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May/June Vol. 1, No.5

First Glance

Letter from the Executive Editor

10 In and Out

What's Happening In and Out of New Albany

12 Personalities Finding Her Balance

Pilates is a way of life for instructor


On the Path:

Beside the Pointe Ballet provides major boosts to fitness, body awareness and more

20 Initiatives Tornado Trouble

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Foods for Fitness

Oh, Those Summer Delights Make over your Memorial Day meal with changes that can last all season


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Five for Fitness


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Getting to the Core of the Problem I am a competitor who has the ability to maintain a walking pace that many a runner would envy. It is commonplace to hear runners say, “I can’t believe I’m being passed by a walker,” when I glide past them as if they were stationary. As fast and competitive as I had become, I wasn’t prepared for what was to be my downfall – if only for a short period of time. Unbeknownst to me but evident to the group with which I walk, a group that includes physicians and fitness instructors, was that the upper part of my body exhibited a lateral shift with every step I took. After all, I’ve been a competitive runner and now walker for most of my life and, may I add, injury free. I thought to myself, what do they know? Well, it turns out their assessment was a warning of what was to come. Eventually my distorted biomechanics led to the development of excruciating pain running down my lower back. I was not able to elevate myself from a seated position. The verdict: lower back spasms caused by a poor biomechanics during my long walks. The solution: strengthen my core muscles. Welcome Pilates, an exercise regimen that helps develop the body through flexibility and awareness with the outcome being increased core strength. Today I am pain-free as a result of my Pilates workouts. My abdominal strength helps to control my body’s movements so I can perform in a biomechanically-efficient manner. In this issue, you will be introduced to Pilates and other exercises and activities that promote physical balance and strength. For those inclined toward other activities, our Gadgets & Gear feature will provide you with unique accessories than can enhance your exercise experience. We also touch upon a number of other health-related topics that will promote your health and well-being. I encourage you to follow a balanced approach to your health – both literally and figuratively. Healthfully,

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What's happening in and out Tuesdays and Thursdays Zumba for Moms 6:10-7:10 p.m., The Goddard School, 4160 Executive Pkwy., Westerville, Take part in this class for new mothers. The cost is $5 per class with free child care available. Email Coleen at goddard_director@hotmail. com to RSVP.

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7-9 p.m., The Wellness Forum Center, 510 E. Wilson Bridge Rd., Ste. F, Worthington, 614841-7700, Learn new ways to incorporate healthful vegetables and fresh ingredients into delicious soups. Cost for members is $20; non-members, $25. Call to make reservations.

May 5 Capital City Half Marathon

May 19 New Albany Founders Day

7:30 a.m., Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Boulevard, Columbus, This event features four races: the Capital City Half Marathon, the Capital City Quarter Marathon (6.55 miles), the popular Commit To Be Fit 5K and the Capital Kids Mascot Chase.

8:30 a.m-4 p.m., The Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, events/event434661 Join Management Advancement for the Public Service (MAPS) as it presents a seminar that goes beyond typical stress management workshops. Learn how to break the stress cycle and create an improved wellness environment in your workplace.

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Tom Lennox will prepare you for the ride of your life. Lennox will discuss the new Pelotonia course, fundraising efforts, equipment recommendations and training advice. Every dollar raised by Pelotonia’s riders goes directly to research at The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. Admission is free, and canned food donations are encouraged.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., New Albany 2-5 Elementary School grounds, 87 N. High St., The 37th annual Founders Day Parade and Festival kicks off with a parade through the City at 11 a.m. The event will feature carnival rides, games and entertainment, as well as food from a variety of local vendors. A silent auction will support future Founders Day events.

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May 20 New Albany Community Band Spring Concert 3-4:30 p.m., New Albany United Methodist Church, 20 S. Third St., The New Albany Community Band performs its annual Spring Concert at the New Albany United Methodist Church. Admission is free; donations accepted.

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June 12 Once-a-Month Cooking

6 p.m. registration, Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Rd., Join this run or walk through scenic Indian Run Meadows Park. The path is paved and relatively flat. Registration is at 6 p.m. and Kids Fun Run/Walk and 5K Run/Walk begin at 7 p.m. Register early to get discounts on race fees.

7-8:30 p.m., Grady Memorial Hospital, 561 W. Central Ave., Delaware, www.ohiohealth. com/healthwellnessclasses Cook for one full day and then feel free to not cook the rest of the month. Learn as an experienced facilitator explains the method that will enable you to spend only one day cooking and freezing an entire month’s worth of meals, saving you time and money. Register online for $25, which includes a book.

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June 16-17 Relay Around Columbus

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Time TBA, Hoover Dam, 7701 S. Sunbury Rd., Columbus, Teams of runners and walkers will take to central Ohio’s public trails for a 13-26 hour endurance relay event, the first of its kind in central Ohio. Starting at Hoover Reservoir Park and ending at Bicentennial Park Downtown the next day, each team will cover a loop around the city of up to 110 miles. Register online.

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June 24 "The Envelope, Please!” Concert on the Commons

9 a.m.-4 p.m., New Albany Country Club, 1 Club Ln.,, 614-855-4400 Enjoy the challenge of a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The annual New Albany Chamber of Commerce Tournament begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun scramble. Cost is $175 for a single golfer or $500 for a foursome. Register online.

7:30 p.m., New Albany High School Commons, 7600 Fodor Rd., The annual Concert on the Commons features the New Albany Chorus, Community Band and special guests. This year's concert features Tony, Grammy and Oscar award winning music. Admission and parking are free and picnics welcome, but alcohol is prohibited.

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June 28-Sept. 13 New Albany Farmers' Market

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Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., 200 Market Sq., The New Albany Farmers' Market, established only a year ago, brings first-class merchants from all over central Ohio. With more than 50 merchants, live music, dining on wheels, face painting and green space to enjoy it all, demand led the organizers to extend the 2012 season to 12 weeks. All overstock is donated weekly to the local food pantry, Village Coalition Against Hunger.

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Finding Her



ary Willis’ hands move deftly, guiding her client through the motions of each exercise. Tuck in the stomach. Round your spine. Breathe in … and out. As a Pilates instructor, Willis knows that good form is key to progress. Bad form leads to imbalances, and Pilates is all about balance. New Albany resident Willis, 51, has been dedicated to Pilates – a physical fitness system designed to build core strength and flexibility – since she went to her first workshop in the late 1990s. “I had heard about this method, but didn’t know much about it,” says Willis, who attended the class with a friend. “We ran, did all kinds of weightlifting, everything, so we felt like we were pretty well equipped to take what we thought was a stretching class.” She had been an aerobics instructor, so Willis was stunned that she was unable to do some of the simplest Pilates moves. “Boy, were we surprised!” Willis says. “(My friend) ended up dropping out before the end of the weekend, but I got hooked. … Not even being able to complete a one-hour class, I felt like something was missing in my body.” It’s a surprising admission from the petite and trim Willis, who has made health a priority her whole life. She grew up on a farm in Galion, Ohio. On summer days, Willis and her sister would take a salt shaker and a con-

tainer of sugar and head to the fields, where they would make lunch from fresh fruits and vegetables off the vine. She developed an interest in anatomy from watching the horses on the farm – the way their muscles and joints moved and how it related to their health — and eventually majored in adaptive physical education at The Ohio State University. For Willis, Pilates was a logical way to further her education. Once she came back from the workshop, she turned around and went to train in Pilates matwork with The PhysicalMind Institute. She has continued her training, completing courses in using Reformer machines and other equipment. She also took classes on how to work with special populations – for instance, those with Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis. “It just kept snowballing from there,” Willis says. Currently, Willis is a partner at Body Pure Pilates in the Gahanna area, which opened in September. She considers

training others in Pilates her personal calling. “One of the things that I’ve learned is that every time you get a client you learn something more (about the system),” Willis says. “I learn not only from my education, but also from my clients. I love my clients.” Among her list of clients is Donald Gorman, a fitness member of the New Albany Country Club. Gorman began training with Willis about three years ago and is now one of her most advanced students. As he moves from one piece of equipment to another, she explains the exercise, gently corrects any body parts that are out of place and encourages him when he’s doing well. “I’m not a participant,” Willis says of both her private lessons and group classes. “I’m always watching what to correct. It’s not my workout.” Most recently, Willis has been studying Gyrotonics and Gyrokinesis, and is looking forward to getting that equipment in the studio.

Mary Willis' client Donald Gorman does an exercise called "Push Up I." Gorman has been training with Willis for three years.



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“It’s kind of like being a painter and you just got a new color in or you just got a new brush,” she says. “It’s really exciting.” Even with such an emphasis on balance in her job, it’s easy for Willis to get carried away with her passion for Pilates and forget to tend to other aspects of her life – hobbies such as gardening and cooking, and spending time with family. Willis lives with her husband, Steve, and their 10-year-old son, Brandon, in New Albany, where they have a container garden in their backyard and a Reformer in their basement. She also has an adult daughter, Lindsey. Even Steve and Brandon spend time on the Pilates equipment, Willis says. “My son and he both go down and get on the Reformer,” she says. “They will have the neighbors come over. Brandon is really proud to show his friends Pilates.”

Willis helps Gorman perform the exercise "Long Spine" on a Reformer. And now that summer’s approaching, Willis is looking forward to continuing last year’s tradition of biking to Market Square for the weekly Farmers’ Market. “I am so glad that it’s growing here and that more and more people are getting inspired,” Willis says. Visiting the Farmer’s Market and gardening – no matter how small the garden – cultivate a taste for fresh, nutritious food, she says. Hopefully, she’ll be able to restore balance to her life again. “It’s just so easy to go to work. It’s not work for me,” Willis says. Lisa Aurand is editor of Healthy New Albany Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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he final product may be an art form, but there’s still a lot of science that goes into ballet. Of that science, a key component is health – something every dancer, young or old, professional or recreational, must keep in mind at all times. In New Albany, nowhere is that combination of art and science studied more intently than at the New Albany Ballet Company. The company, located on Forest Drive, opened its doors in 1999. Now it has more than 600 students across its four training divisions – children’s, general, progressive and pre-professional – determined by the student’s age and seriousness. Students may be as young as 2 years old and can remain with the school through high school.


Tara Miller is owner and director at the company. She has a degree in dance from The Ohio State University. As a New Albany resident, Miller has seen firsthand the community’s commitment to arts and culture. She started out teaching ballet classes at the New Albany Country Club, and later was able to start her own business thanks to the support of a country club patron who believed strongly in Miller’s potential. Ballet is an activity that employs all the muscles, says Miller, and not only does it keep its practitioners in tip-top shape, it has larger ramifications for their overall health. “You stay physically fit because you’re in an environment where you’re constantly moving,” she says.

For instance, children who grow up taking ballet lessons end up with better posture, Miller says. They also develop good balance, strong core muscles and a good center of gravity. Ballet also helps build confidence, respect for artistic expression, a strong work ethic and a desire to maintain a healthy body weight, Miller says. “Each child understands that ‘skinny’ is not necessarily the right body type,” she says. And one major benefit for dancers is an intensified awareness of and confidence with one’s body. That helps them maintain a good body image and avoid harmful behavior like drug use or drinking to excess. “There’s much more of a respect for your body if you grow up in the dance world,” Miller says.

Pointe Muscles are worked slowly to reduce the risk of injury and better train the body so the work comes naturally to participants. Stretching is a large part of the studio’s classes, with students spending half of each class preparing on the bar. “It’s not fast-paced – it’s more about endurance and trying to maintain strength,” says Miller. Flexibility is paramount to success in ballet, and that’s another area that is heavily emphasized. “A lot of dancers will supplement with yoga, Pilates or some other type of activity that supports ballet,” says Miller. Success in dance is contingent on more than just muscle strength. Nutrition is an important factor as well, and students are made aware of that importance.

Ballet provides major boosts to fitness, body awareness and more

Instructor Megan Spain teaches a group of girls at the New Albany Ballet Company.


New Albany Ballet Company student Gabrielle Gulan

Ashley Doyle-Lucas, one of the company’s faculty members, has her Ph.D. in sports nutrition and chronic diseases and is working to gain status as a registered dietician. She makes sure her students follow good eating habits that will keep them in top condition for dance. “They can’t reach optimum performance if they’re not reaching their optimum nutrition,” she says. One to four hours before class, students are advised to eat something with high carbohydrates, moderate to low protein and low fat, such as a fruit smoothie or fruit with peanut butter. That type of food provides a lot of energy that can be used quickly, Doyle-Lucas says. If a student will be dancing for more than 90 minutes, he or she is advised to bring a sports drink for fuel and fluid, as well as a snack such as fruit or granola. “I’m always allowing them to bring wa18

“There’s much more of a respect for your body if you grow up in the dance world." - Tara Miller ter in … because we know dehydration really impairs sports,” Doyle-Lucas says. After class, recovery eating is important as well. Doyle-Lucas recommends having something to eat 30 to 60 minutes after exercise to refuel the body and repair muscle damage. Chocolate milk is one of the suggestions most popular among students. The New Albany Ballet Company has a strong focus on technique. Though the school does put on a spring recital – this year scheduled for May 20 – its students do not participate in competitions, so the vast majority of their work is practice.

Miller has seen her students go on to see success in a variety of ballet companies across the country, as well as in top-ranked university dance programs. She and the school’s other instructors work hard to stay up to date on the latest developments in the world of dance and technique – keeping in touch with other companies, attending seminars, reading national publications and making every effort to stay ahead of the curve. They also make sure to maintain good communication with students so they’re not afraid to come forward with any problems they may be facing, from nervousness to injury. Garth Bishop is a contributing editor. Feedback welcome at editor@

The MEDICINE of MOVEMENT When dancers move up to the professional level, staying well-conditioned and injury-free is crucially important. That’s why companies such as BalletMet keep sports medicine practitioners around to minimize the risk of injury. Hope Davis, an athletic trainer at OSU’s Sports Medicine Program for Performing Arts Medicine, is the head athletic trainer for BalletMet. Davis earned her Hope Davis undergraduate degree in dance at the University of Akron, but realizing the physical pressures of professional dance were not for her, she went into athletic training. Dancers rely on their flexibility, but the strength needed to maintain that flexibility is not to be overlooked. “Having too much range of motion and not enough strength can actually predispose them to the possibility of injuries,” Davis says. Traumatic injuries such as ankle sprains are important to avoid, but dancers are much more prone to overuse injuries like stress fractures, particularly in the lower extremities. Among the most common fatigue injuries are tendonitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, snapping hip and lumbar and spine issues. Because the average dancer has developed a high tolerance for pain, he or she may attempt to ignore nagging pains, so Davis instructs dancers to consider their pain on a scale from one to 10 and go to the doctor if pain exceeds a score of three for more than three days in a row. Communication with instructors to find the possible root of the pain is critical, as is accurately describing the kind of pain experienced. “All my dancers have a very wide vocabulary of the kind of pain they have,” Davis says.

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By Scott McAfee

Tornado Trou Spring is synonymous with brighter landscapes, warmer weather and more outdoor activity. But one very ominous reality is that this time of year is also the onset of tornado season. More than 900 confirmed Ohio tornadoes are on record since 1950, and one of the 37 tornadoes last year very briefly touched down in the New Albany area (thankfully doing no damage before it dissipated). Planning is a key component to surviving a tornado and dealing with its aftermath. Develop a family tornado plan and routinely practice it so your family is prepared. You may also want to contact your insurance agency to inquire about tornado coverage, consider purchasing replacement cost coverage for your home and its contents, and report any recent home improvements to your insurance carrier.

Safety Tips Before and During a Tornado There is no such thing as guaranteed safety from a tornado. The most violent tornadoes can level almost any home. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes, so store protective coverings (e.g. mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc.) near the designated tornado meeting area in your home for use on short notice. Also, use a radio or TV to get updated tornado information whenever possible. The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness and the Storm Prediction Center encourage you to: D - Go DOWN to the lowest level U - Get UNDER something C - COVER your head K - KEEP in shelter until the storm has passed

In a home with a basement: Get in the basement as soon as possible, avoid windows and get under protective coverings. Know where heavy objects rest on the floor above (pianos, refrigerators, waterbeds, etc.) and do not crouch under them. They may fall down through a weakened floor.

In a home with no basement: Get to the lowest floor and into a small center room such as a bathroom or closet, under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Avoid windows and crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down. Get under protective coverings.

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In an office building, mall, church or hospital: Go directly to an enclosed, windowless area in the center of the building if possible – away from glass and on the lowest floor. Crouch down and cover your head. Interior stairwells are also usually good places to take shelter and provide opportunities to get to lower floors. Stay off elevators, which may lose power.

At school: Follow instructions. Go to the interior hall or designated room in an orderly way, crouch low with your head down and protect the back of your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and large, open rooms like gyms and auditoriums.

In a vehicle: Vehicles are extremely dangerous during tornadoes. If the tornado is visible but far away, you may be able to drive out of its path by moving at right angles. Otherwise, park the car as quickly and safely as possible – out of the traffic lanes. Get out of the vehicle and seek shelter in a sturdy building if one is nearby.

In the open outdoors: If no sturdy building is nearby, lie flat and face-down on the lowest ground you find, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as possible.


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Foods for Fitness

By Lisa Aurand

Oh, Those Summer D Make over your Memorial Day meal with changes that can last all season long Summer’s nearly here -- bringing with it a slew of invitations to barbecues and potlucks. Traditional warm-weather American fare may taste great, but may not be as nutritious as you think. We talked to Jenny Lobb, a registered dietitian from Ultimate U, to get some ideas on how to enjoy picnics and cookouts guilt-free.

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One good thing about cookouts: They often feature grilled items, and grilling is a great way to cook food without extra fat. “Grilling in general is a lean cooking method, so you can throw just about anything on the grill,” Lobb says. She suggests chicken breasts as a leaner alternative to most ground beef. Another great protein option is a skewer or kabob. “Skewers are a lot of fun, so if you chop up a steak (and put it) onto a skewer with peppers or pineapple, that’s something that’s healthy and different to do in place of hamburgers.” And speaking of pineapple, fruits and vegetables can be grilled, too. Some veggies can be cooked dry, but you can also brush them with a light coat of olive oil before popping them on the grill. “Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables to grill,” Lobb says. “Just cut it in half, brush it with olive oil and cook it.”


And leave room on the grill for a sweet treat. “That’s not something that we always think of, but peaches, pineapple and even kiwi can be put on the grill. That’s a nice alternative if you’re looking for a fresh summertime dessert.”

Starch Substitutions

Say you’re off to a great start and you’ve picked chicken breast or a ground turkey patty instead of a traditional burger. Can you spring for a bun? Yes, Lobb says, but choose wheat over white to incorporate whole grains into the meal. “A grain has a place in a balanced meal … but you still want to have a balanced plate, so instead of potato salad or pasta salad, maybe have a vegetable in place of one of those other starches.” Lobb’s recommendations mirror the new USDA MyPlate, which suggests a plate with four quandrants. Protein and grain together should make up no more than half the plate, and fruits and vegetables together should make up the other half. “The general idea is that the average American has a plate that’s mostly meat and potatoes, so we’re trying to make that transition toward a plate that has more vegetables. It’s something we can all work toward,” Lobb says.

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When attending a potluck, Lobb recommends that the dish or dishes you bring work well with your personal diet so you’ll know you have at least one good choice. Some of Lobb’s picks include a vegetable or fruit tray, three-bean salad or lettuce salad, or a baked vegetable such as asparagus. If you want to bring a more traditional

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dish without the calories, you can make a lightened-up version of potato salad: “Traditional potato salad is usually made with mayonnaise or sour cream, and you can use plain nonfat yogurt in place of those … so that you still have the creaminess and richness, but you’re making it without all the fat.” If you’re tasked with dessert, bring frozen fruit for a refreshing after-dinner snack. For those with a sweet tooth, Lobb has a creative suggestion. “Instead of a bowl of ice cream with a little bit of fruit, why not try a bowl of fruit with a little bit of ice cream to garnish it?” she says. Lisa Aurand is editor of Healthy New Albany Magazine. Feedback welcome at

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3-4 medium potatoes, diced ½ red pepper, chopped 2 stalks celery, chopped ½ onion, chopped 3 T dill pickles, chopped (optional) 3 boiled eggs or egg whites (optional) 1 cup Plain yogurt (fat free or low fat) 2 T Dijon mustard 1 T paprika Salt and pepper


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Ask the Expert


Seeing Spots There are many buzz words surrounding eye care these days. Dr. Karen Riccio gives us an in-depth look at some of the biggest issues in modern eye health.

Dr. Karen Riccio Dr. Riccio graduated from The Ohio State University College of Optometry in 1982. She practiced at the Cincinnati Eye Institute for 10 years, where she was involved in emergency eye care, pediatric eye care, medical glaucoma care and peri-operative cataract surgery care. In 1997, she joined the Eye Designs team, and she is a doctor at the company’s New Albany location. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Ohio Optometric Association and the Central Ohio Optometric Association. She has also served as a past president of the Ohio Optometric Association.


What is macular degeneration?

Can macular degeneration be prevented?

Macular degeneration is aging-related changes in the center part of the retina, the macula. The macula is the specialized area of the retina we use to see 20/20 and to see colors. With macular degeneration the center vision is lost, and the patient is only able to see peripherally. The patient does not go blind, but does lose the ability to see fine detail.

The National Eye Institute (NEI) did an Age Related Eye Disease Study and found nutritional supplements appear to slow the progression from moderate dry macular degeneration to severe macular degeneration. No study has shown any prevention of macular degeneration.

How is macular degeneration treated? There are two types of macular degeneration: wet and dry. Wet macular degeneration happens when blood vessels grow into the macular area and then leak. Dry macular degeneration can turn into wet macular degeneration. When this happens, the retinal specialist will inject a medicine into your eye that hopefully will cause the blood vessels to go away. This may take up to three injections.

What are some signs that dry macular degeneration may be turning into wet macular degeneration? At this point in time, there is no treatment for mild dry macular degeneration except to monitor your vision, to see if your macular degeneration becomes wet. The best way to monitor this is with an Amsler grid, a square grid pattern with a dot in the center. Hold the grid about 33 centimeters from your nose and look at it with one eye at a time. First, check to see you are able to see all four corners of the entire grid while you are looking at the dot in the center. Then check to see all the lines are straight and all the little squares are square. Repeat with your other eye. Should you notice any waviness of the lines, let your eye doctor know right away.

How does diabetes cause blindness? Diabetes is a disease of the body’s circulatory system. The blood vessels become weakened and then leak. Once the blood vessels are leaky, the retinal tissue is unable to receive oxygen. When the retinal tissue does not receive the oxygen it needs, it sends out a vasoproliferative factor, or VPL factor. The VPL factor promotes growth of new vessels, or neovascularization. These new vessels are very weak and often break, spilling blood inside the eye, known as a vitreous hemorrhage. This blood then interacts with the retina, causing scarring and traction on the retina. The retina then detaches, and this causes loss of vision.

Can diabetes-related blindness be treated? The best thing a patient with diabetes can do is have a yearly dilated eye exam. The first changes that show in the retina from diabetes are dot and blot hemorrhages. Retinal changes from high blood pressure appear as flame-shaped hemorrhages. This is called background diabetic retinopathy. Next, changes indicating the retinal tissue is not receiving oxygen appear. When this happens, the patient needs to see a retinal specialist. The retinal specialist will treat the retina with a laser. This actually destroys some of the retinal tissue. Once the tissue is lasered, it no longer needs oxygen, and will not send out the VPL factor, and then neovascularization will not occur – or, if it has occurred, will hopefully regress.

Optometrist explains how to keep an eye on your eye health

The last thought: One of the very first signs of diabetes is a change in vision. Make sure to report changes in your eyesight to your doctor.

One of the very first signs of diabetes is a change in your vision. When your blood glucose is elevated, the lens inside your eye can change shape. When this happens the patient will become more nearsighted, or less farsighted. The patient also may notice increased thirst or increased frequency of urination.

How does laser vision correction work? Suction is applied to your eye to make it hard, then an instrument rolls across your eye to make a flap. Your eye is treated with the laser, and the flap is put back. Your eye will burn or sting for about six to eight hours after the procedure. The laser reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The laser is unable to correct the aging of the eye, which is decreased focusing. So once you are in your 40s you will need to wear glasses for reading. Laser correction should not be performed unless your glasses prescription has been stable for at least a year.

Are the effects of laser vision correction permanent? While there is no indication laser vision correction is not a permanent effect, some people will have changes that may require an enhancement, or additional laser, after some period of time. Personally, I had laser vision correction in 1996 and my vision at distance is still great. I do need to wear glasses for reading because I am 53. Should you decide to have laser vision correction, it is very important to choose an experienced surgeon. Be sure to ask your eye doctor whom they would recommend or, even more importantly, whom they would go to themselves or send their family to.

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Overlook and Dripping Rock Trails, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center This incredibly scenic 5.8-mile trail offers one of the best views of the Olentangy River that Ohio has to offer. Pass steep ravines and shale outcroppings while hiking this moderately difficult path and learn about Native American history at the park’s two Adena Indian burial mounds.

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Use this bracelet to join the Nike+ workout community and record your daily activity, including the number of steps you’ve taken and the number of calories you’ve burned. Tracking your activity level can motivate you to move more and achieve your fitness goals.


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The first monitor to utilize Bluetooth, this heart rate strap connects wirelessly to your iPhone 4S. Use a selection of Wahoo Fitness apps to get the most of your workout, including heart rate monitor and pedometer.

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The Blackout Gloves are made with lightweight mesh designed to release moisture and silicon palms to hold a strong grip. On the field or in the wilderness, these gloves are a perfect fit from spring through summer.

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Check out these books, sites and studies to keep your health on track



How Did That Get in My Lunchbox?: The Story of Food

Trixie Tracker If you have a new baby and you’re having trouble feeling organized, Trixie Tracker is an app for iPhone, Blackberry and more that allows you to track everything from diaper changes and naps to medicine and feeding schedules. To help ensure your baby’s health, this app also allows you to share this information with doctors and other caretakers.

By Chris Butterworth This book, recently honored with the 2012 Ohio Farm Bureau Award for Children’s Literature, connects children ages 5-8 to the food in their lunchboxes by showing the effort and skill needed to produce it. Readers are also introduced to the basic food groups and given tips on healthful eating.

iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming its Hold on Us

By Larry Rosen In this book, Rosen investigates the way technology changes the brain’s ability to process information and relate to the world, and reveals the negative effects this change has on human health. Supported by decades of studies, this book provides helpful solutions for anyone who has felt the stress of an increasingly technological society.

Traineo Traineo is a website that combines a social networking support community with health and fitness tips to help you accomplish your weight loss goals. This tool allows users to learn more about diet and exercise methods that work for them while providing training resources and motivational messages from other members.

studies: Chocolate consumption linked to lower BMIs In a study from the University of California, researchers balanced all of the known health benefits and harms of chocolate and found that participants who reported eating chocolate more often were thinner as determined by their Body Mass Index. Researchers say the difference in weight was not a result of an increase in exercise or decrease in calorie consumption. The study does not promise that eating chocolate all the time will make you lose weight, but it does add to the growing pile of evidence that chocolate has health benefits.

Diabetes drug may fight cancer Recent studies, including one presented in March at the American Association for Cancer Research’s annual meeting, suggest that the diabetes drug metformin may inhibit the growth of cancer. The study by researchers from Toronto looked at 22 men with prostate cancer. Those who took metformin for about seven weeks before their surgery had slower growing tumors than those who did not take it.

Can weight-loss surgery cure Type 2 diabetes? Two recent studies published online by the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that weight-loss surgery such as gastric bypass can reverse Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity at a far greater rate than medicine alone. While some participants were able to stop taking insulin in less than a week after their operations and others saw their disease go into remission for more than two years, doctors are not yet sure whether this type of surgery will be able to permanently eliminate the disease. 34













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