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September/October 2017


Sparking Passion Plain Township Fire Chief John Hoovler has a storied past as a firefighter

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September/October 2017 Vol. 7, No. 1

7 First Glance

Letter from the Executive Editor

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

10 My Story Mayor Sloan Spalding


12 Personalities Fire Chief John Hoovler

16 On the Path

30 Walkers and Strollers and Jumpers (Oh My)

Di Lorenzo family

20 Initiatives

A preview of the New Albany Classics

Creating Healthy Communities

33 Food Scraps to Fresh Meals

22 A Whole Song and Dance Charles Osgood’s upcoming Jefferson Series lecture


Healthy benefits of worm composting

34 Special Section: Exercise is Medicine 39 Foods for Fitness Fasting can be healthy when done right

40 Ask the Expert The importance of organ donation

42 Scene… At the Tesla owners’ meet-up At the Taste of New Albany At the Pelotonia finish line

26 Student Spotlight Shreyah Mohanselvan’s passion for dance

44 Gadgets & Gear 46 Luxury Living Real estate listings

48 Scene in New Albany School is back in session

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Another Kind of Philanthropy As the executive director of Healthy New Albany, I am constantly giving thought to fundraising strategies that will help sustain the financial health of this nonprofit organization. Sometimes, I feel the word “donation” has become the lexicon of my daily existence. “Will I be able to succeed in my donor initiatives? Will I be able to get a commitment from a donor? Will Healthy New Albany be the recipient of a corporate donation?” In my personal life, I am committed to donating to worthy causes. In my professional life, I am dependent on donations for our nonprofit to flourish. But having read Amanda DePerro’s piece in this issue, “The Gift of Life,” I was reminded that donation isn’t always about money received and money given. Donation has another connotation. I will admit that every four years, when I renew my driver’s license, I have failed to check the box that says I agree to be an organ donor. If providing support to others through monetary donations is a priority, why have I failed to take a more serious approach to the idea of donating something that, to others, is much more valuable than a financial contribution? About 22 Americans die every day waiting for transplants. Why have I been reluctant to donate one of the internal organs you see on my body billboard of assorted life-giving body parts? Do I think a doctor will not try hard enough to save my life if she or he knows that my organs are going to a recipient? Do my religious beliefs discourage me from being an organ donor? Am I too old or not healthy enough to give an organ to a person in need? The answer to each of these questions is an emphatic “no.” I will continue to be philanthropic, but now my commitment will not be limited to financial matters. Among my gifts will be the gift of life. Healthfully,

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in & out

What's happening in and out of New Albany

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Saturday, Sept. 2

Friday, Sept. 8

Sunday, Sept. 17

9 a.m., Alum Creek Park North,

5 p.m., Mapfre Stadium,

10 a.m., Hollywood Casino Columbus, hollywoodhustle

Schneider’s Bakery Donut Run

Saturday, Sept. 2 Talk with the Doc

3 p.m., Fresh Thyme Gahanna,

Night Nation Run

Friday, Sept. 15

March of Dimes Night Moves 7 p.m., Genoa Park,

Thursday, Sept. 7

Hollywood Hustle 5K

Friday, Sept. 22

Oktoberfest Meiler Vier 6:15 p.m., Natural Resources/Commercial Pavilion at the Ohio Expo Center,

Sunday, Sept. 24

New Albany Farmers Market

Big Bad Wolfe Run

4-7 p.m., Market Square,

8 a.m., Alum Creek Trail, oh/columbus/bigbadwolferun

Sunday, Sept. 24

New Albany Classic Grand Prix and Family Day 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wexner Residence,

Saturday, Sept. 16

Eldorado Scioto Downs 5K

Friday, Sept. 8

Sunday, Sept. 17

5-11 p.m., Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office,

8 a.m., Market Square,

The A&F Challenge

New Albany Walking Classic

Monday, Sept. 25 Golf for the Arts

11 a.m., New Albany Country Club,

Saturday, Sept. 30 Run Like a Girl

9 a.m., Genoa Park,

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

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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

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Sunday, Oct. 1 Purple Stride 5K

9 a.m., McFerson Commons,

Thursday, Oct. 5 Trick, It’s a Treat

4-7 p.m., Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany,

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Healthy New Albany Magazine Community Meeting 9:30 a.m., Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany,

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Sunday, Oct. 15

New Albany Symphony Orchestra presents Blanca, Beethoven & the Ballet

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

Saturday, Oct. 14

Saturday at the Symphony: Just Dance

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon 7:30 a.m., North Bank Park,

Licking County Animal Shelter Donation Day

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7-8 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Sunday, Oct 29

Night Moves Concert 3:30-5 p.m., Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts,

Healthy New Albany Community Programs Photos courtesy of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Jack Garner

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18 Parenting the Positive Discipline Way 6 p.m.

Mondays, Sept. 18-Nov. 13 Tummy Time

Mondays, Sept. 25-Nov. 13 Mindfulness in Motion 6:30 p.m.

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my story

By Mayor Sloan Spalding

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

Why I Believe So Strongly in Bike Helmets Following a cycling accident, Mayor Sloan Spalding is a firm believer in wearing a helmet

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consider myself to be an avid cyclist, riding almost 2,500 miles a year – the same distance as a one-way car ride from New Albany to San Francisco. For me, it is a great way to unwind, stay in shape, spend time with friends and, for one awesome weekend, support cancer research through Pelotonia. A few years back on a training ride, I was in a serious accident. It was a large group ride with a bad vibe. A few miles into the ride, I knew it was time to separate from the pack. At the next turn, I would charge to the front and put some distance between myself and the other riders. But I didn’t make it to the turn. I was later told that a dog ran out into the street, causing the riders in front to brake suddenly. I was in the middle of the group and had nowhere to go. The rider next to me launched off his bike and landed squarely on my front tire, which turned into a taco. I went right over the handlebars and landed head-first on the pavement, then bounced off the road into a ditch. My helmet actually broke in half. I have no doubt that the only reason I’m walking around and still riding today is because I was wearing a good helmet that day. Last year, Healthy New Albany Inc. and some local doctors, including noted pediatric expert Dr. Howard Jacobs from Nationwide Children’s Hospital, approached New Albany City Council about creating a local ordinance making helmets mandatory for cyclists under 18. When I heard about this effort, I immediately thought about my accident, and the impact of my head hitting the road that day. As a cyclist, parent and community leader, if this ordinance has the potential to save even one life by creating safe habits, then it will have been worth it. 10

Though New Albany is a very cycling-oriented community, I’ve observed many of our younger riders not wearing helmets. So far, no tickets have been written, but those with a history of continuing to ignore the law could soon receive tickets. Again, the goal here is to make helmet wearing a good habit. Jacobs’ data from, and experience with, head injuries related to youth cyclists definitively support New Albany’s backing of this law. • Cycling is the leading cause of activityrelated head injuries, roughly double the number of football.

• 26,000 children nationwide suffer traumatic brain injuries every year as a result of bike accidents. • 75 percent of all fatal cycling accidents involve a head injury, and bike helmets reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent. • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than half of children ages 5-14 wear helmets, and older children have even worse habits when it comes to wearing their helmets. These facts are sobering and the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury devastating. So, please don’t be swayed by your kids, who may tell you their helmets are uncomfortable or geeky. Just tell them they don’t have a choice, because wearing their helmet is the law in New Albany and Columbus. Help them make the right decision by buying a helmet they view as stylish and comfortable. Or, through a partnership with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Healthy New Albany has free bike helmets available. Those interested in receiving a helmet should call the Healthy New Albany office at 614-685-6344 to arrange to pick up one at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. Thanks for doing your part to keep our children safe and healthy. Sloan Spalding is mayor of the city of New Albany. Feedback welcome at

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aking up to an open-window breeze and a smoke-filled room, John Hoovler was confused and concerned. Realizing the source was across the street, he made his way over and confronted firefighters setting fire to a field for practice. “I was kind of agitated,” says Hoovler. “But … the smoke dissipated and didn’t bother anything.” After he had calmed down from the startling wake-up call, one of the young men suggested Hoovler should volunteer with the firefighters. Between working on his grandparents’ farm and in his father’s grocery store, Hoovler’s Red & White, the young man wasn’t sure he had time, but didn’t care; he knew he had to join. Soon enough, Hoovler became an official volunteer firefighter at his local Johnstown Fire Department in 1974. Since then, he married his sweetheart, Kathleen, and the two have three children, eight grandchildren and soon, two great-grandchildren. Forty years have passed, and Hoovler’s career in fire is still burning bright.

With hard work, he climbed his way up from volunteer firefighter, to paramedic in 1978, to Johnstown’s first fulltime firefighter in 1987. He would go on to hold the titles of lieutenant, captain, assistant chief and chief. Today, Hoovler is chief of the Plain Township Fire Department (PTFD). “New Albany is a great community to work in,” says Hoovler. “(The) area continues to grow. We get busier and busier every year.” Hoovler says in 1994, there were exactly 54 fire hydrants. Now, there are more than 1,200. Last year, the crew made approximately 2,700 runs, including both fire and EMS. This year, after analyzing trends, the team predicts around 3,000 runs.


Though Hoovler won’t go on most of those runs, he still makes sure to accompany his team to large fires where families and citizens need moral support. He admits he misses the excitement of putting out fires and physically saving lives but, laughing, he claims the duties are jobs for the younger generation. “I’m very committed to taking care of our citizens,” says Hoovler. “If (a citizen) has a fire, I generally go to the scene and try to help them, find out if they have a place to go or if they have any immediate needs. … That is my role now.” Hoovler says he watches with pride as his officemates, firefighters, battalion chiefs and Assistant Chief Jack Rupp – who he refers to as cochief and a quality, well-educated individual – work hard every day to help keep the station running smoothly. “Basically, I’m the captain of the ship. I’m just trying to keep it moving it in the right direction,” says Hoovler. “I have subordinates that take care of just

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Putting Out Fires

about everything, and they’re wonderful. I have a great staff.” Over the past 20 years, the number of firefighters on shift has increased from four to 12. The gradual growth wasn’t overwhelming for

Plain Township Fire Chief John Hoovler watches New Albany grow

ler, though; he knew New Albany was growing, especially in average home size. With larger trucks featuring longer ladders, advanced thermal cameras to see through smoke and the recent addition of compressed air, a

foamy fire retardant that creates practically no water damage, the PTFD is ready for anything. Hoovler says though the methods of fighting fire have changed considerably since the 1970s, he still has a strong

passion for his fire career. After the work day is done, Hoovler always goes back to his other passion: farming. “I can’t wait to get to work to see (the staff) for eight hours,” he says. “But then I can’t wait to get home and farm.” 13

When Hoovler was still working at Johnstown’s fire department, an EMS call came in for local farmer Jim Morrison. Hurrying through the country roads, the team entered the house and saw the older man heaving on the couch, and Hoovler knew Morrison was going into cardiac arrest. “I said, ‘Jim, we need to take you to the hospital,’” says Hoovler. “And he said, ‘I can’t go. I don’t have anybody to take care of my cows.’” Hoovler knew a solution, and sent Morrison off to the hospital. Morrison

Hoovler has been fighting fires since he was young, when firefighters practicing on a nearby field sparked his interest. He has since risen through the ranks to become chief.

Farming is in Hoovler’s blood. As a young boy and man, Hoovler was always tending to his grandparents’ land and animals. But when his grandparents passed, Hoovler entered a period of time without farming. That is, until a local man needed assistance.

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Chief John Hoovler shares his wellness habits Are there any foods you avoid? I eat very limited carbohydrates and stay away from alcohol. I am diabetic and carbs elevate my blood sugar almost immediately. Avoiding alcohol is a two-part decision: one, for my diabetes, and two, a personal choice out of respect for my position as fire chief. What are your favorite ways to stay active? Working at the farm. The farm is not a giant farm; it is only a couple hundred acres, and we raise beef cattle and bale enough hay to raise the cows. We also grow corn. We do hire extra help with young backs to bale hay, though. What do you do to relax? I like being at the farm, mostly. I like building things, too; I do a little bit of woodworking. One of my children has recently bought a house, and I’ve been building the kitch14

en cabinets for her. Over the years, I’ve also built a couple houses I’ve lived in, and only contracted a few projects. What are some healthful meals you and the fire department cook? We have a new kitchen now and we’ve had dietitians come in and help us out. We usually make high-protein, low-carb meals. We enjoy cooking steaks on the grill and creating steak salad. With the colder season approaching, how do you adjust your lifestyle to maintain your health and activity levels? We still have to take care of fires. We put on a heavy jacket and gloves and go. With the farm, during the winter, we still have to feed and check on the cows every day, no matter what the weather.

survived that day thanks to Hoovler, and from there, a relationship was born. The farm has since been passed down through the Morrison family, but even so, Hoovler is still out on the Morrison farm working into most evenings. Hoovler says he’s living the dream now – loving his family, working in the growing community of New Albany as fire chief and hanging out on the farm with his tractor and cattle. “I have the best of both worlds,” says Hoovler. “New Albany is very supportive … and the staff does a great job here. They make me look good.”

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Little Italy, Big Impact New Albany’s Di Lorenzo family has experience with many facets of health

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e’re not that healthy; we eat pasta and ice cream every day,” Daniela Di Lo-

renzo says. She’s talking about her family’s eating habits. In part due to her upbringing in Salerno, Italy, she cooks a lot. Like, “ice cream every day,” a lot. Like pasta, pizza and eggplant parmesan. But the food isn’t all for her. Her family – husband Carlo; children Mario, 24; Cristina, 22; Francesca, 20; Valentina, 16; and much-loved yellow lab Dolce – and lucky friends and neighbors get to enjoy the Italian cuisine she always seems to be making. The key, she says, is sharing – but that’s true for more than just her food. Sure, friends and neighbors likely appreciate homemade lasagna, but Daniela and her family make efforts to share with the community in their work and everyday lives. When Daniela’s quilting hobby started accumulating a pile of the homemade blankets, she found a way to share that as well. This past May, she organized a quilt sale at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy 16

New Albany, where she sold about 105 quilts and accepted donations to raise money to combat cystic fibrosis. “This has been a dream that my mom has never given up on, raising money for finding a cure for (cystic fibro-

sis),” Valentina says. “I’m just really glad that she’s finally been able to do that and raise the money for it.” The cause holds a personal weight for the Di Lorenzo family, as Mario was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age. Since then, the family has invested a great deal of time and energy into supporting Mario and ardently supported the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Daniela’s quilts presented an opportunity for her to raise money for others with cystic fibrosis and say thank you to all who have helped to take care of Mario. “It was very emotional,” Daniela says. “At the end of the day of the quilt sale, I couldn’t stop crying at night because I couldn’t believe it. It was like a dream come true.” The sale and donations that followed have raised nearly $30,000 for the Section of Pulmonary Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital to be used for children with cystic fibrosis. The family is quick to note the influence of New Albany to the event’s success.

Daniela quilts in benefit of those with cystic fibrosis, a disease with which Mario was diagnosed at a young age. The pair sold about 105 quilts at an event at the Heit Center in May.



Daniela takes a bite out of ice cream outside Boulevard Gelateria in San Sebastián, Spain, where the Di Lorenzos took a family vacation last summer.

“Whenever I have people come in from Italy … they are amazed by how beautiful the hospital is and how much support from the community there is,” Carlo says. Carlo and Daniela moved from the south of Italy to the U.S. around 1990. They moved the family to Columbus roughly 13 years ago and have been in the same New Albany home ever since. “It’s like being on vacation in New Albany,” Daniela says. “That’s my impression: a constant vacation.” Carlo says New Albany quickly stood out as the place for the family to live when they looked at Columbus. The bike paths and tennis courts were attractive for the active family. Cristina played tennis for Xavier University before graduating this past school year, Francesca currently plays tennis for The Ohio State University, and Valentina plays tennis and lacrosse at New Albany High School. Carlo and Daniela make a point to run regularly, and Dolce appreciates multiple walks a day. Moving from another country has posed challenges to the Italian natives, most notably the distance from family and friends, whom the Di Lorenzos try to visit at least once a year. Carlo and Daniela say that in the U.S., friends





Mario and Dolce snuggle up under one of Daniela’s quilts.


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take the role of family to an extent, as people move more here than in Italy. “I miss, of course, the family, but your neighbors become your family,” Daniela says. “Not having a family, that’s what the community does. They become your family and they support you.” The Di Lorenzos also try to keep some of their Italian culture in their lifestyle. The children all speak Italian to varying degrees, the home is decorated with Italian flags and Daniela even teaches the language at Otterbein University. “It’s in everything we do,” Valentina says. “Every day we’re either speaking the language or my mom is always cooking Italian dishes. In fact, I don’t think she cooks anything other than Italian dishes.” Of course, they also gladly share their culture with those around them. For now, Daniela is working to catch up on her quilting. The sale was so successful that it sold 40 more quilts than she had at the time. She’s already considering ways she can repeat the success and give back more. “You don’t have pleasure just doing for yourself,” Daniela says. “You have to share.” Cameron Carr is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@


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A letter written from Mario to his mother in 2006 showcases how close the Di Lorenzo family is.

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A Communal Vision New Albany receives state recognition for advancing healthy population


he City of New Albany was among only 16 communities statewide to be honored with a Healthy Community Award presented by the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Bureau of Creating Healthy Communities. Of those 16 communities, New Albany was one of only two that met four different criteria related to the award.

to learn more about the award and the community programs coordinated by Healthy New Albany.

Drug Drop Box Now Permanently Located at New Albany Police Station Another recent healthy community commitment New Albany made was the establishment of a permanent drug drop box in the police station lobby at 50 Village Hall Rd. This secure drug box provides residents with a 24/7 convenient location to drop off their undesired or expired prescription drugs. While illegal drugs such as heroin, hallucinogens and amphetamines often grab headlines, prescription drugs are

Creating Healthy Communities is committed to establishing a statewide culture of health by preventing and reducing chronic disease within Ohio’s various cities, activating communities to improve access to healthful food and the affordability of healthful food choices, increasing opportunities for physical activity, and assuring tobaccofree living where Ohioans live, work and play. No city was recognized for assuring tobacco-free living, but New Albany has made strides by not allowing smoking in public places or the sale of tobacco products to anyone younger than 21 years of age. Similar to the Creating Healthy Communities commitment statewide, Healthy New Albany Inc. is a local nonprofit whose mission is to create a culture of health in New Albany. This mission embraces healthy living through community activities, events, and personalized wellness and disease prevention programs. Healthy New Albany, which is organized and managed by a small group of individuals and a larger group of community volunteers, holds offices at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. This organization spearheaded New Albany’s application for the Healthy Community Award. “I’m excited for what the award represents for our city. The award was based on objective criteria and quantifiable results recognizing New Albany as a leader in health initiatives,” says Dr. Phil Heit, director of Healthy New Albany. “Our organization offers multiple community wellness programs at the Heit Center in combination with exceptional fitness facilities and medical experts available to help community members set and meet appropriate long-term health goals.” Stop in at the Heit Center or visit www. or 20

Stay Connected Register for “the LIST” city e-newsletter at subscribe for continuing updates, or stay tuned to the city website at www. abused even more because of their accessibility. Multiple drug-focused research websites estimate that more than half of prescription drug abusers, particularly teenagers, get their drugs from friends or relatives. This drug drop box will allow residents to dispose of their unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs safely, keeping the drugs out of the hands of those who may abuse them. Staff at the Heit Center initially broached the idea of a community drug drop box in late 2016. After researching the issue, it became evident that while a drug drop box wouldn’t work at the Heit Center, the community could benefit from a drug drop box at the police station. Accepted drugs for the drop box include prescription pills, over-the-counter pills and FDA pills for animals. Syringes, illegal drugs and liquid drugs are not accepted, but liquid drugs can be disposed of in cat box filler and thrown away with the trash. All meds dropped into the box will be incinerated. Disposal of medications will remain anonymous and no personal information will be taken. The drop box is not for use by local doctors’ offices.

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A Whole Song and Dance

By Zachary Konno

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t’s rare for people to know what they want to do with their lives at a very young age. Many have unrealistic dream jobs that revolve around whatever piques their interest in the moment. It can change on a whim, and most don’t find their calling until they have more life experiences to rely on. Such was not the case with Charles Osgood. “I knew that I wanted to be in radio from the time I was 8 years old,” Osgood says. “(My sister and Osgood, who was host of CBS News Sunday Morning for 22 years, will visit New Albany for a Jefferson Series I) went to school at the same time lecture on Oct. 25. and got sick at the same time, and spent a lot of time listening to children’s radio, which got me that he was the announcer for the U.S. Army Band, and was hooked right away.” leaving the position in the coming weeks. In a career that has spanned seven decades, Osgood’s The next day, he visited the commanding officer of the work in radio and television has brought his iconic bow tie band, who was delighted he had announcing experience and propensity for rhymed verse to the eyes and ears of mil- and could pronounce the names of all the composers. lions of Americans. His career will be on full display on Oct. For the next three years, Osgood’s job was to “MC all the 25, when he visits the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center concerts and broadcast the United States Army Band,” for the Arts to speak at the New Albany Community Founda- he says. tion’s Jefferson Series. “I spent those three years and learned a lot from really “I think what they’re doing in that series is fabulous. It’s fantastically skilled musicians who were there all the time,” obviously something that is worthwhile,” Osgood says. Osgood says. “That may not seem very military in duty, but Osgood’s career in radio began at Fordham University, that’s what my duty was.” where he was a student and volunteered at the campus’ FM After his stint in the Army, Osgood worked in radio in radio station. Washington a short while longer before being transferred to After graduation, he worked in Washington, D.C. as an a television gig in Hartford, Conn. From there, he worked for announcer at the classical music stations in the city. This ABC for a while before leaving for CBS Radio in 1967. was only for a short time, however, as he was drafted into Osgood enjoyed a long and fruitful career at CBS. He the Army in 1954. switched back from radio to TV in 1971 and anchored the While having dinner with a friend one night, Osgood says CBS Sunday Night News from 1981-87 and the CBS Mornhe ran into a man in a U.S. Army uniform. Osgood learned ing News from 1987-92.

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It was 1994 when Osgood took over for Charles Kuralt and began hosting CBS Sunday Morning News. This would turn out to be his most popular stint in television until he retired in 2016, and the job from which Osgood says he got the most joy. During his career, Osgood also won a Grammy Award for best spoken word performance for his 1966 single “Gallant Men” with John Cacavas and Everett Dirksen. Osgood also narrated the 2008 film Horton Hears a Who. Osgood will discuss both of these accomplishments, along with his entire career, in October at the McCoy Center. While he realizes the talk won’t change any lives, Osgood hopes it will make the audience understand that special opportunities can arise in anyone’s life. “The talk will be me (discussing) things that I’ve done and people I’ve met and my feelings about what they’re doing,” Osgood says. “I’m interested in meeting the people who put this together.” Osgood’s status as an icon of American broadcasting is one reason why Craig Mohre, president of the New Albany Community Foundation, says he decided to make Osgood the next Jefferson Series alum. His prowess as a musician, including past performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the New York Pops and the Boston Pops Orchestra, will also be on display, as Osgood will play the piano for the audience. This season’s series will start with Osgood in October. In February, generals Michael Hayden, Stanley McChrystal and Peter Pace will convene for a panel discussion that, Mohre says, 24

“will provide rare insights into foreign affairs, current threats and military involvements.” The season will finish in May with Elizabeth Vargas, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20. Vargas’ talk will detail her struggles with anxiety and alcohol and how she learned to heal and cope with it, making her the third Jefferson Series speaker to explore such a topic. As for Osgood’s visit, Mohre says attendees of the event will leave entertained, informed and inspired. “I think they’ll come away impressed with Osgood’s range of talents, his unique life experiences and they’ll gain insights from his observations,” Mohre says.

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Taking the Lead


t is said that if you need something done, ask the busiest person in the room. This may have been exactly what the students at Columbus Academy were thinking when they elected Shreyah Mohanselvan student council president for this school year. Mohanselvan, who has lived in New Albany her entire life, is a senior at Columbus Academy, where she has been a student since kindergarten. She has been involved with student government since middle school, was president of her class both her sophomore and junior years, and is focusing on communication, spirit and community, and efficiency and organization this year as student council president. In addition to student government, Mohanselvan plays the violin in the Columbus Academy Advanced Orchestra, serves as a student orientation leader for new students transitioning into the school and is an editor of the yearbook, a group she has been a part of since her freshman year. All of this adds up to Mohanselvan being an exceptional high school student 26

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Shreyah Mohanselvan began dancing at the New Albany Ballet Company, and now performs two other dance forms, Bharatanatyam and Odissi, that originated in India.

– one that her school community at Columbus Academy and her home community of New Albany can be immensely proud of. But Mohanselvan is actually best known for something else. Her dancing. “Dance has always been my passion,” she says. “I started learning ballet when I was 4 years old at the New Albany Ballet Company. Shortly thereafter, I started learning the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam.” Bharatanatyam and Odissi, a second form of classical Indian dancing that Mohanselvan performs, are, as she explains, ancient art forms that were originally performed in temples. The dance pieces depict Hindu stories and are dedicated to gods and goddesses. “The two dance forms have differences and similarities, and sometimes it is difficult to force the body to be true to both of these two conflicting dance forms,” she says. Mohanselvan isn’t simply a dancer, though; she’s an award-winning

dancer. She has won first place in the Federation of Indian Associations of Central Ohio’s Indian solo dance competition for three consecutive years. Additionally, Mohanselvan has three first place and two second place finishes since 2013 in the Vindhya Cultural Association in Columbus, a competition that attracts talent from all across the state. This year, she was presented with a National Young Arts Winner Honorable Mention Award in Indian/classical dance. To prepare herself for the physical and mental rigors of her dancing, Mohanselvan focuses on a healthy lifestyle. “I always eat balanced meals to maintain my energy and stamina. Around the time of major rehearsals and performances, I pay extra attention to my diet and sleep to make sure I can maintain my focus and energy levels,” she says. Despite the strains on her time and energy, Mohanselvan finds stress relief in her dancing. She says having to focus

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on her dancing “helps (her) decompress after a long day at school and energizes (her).” Mohanselvan’s talent for dance has taken her to perform at venues all across the state, including many times at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, a place she says “always feels like home.”

Mohanselvan has always felt supported by her family, school and community. She’s performed during assemblies and at many Columbus Academy talent shows, and her friends, classmates and even teachers routinely support her at performances and competitions. “The interest that my teachers and classmates have shown and the support I receive from them has been critical


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as dance has become an integral part of my everyday life,” she says. “I didn’t have to keep it separate.” Her school life and dance life coalesce once again, Mohanselvan’s own words from her campaign for student council president can serve as encouragement for her and the school and home communities that are proud to claim Mohanselvan as their own. “If one is doing something she loves, she is already doing something amazing.”


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Walkers and Strollers and Jumpers (Oh My) The New Albany Classic and Walking Classic return with exciting changes and partnerships By Jenny Wise

The Classic

The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day returns for its 20th iteration with musical guest Nick Jonas, hometown competitor Ali Wolff and a partnership with COSI. In 1998, the inaugural New Albany Classic drew about 3,500 people, many of whom had never seen or experienced show jumping. Nearly 20 years later, the Classic is expected to draw around 17,000 people. “I felt (the first Classic) was a huge success because I was skeptical about whether people would show up,” says Classic founder Abigail Wexner. “After all, show jumping is such a niche sport and it was not presented at this level in central Ohio before the New Albany Classic. My fear at the time was, what if we threw a party and nobody came?” Between the return of Jonas and the Classic’s newlyforged partnership with COSI, there are no such worries this year. The COSI pop-up experience will include activities exclusive to the Classic that frequent COSI visitors have yet to see. “Getting out into the community gives us a great chance to do things we don’t often get to do inside our building, like creating the human bubble or programming bee robots,” says COSI CEO Frederic Bertley. “And then, of course, there is the


chance to meet and interact with our very own celebrity chief scientist, Dr. Paul Sutter.” There will be something fascinating for all ages, Bertley says, and even a few activities COSI fans can try at home. “We’re … seeing legions of show jumping fans develop,” says Wexner. “The autograph lines for the riders grow longer and longer, and the crowds enthusiastically cheer on their favorite riders and horses during the Classic.” This environment is one of the reasons riders keep coming back to compete, Wexner says, and why the Classic has been named the No. 1 specialty equestrian event in North America for four consecutive years by the North American Riders Group. It’s only fitting that, on its 20th year, the Classic welcomes back a musical guest who performed at the very first Concert at the Classic. Unlike in previous years, Jonas’ performance will follow the Grand Prix, allowing for more time on stage. “I think it is critical with events like this that you constantly evaluate and tweak them so they remain fresh for the attendees,” says Wexner. “We also don’t want to lose sight of the details of executing a really fun day for families that keeps them coming back year after year while raising funds to support

Due to construction on the course, the 10K route will be reduced to five miles. The half marathon division will be removed this year, but those still interested in walking a half marathon will have the opportunity to do so through the Walking Classic’s partnership with the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon.


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The New Albany Walking Classic is returning for its 13th year. With a new walking division and course length, new finisher medals, and a flashy new Walking Classic jacket, there is plenty to celebrate.

“We have partnered with the Columbus Marathon … so people can do the five miles (at the Walking Classic), and when they finish, the results will also go over to the Columbus Marathon,” says Dr. Phil Heit, executive director and founder of Healthy New Albany Inc. and the Walking Classic. “The Columbus


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the critical work of the Center for Family Safety and Healing.” Jonas isn’t the only fan favorite returning to the Classic this year. Wolff will compete after turning professional last year and beginning a successful career on the international show jumping circuit. “I return to the Classic every year … to support horse shows in Ohio and specifically Columbus,” says Wolff. “I love my hometown and want others to visit and see what makes Columbus so unique.” Wolff grew up nearby and attended the Classic as a spectator from a very young age. She was first invited to compete as an 18-year-old amateur in 2007. She has had seven starts since then, with a third-place finish while still an amateur. Since last year’s Classic, Wolff competed in Wellington, Fla. for a 12week circuit, and spent six weeks traveling and competing in Europe. “This year I am most excited about coming back to the Classic, seeing my family and being able to compete for a worthy cause,” says Wolff. “Of course, the amazing food doesn’t hurt either.”

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Marathon can compare their half marathon walking finishers with ours, and those who participate in both will receive a special medal.” For the first time, 100 adults will be permitted to walk in the stroller division this year, which will be in the last corral at the start. There is no additional registration fee for the children, and adults walking with strollers will still receive all of the perks offered to non-stroller division participants. All registered participants will receive crystal finisher medals and, of course, the coveted Walking Classic jacket. The scarlet and gray jacket is striped with reflective strips for safe outdoor walking at night. This not only complements the Walking Classic’s presenting partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, but it promotes walker safety, especially at night time. Though about 500 community volunteers play a vital role in the operation and execution of the Walking Classic, “only 13 percent of participants in the walk are from New Albany,” says Heit. “The remaining 87 percent come from about 40 different states and 350 ZIP codes. It’s truly a national event,” he says. Heit credits the Walking Classic’s national recognition to natural marketing fueled by enthusiastic participants. “Being that it’s our 13th year now, (news about the Walking Classic) is spread by word of mouth,” says Heit. “It really projects all over the country.” In the future, Healthy New Albany Inc. hopes to branch out and implement the walk into other cities, but Heit is determined to uphold the event’s standard of excellence. “We don’t want to grow it by numbers. It’s not the numbers that are important,” says Heit. “It’s the quality of the event.” Jenny Wise is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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By Emily Hetterscheidt

Food Scraps to Fresh Meals Using worms to compost can help the environment and add color to your dinner table


omposting with worms may sound disgusting, but has many health benefits for people and the environment. According to the EPA, Americans generated 254 million tons of trash in 2013. This number has been on the rise for decades and seems that it will only continue to do so, but composting can help to greatly reduce it. Worm composting is using worms to recycle food scraps and organic material into a compost additive called vermicompost, or worm compost. This is good for plants because the worms are turning nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables into nutrient-rich soil. Ryan Shaeffer, manager at Oakland Nursery in New Albany, says worm castings produced from worm composting can be a great additive to compost to create richer soil. “A lot of gardeners will make their own compost and add these worm castings to it,” Shaeffer says. To start worm composting, you’ll need redworms, not the worms commonly found digging around New

bany. These worms can be found in manure piles for those who have access to one, but for those who aren’t interested in diving elbow-deep into manure, Shaeffer says, redworms are also available for purchase online. The worms start off being fed newspaper clippings, says Shaeffer. Then, feeding the worms table scraps begins the composting process and allows worms to produce castings. “It’s best to avoid meat types of foods scraps,” says Shaeffer. “Usually, it’s more vegetable scraps, but it’s a great way of composting.” Using this compost additive in gardens can greatly increase quality, whether flowers, fruits or vegetables are being grown. This is especially true in areas that, like New Albany, are rich in clay soils, says Shaeffer. “Compost is almost a must when planting vegetable gardens,” he says. Many nurseries carry compost that gardeners can purchase to which to add their worm castings, but Shaeffer says that many gardeners choose to make their own. This can also help

to reduce landfill growth by providing a way to recycle landscape waste such as grass clippings. Shaeffer says that composting can take about six months before it is able to be used in the garden, but it is something that can be done year-round to prepare for the next season’s gardening. However, summer provides the most lawn waste, which can be very valuable in a compost pile. It may seem icky at first, but a combination of compost and vermicompost is sure to sprout the tastiest homepicked vegetables. Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Exercise IS Medicine

HNA Special Section By Amanda DePerro

Working Out for It Global Exercise is Medicine initiative aims to inspire activity


t’s common knowledge that exercise is good for you. It’s also common knowledge that getting a moderate amount of exercise can create drastic positive changes in one’s body in treating ailments such as diabetes and heart disease. However, not so many people know that exercise can be used as medicine to treat many other common ailments. Depression? Anxiety? What about cancer? Exercise is Medicine (EIM), a global health initiative founded by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), aims to make exercise a regular item patients see on their prescriptions. And that program can be found right here in New Albany. “We want people to think of exercise and movement as getting a prescription, just like a physician would be writing a prescription for anything else,” says Jodi Kuri, associate director for The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s sports medicine team at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. “We want to have a culture that translates to … ‘How can I work on this myself, and take ownership of my own health care?’” The Heit Center has teamed up with EIM. Heit Center affiliates, such as Kuri and Healthy New Albany Inc. founder Phil Heit, represented New Albany in an EIM conference from May 30-June 1 of this year. What Heit and Kuri realized at that conference should surprise no one. “We offer a higher level of commitment to our members and anyone who’s in our EIM program than I’ve seen nationwide,” Kuri says. “Nobody’s really doing it like we are, and I’m really proud of our program.” That’s because the Heit Center not only houses an exercise facility with individualized workout plans on the first floor, it offers physical therapy and physicians’ offices on the second floor. When a patient visits OSU at the Heit Center, his or her physician is able to communicate 34

with both a physical therapist and fitness specialist, and vice versa. That way, the patient is getting the best care from all angles. And if a patient has certain road bumps in his or her history, such as diabetes or a cardiac event, all three corners are working together to get the patient fighting fit again. “We want to take down the barriers with physicians,” says Kuri. “No matter who (physicians) refer, we’ll make sure they’re in the right place, even if it’s not with us. We’ll make sure your patients are well taken care of.” Though not all locations in central Ohio have partnered with EIM as Healthy New Albany Inc. has, there has been a major push toward using physical fitness to treat – and sometimes cure – certain diseases. The McConnell Heart Health Center is just one of those locations. “I meet people on a regular basis that started in our cardiac rehab program 14 or 15 years ago, and they stayed as members,” says Dr. Mike Hyek, senior director of the center. “When you have a conversation with them, they are adamant that the program changed their life. They have fewer re-admissions, they have fewer secondary events. Their lifestyle success is much better.”

Like the Heit Center, the McConnell offers programs for specific ailments such as cancer wellness, cardiac rehab and a pulmonary program. However, a patient must be referred to a program by a physician following an event such as a heart attack, and once the program ends, the patient can sign up as a member at the center. The best part is, exercising benefits not only physical health, but mental health, too. “When you look at the treatment of depression, many times the research shows that exercise is more beneficial than the medicine is,” says Hyek. “It’s not just that we’re lowering your risk of heart disease by lowering your blood pressure and making you lose weight; there’s the mental and psychological component as well.” Mount Carmel Health’s Dr. Jacqueline McGowan has also seen her patients improve dramatically thanks to physical activity. “I’ve had diabetic patients who can get off their medicine because they’re incorporating diet and exercise into their routine,” says McGowan. “(With) my arthritis patients, teaching them exercises that can help stabilize the joint to further improve the way that joint

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Lift Your Spirits Studies show physical exercise can stave off depression functions … prevents further issues down the road.” A major component for McGowan is to ensure her patients do what’s best for them, meaning each patient pushes him or herself just enough, but not so hard that he or she will cause another injury or burn out. “At the end of it, whether you’re able to run five miles or only able to walk five blocks, being able to push yourself really does have a positive impact on people’s mental health,” says McGowan. Central Ohio is undoubtedly an area whose residents are prioritizing health more and more. With the Heit Center, the New Albany Walking Classic and the city of New Albany’s commitment to health, the ACSM’s partnership with Healthy New Albany Inc. was a no-brainer. “We felt that there were many collaborative initiatives that we and the American College of Sports Medicine could work together on,” says Heit. “What we’re trying to do is promote and facilitate health community-wide, but it’s starting here.” Between collaborations with dietitians, physicians, exercise physiologists and physical therapists, everything the Heit Center offers its members is made available due to strong partnerships. “Our EIM members also have access to programmatic things through Healthy New Albany,” says Kuri. “We definitely set goals with our members. ‘Hey, how do we work on this together?’ It’s an individualized collaboration to get them to where they want to be.”


here are many benefits of exercise that go beyond physical fitness. Exercising consistently can improve your skin’s complexion, fight off diseases,

increase brain function, help fight addiction and improve your memory. For those who suffer from mental disabilities such as depression, exercise

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can be an answer. Studies show that consistent exercise can help treat clinical depression. “The link between exercise and mood is pretty strong,” Michael Otto, professor of psychology at Boston College, says in an interview with the American Psychological Association. “Usually, within five minutes after moderate exercise, you get a mood enhancement effect.” The reason exercise is a mood elevator? While you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, creating feelings of happiness to fight the exertion your body is experiencing. The release of endorphins during exercise can sometimes be just as effective as antidepressant pills in treating clinical depression. But the effects of physical activity extend beyond the short-term. Research shows that exercise can also help alleviate long-term depression. According to a 2010 Duke University study, when following up a year later with subjects who used different methods to treat their depression, the subjects who reported regular exercise had lower depression scores than did their less active counterparts. “Exercise seems not only important for treating depression, but also in preventing relapse,” says James Blumenthal, clinical psychologist at Duke. For those who don’t like going to the gym but still want the mood elevation, there is good news. New findings show activities such as dancing, yoga, walking and gardening cause the brain to release levels of endorphins similar to running. Charles Williams is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@ 36

Nike makes committing to a workout plan fun with this engaging app. After you choose your current activity level and your desired schedule, Nike recommends numerous workouts with and without equipment. Every workout has helpful visuals featuring celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams. You can even connect your Apple Music account to the app and work out to your favorite playlists.

Runkeeper If you want to get out of the gym or try new types of workouts, Runkeeper is the way to go. Like many others, the app keeps track of your workouts and allows you to look back on your progress. However, Runkeeper distinguishes itself with the huge variety of activities that it tracks. Whether you prefer to run, bike, hike or even kayak, Runkeeper has you covered. The app can even be connected with Facebook, so you can be motivated by your friends. For a more personalized experience, you can upgrade to Runkeeper Go for $10 a month or $30 a year to access other features such as prescribed workouts and live tracking.

Pacer Pedometer While there are many apps that allow you to track your progress right along with your friends, Pacer creates an environment that is

supportive rather than competitive. The app allows you to reach goals with your friends and individually. Paul Carringer – president at Caring Marketing, which represents Beijing-based Pacer – says this supportive community is what sets Pacer apart from other health apps. “The whole purpose is to get people to move towards a healthier lifestyle,” Carringer says. The app does not require any hardware during workouts such as a wristband, and Pacer is great for people who are just beginning their healthy lifestyle. It is not meant to be competitive or overly challenging, but meant to get people moving in a way that works for them.

MapMyRun Training for your next personal record? MapMyRun by Under Armour tracks all the basics, such as distance, time, pace and route traveled. The iPhone and Android application records all workout data history so the user is able to view everything on his or her computer after a run. Check out data on the run route elevation as well as calories burned along the way, map goals and effortlessly share workout data on social media to get that extra push of motivation from friends and family. Then, the user is able to save his or her favorite running routes or choose pre-existing routes to ensure the view never gets stale. Emily Hetterscheidt is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Two Birds, One Stone

Working out with the family presents a plethora of benefits By Isabelle Brown


odern-day parents juggle countless tasks every day, from extracurricular activities to housekeeping to their own jobs. With so many moving parts, it’s easy to let some things fall to the wayside. Luckily, there is a simple solution to ensure one’s family is getting both the healthy lifestyle and quality time it deserves: family workouts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the 1970s, the percentage of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled. That may be due to the increased prevalence of television and computers, and families often find themselves passing time on the couch instead of outside. Now more than ever, it’s imperative to remember to get up and move. Besides enabling a sedentary lifestyle, screens do not encourage familial interaction. An article published in the Journal of Marriage and Family considers family time “a critical barometer of optimal parenting.” Like the CDC, the article expresses concern with the media’s influence on development in children. It encourages parents to initiate time spent engaging with their children. Full-family exercises are a simple solution and surprisingly easy to incorporate into your family’s life. All it takes is a drive way or a nearby park, a small chunk of time, and your own body weight to complete a full-body workout appropriate for everyone in the family. Isabelle Brown is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@


Exercise IS Medicine

By Jake Nerone

Stand Up for Yourself Breaks from sitting can help you burn more calories


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ecause many jobs require us to sit for long periods of time, it can be easy to sit for hours and hours without taking the time to stand up and walk around, or even stretch. With many people caught up in the idea of only needing to find time for 30 minutes of activity each day, it can be easy to forget the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time, both for mental and physical health. For the Mayo Clinic article “What are the risks of sitting too much?” by Dr. James A. Levine, people who spent fewer than two hours a day in front of a screen were compared to people who logged more than four hours a day in front of a screen. Those who spent four hours a day or more in front of a screen had a nearly 50 percent increased risk of death from any cause, and about a 125 percent increased risk of suffering a cardiac event such as chest pain or a heart attack. Another shocking find discussed in the article was that engaging in a few hours each week of rigorous activity did not offset the negative effects of sitting. A good way to combat the strain of sitting for hours a day is to stand as much as possible while at one’s desk. Replacing one’s desk with a standing or walking desk can also offset the effects of sitting. The positive impacts of staying active during the day both burn calories and decrease the risk of a cardiac event. Jake Nerone is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

Foods for Fitness

By David Allen

Fasting Smart

Fasting is a part of life for many; how can one do it in a health-conscious way?


n 6th century B.C., a man by the name of Mahavira was said to have been born to a wealthy family and fortunate background. Yet, he gave up everything when he turned 30 to begin the quest to obtain Kevala Jnana (omniscience). On this quest, he started by giving up all earthly possessions. One of them, occasionally, was food. “Start with the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting,” Mahavira famously said. However, what may have been traced back culturally to nearly 2,600 years ago may have clinical significance even today. “Fasting, or caloric restriction, is done for many reasons; spiritual, mostly, sometimes weight control, and more recent studies have shown disease prevention,” says dietitian and New Albany resident Kristina Jenny. Nowadays, fasting thankfully does not also include giving up all possessions in a quest to obtain eternal understanding. Instead, it is a cultural remnant of old religious attitudes toward self-control and sacrifice. Regardless of the modern reason for abstaining from food, there may actually be benefits. Intermittent fasting, a term that is usually used interchangeably with the practice of fasting in general, means reduced meal frequency. It has been shown to have potential health benefits, though many of the alleged health benefits of fasting are still under scrutiny. One of the most common types of intermittent fasting is called the 5:2 diet. This is usually utilized in scientific studies and has considerable anecdotal evidence that suggests fasting poses health benefits, though substantial clinical data is lacking. The diet consists of only eating 600 calories for men, or 500 for women, two days per week. The other five days of the week, diet is unregulated. An article in The Scientist explores the research behind intermittent fasting. The article poses a case of an overweight man who fasted for a year, losing 276 pounds. Five years later, he was still able to keep off 250 pounds. This report doesn’t recommend that anyone fast for a year, but suggests there is more that can be understood about fasting. The answer is complicated and not nearly elucidated enough for a consensus, but the science is worth reviewing. Intermittent fasting has been shown to have positive impacts on the liver by decreasing insulin resistance and potentially reducing visceral fat stores. The practice has also been shown to reduce inflammation throughout the body. In rodents, intermittent fasting also reduces fatty lipid levels and has been shown to increase neurocognitive abilities such as memory and learning. The final aspect with which intermittent fasting has been shown to be healthy is the potential positive effect on cancer cells.

However, it is important to note that this research is not near completion, nor is it something recommended. Much of the research shows significant stipulations. Scientists also suggest a counterpoint to fasting, in which patients often overeat after a fast, eating more than they would have otherwise. Some health disadvantages focus on different, more visceral effects. In a story in Spectator: Health, the writer explains that while intermittent fasting worked for him, it was painful and led to bad breath and some serious obsessions with food. Regardless, many religious groups observe some form of fasting, and the practice continues on for spiritual reasons. For those who must fast, doing it in a health-conscious and aware way will make the experience a more positive one for the body. Jenny recommends drinking water – and lots of it – before, during and after the fast. “The days that you are consuming foods, make sure your choices are nutrient-dense,” she says. “No matter what the reason for a fast, it is not what one eats on any given day – fasting or not – but what is consumed over time (that) counts.” David Allen is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

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Ask the Expert With Amanda DePerro

The Gift of Life Lifeline of Ohio professionals give the lowdown on organ donation


ccording to the United Network for Organ Sharing, one person is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. And every day, an average of 20 people die while waiting for a transplant. Becoming an organ donor is an impactful and important decision, and more than just the heart symbol on our driver’s licenses. Healthy

EXPERTS: Jessica Petersen’s career spanned nonprofit, health care and higher education before she found her career home at Lifeline of Ohio in 2014 as its media and public relations coordinator. Petersen coordinates Lifeline of Ohio’s social media presence, media relations in 39 Ohio and West Virginia counties, and two corporate websites. Her focus every day is to register Ohioans into the Ohio Donor Registry to help save and heal lives through donation and transplantation. Molly Urbancic, R.N., B.S.N., C.P.T.C., has worked for Lifeline of Ohio since 2013 as the supervisor of organ recovery services. Earlier in her career, she was a level one trauma ICU nurse who witnessed the impact of organ donation on families faced with unimaginable tragedy. Through her work at Lifeline of Ohio, she continues to proudly honor donor wishes and serve the community through her role in organ donation and transplantation. 40

New Albany Magazine sat down with Lifeline of Ohio’s media and public relations coordinator, Jessica Petersen, and supervisor of organ recovery services, Molly Urbancic, to discuss the impact organ donation can have.

HNA: What is Lifeline of Ohio? What are the goals of the organization, and why is it important?

LO: Lifeline of Ohio is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio serves 72 hospitals in 37 counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia, and is designated as an organ procurement organization through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Lifeline of Ohio’s mission is to empower our community to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. Our mission is important because there are more than 117,000 Americans waiting for their second chance at life through organ, eye and tissue transplantation.

HNA: Why should someone become an organ donor? How does one become an organ donor?

LO: Advances in medical science have made transplant surgery extremely successful. The major problem is that there are thousands of Americans waiting for a second chance at life, yet there are not enough registered organ donors to meet the growing need. The importance of registering your decision to donate is critical because the opportunity to donate is so rare. Organ donation only occurs in 1 percent of all deaths. We need all Ohioans registered to give hope to those who are waiting. You can register online at Say “yes” when receiving or renewing your driver license or state ID at the BMV, or call 800-525-5667 to request a paper brochure.

HNA: What are the biggest obstacles when it comes to educating others on becoming organ donors?

LO: Myths such as “I’m too old to donate” or “I’ve used and abused my body, no one would want my organs” are statements we hear every day. Lifeline of Ohio encourages everyone to register regardless of their medical conditions. At the time of your passing, medical professionals will determine if you are suitable to be a donor. Health and age should never be a self-rule out.

HNA: Are there any factors that may disqualify a person from becoming an organ donor?

LO: No. We advise everyone to register their decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, and let the medical professionals determine at the time of their passing if they are suitable to become a donor.

HNA: What organs and tissues can be donated?

LO: One donor can save eight lives through organ donation, restore the sight of two through cornea donation and heal more than 50 through tissue donation. Organs that can be donated include kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, pancreas and small intestine. Tissues that can be donated include heart valves, corneas, skin, bone, ligaments, tendons, nerves, fascia and veins. A deceased donor can give all of this, and a living donor can give a kidney or a portion of the liver, lung, small intestine or pancreas. Kidneys are the most-needed organ with more than 100,000 waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant.

HNA: Describe the “life” of an organ once it’s given the OK to be donated. What is the process of recovering the organ, preserving it and giving it to the recipient?

LO: When a person is eligible to be an organ donor, the Lifeline of Ohio team will do an evaluation to see which organs have the potential to be transplanted. When organs are deemed suitable for transplantation, the donor’s information will be matched with recipients from the national database maintained by the United Network for Organ Sharing. The recipient’s transplant center will then evaluate the organs and determine if they are a good fit for its candidate. Once the organs have been allocated and accepted by the transplant center, the donor is taken to the operating room for recovery. After a moment of silence to honor the gifts, each organ for transplant is carefully recovered and packaged according to policy. The organs are then transported directly to the recipient center to be transplanted.

HNA: How does a recipient’s life change once he or she receives the needed transplant?

LO: Organ, eye and tissue recipients are overwhelmingly grateful and

humbled by their second chance at life. To read stories of hope, please visit

HNA: What should the organ donor’s loved ones expect along the process of organ donation?

LO: Lifeline of Ohio’s Bereavement Services Department offers a 13-month after-care program providing supportive resources for donor families at eight different intervals throughout the grief journey. They receive items such as a donation outcome family letter, grief materials, cards and resources on ways to honor their loved one. Losing a loved one is difficult. Lifeline of Ohio is there to help all of our donor families through this process.

HNA: What if members of your family are opposed to donation?

LO: If you’re under 18, it’s important that you discuss your decision to register as an organ, eye and tissue donor with your family because they are able to amend or revoke your decision at the time of death. We recommend you speak with your family about registering your deci-

sion to donate so they know your choice and can support your wishes. There is no cost to a family if someone decides to be a donor, and if an open casket was possible before organ and tissue recovery, it will still be possible afterward. All major U.S. religions support donation as the altruistic, giving gift of life.

HNA: Will the quality of medical treatment be different if someone decides to register as an organ donor?

LO: No. The medical professionals’ job is to save the life of the patient they are working with. The quality of medical treatment will not be different if someone says yes to donation. Amanda DePerro is an assistant editor. Feedback welcome at adeperro@

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