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Throughout my childhood, I enjoyed many wonderful dates with my father. My dad and I had “regular” dates, like the weekly car rides home from dance practice, and every so often “special” dates when just the two of us would go to the theater. Of course looking back, all that time was special. Later in life, geography separated us, but did not distance us. We had regular phone dates to keep up with each other’s lives. Truly, all those dates and conversations with my father fill me with gratitude. So I am especially proud of this month’s feature “Dad and Daughter Dates” (see page 25). As my own daughter grows, I know it will be with a heart full of nostalgia that I watch my husband spend quality time with her. His unconditional love and the time he invests in her will indeed nurture her growth into a confident, remarkable woman. And so with this month’s issue, enjoy the celebration of all Dads and the official start of summer!
Sean Peterson My inspiration comes from the actions of people I’ve observed in my travels along the road of life. Some I’ve known personally, and some I’ve only read about in books. During my senior year of college, I spent some time studying abroad in South Africa. I was touched on a daily basis by individuals, young and old, in the impoverished community where we volunteered to build a library. They struggled with next to nothing, but had salient goals of bettering themselves and their community, and worked harder than most I’ve ever known to achieve those goals. It was perhaps due to the fact that they had so very little to begin with that they were able to achieve so much. I’m endlessly inspired by anyone who has the conviction to stand up for what they believe in, sometimes in the face of tremendous adversity, simply because they know it’s the right thing to do. These individuals are so committed to a singular ideal that they often spend the better part of their lifetime working tirelessly to foster and promote that message. Gandhi exercised nonviolence to achieve equality and independence, the Dalai Lama continually strives to achieve happiness by tirelessly working to eliminate suffering, and Jane Goodall observed and cared for a similar species in order to teach us more about our own. My hope is that you consistently draw inspiration from these pages, this month and every month, in an effort to make a better world for yourself and those around you. Take some time to reflect on what drives and motivates you, and then make tangible steps to incorporate your own message into your daily life. For our fathers,
Kerry Griffith and Sean Peterson, Co-Publishers NACentralOhio.com
newsbriefs Healthy’s Nutrition Transition Opens in Grandview Heights
elebrating their grand opening on June 1 at 1093 W. 1st Ave., in Grandview Heights, Healthy’s Nutrition Transition offers products such as shakes, teas and aloes, in addition to regular social events that aim to create a fun atmosphere where people can learn from health and wellness coaches about how to implement a more fit lifestyle. “It’s no secret that as a nation we are getting fatter,” says co-owner Austin Baker. “Recent statistics reveal that there are twice as many obese Americans today than there were 30 years ago. The mission of Healthy’s Nutrition Transition Club is to apply our knowledge and communication skills in order to educate the entire community, including ourselves, about the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being.” For more information, call 740-704-3019 or email TeamHealthys@gmail.com.
Worthington Farmers’ Market Features New and Unique Offerings
he arrival of asparagus and strawberries typically marks the beginning of farmers’ market season. While the standard fare at local markets tends to revolve around vegetable and fruit farmers, the landscape is changing. Now, there are emerging niche categories that may be unfamiliar to the average market attendee. This year the Worthington Farmers’ Market welcomes more than 20 new vendors, some of which provide highly specific and unconventional goods. Krazy Kraut produces fermented vegetable mixes that offer probiotic health benefits, Kingdom Fish raises all-natural tilapia at their aquaponics farm, Gemini Creamery prepares frozen desserts free of dairy, gluten and peanuts, and Jorgensen Farms crafts certified organic pesto blends that incorporate herbs other than the traditional basil base. The Worthington Farmers’ Market outdoor season runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., through October in Olde Worthington.
Pilates Facility Offers Free Classes and Hosts Lululemon Trunk Show
he Pilates Studio is providing the general public an opportunity to take free Pilates classes at their Upper Arlington location during various parts of the day on June 6. A Reformer/Jump class will start things off at 6:30 a.m., back-to-back Reformer/ Power Plate combo classes will run at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., an Express Reformer class will be taught at noon, and a 6 p.m. Reformer/Mat combo class will end the day. Classes will be filled on a first come, first served basis. In addition, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be a Lululemon trunk show offering athletic apparel for sale. Location: 1700 W. Lane Ave., Suite #200, 614-485-9145.
Specialty Foods Vendor Comes to Central Ohio
he Olive and The Grape, a business that started at farmers’ markets in the Northeast Ohio area and grew to three storefront locations in that region, is now expanding into Central Ohio. They will be offering samples at local farmers’ markets and expos. Their products are inspired by the Mediterranean diet, which includes olive oils, grapeseed oil, gourmet vinegars and seasonings. The balsamics contain no sodium, no added sugar, no fat, no cholesterol, close to zero calories, and are sourced from small producers. The owner of The Olive and The Grape, Candice Berthold, is a certified health coach and keeps healthy living in mind when deciding to add any new products to the assortment. One of her favorite sayings is by the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates: “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” For more information on where to find their products in Central Ohio, visit TheOliveAndTheGrape.com. See ad, page 31.
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Wellness Center Holds Website Contest
Local Deli Hosts Pride Art Show
orthington Optimal Wellness, a comprehensive wellness center that specializes in integrative medicine, has a newly redesigned website that profiles their list of services and benefits. Services include acupuncture, chiropractic, nutritional cleansing, yoga, massage therapy, smoking cessation and allergy relief. Benefits include having their team of doctors collaborate on an individualized treatment program based on the goals of the patient and access to a free library of books pertaining to topics featured in their wellness services. During the month of June, they are offering a contest for visitors that provide input and ideas about how to best empower and inspire the community. Visit the testimonials section for inspiration and discover how the Lunch and Learn corporate events help to bring wellness information into the workplace. Qualified entries provide a chance to win up to $1,000 worth of services in the areas of allergy cessation, massage therapy, chiropractic care or acupuncture. Location: 6180 Linworth Road, Worthington. For more information, scan the above QR code or visit WorthingtonOptimalWellness.com/Website-Survey-Free-Giveaway.
pinelli’s Deli, an independently owned and neighborhood-oriented eatery, in partnership with Stonewall Columbus, a Central Ohio LGBT community center, will host the third annual Pride Art Show. The exhibit is an official event of Columbus Pride, an annual festival and parade in Goodale Park that has been in operation since 1981. “The Pride Art Show gives gay artists an opportunity to share their creative work in an open and accepting place,” says Joe Spinelli, president/owner of Spinelli’s Deli. An opening reception on Thursday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will offer free food and beverages, in addition to a DJ spinning dance music. The artwork, featuring pieces by painter and multimedia artist Matt Honie, glass blower Jack Pine, and photographer Matt Vant, will be on display through the end of July. Location: 767 Neil Ave. For more information, call 614-280-1044 or visit SpinellisDeli.com. Also visit ColumbusPride.org.
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DIY Versus Commercial Carwash We all want our new, energy-efficient vehicles to look their best, and eco-conscious drivers want to extend their green lifestyle to include cleaning their car. Washing can provide some exercise and saves money, but the International Carwash Association reports that automatic car washes use on average fewer than 45 gallons of water per car, compared with 80 or more at home. Commercial facilities also drain wastewater into sewer systems to be treated or reused, while soapy do-it-yourself water can directly enter waterways via storm drains unless it’s in an area that filters into a local aquifer. Here are some helpful tips. Conserve water. For DIY folks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends using a bucket instead of a hose for washing a section at a time, and then quickly rinsing using a pistol-grip hose nozzle, and also washing the car on gravel or a lawn, so wastewater doesn’t flow off pavement or sidewalks and down a storm drain. Be sure to use phosphate-free, non-toxic biodegradable soaps and waxes.
Check under the car. Grime, dirt and salt may have accumulated in crevices of the undercarriage, especially in colder regions, so spray underneath, too. Be observant. A fender-bender, stray pebbles or the impact of another car door may have chipped exterior paint. According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, corrosion, acid rain, storm damage and harsh sunlight can also mar body paint and expose metal surfaces. Treat these blemishes with a stop-rust spray and touch-up paint before they spread. Sources: epa.gov, ASE.com, CarWash.org, ehow.com
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ACTIVE EDGE CHIROPRACTIC: A One Stop Health Resource by Susan Post
ctive Edge Chiropractic is more than just a traditional chiropractic facility. It’s an integrated health center designed to combine its namesake with other health-minded programs, to provide patients with long-lasting solutions to their physical ailments. Opened by chiropractors Dr. Jasmine Craner and Dr. Erik Hensel in March 2013, Active Edge Chiropractic helps those struggling with injuries find a customized treatment plan that focuses on inner and outer well-being. Personal experience sparked the couple’s interest in Chiropractic. As a high school student, Jasmine was sidelined from her active life due to sports injuries. She sought chiropractic treatment and was intrigued by her doctor’s willingness to educate her about the process. Chiropractic quickly became a staple in her life when she learned she would need to continue treatment to stay active. Craner attended The Ohio State University and received her degree in Exercise Science and Personal Training. She then went on to Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN, where she earned her chiropractic degree. Northwestern is also where she met Hensel, her future partner. After completing his undergradu-
ate degree in Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, Hensel took a position as a longshoreman. Long hours working on the docks manifested into an array of health problems, including headaches, insomnia and fatigue. Tired of the pain, he heeded a friend’s advice and saw a chiropractor. Hensel finally found relief, noticing a significant difference in his well-being after only a week. After continuing treatment, he eventually decided to dive in and pursue the field himself. Hensel and Craner experienced the wonders chiropractic treatment can provide by itself, but were inspired to open Active Edge Chiropractic as a place where patients can supplement their own road to health and wellbeing after their initial treatment. The options are abundant to find a course of action for each patient. “Everyone is different,” Craner says. “There is no cookie-cutter treatment plan. Each plan is personalized, and we continually assess and adjust according to your needs.” Active Edge offers soft tissue work, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, personal training and group fitness classes. Additionally, Hensel specializes in nutritional counseling and functional medicine. By combining chiropractic adjustments
with other services such as physical therapy and massage, patients show faster, better and longer-lasting results. “Chiropractic helps physical problems go away; we can help you learn how to stay pain-free,” Craner says. “Taking medication just covers pain like a band-aid instead of healing it.” Treatments like soft tissue work and chiropractic adjustments can help cure obvious physical soreness and muscular problems, but these services also help remedy issues like fatigue and chronic headaches. When more than adjustment is needed to solve a problem, Hensel’s focus on nutrition and functional medicine adds another component to their services. “Nutritional counseling helps to heal the body from the inside out. We focus on patient education for a healthy life and talk about smart choices like reading food labels and proper portioning,” he says. Hensel helps patients identify what foods and food portions will help their body run most efficiently. Once inner and outer issues are addressed, personal training and group fitness classes help patients stay active and get fit. Current fitness classes are open to anyone and include yoga, strength training and boot-camps. Active Edge Chiropractic is a first-line treatment option for people who want to take control of their longterm health. The doctors want to see their active clients work hard to get the most out of their tailored treatment plans. Hensel and Craner strive to educate their patients on what they feel so they understand and see the value in chiropractic treatment. They are driven to continue their education as well to expand their skill sets. “The more we know, the more we can help,” the couple says. Location: 1156 Dublin Rd., Ste. 102. For more information or to make an appointment, visit ActiveEdgeChiropractic.com or call 614-407-5335. See ad, page 20. Susan Post is a freelance writer and editor based in Columbus. She enjoys writing about her city and the people and places that make it special Contact her at Susan.Post.email@example.com.
Sugary Drinks Linked to Heart Disease
ne risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, may be sugary drinks. Analysis of data collected on 42,883 men in the “Health Professionals Follow-Up Study,” published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, linked a daily 12-ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened drink to a 19 percent increase in the relative risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Sugar-sweetened beverages were associated with higher levels of unhealthy triglycerides and C-reactive protein (a byproduct of inflammation), and lower levels of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Senior study author Frank B. Hu, Ph.D., a physician and professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston, cautions that diet sodas are not a good alternative. “Some studies have found a relationship between diet soda and metabolic disease,” he notes.
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PSA Testing Controversy
en face a new dilemma at their annual physical this year—should they be screened for prostate cancer? Last year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended against routine screening for this form of cancer, regardless of age. Some doctors claim this will cause treatable prostate cancer cases to be missed. The level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland, can be measured with a simple blood test. Until the USPSTF issued its recommendation, doctors routinely used the test to screen men 50 and older. The task force, however, concluded there is at least moderate certainty that the potential harms of PSA testing outweigh the benefits; many benign conditions, particularly prostate infections and enlargement, can elevate PSA readings higher than normal, prompting more aggressive testing. Before deciding on the test, it helps for men to explore this issue with their doctor. Some physicians take a “wait and see” approach and retest several times over a few months before making a recommendation; others suggest an immediate biopsy if PSA levels are high. While a blood test is a benign procedure, a prostate biopsy is not. A high PSA reading coupled with an overly aggressive doctor can cause anxiety and result in additional—and possibly unneeded—medical treatment. Source: James Occhiogrosso, ProstateHealthNaturally.com
SPORTS AND MUSIC: A WINNING COMBINATION
istening to our favorite music, whatever the genre, can increase both our enjoyment of and performance levels in competitive sports participation. Keele University researchers, presenting these findings at the 2012 British Psychological Society annual conference, noted that playing selected tunes reduces perceived exertion levels, plus increases one’s sense of being “in the zone”. The greatest effects were found with music used during structured training sessions. Previous studies showing that motivational music in general boosts performance did not include exploring the effects of listening to one’s favorite music.
A Father’s Love is Critical
ased on 36 studies from around the world involving more than 10,000 participants, researchers at the University of Connecticut, in Mansfield, concluded that a father’s love contributes as much—and sometimes more—to a child’s development as a mother’s love. The critical importance of fatherly love to a youngster’s healthy development provides added incentive for men to become more involved in nurturing child care. Source: Society for Personality and Social Psychology
FLAVONOIDS PROTECT MEN AGAINST PARKINSON’S
indings published in the journal Neurology add to a growing body of evidence that regular consumption of flavonoids, found in berries, teas, apples and red wines, can positively affect human health. According to new research on 130,000 men and women undertaken by Harvard University, in Boston, and the UK’s University of East Anglia, men that regularly consumed the most flavonoid-rich foods were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those that ate the least. No similar protective link was found for women. It is the first human study to show that flavonoids can help protect neurons against diseases of the brain.
EXCESSIVE DIETARY FAT MAY HINDER CONCEPTION
ne reason for a couple’s inability to conceive could be linked to too much fat in the male’s diet. A study by Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital of 99 U.S. men uncovered an association between a high fat intake and lower sperm count and concentration. Results were published in the journal Human Reproduction. Men that consumed the most saturated fats had a 35 percent lower total sperm count and 38 percent lower sperm concentration than men that ate the least amount of such fats. Moreover, men that ate more omega-3 polyunsaturated fats—the type of healthful fat often found in fish and plant oils—had better-formed sperm than men that ate less.
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Recycle All Electronic Products With the average American household owning 24 electronic devices, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) estimates we are annually producing nearly 3 million tons of e-waste. Tube-type TVs and computer monitors contain lead, while cell phones harbor toxic mercury, cadmium, arsenic and brominated flame retardants, all of which can leach from landfills into groundwater. Alternatives include selling old phones or trading them in at a store, and buying a new phone only when necessary. For $10, Staples will recycle any brand of computer monitor, desktop and laptop computer, fax machine, printer or scanner. Dell products are accepted at no charge. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offers information about local e-waste recycling and regulations regarding handling of electronic equipment at Tinyurl.com/EPAeWasteTips. For a global perspective, see the United Nations Environment Programme 2010 update at Tinyurl.com/UNeWasteReport.
New Technology Increases Solar Efficiency There is huge potential in solar power, but our current methods of capturing the sun’s energy are limited as widely used silicon solar cells approach their theoretical limit of 33.7 percent efficiency. Now a Princeton University research team has applied nanotechnology principles to incorporate a design that significantly increases their efficacy. Led by Stephen Chou, the team has made two dramatic improvements: reducing reflectivity and more effectively capturing the light that isn’t reflected. The new solar cell is much thinner and less reflective, capturing many more light waves via a minute mesh and bouncing off only about 4 percent of direct sunlight. The new design is capable of capturing a large amount of sunlight even when it’s cloudy, producing an 81 percent increase in efficiency even under indirect lighting conditions. Source: OpticsInfoBase.org
Green Homes Can be a Bargain One of the most innovative, energy-efficient houses in the United States has been built in the District of Columbia’s working-class Deanwood neighborhood, which has struggled with foreclosures. The Empowerhouse, a residence that produces all of its own energy, consumes 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling than a conventional dwelling. Empowerhouse was designed using “passive house” technologies as part of the Solar Decathlon design competition, held on the National Mall in 2011. It’s the work of students at The New School, in New York City, and Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development. Each duplicable unit costs a locally affordable $250,000. Bringing the community into the design process for both the house and landscape is the basis for collaboration on additional projects in the neighborhood, including a new community learning garden. The designers remark that it all plays a part in creating social sustainability, an aspect often left out of development programs. Source: Parsit.Parsons.edu
A new compound of lead telluride— a semiconductor first used in the Apollo moon landings to provide astronauts with a renewable, thermoelectric power source—can transform the heat emitted from car tailpipes and the chimneys of power stations and factories into a power source. According to the scientists engineering the innovation at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, as much as 15 to 20 percent of the heat currently being lost could be recovered as electricity. Another team of researchers at Utah State University, in Logan, has created a yeast biodiesel fuel that can be made using the watery waste from the mass production of cheese. One cheese plant’s daily byproduct of up to 1 million gallons of liquid cheese waste can produce 66,000 gallons of fuel.
Norway Recognizes Fatherhood Norway’s liberal paternity leave policy places equal responsibilities on men and women, which in turn progressively redefines traditional gender roles. Pappapermisjon, or paternity leave, is often combined with a mother’s maternity leave to provide seamless childcare at home without overtaxing parents’ work life. The Norwegian government has socially engineered a society in which men and women are expected to have equal domestic and economic responsibilities. Some specifics of the country’s “fathers’ rights” philosophy include leaving the workplace by 5:30 p.m.; being able to adjust office hours around daycare drop-offs and pickups; and allowing time to organize family dinners and help with housework. Source: The Christian Science Monitor
for the Advancement of Psychiatry think tank. Parents should consider various points of view and develop contingency plans.
Return to Childhood
Rearing kids presents the opportunity to reread favorite childhood books and disappear back into imaginative worlds.
A.A. Milne (author of the Winnie the Pooh books) and J.K. Rowling (of Harry Potter fame) first wrote for their kids. We may also be inspired to play an instrument or take up an art form learned as a child while encouraging our children in their music or art lessons.
The Fatherhood Factor
How Raising Children Changes Men by Armin Brott
ecoming a father is one of the most defining benchmarks in a man’s life. In their research, University of California-Berkeley Psychology Professors Phil Cowan, Ph.D., and Carolyn Cowan, Ph.D., found that when asked how important each aspect of life felt over a two-year study period, childless men surveyed showed a significant increase in the “partner/lover” aspect. But young fathers squeezed that facet into a smaller life space to accommodate the significant increase in the “parent” element. Here are a few highlights from what relevant studies by Oregon State University, in Corvallis, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and Switzerland’s University of Zurich say about how fatherhood changes men.
Confidence and Pride
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and self-esteem. Turning a child’s tears into laughter and feeling proud when he does well confirms that we’re on our way to being a successful father. Albeit briefly, a child may even share our tastes in culture, entertainment and other areas before mapping his own individuality, but some common attitudes and interests will remain.
Patience and Humor
When something goes wrong, we can take it seriously and try to change things, or roll with it and laugh. Doing the latter can increase compassion for our own and others’ mistakes.
Early on, it may be nearly impossible to differentiate the needs of our child and partner from our own. In reality, needs are to varying degrees in opposition, thus imposing frustrations and sorrows and forcing mutual adaptation, according to the Group
Raising kids produces a heightened awareness of others’ perspectives, reports University of Delaware researcher Rob Palkovitz, Ph.D. Many guys admit that they were somewhat selfish and self-centered before having kids, because having people depend on you and putting their needs before yours doesn’t come naturally. (Palkovitz notes that marriage alone doesn’t trigger this realization.)
Becoming a father prompts a hard look at one’s fundamental beliefs and values. Our view of what seemed harmless when we were younger, like not caring about money or possessions and potentially harmful lifestyle choices, changes completely when there’s a family to support. We see the world differently. Our health and well-being are no longer just personal concerns; they’re integral to our family. Interestingly, more mature new fathers—having had more time to hone their philosophy of life—report less of a need for fresh soul-searching than younger fathers. Superdad Armin Brott has been building better fathers for a decade through his blog, bestselling books and American Forces Network radio show. Learn more at MrDad.com and Tinyurl.com/MrDadApp.
ACTION ITEMS FOR MEN’S HEALTH
Billboards Into Bags Giving New Life to Discarded Vinyl by Deena Kloss
by Katy Henn
hen the phrase “men’s health” is uttered, thoughts of regular prostate checks or chiseled abs may come to mind. While preventative screenings and fitness are both important self-care practices, holistic health can play just as vital of a role in a man’s care for his body. Below are a few holistic tips for the modern day man who seeks greater energy, vitality and purpose. Breathe deeply. The benefits of deep breathing aren’t always made a top priority, yet it’s simple to apply this easy, healthy habit. Deep breathing, especially through the nose, produces a relaxation response in the body. It’s also energizing and detoxifying. Just a few deep breaths improve the efficiency of one’s breathing all day long, providing improved focus and mental clarity. Power down. Unplug. Disconnect from the phone, tablet, e-reader, TV and computer. Researchers continue to study the effects screen time has on re-wiring the brain and the findings show negative consequences in multiple areas. Shrinking screens are causing some people to be more socially withdrawn. Backlit screens can interrupt the body’s natural rhythms, leading to poor sleep quality. Step away from the screen and give the brain a much needed break. Connect. Volunteering instills a sense of purpose, and provides the opportunity to give back. Those who regularly spend time with others doing something for the greater good report feeling more satisfied with their lives. Group gatherings, whether related to philanthropy, a hobby or a favorite sport, positively enhance social wellness. Katy Henn is the President and CEO of Wellness Collective. Wellness Collective is a consulting company specializing in worksite wellness, that designs and delivers customized, holistic programs, and is committed to creating a culture of wellness within businesses and communities. To learn more, visit wellness-collective.com. See ad, page 19.
illboards can be helpful to travelers looking for restaurant options, places to spend the night, or notable attractions, but behind the large messages shouting from just beyond the roadside lurks a cringe-worthy story that is troubling for the eco-conscious. While outdoor billboard advertising is historically known as an effective form of media, it is also one of the most wasteful and environmentally negligent. The majority of billboards in the U.S. are 14’ x 48’, meaning one piece of standard billboard vinyl covers 672 square feet. The material stretching across the billboard face is made of PVC, a non-biodegradable substance that becomes toxic when left to sit in a landfill. There is a significant lack of programs designed to close this loop in the lifecycle of vinyl material, and each year advertisers produce about 600,000 tons of billboard vinyl waste. When an advertiser signs off on initiating a campaign, a large format printer produces the billboard. The vinyl is then shipped to an outdoor advertising company, who owns the billboards, and the ad is displayed until the campaign is over. Most billboard campaigns last anywhere from one month to a year, and once the campaigns end the vinyl either sits in storage or is shipped to a landfill. In keeping with their core business focus to source waste-neutral forms of alternative advertising, local media agency CivitasNow developed a way to divert this landfill waste by initiating a program that salvages expired billboards. After stockpiling thousands of square feet of this material, CivitasNow approached local handmade goods manufacturer Seagull Bags about prototyping a reusable tote bag that is constructed from the repurposed vinyl. Once the tote, which is now known as The Forager Bag, was stresstested and evaluated, the agency set out to find a like-minded venue partner that would stock the bag. The Hills Market, a local specialty grocer that recently opened a new location in downtown Columbus, agreed to sell the reusable tote. They incentivize patrons who pick up The Forager Bag by offering discounts on groceries while shopping with the bag. This encourages reuse, which in turn saves money on the store’s plastic bag inventory while maximizing the overall benefit of cutting back on the waste generated from disposable plastic shopping bags. CivitasNow, Seagull Bags and The Hills Market are all located within a one-mile radius of each other in downtown Columbus, making the entire project’s scope hyper-local. Locations: 7860 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington, and 95 N. Grant Ave., Columbus, or visit CivitasMarketBag.com. natural awakenings June 2013 13
the natural footsteps of healers past and present that have chosen to walk this way. Sandler provides special tips on getting started for some specific groups:
WStep ALK THIS WAY Up to Barefoot Benefits by Randy Kambic
arefoot walking conjures images of children playing in open fields and families strolling on a beach, yet it can also embrace many other settings as part of a health and fitness routine and lifestyle of optimum wellness. As Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee attest in their new book, Barefoot Walking, “It’s not just physical; it’s soothing on an emotional and spiritual level.” In adults, many muscles in our feet may have weakened and atrophied due to disuse from wearing shoes, which substitute the support and mobility that our bodies’ lower parts were created to provide. Years of wearing tight-fitting shoes or high heels can also hamper bone density and proper alignment of each foot’s 28 bones; produce aches and pains in knees, back and neck; and constrict circulation to legs and feet, a condition compounded by desk jobs. Here are some tips in preparing to go shoeless: Work out feet. Prevention. com advises working to individually wiggle each toe; touch and rub each in its entirety; and flex and move both feet in as many different ways as possible. This will help them better absorb and distribute weight. Then, suggest Sandler and Lee, try “grabbing” exercises for toes, picking up round objects ranging in size from
golf balls to baseballs. Also practice arch lifts, calf raises and ankle rolls. Check it out. Walk around a room and note if the weight upon landing moves from the heel to the big toe right away; if so, try shifting bodyweight while walking so that the pressure proceeds from the heel to the little toe and then across to the big toe. This maximizes functioning of the entire foot and keeps the arch from collapsing inward. This subtle change helps support knees, the pelvic floor and even abdominal muscles. Fields, dirt trails and beaches are ideal sites to start walking barefoot. Repeated skin-to-ground contact also coincides with grounding, or earthing, a therapy that connects a being with Earth’s electrical field. The concept is that this allows negatively charged free electrons to enter and eliminate free radicals, the positively charged particles that may cause diseases and inflammation. When we’re in shoes, “We’re separated [from the Earth] by an inch of rubber, which is a fantastic resistor to electricity,” the co-authors point out. Because barefoot walking stimulates foot nerve endings, it’s also a form of self-reflexology, helping to lower blood pressure and anxiety while bolstering the immune system. For all these reasons, enthusiasts conjecture that it’s wise to follow in
Children: “They haven’t had their feet weakened by wearing shoes for many years, so let them develop their own style.” Pregnant women: Start with a tiger walk technique (land with the heel barely off the ground, focusing on grabbing traction with the toes) for as much stability and fullest contact with the ground as possible. Seniors: Use a walk and roll technique (lift the forefoot up before gently landing heel first) to keep weight directly beneath the body’s center of gravity. “Some seniors are fearful of going barefoot; concerned their feet are soft and sensitive. But they find that it actually helps them regain balance, coordination and body-brain connections.” A key to expanding onto terrains like gravel and pavement while avoiding injury is to build up stronger plantar skin on the bottom of the feet, because it is “600 percent stronger than skin elsewhere and can grow even thicker, up to half an inch, but only if you use it,” according to Sandler and Lee. “Going about barefoot stimulates additional skin growth (layering) and pushes the moisture out of the skin (strengthening), which together, thicken the soles of your feet.” Other basic tips to avoid injury include: go slow, build foot strength, focus on form, learn to rest, inspect feet daily for potential nicks or scratches and see a physician if in doubt about anything. “Once you’re aware of your surroundings and have toughened up your feet, you’ll avoid most sharp objects and be relatively shielded from the rest,” advise Sandler and Lee, who see the activity as a big step toward greater overall health awareness. “You’ll learn more about your body… what’s right and what’s not, what’s working and what can be improved.” Randy Kambic, in Estero, FL, is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Natural Awakenings.
Traveling Volunteers Doing Good During Time Away by Avery Mack
en Budd, former executive director of AARP and current editorin-chief of Currents magazine, says, “I was approaching 40 when my dad died suddenly, and at the funeral, I heard people say how he’d changed their lives. So in midlife, I decided to change mine.”
Disaster Relief Budd, who lives with his wife in Burke, Virginia, says, “Not everyone can join the Peace Corps, but they might share a week or two of vacation time.” Nine months after Hurricane Katrina, Rebuilding Together was looking for unskilled labor to help in New Orleans. So he helped prep homes for incoming electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and then painted. He was hooked, and has subsequently volunteered in China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kenya and the West Bank. His award-winning book, The Voluntourist, details his experiences. Megan Wieder, a high school senior in Titusville, Pennsylvania, mulched trails and painted park equipment and homes during her week in New Orleans as a volunteer for People to People, which hosts
future leaders for such projects. “I learned I can help others,” she says. This October, the Sierra Club’s New Jersey Seashore Service will assist the Natural Resource Education Foundation of New Jersey with its forest, marsh and meadowlands conservation efforts. The project will simultaneously allow participants to observe the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy along the shoreline, as well as in nearby communities.
Infrastructure Improvements The Sierra Club’s August trip to Mt. Rainier, in Washington, will train volunteers to work with the National Park Service in repairing hiking trails and building restraining walls at an elevation of 6,600 feet. Stunning views grace the two-mile hike from the Sunrise Visitor Center. Volunteer organizer DiDi Toaspern observes, “We are doing work that wouldn’t get done otherwise due to budget restraints. Even removing invasive plants helps to protect native species and nesting areas.” Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will bring volunteers to Yosemite
National Park in northern California this September to assist park rangers in contouring trails to shed water and cut or move vegetation that blocks trails or impedes streams. This fall, volunteers in New York City’s Bronx borough will also help the city parks department clear an overgrown 60-acre area surrounding the gardens of the Bartow-Pell Mansion, built in 1836, a museum for 19th-century furnishings and decorative arts since 1946. Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, in Canandaigua, New York, features nine separate gardens—stylized as secret, Italian, Japanese, rose, blue and white, pansy, moonlight, old-fashioned and rock gardens. Each May, volunteers learn to plant decorative designs that can involve up to 8,000 plants, and others maintain the gardens throughout the summer.
Animal Conservation After a tasty vegan breakfast, volunteers in New York’s Finger Lakes region care for 500 rescued farm animals like Marge, a playful pig, at the 175-acre Watkins Glen Farm Sanctuary. Similar shelters bless Orland and Los Angeles, California. When Archosaurs Attacked and Reptiles Ruled Texas is the catchy name for the city of Arlington’s archeology education site (estimated at 95 million years old) where volunteer teams unearth fish, shark, ray, turtle and dinosaur fossils. “Last year, a new crocodilian species was found there,” says Rob Stringer of Earthwatch UK. In two-week stints, volunteers chart locations, clear areas, dig drainage trenches and prepare fossils for identification. There’s something for everyone in the emotional, spiritual and physical challenge of voluntouring. “Upon arrival, one’s first thought is, ‘What have I let myself in for?’ but upon returning home, you step back and see the value,” advises Budd. “Volunteers don’t change the world so much as they change the way people see each other through shared experiences.” Avery Mack is a freelance writer in St. Louis, MO. Connect at AveryMack@mindspring.com.
LIFE LIFT Being Happy from the Inside Out by Judith Fertig
An age-old question rides a new wave of bestseller lists, university research and governmental soul-searching. The answers to “What are the secrets of a happy life?” might surprise us.
appiness is the only true measure of personal success,” advises Geoffrey James, of Hollis, New Hampshire, author of How to Say It: Business to Business Selling. His work confirms that the rollercoaster world of business does not always promote a sense of well-being. James believes, “The big enemy of happiness is worry, which comes from focusing on events that are outside your control.” For him, something as simple as a good night’s sleep contributes to personal happiness. Each of us has certain things that help make us feel positive, and they often come in small moments, advises Ed Diener, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Illinois and author of Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth.
Based on 25 years of research into the subject, he’s a recognized expert in what he calls “subjective well-being.” In a recent six-part BBC series on happiness, Diener told viewers, “It may sound silly, but we ask people, ‘How happy are you, on a scale of one to 10?’ The interesting thing is that it produces real answers that are valid—not perfect, but valid—and they predict all sorts of real things in their lives.”
Getting to Happy
The moment-to-moment path to happiness follows a trail blazed by paradox. A recent University of Missouri College of Business study by Marsha Richins, Ph.D., suggests that happiness is in the wanting, not the getting. As noted Positive Psychologist Martin Seligman, Ph.D., remarks, “Focusing
solely on happiness as a foundation of a good life,” won’t get you there. Gretchen Rubin, the New York City-based author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, further finds that, “Happiness doesn’t always make you feel happy.” Trying each day to be emotionally centered, affable, kind, conscientious, generous, patient, principled, accomplished, spiritual and true to yourself—the kind of person that should be happy and that makes other people happy—can be tough. Widespread economic and associated financial challenges have made many question whether money can buy happiness, a common core assumption of the “happiness starts on the outside” approach. Apparently, money can sometimes buy feelings of well-being, but only to a certain degree, according to researchers Angus Deaton and Daniel Kahneman, at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. In 2010, they surveyed 450,000 randomly chosen residents across the country via daily questionnaires. The study revealed that, “Low income exacerbates the emotional pain associated with such misfortunes as divorce, ill health and being alone.” Yet they also discovered that, “High income buys life satisfaction, but not happiness,” and there is no further progress in happiness beyond an annual income of $75,000 (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). On the other side of the world, in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, where 70 percent of its 717,000 citizens are subsistence farmers and an annual income of $75,000 would be considered a fortune, people say they are generally happy, partly due to the nation’s “happiness starts on the inside” philosophy. Since 1971, Bhutan has been operating based on a gross domestic happiness (GDH) value system. Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley explains that the country has focused on growing both materially and spiritually, and citizen well-being has taken precedence over economic growth. For decades, this was deemed an oddity by many in the West, although
now it appears prescient. “It’s easy to mine the land and fish the seas and get rich,” says Thakur Singh Powdyel, Bhutan’s minister of education. “Yet we believe you cannot have a prosperous nation in the long run that does not conserve its natural environment or take care of the well-being of its people, which is being borne out by what is happening to the outside world.” The country measures its success in maintaining GDH by conducting regular surveys of the population. The reigning official definition of happiness involves peace, contentment and living in harmony with all creation. Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, has become a believer in GDH. “How can you measure well-being in a person, a family, a country or globally?” he queries. Research by Seligman and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, points to four basic elements: positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and accomplishment, or PERMA. Seligman says there are proven ways to improve each element. For positive emotion, writing down three “blessings”, or things that went well that day, can increase our feelings of gratitude and well-being. For relationships, actively listening and being present for a loved one and having that attention returned can strengthen those bonds. Increasing meaning in our lives, says Seligman, can be a challenge for Westerners. “We have threadbare spiritual and relationship furniture. We have too much ‘I’ and not enough ‘we,’” he says. But getting involved in something that increases the “we” factor will help make us happier.
Nurturing Signature Strengths
Self-surveys at AuthenticHappiness.com can help us identify our strengths and realize what we’re especially good at—and we increase our feelings of accomplishment by doing more of them. “You can even figure out how to do the task you like least by using your signature strength,” Seligman advises. He shares an example of a grocery store
If I become happy and it makes you happy, it is like tipping the first domino so the next one falls and that happiness spreads. ~ James Fowler, economic behaviorist, University of California-San Diego
cashier that disliked bagging groceries, but was exceptional at social interaction. She made herself happier by chatting with her customers while she packed their selections. Lara Blair, a portrait photographer in Camas, Washington, believes in celebrating strengths. “If making things is what you love, give it the space in your brain, home and life that it deserves.” Blair’s seminars and retreats help people tap ways to increase feelings of creativity, accomplishment and meaning. “If you nurture it and believe that growing this beautiful thing is worth the effort, the rewards will be more than you ever dreamed,” she says. When, as a happily married lawyer with children, Rubin thought her life was missing something vital, she used her love for reading and writing to explore that wistful, “What if?” She started researching subjective happiness via Marcus Aurelius, Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin and St. Thérèse de Lisieux, whom Rubin refers to as her “spiritual master.” She decided to test-drive her findings at HappinessProject.com and began blogging about new ways of thinking and behaving that were bringing her and her readers greater self-realization and contentment. “A great place to start is with your own body,” she counsels. “Are you getting enough sleep? Are you getting good food to eat? When you take care of those very basic things, you feel energized, and then you can start moving to address other issues.”
quotient, it can still be difficult to stay at that level, says Kennon Sheldon, professor of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, in Columbia. In a recent study conducted with researchers at the University of California-Riverside, Sheldon and his colleagues found that by both recognizing that the desire for “more” and “better” in our lives won’t stop and also appreciating what we have, we’ll stay happy. It’s equally vital to continually keep things fresh, with positive new experiences at home, work, play and exercise, as well as in relationships. In other words, sustained happiness takes a little work. “Just before going to bed,” suggests James, “write down at least one wonderful thing that happened that day. It may be anything from making a child laugh to a big sale. Whatever it is, be grateful for the present day, because it will never come again.” The benefits of individual wellbeing radiate to those around us, notes Seligman. “When individuals are flourishing, they are more productive at work, physically healthier and at peace.” He believes that as we find ways to increase positive emotion, relationships, meaning in life and individual accomplishment, it’s possible for life on Earth to flourish. Judith Fertig is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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DOG SPORTS People & Pets Play Well Together by Sandra Murphy
ith most exercise programs, while his person works out, a dog stays home alone, counting squirrels outside the window and wishing Animal Planet wasn’t a rerun. How about bringing some of that exercise home so the pet gets fit, too? John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a Chicago clinical psychologist and author of Family Fit, maintains that, “Fitness works best as a group event, including the family dog. They love to participate in many things, so be creative. Try swimming, touch football, jumping rope, rollerblading, tag or hideand-seek.” Diane Tegethoff Meadows and Susan Riches, Ph.D., each accepted a challenge to exercise with their dogs 30 minutes a day for 30 days. “I walk my three Scotties every morning anyway, so adding minutes was easy,” says Meadows, a retired senior paralegal in Bulverde, Texas. “One of them is in charge of choosing the route, and we seldom go the same way two days in a row.” Riches, a retired Fort Lewis
College professor and archaeologist, in Durango, Colorado, doesn’t let inclement weather interfere. “Inside, we play fetch up and down the stairs,” she says. “I hide treats for tracking games of ‘find it.’” The dogs also like to jump through hoops. “The Scottie and Westie go at it for 30 minutes; the Maltese stops after 15.” Jeff Lutton, a Dogtopia dog daycare/boarding franchisee in Alexandria, Virginia, conducts a popular running club. “On Sunday mornings we have about 15 people that run with their dogs. My golden retriever used to run six miles, but since she’s 9 now, we’ve cut back to three.” “Treibball [TRY-ball] is herding without sheep, soccer without feet,” explains Dianna L. Stearns, president of the American Treibball Association, based in Northglenn, Colorado. “All you need is Pilates balls, a target stick for pointing, a signal clicker and treats. It’s a fun, problem-solving game for all involved.” The idea is for the dog to direct
rubber balls into a goal with its nose, shoulder and/or paws—eventually, as many as eight balls in 10 minutes. Treibball can be played in group classes or competitions or at home using a kiddie soccer goal. Another exercise option is to turn the backyard into an obstacle course for the dog, kids and adults. Use a clicker to signal the next move. Four or five hula hoops spaced a bit apart provide a pattern for a sit/stay game as the dog moves into each one on command. A thin wooden dowel across two boxes and anchored to a stick-on photo hook on either end provides a hurdle. A child’s oversized plastic golf club hits a tennis or plastic ball just far enough for the dog to retrieve. For a doggie triathlon, add more elements, such as yard races between dogs and children on their tricycles or scooters down a straight path, with everyone cooling off in a hard-plastic swimming pool as part of the event. For dogs that are older or have mobility issues, some stretching before or even after exercise is suggested. “Doga [dog yoga] has become a daily ritual with my 11-year-old golden retriever since the onset of arthritis in her hips and back. Besides keeping her joints limber, it’s good one-on-one time for us,” says latchkey dog expert Eileen Proctor, in Castle Rock, Colorado. “Whenever she wants to stretch, she will come up and gently paw me,” relates Proctor. “Her favorite is the upward dog pose. Before practicing doga, this dear one had trouble getting to her feet, and then was lame for a minute. Now she is able to get up and move about immediately.” When exercising with pets, always keep plenty of water handy, start slow and watch out for how the weather or workout affects the participants. Scientists have changed from saying it takes 21 days to form a new habit to admitting it may take up to three times that long. That might be true for people, but try explaining it to the dog standing at the back door on day two—he’s ready to do it again. Sandra Murphy is a regular contributor to Natural Awakenings.
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COLORING OUR WORLD
How Hues Can Help and Heal by Judith Fertig
From relaxing in a hot tub amidst sparkling blue lights to sleeping soundly surrounded by soft-green walls, we continuously experience the subtle influence of colors in our surroundings.
hile humans have long appreciated nature’s chromatic displays, it wasn’t until 1666 that Sir Isaac Newton proved that white light from the sun refracted through a prism separates into the individual bandwidths we perceive as hues. A growing body of research by physicians, environmentalists, psychologists and alternative medicine specialists is now exploring how color—as light and pigment—can affect people physically, mentally and emotionally. According to Pakistani research physicists Samina T. Yousuf Azeemi and S. Mohsin Raza, working from
the University of Balochistan, “Colors generate electrical impulses and magnetic currents or fields of energy that are prime activators of the biochemical and hormonal processes in the human body.” Different colors cause different reactions, from stimulating cells to suppressing the production of melatonin. Published in the journal Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, Azeemi and Raza’s photobiology research, applied as chromotherapy, supports premises of ancient Chinese, Egyptian and ayurvedic healing traditions in which color is intrinsic to healing: for example, red increases circula-
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tion; yellow stimulates nerves; orange increases energy; and blue and green soothe everything from skin irritations to anxiety. Blue light can reset our biological clocks. Although electric light attempts to mimic natural sunlight, the body does not sense it that way, according to findings published in Environmental Health Perspectives. During the day, artificial light with more blue wavelengths may help improve the performance of students and employees working indoors; at night, a reduction of the blue portion in artificial lighting provided for shift workers could protect against sleep disturbances. The irony, notes Science Writer David C. Holzman, of Lexington, Massachusetts, is that applications of blue light are now used to cure some of the very things it can cause—sleeplessness and depression. Sonya Nutter, a Kansas City mother of three elementary schoolchildren, can attest to the soothing effect of blue light when soaking in her Kohler chromotherapy tub in the dark: “It’s even better than lavender scent for calming,” she says. “Color clearly has aesthetic value, but it can also carry specific meaning and information,” says Andrew J. Elliot, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Rochester, in New York. He and a team of researchers concluded that, “Seeing red is not good before [taking] a test measuring performance” (Journal of Experimental Psychology: General). In contrast, they found that seeing green enhances creative performance. Photodynamic therapy, a recently developed, non-invasive cancer
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Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions. ~ Pablo Picasso treatment, involves injections of a light-sensitive solution, followed by shining laser-emitted blue light on internal tumors or light-emitting diodes (LED) on surface tumors. A National Cancer Institute fact sheet explains how such light kills cancer cells and shrinks tumors. Based on the success of NASA experiments and research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, red LED lights are also helping cancer patients deal with sore mouths associated with chemotherapy and radiation used for bone marrow and stem cell transplants. Treating diabetic ulcers is another application, according to a 2012 study in the Journal of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes of South Africa. Red light sessions at many medical spas help rejuvenate aging skin by stimulating collagen production. Color as pigment can convey subtle cues to influence our perceptions, attitudes and behavior. In a study conducted at England’s Oxford University and Spain’s Polytechnic University of Valencia, for example, participants believed that hot chocolate tasted better in orange mugs than any
other color, with white scoring lowest. “Color associations are so strong and embedded so deeply that people are predisposed to certain reactions” when they see a color, explains Elliot, a learned association that is often culturally based. Because color can engender individual emotional response, it plays a major role in one’s preferences in surroundings, including wall colors, furnishings and appliances. Pantone, a leading provider of color systems to businesses worldwide, annually recommends a specific color that it feels best connects with the current zeitgeist, or prevailing spirit and mood, so
that manufacturers of paints, kitchenware and fabric will produce the look people will want to have around them. In 2011 Pantone picked a vibrant pink. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, explained that “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits, a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going.” Now sensing greater optimism, their 2013 color choice is a vivid emerald, described as “lively, radiant and lush… a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” Judith Fertig blogs at AlfrescoFood AndLifestyle.blogspot.com.
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Grow, Pick, Grill Making the Most of Summer’s Bounty
Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza. photo by Steve Legato
by Claire O’Neil
n outdoor spaces from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Arch Cape, Oregon, produce is growing and grill embers are glowing. Growing a garden and grilling its bounty have never been more popular. For the first time since 1944, when 20 million “Victory” gardeners produced 44 percent of the fresh vegetables in the United States, food gardening is outdistancing flower gardening. In its latest survey of garden retailers, the National Gardening Association found that consumers’ spending for growing their own food hit $2.7 billion, versus $2.1 billion for flowers. Barbecuing grill chefs are expanding their repertoire beyond grass-fed burgers and steaks. More vegetables and fruit are being grilled now than in the past, according to the latest annual survey by leading grill manufacturer Weber. This all makes sense to Karen Adler and Judith Fertig, co-authors of The Gardener & the Grill. They’ve observed that when the bounty of the garden meets the sizzle of the grill, delicious things happen. “Natural sugars
in vegetables and fruits caramelize,” says Adler. “Essential oils in fresh herbs become more aromatic. The colors of fruits and vegetables stay more vivid when grilled, rather than when cooked any other way.” “Grilling gives even familiar foods an exciting new makeover,” notes Fertig. For example, by cutting a head of cabbage into quarters, brushing each cut side with olive oil and then grilling and chopping, the backyard chef infuses a grill flavor into a favorite coleslaw. Flatbreads, patted out from prepared whole-grain or gluten-free pizza dough, can be brushed with olive oil, grilled on both sides and then topped with flavorful garden goodies. Simple fruits like peaches and plums—simply sliced in half, pitted and grilled—yield fresh taste sensations, especially cradling a scoop of frozen yogurt. A quick foray to the garden or farmers’ market can provide just the right colorful, flavorful edge to any summer barbecue. Claire O’Neil is a freelance writer in Kansas City, MO.
Baja Fish Tacos
Fresh fish tacos with a twist are a healthy treat. Tip: Assemble the raw slaw ingredients before grilling the cabbage, which cooks simultaneously with the fish. Yields 4 servings Grilled Napa Cabbage Slaw Taco Topping 1 large head Napa cabbage, cut in half lengthwise Grapeseed oil, for brushing 1 cup assorted baby greens, such as spinach, oak leaf lettuce or Boston lettuce 8 green onions, chopped (white and green parts) ¼ cup tarragon vinegar ¼ cup sour cream ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice ½ tsp fine kosher or sea salt Baja Fish 1½ lbs mahi mahi, catfish, halibut or other mild, non-farmed, white fish (about ¾-inch thick) ¼ cup blackened seasoning or other barbecue spice mixture 8 whole-wheat flour tortillas, for serving 8 lemon wedges, for serving 1½ cups of a favorite salsa, for serving Prepare a hot fire in the grill. Brush the cut sides of the Napa cab-
bage halves with oil. Coat the fish fillets with the blackened seasoning or other selected spice mix. Grill the cabbage, cut-side down, directly over the fire for 2 to 3 minutes or until the cabbage shows good grill marks, then remove from heat. Grill the “flesh”, or cut side, of fish fillets first (not the skin side, which is darker because it is more delicate) directly over the fire for 3 to 4 minutes. Turn the fish only once, and finish cooking with the skin side against the grate another 3 to 4 minutes, for 10 total minutes per inch of thickness (most fish fillets are about ¾-inch thick). Note: The skin side is last because it has more connective tissue and holds together better on the grill. Finish assembling the slaw. Thinly slice the grilled cabbage and place in a large bowl. Stir in the greens and green onions. Having earlier combined and mixed the vinegar, sour cream, lemon juice and salt for the slaw dressing in a small bowl, now pour it over the greens mixture. Toss to blend. Assemble the tacos by placing some of the grilled fish on each tortilla. Top each with about one-third cup of the slaw and roll up, soft taco-style. Serve with a lemon wedge and a small ramekin of salsa.
photo by Steve Legato
photo by Steve Legato
Fresh on the Grill
Grilled Peaches with Lemon Balm Gremolata
This recipe is simple, yet full of flavor. A traditional gremolata condiment includes parsley, lemon zest and garlic, but this sweeter version finds deliciousness in fruit. Using a microplane grater culls the flavorful yellow part of the lemon rind without the bitter white pith. Chopping the herbs with the lemon zest make the flavors blend together better. Yields 4 servings ¼ cup packed lemon balm leaves or 1 Tbsp packed mint leaves ½ tsp lemon zest Pinch kosher or sea salt 4 peaches, halved and pitted Prepare a medium-hot fire in the grill. Chop the lemon balm or mint and lemon zest together until very fine. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the leaves and chop again. Set aside in a small bowl. Place the peach halves cut-side down on the grill. Grill 4 to 6 minutes, turning once, until they are tender and slightly blistered. To serve, place two peach halves in each guest’s bowl and sprinkle the lemon balm gremolata over all of them. Source: Recipes adapted from The Gardener & the Grill.
Fresh on the Grill Kale, Potato and Chorizo Pizza
Hearty but not heavy, this pizza takes kale (or alternatively, Swiss chard or collard greens) and onions from the garden, and then adds vegetarian chorizo to accent.
Handy Garden-to-Grill Gadgets n Long-handled grill tongs and a spatula help the cook handle foods on the grill like a pro. n Barbecue mitts protect hands and arms from the heat.
Yields 4 servings 1 pound fresh whole grain or gluten-free pizza dough ¼ cup whole grain or gluten-free flour for sprinkling 4 new potatoes, cooked and thinly sliced 8 kale leaves Olive oil, for brushing and drizzling Grapeseed oil for brushing the grill rack 8 oz cooked and crumbled vegetarian chorizo (Portuguese or other spicy sausage optional) ½ cup chopped green onion (white and light green parts) Coarse freshly ground black pepper Prepare a hot fire on one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Oil a perforated grill rack with grapeseed oil and place over direct heat. Divide the dough into four equal parts. Sprinkle with whole grain or gluten-free flour and press or roll each piece into an 8-inch circle. Sprinkle flour of choice on two large baking sheets and place two rounds of dough on each sheet. Brush the potatoes with olive oil, place on the perforated grill rack and grill for 15 minutes, turning often, or until tender before topping the pizza. Brush the kale with olive oil. Grill leaves for 1 minute on each side or until slightly charred and softened. Quickly trim off the bottom of the stalk and strip the leaves from the stems. Finely chop the leaves and set aside.
n A perforated grill rack, akin to a cookie sheet with holes, placed directly on the grill grates, keeps smaller vegetables and tender fish fillets from falling through. n A grill wok is perfect for stir-grilling foods outdoors, a complement to indoor stir-frying. n A sturdy, stiff, grill brush makes short work of cleaning the grill grates after each use.
June FarMers’ MarkeT sCHedule Tuesday Hilliard (4-7pm) – 4018 Main Street 43026 hilliardfarmmarket.com (starts June 4) Pearl (10:30am-2pm) – 19 North Pearl Street 43215 downtowncolumbus.com/pearlmarket Wednesday dublin (3-6pm) – 4261 West Dublin-Granville Road 43017 dublinfarmersmarket.com Clintonville (4-7pm) – 3535 North High Street 43214 clintonvillefarmersmarket.org (starts June 5) THursday Bexley (4-7pm) – 2111 East Main Street 43209 bexleyfarmersmarket.com easton (4-7pm) – 160 Easton Town Center 43219 (starts June 6) new albany (4-7pm) – 200 Market Street (Market Square) 43054 facebook.com/nafarmersmarket (starts June 20) Friday Pearl (10:30am-2pm) – 19 North Pearl Street 43215 downtowncolumbus.com/pearlmarket
Brush one side of each pizza with olive oil and place, oiled side down, on the direct heat side of the grill grate. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough starts to bubble. Brush the top side with olive oil and flip each pizza round, using tongs, onto a baking sheet.
Quickly brush pizza rounds with additional olive oil, and then spoon on one-fourth of the sliced potato and grilled kale.
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Sprinkle toppings of sausage and green onion. Drizzle a bit more overall olive oil and season with pepper. Using a grill spatula, place each pizza on the indirect side of the fire. Cover and grill for 4 to 5 minutes or until the kale has slightly wilted and the topping is hot. Serve hot. 24
Worthington (8am-12pm) – Worthington Village Green 43085 worthingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com north Market (8am-12pm) – 59 Spruce Street 43215 northmarket.com Granville (8:30am-12pm) – 102 East Broadway 43023
Clintonville (9am-12pm) – 3535 North High Street 43214 clintonvillefarmersmarket.org The Original delaware Farmers Market (9am-12pm) – Delaware County Fairgrounds 740.747.2296 400 West rich (11am-2pm) – 400 West Rich 43215 400westrich.com/the-market (check website for dates) Moonlight Market (6-11pm) – 73 East Gay Street 43215 moonlightmarketcolumbus.com (June 8th)
Dad & Daughter Dates Making the Most of Cherished Time Together by Clint Kelly
he ancient Greek playwright Euripides, renowned for his Greek tragedies portraying strong female characters, was likely a decent dad. He wrote, “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” Entrepreneur and life coach Greg Wright, of Austin, Texas, updates the concept of this precious relationship in Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts. He says that before the age of 30, God gave him a lovely wife; four girls, or “beginner ladies”; and a succinct mission statement: “Don’t mess up.” Possessing an overwhelming compassion and protective instinct for each of his children, Wright decided early on “to teach them the right way to date and to treasure their specialness as much as I do.” One of his chief assignments was respectfully modeling good dating habits for his daughters, a talent that doesn’t necessarily come naturally to dads. They may understand how
significant a fathering relationship is to her self-worth in becoming a dauntless and independent adult, but may be uncertain how to make a proper investment spiritually and emotionally. Healthcare marketing executive David Kinard, of Seattle, Washington, invests heavily in both his son and daughter. Having grown up in a separated family with no fatherly role model, he has focused on spending time with both kids, and knows it’s especially important for a girl. “I wanted my daughter to know that I loved her for who she was and not for anything she said or did, and that she didn’t need to give her body away to find love.” He felt the best way to convey these truths was to provide dedicated time together. Wednesdays were without fail their date nights, beginning at age 4; dates are less frequent now that his daughter is 16, but even when the relationship feels at odds, dates have consistently brought them together. “She always got to choose where we went to dinner,” Kinard recalls.
“We’d sit for a long time, eat our favorite foods and play a silly card game.” They talked about anything, nothing, everything. “She glows when she talks about past dates,” he continues. “I have earned the ability to talk with her about the more sensitive subjects in her life such as boys, sex, friends and family.” Seattle Pacific University Alumni Director Ken Cornell believes that bonding through dating his two girls, ages 14 and 17, is a true privilege. He says the same is true of his wife of 27 years. “It is so important to get away from the routine, to focus on each other,” Cornell remarks. “It’s amazing what is said when we give space for a relationship to deepen.” His younger daughter believes, “It’s confidence building; it makes me stronger to be with someone who believes and has hope in me.” Dressing up on occasion, holding the door open and allowing her to order for herself show respect and make her feel treasured. Later, if she doesn’t get that same level of respect on a first date with a boy, she will be less likely to schedule a second. Cornell often worries that he doesn’t model enough of the love and honor his girls deserve. He finds grace in prayer. “I ask God regularly for wisdom and forgiveness to help me steward my relationship with my daughters and wife.” The writer’s own family of six, including two daughters, has a long history of carving out precious time for refreshing fun. It naturally evolved from movies and petting zoos when they were young to canoeing and college campus events as they grew up. “My boyfriends knew that if we were going to last, they had to impress my dad,” remembers our youngest daughter Amy, today a wife and esthetician living in Medina, Ohio. “It was important to know that my dad cared enough to engage in my life. When college life was chaotic, it was comforting to have a dad close to my heart. Our dates through the years allowed us to share stories, secrets and sorrows, and to laugh.” Clint Kelly’s books include Dare to Raise Exceptional Children.
city’s finest local restaurants, live music, handson art activities and more. Along Main St &Civic Center, Columbus. 614-224-2606. ColumbusArtsFestival.org.
calendarofevents SATURDAY, JUNE 1 short north yard sale – 9am-3pm. The Short North Civic Association will host this year’s Short North yard sale. The day-long treasure hunt takes place in the neighborhoods around the Short North, including Victorian Village, Harrison West, Italian Village, Dennison Place and The Circles. More than 150 homes participated in last year’s sale, making it the largest neighborhood yard sale in Columbus. YardSale.ShortNorthCivic.org. We Can! Water-Bath Canning: Relish & Chutney – 10am-1pm. Join us to learn the safety and science behind water-bath canning with a handson lesson making relish. Will discuss the secrets behind crunchy pickling and techniques to make canning practical and enjoyable. Everything is provided including plenty of taste testing; leave with a jar of product and the confidence to repeat the process at home. $45. Glass Rooster Cannery, 1673 S St Rte 605, Sunbury. 614-499-2958. GlassRoosterCannery.com. Fountainside: Healthy Earth, Happy Earth – 11:30am-1:30pm. Columbus Recreation and Parks offers water play and fountain fun at the interactive Scioto Mile Fountain. Reduce, reuse, and recycle the FountainSide way. Learn how to protect the environment with RecyColumbus, make recyclable jewelry with Eric Marlow, Fort Hayes High School junk band. Get into character with Candace from Dramatic Impact, sample local honey with Central Ohio Beekeepers Association, participate in a compost activity with Local Matters, activities with Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District and join Lowe’s for their
weekly How to Grow workshop. Bring the Farm to You will visit with chickens, rabbits, sheep, ducks and more. Bicentennial Park, 233 Civic Center Dr, Columbus. 614-645-7995. SciotoMile.com. Beneficial Weeds – 1-2pm. Weeds are time consuming, gardening stealing plants. Join us as we redefine many of the “weeds” of the area and learn about their good qualities. Learn how these garden problems can actually be beneficial to you and your garden. Instructor: Barb Drobnick. $15/ RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. OhioHerbCenter.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 6 Climate Change in Ohio: The Effect on your Garden – 7-8:30pm. Join Ohio Environmental Council’s Joe Logan for an in-depth discussion on climate change in Central Ohio. Learn how this change is affecting our growing season and the outlook for the future. He will share strategies for coping with the changing weather and explain new opportunities brought about by the change in our weather patterns. Free. City Folk’s Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus. Registration suggested: 614-946-5553. Shawn@CityFolksFarmShop.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7 Columbus arts Festival – June 7-9. The riverfront will be transformed into a stunning outdoor art gallery as the nation’s top artists display their work and attract art enthusiasts from all over the country. In addition to hosting more than 230 nationally acclaimed artists, the Festival will feature fantastic gourmet fare from some of the
reiki Clinic – 11:30am-12:30pm. Receive healing energy from one or more Reiki practitioners in our Reiki clinic. Since the healing process usually occurs over time, we encourage you to sign up for more than one session, but single sessions are beneficial too. If you have never experienced Reiki or any other energy healing modality, this is a good way to start. $35/single session; $85/series of 3. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com. Granville art affair & Wine Festival – June 7 & 8. 5-9pm, Fri; 10am-8pm, Sat. Licking County’s largest juried art festival. This unique show features a hands-on art project tent for all ages hosted by the Granville Studio of Visual Arts, live entertainment, and fine food vendors. Bryn Du Manison, 537 Jones Rd, Granville. 614-579-5743. GranvilleArtAffair.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 8 aromatherapy Basics – 1-2pm. Essential oils play a big part in many bath and beauty products that we use. Learn about the most common essential oils, their properties and the safe way to incorporate them into everyday use. After sampling scents participants will create their own botanical bath tea. Instructor: Barb Drobnick. $15/RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. OhioHerbCenter.org. new Moon Glow Float – 7pm. Paddle your canoe from sunset to darkness, lit only by the glimmering phosphorescent light of glow sticks reflecting on the water. End at the livery with a roaring bonfire and lively music meant for listening and dancing.
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BYOB. Reservations highly recommended. One glow stick provided, be sure to bring your glowing bling. $40/canoe (2 people). Hocking Hills Canoe Livery,12789 St Rte 664 S, Logan. 800-634-6820. HockingRiver.com.
SUNDAY, JUNE 9 Girls’ day Out – 1-4:30pm. Gather your girlfriends and join us at the farm for a day of natural beauty. Spend a beautiful afternoon doing herbal hand and foot soaks, herbal facials, yoga and learn to use henna both for your hair and for body decoration. $28. Mockingbird Meadows, 16671 Burns Rd, Marysville 43040. 614-354-5162. MockingbirdMeadows.com.
ashtanga anatomy, Breath, Bandhas and Practice: Practical Anatomy for Ashtangis – 9am5pm. Learn the basics of anatomy, breath and bandhas to improve you practice and knowledge. $145. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com.
MONDAY, JUNE 17 Trigger Point Massage Therapy: Relieving Stress – 7:30-8:30pm. Free; space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register & for class locations: 614-855-8828. More info: IntegraAcupuncture. com/#!workshopsclasses/clku8.
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Five secrets to Permanent Weight loss – 7:30-8:30pm. Free; space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register & for class locations: 614-855-8828. More info: IntegraAcupuncture.com/#!workshopsclasses/clku8.
Composting with Worms – 7-8:30pm. Workshop will cover the basics of composting with worms and how to compost successfully using worms. Learn how to get started including identifying common problems and how to remedy. Will also discuss the benefits of using worm castings which will include instruction on how to use castings as a soil amendment, seed starting medium, and base for compost tea. Each participant will take home a small bag of worms with bedding and castings. $25. City Folk’s Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus. Registration suggested: 614-946-5553. Shawn@CityFolksFarmShop.com.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11 solve Garden Problems naturally – 6:30-8pm. What are those bugs eating your vegetables? Why are your tomatoes rotting on the vine? What can you do about these and other garden problems without exposing yourself to dangerous chemicals? Talk with Tayse Bailieul of Harmonious Homestead about natural remedies and create a pest spray to take home. Bring descriptions/ pictures of your garden problems and we’ll brainstorm ways to address them. $20. City Folk’s Farm Shop, 4760 N High St, Columbus. Registration suggested: 614-946-5553. Shawn@CityFolksFarmShop.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 Xtend Barre™ Stick Training Class – June 14-16. Must be Pilates Mat Certified. The Xtend Barre workout is the premier ballet barre workout. Pilates and Dance Amplified. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. TurningPointFit.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 15 33rd annual river Clean – 8am-2pm. Friends of the Hocking River (FOHR) is sponsoring the annual river clean up celebration. All participants will be provided a canoe, paddle, lifejacket, trash bags, gloves and transportation to designated locations. Everyone will be assigned into groups to ensure the entire river gets clean. Afterwards will have a cookout along with music and games. Prizes awarded for the coolest item pulled out of the river. Hocking Hills Adventures, 31251 Chieftain Dr, Logan. 800-686-0386. HockingHillsCanoeing.com. 7th Grillmaster’s Festival – 8am-5pm. Event will emphasize grilling, techniques and sauces (the smoke) as well as putting a little bite into your recipes with spices and hot sauces (the fire). Featuring special barbeque and fiery foods vendors, cooking demonstrations, culinary contests, live music and entertainment for the kiddies. North Market, 59 Spruce St, Columbus. 614-463-9664. NorthMarket.com.
FRIDAY, JUNE 21 Columbus Pride Festival – June 21-22. The largest pride event in the Midwest, the Pride Festival had more than 275,000 attendees last year. Includes a downtown parade on Sat, along with more than 180 vendors, 2 music stages and a family area. A Sunday brunch concludes the festival at the Columbus Athenaeum. The parade begins at 12pm downtown at Broad & High St and goes to Goodale Park. 614-299-7764. ColumbusPride.org. Planting the right seed: Teaching Arm Balances and Inversions. – June 21-23. 9am-5pm. This Vinyasa workshop will show how to plant the seeds of arm balances and inversions by embedding the elements of these challenging poses into creative, smart vinyasa sequences, how to apply clear steps towards accessing arm balances and inversions through playful weight shifting, inner thigh awareness, precise foot work and knowing how to fall. All yoga teachers, experienced or brand new; people considering teaching, or those who want to deepen their practice are welcome. $375. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com. Women’s Ceremonial Circle – 5-8pm. It is undeniable that there is a shift occurring in our world. Women especially need to reconnect to sacred ceremony. Join us as we will hold space for the healing of ourselves, our community and our earth. Those with drums, rattles are encouraged to bring them and some area available to share. Bring a favorite dish to share afterwards. Free. Mockingbird Meadows, 16671 Burns Rd, Marysville. 614-354-5162. MockingbirdMeadows.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 22 sun Tea: Capturing the Energy of the Sun – 1-2pm. Sun Tea is a different way to create ice tea for the summer months. Whether you use fresh herbs from your garden or dried tisanes, steeping
them gently in the light of the sun offers a refreshing change from water or carbonated beverages. Four teas will be discussed and sampled. $15/ RDR, $20/SR. Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St, Gahanna. 614-342-4380. OhioHerbCenter.org. Farm to Fork: Cooking with Seasonal Ingredients – 1-3pm. Join us for a cooking demonstrations as local Chef Mark Zedella, The Duke of Fork, shows us creative and healthful ways to prepare vegetables, grains and other foods that are grown at SEC complete with samples to enjoy. Will feature ingredients that are currently in season and promise to be a delicious culinary adventure. $30/class (limit 24). Stratford Ecological Center, 3083 Liberty Rd Delaware. 740-363-2548. StratfordEcologicalCenter.org.
SUNDAY, JUNE 23 animal Communication Class – 1-5pm. Within every single one of us lays the ability to communicate with our animal friends. Wouldn’t it be amazing to connect with your pets through animal communication? Please bring 3-4 photos of your animals, living or deceased for class exercises. With Jennifer Ortman. $125 ($50 deposit); preregister please. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net.
MONDAY, JUNE 24 natural solutions to improve Fertility – 7:308:30pm. Free; space limited. Offered by Integra Acupuncture & Wellness Associates, 1110 Beecher Crossing N, Ste B, Gahanna. To register & for class locations: 614-855-8828. More info: IntegraAcupuncture.com/#!workshopsclasses/clku8.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25 Forks over knives with del sroufe – 7pm. Presented in partnership with the Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food pantry. Old Worthington Library, meeting room, 820 High St, Worthington. 614-807-2626. WorthingtonLibraries.org.
THURSDAY, JUNE 27 senyru: spiritual & intuitive Creative Writing Class – 6-8pm. Senyru is a sister form of Haiku. Senyru has the same rules of 3 lines and 5-7-5 syllables, but it is based on human nature. In this session you will search your soul about how you feel about love, life, romance, pain, sadness. Connect with your past, look at your present and hope for the future through words. Instructor Ina Antoniak. $20. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net.
FRIDAY, JUNE 28 ComFest – June 28-30. Concerts start around 12pm daily. Listen to music on 6 stages. Take part in Spirit & Purpose Workshops and speakers, solar displays and kids’ activities, and shop at 200 craft and community vendors and 30 food vendors. Corner of Goodale Blvd & Park St, Columbus. ComFest.com.
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 kidsMile’s 5k and Family Fun run with stinger – 8:45am. Proceeds from this event go to KidSMILE, a nonprofit dental clinic providing quality dental care to children in need. Glacier Ridge Metro Park. Register: SpeedySneakers.com.
summer Psychic & Wellness Fair – 1-5pm. Featuring gifted psychics and intuitives offering numerology reports, past life readings, tarot, psychic mediumship and more. Enjoy Reiki, massage, tuning forks, reflexology & craniosacral therapy. Pets will benefit too as Jennifer Ortman will be offering Animal Communication and Animal Wellness Consultations (pets need not be present). There will be a 20% Off Everything Sale in our Gift Shop, too. All Psychics and practitioners: $20/20 mins. The Reiki Center, 1540 W 5th Ave, Columbus. 614-486-8323. TheReikiCenter.net.
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classifieds FOR SALE 7895 M V HiGH rOad, Plain CiTy, 43064 – Organic mini-farm, charming farmhouse on 3.9 acres. 2-car garage. Many updates, including: kitchen and baths, first floor laundry, newer windows and HVAC. Two barns have newer metal roofs, two wells have newer pumps. $329,000. Contact Jennifer at 614-306-1481 or JenniferBrabb.com.
HELP WANTED CleaninG CreWs needed – EcoMaids is always looking for dependable, energetic people who have a passion for cleaning! 614-429-6330. Apply online at Columbus.Ecomaids.com. liCensed ManiCurisT and esTHeTiCian – Looking for a clean and inviting atmosphere to work in? Beautiful new spa in the Polaris area. Experience preferred. Excellent customer service, communication skills, positive attitude, good time management/flexibility, clean professional attire and hygiene required. Apply today. Send resume/contact to Info@TheNaturalNailSpa.com. seekinG liCensed aCuPunCTurisT – Great opportunity for motivated individual to build a practice in a growing facility. Pay is 100% commission, with a 50/50 split. We supply treatment table, sheets, on-site laundry service. For more info, call Dr. Jasmine Craner or Dr. Erik Hensel at Active Edge Chiropractic: 614-407-5335.
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irest yoga nidra – 3-4:15pm. iRest® Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based, ancient transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops an inner sanctuary of well-being and equanimity that underlies all circumstance you may encounter in your life. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com.
Crossfit – 6:30-7:30am. Mitch Potterf provides a mix of constantly varied functional movements. From beginner to advanced, highly trained coaches will take you through a full-body workout consisting of running, jumping, calisthenics and other fun stuff designed to test and develop every aspect of fitness. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: ColumbusCommons.org.
Bootcamp – 8:30am. Start your day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. NoExcusesUA.com.
Free yoga – 9-10am. Free community yoga classes are available every Monday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 1555 W Lane Ave, Upper Arlington. 614-481-3400.
Gentle/level i yoga – 11-11:45am. Gentle/ Level I yoga class. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. OnTheSquareYoga.com.
enlighten yoga – 9:15-10:15am. Open to all levels. Based on kundalini yoga breathing and movement techniques. Some meditation and chanting, not for the spiritually shy. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614-915-7684. LYogaFlow.com.
non-scary Gentle yoga – 4-5:30pm. Yoga demands nothing more than a willingness to move, breathe and be comfortable in one’s own body. If you are someone who has considered yoga, but thought you weren’t flexible enough to do it, this is the class for you. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com.
Beginner’s series – 12-12:45pm. Foundations of yoga; no yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. OnTheSquareYoga.com. urban Zen – 12:30-1:30pm. This class is appropriate for everyone, whether you are recovering from an illness or injury or are simply in need of tender loving care. Class includes gentle movements, restorative yoga poses, body scans, breath practices, aromatherapy and Reiki. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com. Bootcamp – 5:30-6:30pm. Varying mix of functional movements using your body weight and other equipment. Each class starts out with a group warm-up, followed by a fast-paced workout, and concludes with a cool-down. Work hard, have fun and get results. Instructor Mitch Potterf. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: ColumbusCommons.org. Xtend Barre™ – 5:45-6:45pm. The Xtend Barre workout is the premier ballet barre workout. Pilates and Dance Amplified. This total-body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. TurningPointFit.com. Pilates Mat Class – 6:45-7:30pm. Class consists of 40 various exercises created by Joseph Pilates that are performed lying on your back, side or stomach. The exercises target your abdominal and back muscles focusing on increasing core musculature and flexibility in a fun group setting. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. TurningPointFit.com.
energy exercises, Meditation and Positive Intentions Class – 6-7pm. By the use of movement, breath, sound, and meditation, work to achieve a sense of well-being of mind, body and spirit. Energy exercises works with the 5 basic elements of life, Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Benefits of energy exercises: spinal flexibility, joint balance, muscle strength, release stress and tension, balances the chakras. Please bring a yoga mat or sheet for floor postures. $10. 1301 Olentangy River Rd, Ste 200, Columbus. Registration required: 614657-0316. Misty.Skeen@yahoo.com. refresh yoga – 6:30-7:30pm. Open to all levels. A slow-flow Vinyasa class focusing on strength, tone, endurance. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614- 915-7684. LYogaFlow.com. Beginners Meditation Class – 7:15-8:30pm. Meditation instruction for beginners; all beliefs and levels of practice welcome. No experience necessary. Learn about different types of mindfulness and benefits of regular practice. $5 suggested donation. Mind, Body, Spirit Academy, 885 High St, Ste 106 Worthington. 614-547-2187. MindBodySpiritAcademy.org.
wednesday refresh yoga – 8-9am. Open to all levels. A slow-flow Vinyasa class focusing on strength, tone, endurance. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614- 915-7684. LYogaFlow.com. Free Morning Meditation – 8:15-9:15am. Meditation practices provide pathways to go beyond the
typical thinking mind to much deeper states of relaxation, healing, compassion and awareness. Throughout this quarter, a variety of teachers will offer explorations of their various practices, designed to give each participant the opportunity to find a style of meditation that best meets their needs. Donations to benefit the Yoga on High Foundation. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291.4444. YogaOnHigh.com. Beginner’s series – 1-1:45pm. Foundations of yoga; no yoga experience necessary. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. OnTheSquareYoga.com. kickboxing – 5:30-6:30pm. Kickboxing is a constantly varied mix of martial arts skills and functional movements using your body weight. Each class starts out with a group warm-up, followed by a fast-paced workout and concludes with a cool-down. You will work hard, learn usable skills, have fun and get results. Instructor: Alexander Chang. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: ColumbusCommons.org. Hip Hop – 6:30-7:30pm. This introductory-level Hip Hop class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment, and offers a new set of combinations and routines every time. Instructor: Alexander Chang. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: ColumbusCommons.org. Xtend Barre ™ – 6:30-7:30pm. The Xtend Barre workout is the premier ballet barre workout. Pilates and Dance Amplified. This total body workout serves to strengthen, lengthen and stretch the body from top to bottom, from inside out. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. 614-895-1433. TurningPointFit.com.
thursday Bootcamp – 8:30am. Start your day with a dynamic warm up then combine cardio and strength training. All fitness levels welcome. $10. Barrington Elementary School, 1780 Barrington Rd, Upper Arlington. 614-886-5673. NoExcusesUA.com.
to build their own Imagination Playground, bounce on inflatables and take a free spin on the carousel. The Columbus Metropolitan Library book mobile will also be present. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. ColumbusCommons.org.
Mixed levels yoga – 5:15-6pm. Levels II/III. On The Square Yoga, 65 E State St, Ste R103, Columbus. 614-374-9369. OnTheSquareYoga.com.
Bootcamp – 7:30am. Turning Point Fitness, 5890/5894 Chandler Court, Westerville. To reserve spot: 614-895-1433. TurningPointFit.com.
enlighten yoga – 5:30-6:30pm. Open to all levels. Based on kundalini yoga breathing and movement techniques. Some meditation and chanting, not for the spiritually shy. L-Yoga Flow, 927 E Johnstown Rd, Gahanna. 614- 915-7684. LYogaFlow.com.
yoga – 9-10am. Vinyasa Flow Yoga series with a mix of movement and breathing. Basic yoga poses and breathing techniques are blended together to create an invigorating workout that will leave you balanced and ready for a busy weekend. Suggest bringing own mat or can enjoy the grass beneath feet. Instructors: Kandi Shamblin & local yoga all-stars. Columbus Commons, 160 S High St, Columbus. Registration required: ColumbusCommons.org.
The art of Breathing & Meditation – 7-8:30pm. Healthy body, peaceful mind, joyful spirit. Yoga on Broadway, 134 1/2 Broadway, Granville. Info, Mary Kohut: 740-928-7077.
friday Free yoga – 9:30-10:30am. Free community yoga classes are available every Friday morning in the Salud. Whole Foods, 3670 W Dublin-Granville Rd, Columbus. 614-760-5556. slow Burn yoga – 9:30-10:45am. Recharge, restore and reconnect the body, mind and soul. Class combines the elements of slow flow Vinyasa, restorative yoga, pranayama and guided meditation in a warm room set to music. Yoga on High, 1081 N High St, Columbus. 614-291-4444. YogaOnHigh.com. Commons for kids – 10am-1pm. Kicks off with Columbus Metropolitan Library story time at 10:30am, followed by fun and interactive children’s activities. Kids can enjoy the Reading Room, sponsored by Highlights for Children, use their creativity
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