring women in the community together. Founded in 1998, NAWN’s purpose is to share information and resources among its members, build friendships between women in New Albany and help create a strong connection between its members. What started with 10 members is now 350 members strong. One of its most creative fundraising events is around the corner, the Annual Charity Fashion Show, and this year marks the milestone of 20 fashionable years.

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As the membership and tenure of NAWN has grown and evolved, so has its involvement in New Albany. In addition to hosting a number of annual charities, education and community outreach events, NAWN also started its own endowment fund with the New Albany Community Foundation in 2003. The endowment fund is essentially a charity savings account that provides grants to various organizations. Since its inception, the network’s fund has grown to more than $1 million. Through this, NAWN has donated more than $40,000 to various local causes and nonprofit organizations, including the New Albany Community Garden, the New Albany Special Olympics, the Scholar Author Series at New Albany-Plain Local Schools and scholarships to graduating New Albany High School seniors for exemplary community service. “My favorite part about being part of the New

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bany Women’s Network is the amazing women I get to meet and work with to impact the community,” says Kristen Hamrick, president of NAWN. “I have been a member for 11 years and have met so many wonderful ladies and have made a lot of memories.”

Friends, Fashion and Philanthropy

Strutting down a runaway in beautiful clothing is empowering and fun, but for NAWN’s Annual Charity Fashion Show, it’s so much more. The event benefits organizations in central Ohio that are devoted to the betterment of women and children. The event consistently sells out with more than 250 attendees and showcases fashion from local retailers. Another popular event that contributes to the endowment is An Evening in New Albany, an The New Albany Women’s Network hosts events, raises money for scholarships and works to build a strong connection between its members. elegant event that raises money for charitable organizations. “Between this event and An Evening in New Albany back, an organization that helps people with various challengevent, which we host every year, we’ve raised over $1 million es improve their lives through horse-assisted learning expeand have supported more than 25 different beneficiaries,” riences. Young adults with disabilities learn work and social says Terri Relenbach, a NAWN board member. “It feels re- skills as they care for the horses, and veterans and U.S. milially good to be able to raise this much money for so many tary members use therapy horses. “These men and women learn the joys of horsemanship wonderful causes.” The 2019 Annual Charity Fashion Show will feature a while participating in equine-assisted learning workshops,” says country-chic theme and will raise funds for Dreams on Horse- Angela Thompson, co-chair of the fashion show. “The work-



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Rose Run Leads the Way

Future village center improvements underscore how Community Connects Us


rom the start, New Albany’s master plan placed great emphasis on connecting people to nature and each other. You don’t have to look far to find sidewalks, pocket parks and miles of leisure trails. Now, Rose Run Park, scheduled for completion later this year, will become the axis upon which social, civic and natural connections revolve in the center of town and the stream will reclaim its role as the physical, visual and emotional heart of New Albany. Like

spokes on a wheel, new pathways and trails connect the New Albany-Plain Local Schools campus and the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts to the New Albany branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany, and Market Square’s restaurants, cafés and shops. With the recent reopening of DublinGranville Road, residents can now see the park take shape. Along the road, narrower traffic lanes to reduce speeds, 21

a brick crosswalk to promote safety and the first half-mile of New Albany’s protected bike lane, or velo loop, are complete. To the north, a terraced limestone and grass wall on the school campus will be connected to a large granite plaza to the south, offering ample seating for larger scale events. South of the plaza, a pedestrian bridge and promenade with decorative brick, cast iron railing, lights, seating and overlook are far enough along to envision the dramatic impact this restoration and revitalization project will have on our community. When complete, the promenade will also feature a bike hub/fix-it station east of the promenade to allow cyclists to make repairs, inflate tires, fill water bottles and take a break. Together, these features will create a natural and safe connection between Market Square, the learning campus, the McCoy Cen22

ter and, in the future, the New Albany Community Foundation’s Charleen and Charles Hinson Amphitheater. Also under construction is the new library garden that is being built with the cooperation of the Columbus Met-

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t hit him out of nowhere – Lance White was sitting in the crowd at New Albany’s Remarkable Evening with Craig Mohre while Michael Beschloss, author of Presidents of War, spoke about his work as a writer. “I lean over to Craig and go, ‘You know, … I read my son books every night and he’s two, I wonder what it would cost to bring in one of the authors who writes one of his books to speak at the library,’” White says. White laughs recalling the conversation and how he underestimated the cost to bring in an author for a speaking engagement, but that idea stuck, and in


2011 the New Albany Scholars Author Residency Program began.

An Enriching Experience

The New Albany Scholars Author Residency Program is a way to connect students with authors they may be learning about in the classroom and engage their love and passion for reading. It provides a tangible look into the world of a writer. “We are so fortunate to make this experience happen not just for students but for staff as well,” says Kirsten Klink, K-6 librarian at New Albany-Plain Local

Schools. “We work so hard to establish a love of reading; and for the students to see that there are real individuals involved in the process is just an enriching experience.” The author series is held at all New Albany school buildings, and through the years popular authors such as Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants have visited. But the program also tries to bring authors who students are unfamiliar with. “We have definitely grown in terms of the types of authors we bring, we aren’t just talking local or well-known authors,” Brooke Shackelford, grades 7-12 librarian at NAPLS, says. “It really

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how these authors are thinking and create stories.” Aside from the talks and interactions students get to have with the authors, White helps fund a scholarship for students centered on the author series. Students are asked to create a video or write an essay focused on the author talk and winners are typically awarded a $500 scholarship toward a 529 plan. “Not only has it been great to give back and help the students of New Albany and give them these interactions with authors, but for me and other families, we also get a chance to meet The speaker events include historical reenactments like Thomas Jefferson.

makes it more of an authentic learning experience and gives them more of that reason and push behind what we are doing.” When authors like Clarence Jones, former personal counsel advisor and draft speech writer for Martin Luther King Jr., or cancer survivor and world-renowned adventurer Sean Swarner, visit and tell their stories, it gives the students a message of perseverance. Swarner was diagnosed with and beat cancer twice, going on to climb all 29,035 feet of Mount Everest with one lung. It’s stories like this that White believes are the most important for young students to hear. “It’s the story we want to tell our students, ‘don’t give it up, stick it out,’” White says. “If you believe in something, take it to the next level.”

Beyond the Pages

The program continues to grow each year and students are always eager to learn who will be visiting. Within the middle school and high school, the author series is now part of summer reading programs and is a great tie in to the classwork that follows. Authors will often spend additional time with students. “Not only do these authors help the schools come up with really good ideas of things to do, but you also give the kids an opportunity to interact with the author,” White says. “If we can have the author in the classroom, students are going to have the opportunity to learn

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The Power of Connection Recently, Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the Lunch Ladies series, visited NAPLS for the author series. The students really enjoyed the visit and even had their own lunch lady celebration. In an effort to show their appreciation, students made artwork and wrote letters to thank their school lunch ladies for their work. “The lunch ladies were crying; they were never thanked for what they do,” Klink says. “It was so powerful.” Shackelford was the librarian at New Albany Middle School in 2013 when Sharon Draper came to visit. Draper is the author of the Hazelwood High Trilogy. Shackelford was hosting a book talk with the seniors at New Albany High School when a student came up to her and started asking if she could help her find a certain series of books. “She told me that there was this book and she read the first one, … It was a series and the book had a red cover. That is the worst thing a librarian can hear,” Shackelford says, laughing about not having enough information to help. The student mentioned that the author visited her middle school five years prior and Shackelford immediately knew who it was. “I told her, ‘Oh, you mean Sharon Draper, that’ll be Forged by Fire and this is book No. 2,’” Shackelford says. “She had been thinking of the book for five years, it’s moments like that. … It sticks with them and she’s still interested.” these authors and really get inspired,” White says.

Community Wide Support

Since 2011, the community support for the series is immeasurable. In addition to the school district, White and the New Albany Foundation, the New Albany Women’s Network and PTO have played vital roles in the development of this program. 26

Author Jennifer A. Nielsen visiting the school district in September.

The New Albany Scholars Author Residency Program 2019-2020 Schedule Tom Rinaldi Dec. 10, 2019 Chris Barton May 6-7, 2020 Lisa Graff May 4-5, 2020 Gordon Korman (second from the left) visiting the school district in 2011. Korman was one of the first authors in the speaking series.

“The support we receive continues to allow us to make sure we have authors in each school building, and allows us a little more freedom to bring authors that are really going to benefit students and staff,” Shackelford says. “We are so fortunate to do this because I know some districts may have to

wait several years,” Klink adds. As the series continues, anticipation continues to grow among the students. It’s not only a different way to engage students in the classroom, but it offers them a sense of hope. “We’ve all had those hurricanes in life, you go through all these things and

it’s all about how you get through it and persevere,” White says. “Books and stories help all walks of life.” Rocco Falleti is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at rfalleti@

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extensive ways your body works while moving to the groove. “When you are dancing, your heart rate is increasing, you breathe heavier, you build stamina and you work so many different muscle groups without even knowing,” says Khutsidze. “Dancing asks every muscle to participate.” Along with physically moving your body, dancing acts as mental exercise. Music stimulates the brain as you learn the steps. You are participating in a memorization process while also being physically active, forming a stronger mind-body connection. Dance has benefits for all ages; Khutsidze teaches students from ages

ometimes we cannot help but tap our feet or move our hips to a beat. Shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance have inspired many of us to consider taking a class. But if you knew all of the benefits of dancing, you probably would have signed up for lessons ages ago. New Albany resident Michelle Loeb says she’s gained so much more from enrolling in dance classes than she ever thought possible. Loeb began taking classes through the Columbus Dance Centre in 2015. “It was suggested to me that ballroom dancing might be a nice way to meet people. I danced for the social aspect, but learned I could compete,” she says. “I was able to push my body so much harder than I ever thought I could and it changed my life.” There are several types of dance, but regardless of whether you are doing the chacha or the hustle, your body will be engaged. Dance, as an alternative of traditional exercise, activates muscles in a unique way, while workouts such as running, biking or swimming are linear. Loeb trains with Aleko Khutsidze, who has been dancing his whole life. Khutsidze maintains a healthy lifestyle through dance Michelle Loeb with her trainer, Aleko Khutsidze, participating in a recent and recognizes the dance competition. 28

8 to 80 and believes there is a path for everyone, you just have to find it. “(Dancing) does so much for kids. It teaches them discipline and confidence and that helps you later on in life,” says Khutsidze. “Older generations need a little more exercise to stay active. Dancing helps with mobility, balance, coordination and how you move overall. So, everybody can do it.” This exercise also tells stories. With a variety of different classes and dance styles, you will learn more than just steps. Many dances have their own culture and history. “It is so much fun. There is so much laughing that happens here,” Loeb says. “You develop relationships with people; it becomes personal. I have built so many friendships on the dance floor and I am so glad I went for it.”

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Dancing Through New Albany Broadway Bound Dance Center BBDC offers classes for ages 4 and up. From tap and jazz to ballet, cheer, lyrical, and more, get moving and find your favorite style of dance. New Albany Ballet Company This dance company offers a variety of dance classes for first-graders and up. For adults and teens, purchase an Adult/ Teen Class Card and enjoy ballet, tap, jazz, modern or hiphop. And don’t forget to mark your calendar for the upcoming performance of The Nutcracker! See page 10 for more details. Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany The Heit Center offers a Beginner’s Ballroom Dancing program for adults. The course is open to all regardless of a Heit Center membership. The current Waltz & Swing program has a waitlist, but keep your eyes peeled for the next course to be offered early in 2020.

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Both programs are volunteer-driven and designed to help connect and integrate individuals with disabilities in the community. According to the American Red Cross, people with disabilities are more susceptible to feeling social isolation or loneliness. And while we have seen strides in society for accessibility and accommodation, there are still many hurdles to face. “We really saw a need in our community,” says Esther Kaltmann, co-director of Chabad and director of the LifeTown and Friendship Circle programs. “People with disabilities are often very isolated, and we saw a lack of inclusive programs. They just didn’t exist in Columbus when we started these programs.” The Friendship Circle pairs individuals with disabilities with volunteers based on age. There are programs for middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students.

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habad of Columbus, located in the heart of New Albany, is a full-steam-ahead organization. Chabad is committed to serving in and beyond the community both secularly and within the Jewish faith. The question is not, “What does the Chabad do?” It’s really, “What does it not do?” Chabad holds a variety of classes open to anyone in the community. As a Jewish educational institution, it offers holiday services, classes on Jewish life and culture, cooking classes, religious studies, and more. This includes certified classes from the Jewish Learning Institute, and classes and programs aimed at empowerment for women. Open to anyone, Jewish or otherwise, all of the courses and celebrations Chabad offers are intended to be inspirational. In that vein, there are two programs that hold a truly special place at the Chabad: the Friendship Circle and LifeTown.


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“Everyone deserves a friend,” Kaltmann says. “There shouldn’t be a barrier to friendship. We help make it as seamless as possible for anyone who wants it.” For LifeTown, volunteers create mock stores and social situations, allowing individual with disabilities to practice

life skills in a no-pressure setting. Examples include teaching financial literacy, scheduling a hair appointment, buying a movie ticket and more. It addresses many different educational needs and is designed to help individuals become active participants in their community. “If you want to be inspired, come here,” Kaltmann says. “You’ll see all the good in society. You will help people, and see other people help people. You will watch people overcome challenges.” Taylor Woodhouse is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Looking Out for Others

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Caroline Klodell participating in a Well-Being Initiative meeting.

Shon. “This type of club was definitely missing from our school, and I knew right away that it could really benefit so many of our high school students.” Shon provides the room for Mental Health Club meetings and helps the student leaders turn their ideas for the club into reality, a task that is made easier because of the students’ enthusiasm for the group. “What impressed me the most about Caroline and Katie was their maturity,” Shon says. “They had a vision and passion about what Mental Health Club could and should be, and at every turn they impressed me with their organization skills, creativity and leadership.” While Klodell and Vatke are now enrolled in college, Klodell at The New School in New York City and Vatke at The Ohio State University, Mental Health Club is still going strong under

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the direction of its new leaders, Liz Tyo and Hope Cook. “Toward the end of the year last year, the previous presidents and founders, Caroline and Katie,

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proached us and asked us to take over the club as co-presidents when they graduate,” Tyo says, “and we were ecstatic.” According to Shon, the transition was logical and seamless. “When Liz and Hope started coming to Mental Health Club meetings last year, it was easy to tell that they would make outstanding leaders. They were engaged in all of the club’s activities, and were brave enough to share their ideas with Caroline, Katie and the whole club as we went along,” says Shon. “Liz and Hope were truly the perfect duo to take over this year.”  Tyo and Cook are focused on working to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, continuing Mental Health Club’s momentum and establishing the club as a pillar of the New Albany High School student experience. “I think Mental Health Club is very important to our school’s culture because it helps to improve our diversity and inclusion,” says Tyo. “I want to break the stigma surrounding mental health and promote ways to positively impact others’ mental health so people can feel healthier and happier.”

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Foods for Fitness

By Mallory Arnold

Now You Eat, Now You Don’t A dietitian’s take on intermittent fasting


n the 1920s, fasting was used for treating heart disease, high blood pressure, digestive problems, allergies, headaches and more. It was the basis of medicine. Now, intermittent fasting (IF) is seen as a controversial method used to lose weight. The popularity of IF began five years ago when research started boasting about its positive effects. In 2012, BBC journalist Dr. Michael Mosely’s documentary, Eat Fast, Live Longer, explained that IF was a method of eating that involved fasting for a long period of time and only eating during directed periods. His evidence was positively accepted and repeated.


There are several methods of IF, the most common being the 16/8 time table, which involves fasting for 14-16 hours and restricting your eating window to 8-10 hours. Within that eating window, you’re meant to fit in two to three large meals. You’re allowed to drink water, coffee and other non-caloric beverages during the fasting period. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center outpatient dietitian Liz Weinandy is fascinated by the subject, but sees both pros and cons associated with the lifestyle. “The research has shown that it helps you decrease insulin levels, which is really important for a number

of conditions,” Weinandy says. “When insulin levels are high, it’s doing damage to the body and seen as negative.” Another positive she sees is research that shows it can increase human growth hormones, which helps maintain muscle mass as we age. She calls it the “youthful hormone.” IF can also be beneficial for people with stomach issues, as it helps give your digestive system a break. “We call it cellular cleanup,” Weinandy says. “Your body can rest and not focus energy on digesting food.” IF is also known to work for weight loss, as it may help you reduce your calorie intake. According to a 2014 Harvard




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s the sun goes down, chilly fall and cold winter weather are sure to follow. We may assume that putting away the sunscreen means we don’t have to think about skin care anymore, however, experts warn otherwise. Dr. Susan Massick is a dermatologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and lived in New Albany for 10 years. Her practice is still close by on Morse Road. “I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with Healthy New Albany and the Heit Cen-

ter in providing dermatology educational programming and hosting our biannual free skin care screening,” she says. She is a large proponent of skin care, but even more so in the colder season. Massick says the combination of cold outdoor temperatures, wind, low humidity and high indoor heat can lead to flaky, dry skin. Chafing on the cheeks, chapped lips, cracking skin and rashes are all unfortunate effects winter weather has on our skin. Thankfully, there are ways to combat it.

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Myth: You must use an astringent and toner as part of your daily facial care regimen. It is not necessary to use astringents and toners for the majority of people – and for many, overuse of these products can strip the natural oils from the skin.  

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“Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize,” Massick says, “with unscented creams. Ointments and creams contain a higher percentage of oil to water in comparison to lotions and are more moisturizing.” Pro tip: apply immediately after showering. To an expert such as Massick, the rules seem simple. Use unscented soaps and gentle cleansers, as creams and lotions with fragrances strip natural oils and cause more dryness. Increase your daily fluid intake to eight to nine glasses of water a day, use humidifiers in the house, and continue wearing sunscreen, even on cloudy or snowy days. What complicates skincare are the new advances and methods on the horizon. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with ingredients thought to have some medical benefit. They didn’t go through FDA testing though and are not regulated or approved, so the products don’t have to prove any clinical benefit. Many cosmeceutical products are pushing stem cell extracts into products, claiming to have proteins and amino acids that rejuvenate skin. While stem cells naturally have antioxidant properties, Massick says, the results are fuzzy in cosmetic products. Another possible advancement in skincare was unveiled as a prototype by L’Oreal. My Skin Track pH is a patch sensor that picks up trace amounts of

Myth: The more expensive the product, the better it is for me. You may be surprised to find that some of the best products on the market are also inexpensive and readily available. Your go-to products  should include a gentle cleanser and makeup remover, moisturizer, and daily sunscreen. Don’t be fooled  by the prices and don’t feel obligated to invest in a multiple-step regimen.   Myth: Tanning beds are a way to maintain healthy color during the winter. Tanning beds are terrible for your skin.  Remember that the more carcinogenic ultraviolet rays are UVA and tanning bed bulbs are UVA wavelength. Tanning bed usage, especially in young women, increases risk of melanoma by more than 50 percent. Try spray tanning instead. sweat and gives a pH reading in minutes. The hope is that this kind of technology will one day solve inflammation in skin diseases such as eczema, rosacea and even acne. However, Massick says, “Tracking pH on a minute-to-minute basis is not necessary (for skin health).” Freezing temperatures are coming. Just as taking care of our immune system during cold and flu season is essential, so is pampering and caring for our skin – just do your research before trying anything new. Mallory Arnold is an associate editor. Feedback welcome at marnold@



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Highly desired Keswick Mews home in the heart of downtown New Albany. First floor master with attached office w French doors. Open Floor Plan w/hardwood flooring, 10’ Ceilings & 8’ Doors, living room is open to the spacious kitchen Two generous sized bdrms up w/Jack & Jill bathroom. Finished lower level with family & rec areas as well as an en-suite bedroom and unfinished storage. Covered porch and patio. Offered at: $650,000

5092 Harlem Road, 4 Bed, 4.5 Bath, 1.12 Acres, 3,967 SqFt. Fabulous all brick cape cod on 1.2 acres overlooking Rose Run creek. Expansive windows provide breathtaking views of woods and creek. Recent additions and renovation by Hale Construction to expand the kitchen / casual dining area. Master bath and 2nd floor bath completely updated. Finished lower level with full bath either 4th bedroom or rec room. $715,000


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3981 Prince George Lane, PRICE REDUCED $25,000! Charming Planters Grove home with a first floor owner suite. Hardwood Floors on main level living, dual sided brick fireplace, Sunroom, Den with wood paneling and built-ins. Kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets, updated appliances, gas cook top, & eat in space. Updated Owner Suite & Bathroom. Beautiful outside area with paver patio, pergola, fenced yard and mature landscaping.


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