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FEATURES

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The Women’s Center Kenwood offers comprehensive services for females over 40—under one roof.

Cindy Fackler hopes not to suffer the same fate as her mother and grandmother.

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Weight loss, the smart way

A local woman discovers that slow and steady wins the weight-reduction race.

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Our guide to new ideas, tips, trends and things we love in or near Hamilton County.

Photos from the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation’s 32nd annual gala.

LOCAL BUZZ

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Health news

Facts and insights you can use, including how sleep habits affect catching colds.

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prevention

Here’s a whole alphabet’s worth of household safety hazards to check in your home.

GATHERINGS

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ESCAPES

Cancun isn’t just for college kids. It’s a great place for adults to shape up.

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POWER FOOD

Spinach is a nutritious leafy green with a longer history than you may think.

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Tastes

Say “cheerio” to that bowl of Cheerios and whip up one of these tasty, healthy a.m. dishes.

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Protect yourself against identity theft with these 10 helpful tips.

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Welcome letter

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A time of

GrOwtH & renewal

Caring for women throughout their lives.

At TriHealth, our women’s services

Obstetrics

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Gynecology

comprehensive care from some of

Urogynecology

the most well-known gynecologic

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and obstetric physicians in the region. Whether you see them for a routine checkup, a highly complex surgery or anything in between, you can count on them to be there for you throughout your life.

High-Risk Maternity

sPrinG marks an e xCitinG time OF PrOmi se and new beginnings. with the warming air and longer days, we feel a renewed sense of energy and excitement about what’s ahead—and what’s possible. whether it’s starting a new exercise routine, committing to a healthier diet, going back to school or exploring a new hobby, spring offers the chance to refresh and enhance all aspects of our lives. at triHealth, we are also feeling a sense of renewal this spring as we shape a dynamic future for triHealth and our patients that’s marked by exceptional care, improved community health and outstanding value. thanks to the extraordinar y leadership of my esteemed predecessor, John Prout, we are pursuing this future from a position of great strength and stability. since Januar y 1st, i have had the honor and privilege of continuing the work John so capably led at triHealth for nearly two decades. His dedicated leadership ser vice to triHealth, its staff, patients and the community has enabled our health system to grow from two hospitals to five, with 140 sites of care, 520 employed partner physicians and more than 12,000 employees—all enthusiastically dedicated to improving the health of those we ser ve with great skill, genuine compassion and respect for all. John has guided triHealth’s growth with a keen understanding of the evolving care needs of our community, and the changing landscape of the health care industr y. as a result, triHealth has grown—not simply in size, but also in quality and capabilities. today, we are a nationally recognized system that can offer the right care, at the right time, in the right setting to enable our patients and customers to live better at ever y stage of their lives—and in ever y state of health. to say i have big shoes to fill is an understatement. but i can’t think of a better position to be in than to follow greatness. You have my promise that i will work extremely hard to honor John’s legacy as we continue on our journey to make triHealth a great place for employees to work, for physicians to practice, and for you—our valued community—to receive the best care possible. sincerely,

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Celebrating spring

days of the week Get urgent care from a doctor.

TriHealth Priority Care is urgent care. When you come to us, you’ll experience short wait times and receive care from a doctor, because there’s always one on staff. Then we’ll work with you and your primary care doctor to get you back on the road to recovery. To learn more, call 513 346 3399 or visit TriHealth.com.

Together We Triumph

As someone who is not a big fan of winter (which i confided in the last issue of Cincinnati Health & Life), i’m thrilled that spring is right around the corner. i’m looking forward to seeing sunlight when i’m driving home from work and having snowdrops and crocuses make a colorful appearance in my garden. And there are so many wonderful things to do in the Cincinnati area to celebrate the season— there’s the international Butterfly show and the Cincinnati Flower show, which you can read about on page 12. And of course there’s Bockfest, that time-honored homage to beer that takes place in over-the-Rhine the first weekend in march. (see page 44.) it kicks off with a fantastic parade and includes German food and dancing, bock beer tastings, brewery tours, even a 5K. Be sure to put it on your calendar. is booking a spring vacation on your “to do” list? Be sure to read my article about Cancun on page 46 before deciding where to go. i always considered that mexican resort city to be a destination for the carousing college crowd, but i discovered that it’s a great place to embark on a fitness journey. speaking of good health, check out our trio of way-betterthan-cereal breakfast options on page 32. Grain-free granola, poached eggs with cauliflower toasts, coconut and banana pancakes—i’m not sure which one to whip up first. there’s much more to discover in this spring issue of Cincinnati Health & Life. enjoy!

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Finally winter has begun to retreat and the colorful signs of spring are emerging. Fortunately, Cincinnati offers many opportunities to become fully immersed in the blooms of the season. For instance, from March 26 to April 4, the Krohn Conservatory’s annual International Butterfly Show will once again attract visitors from all over the country. This year’s event is themed “Butterflies of the Caribbean” and features more than 10,000 winged beauties among exotic and foreign plants as well as a 20-foot rainforest waterfall. Admission: $7 (adults), $4 (children). Or explore your green thumb by coming out to the Cincinnati waterfront at Yeatman’s Cove from April 13 to 17 for the Cincinnati Flower Show. An array of special events will be held throughout the weekend, including an afternoon tea, a presentation by gardening expert and writer Andrea Wulf, a spring fling featuring live music and even wine and bourbon tastings. For the first time this year, a “Brides and Blooms” event (April 16) will cater to brides-tobe with a fashion show, a bridal brunch and local wedding vendors. Details are available at cincinnatihorticulturalsociety.com. Spring in our city wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Cincinnati Botanical Garden & Zoo, which boasts one of the largest displays of tulips in the Midwest—about 100,000 colorful blooms. Best time to see them? Every Thursday night in April, the garden presents Tunes & Blooms, a free concert in the tulip garden from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Admission to the zoo after 5 p.m. is free as well.) Visit cincinnatizoo.org for more information, including a band lineup.

What’s in a name?

When it was founded in 1788, Cincinnati was originally named Losantiville, meaning “the city opposite the mouth of the river,” referring to the Licking River. Two years later, the name was changed by Arthur St. Clair, the governor of the Northwest Territory and president of the Society of the Cincinnati, a group that was formed as the Revolutionary War ended and that celebrated the postwar actions of an Ancient Roman leader, Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus. Cincinnatus, a farmer, served Rome as a dictator for two weeks to help the city overcome an invasion. After he conquered the attacking tribes, he relinquished power and returned to work on the farm, demonstrating what was considered honorable selflessness and dedication to his homeland. Cincinnati’s connection with Rome still exists today through its nickname “The City of Seven Hills,” a phrase commonly associated with Rome.

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Cook’s delight Novice and experienced Cincy chefs alike know that when they’re gathering ingredients for a creative ethnic meal, Findlay Market in Overthe-Rhine is a sure bet. But finding the right tools—say, certain pots or cooking utensils—isn’t quite as easy. Enter the husband-and-wife team of Brad and Karen Hughes, who saw the need for a cookware store that would carry hard-to-find items and decided to dedicate their retirement to providing one in their home city. “You can buy every kind of food on earth [at Findlay Market], but you can’t buy a single thing to cook it with,” Brad has said. The couple’s store, Artichoke, which opens April 2, is conveniently located across the Findlay Market’s northern parking lot. The 880-square-foot space will feature a carefully curated selection of kitchenware from Europe and the U.S., handcrafted items and a demo kitchen, which the Hugheses plan to use for cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Visit the website or follow the shop on Facebook for openingday updates. Artichoke, 1824 Elm St., Over-theRhine, 513.271.5651; artichokeotr.com

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The hunt is on

Did you know that Cincinnati gave the world one of the most famous American musical compositions ever—one on par with Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever”? It’s been used to wake astronauts on the Space Shuttle and herald the entrance of Queen Elizabeth. Find out the name of its composer on a “treasure hunt” through colorful, historic Over-the-Rhine. (We know the answer, but we’re not telling!) It’s one of five Cincinnati history/mystery adventures created by Arthur S. Hunt III, grandson of famed Egyptologist Arthur S. Hunt and a retired professor of literature. Each hunt begins with a question, like the one posed above. Follow the clues successfully and you’ll be brought to the spot where the answer lies. The entire adventure is guided by your smartphone or tablet. Reserve your day and time, and on the day of the hunt you’ll receive an email containing a link to a “secret” website. Follow the directions to the first stop/clue (there are 18 on the Over-the-Rhine hunt), and solve a riddle, answer a question or conquer an “I Spy” challenge in order to move on to the next stop. Essentially, the hunt takes you on a self-guided walking tour of Over-the-Rhine, during which you learn a lot of interesting facts and stories about the area. “Out of the 500 or 600 people who have done the treasure hunts, only one or two people have gotten lost,” says Joseph Dorsey, an assistant to Prof. Hunt, noting that a hunt can take anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours. “They’re challenging, but you should be able to get to the end without any problems. People who have lived here for years and years are surprised at how much they learn by doing this.” To book a treasure hunt (they’re particularly popular with couples and families with gradeschool children), or find out more information, go to cincinnati treasurehunts .com. The cost: $20 for a group of up to seven people. Good luck!

Squeezed to please

When Pilates instructors Annie McKinney and Cydney Rabe got together, the juices started flowing—literally. In the fall of 2014, McKinney and Rabe, along with Rabe’s brother, Steve Vickers, opened Cincinnati’s first cold-pressed juice bar, Off the Vine, in Over-the-Rhine. The concept proved so popular that a second location was opened this past January in downtown Cincinnati. To make each bottle of juice, up to three pounds of fruits and vegetables are run through a masticator juicer, which extracts the juice from the produce without heat. This, the owners explain, results in juice that is more nutritious and stays fresh longer. The juices served at Off the Vine range in flavor from savory (romaine, kale, spinach, parsley, celery, ginger, lemon) to sweet (coconut, coconut water, apple, strawberry) to spicy (lemon, grapefruit, turmeric, honey, water). They come in two sizes and range from $5 to $10. (Returning customers can bring the reusable glass bottles back for a discount on their next purchase.) The shops also offer a juice-cleanse option, which costs $55 per day and includes five juices. Off the Vine, 1218 Vine St., Over-theRhine; 580 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 513.305.6020; otvcincinnati.com

A page of history

In the age of e-readers and iPads, independent bookstores have become a rare commodity. But Duttenhofer’s Books in Clifton has managed to maintain its staying power. Now in its 40th year, this shop has supplied the Cincinnati area with a wide assortment of used and rare books—some dating back five centuries. The secret to its success, owner Kim Steiziek explains, is the passion its customers have for owning a piece of history, whether it’s a bible from 1752 that was once available at the shop or a collection of art and photography books that became available this

Clear your space, mind and conscience Do you stress about the mess in your home? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone. In a Huffington Post national survey, Americans reported that worries over their house’s cleanliness and organization were one of their top five stress triggers. Fortunately, spring-cleaning season is around the corner, and there’s more than one reason to straighten up and declutter. Cleaning and organizing have been linked to increased happiness and productivity as well as lowered stress levels. Also, a study published in Psychological Science showed that having a clean space promotes both healthier eating and generosity. Here’s a tip for when you’re done: Make a donation that can help less fortunate individuals reap the benefits you’re experiencing. Vineyard Cincinnati, a church congregation, will accept donations of cleaning products during Easter weekend to help others accomplish their spring-cleaning goals. The items can be dropped off in designated carts in the lobbies of all Vineyard Cincinnati locations (Clifton, Eastgate, Middletown and Springdale). They will be donated to The Healing Center in Springdale, which offers practical, social and spiritual support to individuals and families. Visit vineyardcincinnati.com for details or directions.

past fall. “People have an affection for good-quality books—and those books deserve to be handed down through generations,” she says. Although the digital age has been a challenge for bricks-and-mortar stores, it also has allowed Steiziek to expand her customer base to a global market—she’s sold books to individuals and organizations around the world and says that Internet sales are crucial to her store’s survival. “I think of the store a little bit like an animal shelter,” she has said. “[The books] need to be protected, and they need to get safely from one home to the next.” Duttenhofer’s Books, 214 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, 513.381.1340; duttenhofers.com

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The number of grams of grain-based fiber (think oats and quinoa) you need to eat daily to cut your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 25 percent.

Weight for it

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Playing catch with weighted medicine balls has been shown to improve balance and may help prevent falls as we age. —University of Illinois at Chicago

In the blink of an eye

Cheek it out

Restylane Lyft is the latest FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler for cheek augmentation. Clinical trials showed that 88.7 percent of those treated with the filler had improved fullness after two months, with more than half maintaining it at the one-year mark.

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Keeps the cardiologist away? Very likely. According to the Iowa Women’s Health Study, apples are associated with a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. They contain antioxidant compounds, which control inflammation, are a good source of vitamin C and provide pectin, a soluble fiber that has been shown to help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels.

The number of times more likely you are to catch a cold after being exposed to the virus if you sleep fewer than six hours nightly. —Carnegie Mellon University

If you’re staring at a screen all day, be sure to take blink breaks. A recent study has found that the more screen time we clock, the less lubricating substance our eyes make. Why? Researchers say we blink less when doing screen work. Ordinarily we blink 15 to 20 times per minute, they say, but that rate is cut by up to one-half when we use digital devices.

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The number of minutes per week it’s recommended that postmenopausal women exercise—at moderate to vigorous levels—to reduce their risk of breast cancer.

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Being sedentary has been found to be twice as deadly as being obese, so get moving. Even a daily 20-minute walk is enough to reduce chances of early death by 30 percent. —American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

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“we can encourage women to be more proactive in their own health care and work with them on their health through wellness education.” —Paula Lafranconi, M.D. Women in their 40s and older have different health care needs than women of childbearing age. Perimenopausal and menopausal women, for example, experience symptoms that often are not taken seriously or properly treated—weight gain, sleep problems, mood changes. And while postmenopausal women are no longer concerned about pregnancy, they are at increased risk for breast cancer and ovarian cancer. TriHealth understands that this group of women has special needs, and a few years ago decided to address those needs in a new way. That vision is now a reality at TriHealth Women’s Center Kenwood—the only facility in the Cincinnati area to bring together under one roof all of the medical and wellness services that women over 40 need. These services are combined with a holistic approach to care to help women in this age group live healthier, more satisfying lives. In 2014, TriHealth began studying where female patients went for health care, and found two distinct subsets, says Paula Lafranconi, M.D., medical director of TriHealth Women’s Center Kenwood. “One group is having children, the other is aging,” she says. “We wanted to focus on the special concerns of women as they age. We picked age 40 thinking that this is when most women are beyond their childbearing years and thus have different health care needs.” When women are raising children, they are necessarily more focused on their fami-

lies, Dr. Lafranconi says. “But there comes a point where it’s time to focus on their own health needs.” Providing a single location to access most of the services those women might require or desire makes it easier than ever to coordinate the various types of care. These services include: primary care, gynecology, urogynecology, gastroenterology and other specialties. Diagnostic testing— mammography, bone density scans, cardiac testing—is on site as well. Behavioral health services are available as is nutrition counseling. Alternative medicine services such as acupuncture and medical massage are also offered here. The center itself is designed to appeal to women and the providers who specialize in women’s health. Focus groups helped choose the design elements. “It is a warm and inviting space, a bit more feminine than the typical medical office—but not pink,” Dr. Lafranconi says. “It’s more than just a place for women’s care,” she continues. “The Women’s Center is a destination that takes women’s health to a new level. It is a place where we can encourage women to be more proactive in their own health care and work with them on their health through wellness education. We are all very excited.”

A welcoming place for all your health care needs TriHealth Kenwood is a fully integrated facility where patients can access all the physicians, specialists and services they might need—in one convenient location. “When we designed TriHealth Kenwood, integration was the one word that came to mind,” says Steve Mombach, vice president for ambulatory services. “Our focus was on each patient having a seamless experience while accessing the care he or she needs.” To learn more about the comprehensive services available at TriHealth Kenwood, please call 513.853.7555. Services include: ■ ■ Nearly 70 primary care, pediatric and specialist physicians ■ ■ Diagnostic imaging (X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, computed tomography and bone density scans) ■ ■ Cardiovascular testing

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Weight loss, the smart way Amy Hudoba

Tempted by quickreducing fad diets? Here’s a “slow and steady” program that will help you keep those pounds off.

When it comes to healthy living, some disciplined folk make the right choices all by themselves, but Amy Hudoba isn’t one of them. “I do really well in a group setting,” she says. That’s why she’s thriving in the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion’s HealthOne Weight Loss Program. Hudoba is a well-known figure in the TriHealth world along with her Bedlington terrier, Sparky. Together they visit the health system’s facilities offering pet therapy to patients through their work with Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati. She decided she wanted to lose weight—partly to address a high blood pressure condition she’s had for years. While Sparky does make a difference with her blood pressure, she decided to participate in the HealthOne program for additional support. Hudoba, 72, and her husband, Bob, 69, live in Loveland Miami Township. They have two children. Retired from P&G, Amy now offers pet therapy “several days a week, all over the tristate area,” she says. She joined the weight-loss program this past fall. “I wanted to make some lifestyle changes so I could go off my blood-pressure medicines,” she says. “I made this decision on my own, but my cardiologist and primary care physician both approved.” She says the HealthOne Weight Loss Program appeals to her because it combines nutrition

A reducing program that works The TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion’s HealthOne Weight Loss Program encourages participants to aim for losing an average of 1 to 2 pounds per week, which is considered a sustainable goal. To help participants do that, its 24 weekly sessions take up different topics each week. Among these are:

 “Our Toxic Environment”  “Expectations, Wishes and Reality”  “That Has HOW Many Calories?”  “Goal Setting”  “Meal Planning” To learn more about the TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion’s HealthOne Weight Loss Program, please call 513.246.2606.

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and exercise for successful and sustainable weight loss. “It’s phenomenal in that it directs individuals on the proper way to lose weight—‘slow and steady wins the race,’” she says. “Fad diets where you lose a lot of weight very quickly never work because everyone gains the weight back just as fast.” The program’s exercise component is as important as nutrition, Hudoba reports. “It’s great to be able to attend the weight-loss classes at TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion and exercise at the same facility,” she says. “And it’s especially convenient to be able to exercise before or after class in addition to the other days I exercise there.” During the 24-week program, participants meet for weekly hour-long sessions. A registered dietitian leads each session, and for the first few weeks, participants’ diets consist of protein shakes augmented with veggies and fruits throughout the day. As class members learn more about healthy eating habits, they make the transition to full meals, all the while discussing nutrients, tracking calories and incorporating lasting lifestyle changes into their daily eating habits. “We’re given a shopping list every week and a meal plan for the week, including daily meals and snacks,” Hudoba says. Personal trainers also come in to teach program members about the contribution vigorous activity makes to weight control. “They emphasize exercise, and if you’re new to TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion you make an appointment with a personal trainer, who sets up a workout program for you and helps you put it into action,” she says. For Hudoba, the group dynamic is an important assist. Her husband is healthconscious on his own, she says, “but I needed a class. Just in conversation with others, you learn a lot. You find out, for instance, that you are not the only person having a particular concern. Like at Christmastime, one topic was holiday eating, and class members share tips and guidance.” Halfway through the program, Hudoba has lost about 12 pounds. “I’m

never hungry,” she says. “I don’t feel restricted, and this doesn’t prevent me from going out with friends. When I do, I have chicken or fish with salad, which is very easy to do.” Her blood pressure hasn’t changed—her doctor believes her hypertension may have a genetic origin rather than being weight-related—but she has garnered other benefits. “I feel very energized, not as tired as before,” she says. “I just feel better overall—stronger. I sleep really well, better than before, which is also important in controlling weight.” Hudoba’s improved health helps her keep up with Sparky during her pet therapy sessions, as they travel around the region, visiting facilities that include Bethesda North Hospital and the Hospice of Cincinnati’s Blue Ash Inpatient Unit. The pair brings smiles to TriHealth patients and even helps children improve their reading skills by working with them one on one—“reading to the dogs in a special classroom enables the children to relax,” she says. Hudoba has been a pet therapist for 12 years, and hopes to keep at it for a long time. “My goal is to live to be 105,” she says, “and the only way to get there is with a healthy lifestyle, which includes nutritional eating and physical exercise.”

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Have you been screened for osteoporosis? Doctors say that starting at age 65, healthy women should have a bone density test—otherwise known as a Dexa scan—every two years to predict their risk of bone fractures. If that risk is high, they may be advised to increase their intake of calcium and vitamin D and perhaps to take a medication to protect bone mass. To learn more about bone density screening tests at TriHealth, please call 513.246.7000.

Cindy Fackler, 54, looks so much like her mother and grandmother that if you put pictures of them at the same age side by side “they’d look like clones,” says Cindy’s husband, Jon Fackler, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist with TriHealth. “As young women they were all petite and beautiful.” But their shared genetic heritage carries with it a curse as well as a blessing. All three women have had brittle bones caused by osteoporosis. Cindy, though, is luckier than her relatives. She can take advantage of increased knowledge, modern diagnostic screening tests and better treatments to avoid the complications that caused her grandmother and mother to suffer numerous fractures of the spine and hip, along with chronic pain, which impaired her grandmother’s life and now keeps her mother seriously debilitated. Osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a “silent disease.” It makes bones weak and more likely to break, but it causes no other symptoms, so it’s possible not to know you have it until you suffer a fracture. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is most common in older women. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, the NIH says. Aging is a contributing factor—we all reach our peak total bone mass in our 20s, and it declines from there. However, women are more likely to develop osteoporosis because they have less bone mass than men and tend to live longer and take in less calCindy and her husband, cium. In addition, bone loss increases after Jon Fackler, M.D. menopause, when levels of estrogen, which helps maintain healthy bones, fall. There’s also a genetic component that’s a big concern for Cindy, a pediatric nurse practitioner in Loveland who stays home to raise the couple’s five children. She traces her disease back to her late grandmother, Meta Hurrelbrink. “She had compression fractures of her spine and was in a lot of pain,” Cindy remembers. “I was one of her primary caregivers. She eventually fell and fractured a hip, and lived only six months more, dying at 83.” Cindy’s mother, Mary Hetrick, 79, says her osteoporosis is even worse than her mother’s was. She and her husband, William, 81, live in Van Wert, Ohio. She began having chronic back pain about five years ago, and testing revealed she had suffered a series of compression fractures in her vertebrae. Vertebrae have continued to collapse on her over the years, and now she has lost about five inches in height and is noticeably bent. She managed at first to deal with the chronic pain, continuing to volunteer at her local hospital and keep up with a circle of friends. But last fall she fell and broke her hip. It has not healed well, and she is now unable to get around. “It’s discouraging, and it limits my social life,” says Hetrick, who is otherwise quite healthy. In Hetrick’s youth, little was known about osteoporosis. She did not drink milk as a child because she didn’t care for the taste, and she didn’t exercise. And there were no screening tests available. During the 1970s a doctor suggested she go on calcium supplements, “but he said it rather flippantly, so I didn’t really think about it,” she recalls. “I didn’t know much about osteoporosis, and of course you don’t feel anything at that stage. It’s not that scary a disease until it hits you.” Since it hit her, she has become acutely aware of the condition, and she’s now on medica-

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tions, but it may be too late for them to help much. “And at going on 80, you have these problems,” she says philosophically. That may not be the case for her daughter, however, and Cindy is doing everything she can to avoid those problems. “My mom is now very fragile, but she’s always been a person of high energy,” she says. “Her mind is good, but her body is in pain all time. This has changed my parents’ life a lot, and I am hoping to avoid that for myself.” The odds are now in her favor, thanks to new understanding of the mechanism of the disease, new ways to detect it early and new medications that help maintain bone health. Like her mother, Cindy didn’t like to drink milk and never exercised as a child. But unlike her mom, at age 34 she had her first bone scan, which revealed that she had osteopenia—low bone density that had not yet progressed to osteoporosis. She started on calcium supplements but, because she was not finished having children, could not take stronger preventive medications, which are not safe to take during childbearing years. She also became a “fierce advocate” of weight-bearing exercise, which builds bone strength. Cindy began getting regular bone scans beginning at age 41, and at 44 she started taking Boniva (ibandronate sodium), a popular preventive medication. After menopause, she also started hormone replacement therapy, which can help maintain bone health. It hasn’t been entirely smooth sailing. In 2014 Cindy broke her foot, and healing was slow. “I was in a boot for four months, and had to use crutches and a scooter for a long time,” she says. But her foot did heal eventually. Despite that setback “it is unlikely Cindy will have long-term disability,” Dr. Fackler says. “We can’t be certain that she won’t have more fractures, but she is doing everything possible to minimize that danger.” So is their daughter, Katie, 17. “She is built very much like me and my mother, so she has a lot of the same risk factors,” Cindy says. “She drinks milk, and she is very physically active. She even did a research paper for school on osteoporosis. I think she has a better chance at avoiding it.” Dr. Fackler certainly hopes so. As much as he loves his mother-in-law, he hopes his wife’s and daughter’s photos at age 80 do not match Mary’s. “I tease Mary and call her ‘the boneless granny,’” Dr. Fackler says. “She is a wonderful, beautiful woman, and I’d like Cindy to be like everything about her— except her bones.”

Risk factors for osteoporosis Some risk factors for osteoporosis are beyond your control, while others can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices. Talk to your family doctor about your risk factors and what you need to do to protect your bones, and check this list of risk factors:

UNCONTROLLABLE

CONTROLLABLE:

 Being female: Women are more likely to have osteoporosis than men.

 Not getting enough calcium and/or vitamin D.

 Age: The older you get, the more likely you are to develop the disease.  Race: Caucasians and Asians are more likely to develop osteoporosis.  Genetics: You’re more likely to develop osteoporosis if you have a family history of the condition.  Menopause: Hormonal changes caused by menopause may increase the risk of osteoporosis. This is especially true for women who have early menopause (before age 45).  Body frame: People who have small, thin body frames are more likely to develop the disease.

 Not getting enough exercise.  Smoking or tobacco use.  Alcohol abuse.  Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa.  Hormone imbalances, such as low estrogen or testosterone, or too much thyroid hormone.  Long-term use of certain medicines, such as corticosteroids, which are prescribed to treat inflammation, pain and chronic conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, or of medicines that treat acid reflux by reducing stomach acid—possibly also reducing calcium absorption. SOURCE: American Academy of Family Physicians

To find out more about services for osteoporosis avail able at Trihealth, please call 513.246.7000 or visit TRIHEALTH.COM.

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Twenty-one million. That’s the number of yearly health care visits directly attributable to home injuries in the U.S.—many of them from sources you’d never suspect. From paper shredders to jumper cables to lint, danger lurks in many unexpected places, but thankfully, most injuries can be easily prevented. Read on for an alphabetical guide to keeping your abode injury-free.

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luminum cookware—or stainless-steel cookware with an aluminum core—may melt when placed empty or nearly empty on high heat. The melted aluminum can then drip onto skin, resulting in burns.

leach mixed with cleaning products can create toxic fumes. Combining these substances produces chlorine-active compounds and releases chlorine gas, which can cause acute lung damage. Use the products separately and rinse between applications.

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hild-resistant locks should be installed on any cabinet within reach of little ones that contains medications, matches, lighters or cleaning supplies. rills can cause fire, electric shock and injury if used improperly. Wear safety goggles and avoid loose-fitting clothing (oversized sleeves can get caught around the drill). Don’t touch the bit after use since it may be hot and can cause severe burns.

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lectrical cords should be regularly inspected for damage. Never nail or tack the cords, and do not store them under heavy objects, as excessive pressure may lead to overheating and an electrical fire. ive-gallon buckets should be kept on countertops when full, to prevent any risk of drowning. Young children, looking in or grabbing for suds, may end up headfirst underwater.

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edge trimmers powered by electricity can cause hearing damage and eye injury from flying debris. Always wear earplugs and protective eyeglasses when operating these devices.

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ce patches are likely to form on the ground outside your home if gutters and downspouts become clogged with leaves, branches and other debris. To prevent slips and falls, install guards on gutters to keep them clear and have salt on hand in case ice patches do develop.

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asoline containers should be filled to only 95 percent capacity in order to allow for heat expansion. Store in a cool, well-ventilated area, away from sources of ignition. When filling up, never carry portable gasoline containers in the trunk of a car because escaping vapors can easily ignite.

umper cables that spark near a car’s battery can cause the battery to explode. (Car batteries contain highly flammable hydrogen gas.) Take care not to reverse the jumper connection or touch the cables’ ends together.

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erosene heaters can help supply warmth during a power outage, but can cause fires if used improperly. Accidents can result from using gasoline instead of kerosene in the heater, inadequately ventilating the space or spilling the kerosene indoors. Be sure to keep kerosene in a clearly marked container, use only in well-ventilated areas and refill the heater outdoors.

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int buildup in the dryer or exhaust duct can block the flow of air and cause excessive heat and, potentially, a fire. Be sure to clean the lint filter before and after each load. Replace plastic or foil duct material (which can trap lint) with a corrugated semirigid metal duct, which maximizes airflow.

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agnets, often found in children’s toys like building sets and jewelry, can cause intestinal perforations and blockages if they are ingested. Carefully inspect toys for missing pieces and throw away any loose magnets. Keep toys with magnetic pieces away from children under 6 years old.

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onskid surfaces can help prevent falls on wooden decks, basement floors and steps. Create one by applying an acrylic paint with rubber particles.

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verloaded electrical sockets are at high risk for overheating and producing an electrical fire. Use an extension cord only when needed and return to the “one plug per socket” rule of thumb after use.

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aper shredders have been known to trap the fingers of young children who don’t release the item they are shredding soon enough. Unplug shredders when not in use and make kids aware of their potential danger.

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uality of the air in your home can negatively impact your family’s ability to breathe freely—especially if someone in your family has a history of suffering from seasonal or year-round allergies or asthma. One solution: Invest in a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, which removes 99.97 percent of airborne particles.

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adon is an invisible, odorless gas and the second leading cause of lung cancer. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one in 15 homes has elevated levels, and recent testing has revealed that granite countertops release radon after installation. Find out how to get your home tested at www.epa.gov/radon.

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pace heaters can reach temperatures up to 140 degrees—hot enough for blankets, drapes and newspapers to catch fire without direct contact. Keep units 3 feet away from flammable objects and place only on hardwood floors.

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ermites cause $2 billion of damage each year. Keep the pesky insects away by storing wood in an enclosed shed, cleaning rain gutters and keeping your air conditioner tank at least 4 inches from the house (moisture can attract the critters).

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nanchored furniture can fall and result in trauma and broken bones. Secure bookcases and entertainment centers to the wall and floor with brackets.

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ideotape your home and valuables to create an inventory, which helps ensure fair compensation from your insurance company in the event of a burglary or fire. Include name, date, time and location on the recording. Store the tape in a safe place such as a bank safety deposit box.

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indow-blind cords should be kept out of the reach of children, who may become strangled if caught in the cord. Further reduce the risk of injury by cutting looped cords and installing a safety tassel at the end of each pull cord.

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-ray fluorescence technology can detect lead and other harmful elements in household items such as toys, paint, soil and more. Lead professionals can quickly screen such items using an XRF analyzer, a gunshaped instrument. To find out how to get your home tested, call the National Lead Information Center at 1.800.424.LEAD.

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ard and garden equipment cause more than 440,000 injuries requiring medical treatment per year. Use common yard tools like lawn mowers and weed whackers with caution, and always wear safety glasses and earplugs when operating any electricpowered machinery.

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inc oxide—a main ingredient in several over-the-counter topical creams including Desitin, Caladryl and some sunscreens—can cause fever, vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. If someone in your family swallows this substance, immediately call 911 and have them drink water or milk if they are alert and not yet vomiting.

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THE UNEXPECTED TOUCH THAT GIVES A ROOM TRUe DISTINCTION? IT COULD BE A WELL-PLACED ITEM WITH AN INTRIGUING HISTORY.

something Maybe it’s an antique rug. Or a vintage sign from a French grocery. Or your great-grandfather’s steamer trunk. A treasure from the past can add texture, detail and character to an interior—and often it has a special story to tell. See the antique African stool tucked under the side table on page 30? Designer Barbara Westbrook carried it on her lap on a flight back from Malawi! Reprinted with permission from Gracious Rooms by Barbara Westbrook. Copyright © 2015. Published by Rizzoli International Publications Inc.

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Repurposed objects create a one-of-a-kind look in the bedroom—an antique trestle table serves as a nightstand, an old crock becomes a lamp, a pitcher turns into a vase for blooming branches. At the foot of the bed, an antique trunk with wonderful strap hinges and folkloric painting is the ideal foil for the subdued hues of the linens.

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In the dining room, French armless walnut chairs slipcovered in monogrammed ecru linen balance the rusticity of the antique trestle table and vintage â€œĂŠpicerieâ€? sign. The wrought iron chandelier is at once elegant and informal.

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This page, a restored vintage trunk serves as a visual focal point in the bedroom, while an antique area rug helps to ground the space. Opposite, from top, the living room brings together an array of textures—mohair, leather, tapestry, iron and wood. Of special note: the vintage coffee table and lamps fashioned from iron architectural fragments. In another bedroom, a dark-stained reclaimed fir bed and antique trunk with leather detailing add to the refined, masculine look.

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Say “cheerio” to that bowl of cheerios and whip up one of these tasty A.m. dishes this weekend. They’re healthy and easy to make too—even if you’ve never poached an egg before.

Reproduced with permission from Nourish by Amber Rose, Sadie Frost and Holly Davidson. © 2015 Kyle Books. Photographs © David Loftus.

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Grain-free granola

with rose water, apricot and pistachio Makes 1 large jar

This heavenly, fruity combination is quite decadent and not cheap to make; however, it lasts a long time and is not the kind of granola you would have a huge bowl of. Serve it with a sprinkle of fresh fruit and yogurt on top. n ¼ cup raw coconut oil n 1/3 cup honey n 1/3 cup maple syrup n 2 cups coconut chips n 1 cup pistachios, coarsely chopped n 1 cup almonds, very coarsely chopped n ¾ cup sunflower seeds n ½ cup pumpkin seeds n 1 tsp. rose water (optional) n 1½ cups dried apricots, coarsely chopped

n 2 Tbs. hemp seeds n 2–3 Tbs. dried rose petals (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line two deep-sided baking sheets with parchment paper. Melt the coconut oil, honey and maple syrup in a small saucepan until it starts to bubble and simmer, then turn off the heat. Combine the coconut chips, pistachios, almonds, and sunflower and pumpkin seeds in a large bowl. Pour in the honey mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until thoroughly combined. There should be enough of the honey mixture to lightly coat all the dry mix, but if you feel there is not enough, just add more honey mix using equal amounts of melted honey and coconut oil. Spread the mixture onto the lined baking sheets, making a layer that isn’t too deep, otherwise it won’t all crisp up. Bake for 15–20 minutes, stirring every 3–4 minutes so that all the mix turns a lovely golden color and doesn’t burn, which it can do easily due to the coconut. Remove from the oven, let cool a little, then sprinkle with the rose water (if using) and scatter in the dried apricots and hemp seeds. Lastly, stir through the petals (if using). Let cool completely before transferring into an airtight jar. Use within two weeks.

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poached eggs

with cauliflower toasts, kale and dukkah Serves 2

This delicious ensemble is a serious treat. Cauliflower toasts give the poached eggs something to sit on and add texture without the need for bread. n 1 whole cauliflower, outer leaves removed n 3 Tbs. cold-pressed olive oil n 5 Tbs. dukkah (an Egyptian spice blend) or lightly crushed cumin seeds, plus extra to serve

n 2 Tbs. cold-pressed olive oil n 1 Tb. butter n 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced n ½ medium red chile (optional), finely sliced n 6–8 kale leaves, on the large side, center stalks stripped out

n 4 free-range eggs n Pinch of salt To serve

n Cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil n Juice of ½ lemon n A few twists of black pepper

Preheat the oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cauliflower across into four slices of “toast” about ½-¾ inch thick. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the oil, sprinkle with dukkah, place the toasts on your pan and pop into the oven for about 30 minutes until they start to turn golden. After 20 minutes, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and butter in a medium casserole or Dutch oven with a lid over medium heat. Add the garlic and chile (if using), stir for 30 seconds, add the kale, then a few tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt. Cover tightly with the lid and braise for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to turn the heat down or add a little extra water if it is cooking too furiously. Place a wide, deep saucepan over high heat and fill it with boiling water. Bring it to a light simmer and add a pinch of salt. Carefully crack one egg into a cup, then gently pour it into the simmering water. Repeat with the remaining eggs and cook to your liking. Depending on their size, a soft-poached egg takes about 2 minutes and a soft-to-firm one needs about 4 minutes. When everything is ready, place the cauliflower toasts onto warm plates, top with the eggs and place the kale alongside. Sprinkle with a little extra dukkah and drizzle with cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, then squeeze some lemon over the kale and season with a few twists of pepper.

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coconut and banana pancakes serves 2–3

These little pancakes are great topped with fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast or brunch, or served as an afternoon snack. n 2 ripe medium bananas, coarsely chopped n 4 whole eggs n 2 Tbs. honey n ¾ cup unsweetened, dried coconut flakes n 1 cup almond meal n ½ tsp. gluten-free baking powder n Coconut oil or ghee To serve

n A few spoonfuls of your favorite yogurt n Handful of your favorite seasonal fruit n Toasted coconut or cacao nibs

Put the bananas, eggs and honey in a food processor and purée until light and fluffy (or use a bowl and an immersion blender). Add the coconut, almond meal and baking powder and beat to combine. Heat up a tiny amount of coconut oil or ghee in your frying pan over low-medium heat. Cook in batches, allowing a large spoonful of mix per pancake—too big and they are really hard to flip, so keep them small. Cook thoroughly—they should take about 1½ minutes on each side; you will know when to flip once little bubbles start to appear on the surface. Keep warm and continue to cook the rest of the batter, adding a little more oil to the pan between batches. Serve while hot and delicious, with some of your favorite toppings.

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financial balance

your stolen life: 10 tips to guard against identity theft.

Everything comes out all right in the 1946 movie A Stolen Life, in which Bette Davis plays identical twins, one of whom steals the other’s identity. But if a thief steals your life, no happy ending is assured. Approximately 15 million Americans have their identities used fraudulently each year, with financial losses totaling more than $5 billion, estimates identity theft expert Rob Douglas. “The sophistication level of professional identity thieves continues to grow along with the methods they develop,” he says. “It’s an ever-increasing threat. Quite simply, every individual is vulnerable to attack.” A hacker who gets hold of your personal data can open fraudulent credit card accounts and run up bills in your name. Your finances, credit—and reputation—could suffer for years. To avoid this fate, heed these do’s and don’ts: DO make sure a Web page is secure—that is, professionally encrypted against hackers—before entering personal data. Encrypted pages have Web addresses that begin with “https” (“hypertext transfer protocol secure”). DO monitor bank statements for unauthorized withdrawals and get an annual credit report to check for suspicious activity. Under federal law, the credit-monitoring companies Experian, TransUnion and Equifax (experian.com, transunion.com and equifax.com) must send your report free on request once

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a year. Scour the list of credit lines and make sure none of them are open without your consent. DO stop credit card solicitations. Banks and other companies you’re doing business with sell your name and address to direct-mail marketers, which use that information to mail you credit card offers. These mailings are dangerous, Douglas says, because someone else could intercept them and set up a fraudulent account in your name. Stop the solicitations by calling companies of which you’re a customer and asking that they cease selling your information. DO shred outdated documents containing personal data, including receipts, insurance forms, physician statements, canceled checks, bank and credit card statements, and expired charge cards. Douglas suggests using a cross-cut shredder, which cuts paper into smaller pieces than a less expensive strip-cut shredder. (Shred the labels from used prescription bottles too.) DO consider an identity theft protection service. For a monthly fee, companies such as LifeLock and Identity Guard will monitor your data on an ongoing basis, alert you if your data is breached and help you recover your loss. DON’T email personal data. If a company you’re doing business with requests your Social Security number, credit card account number or other personal data, give the information through the company’s secure online portal or

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over the phone. But before sending anything, call the company. Ask why they need your information and how they plan to use it. Also, don’t reply to an email from an address you don’t recognize. DON’T fall for unbelievable deals. Often, hackers masquerade as established retailers. They send falsely branded mass emails inviting you to “click here” for an outrageous discount, but the link activates a “spyware” program that intercepts your data. DON’T carry your Social Security card. Store it in a strongbox or other secure place to prevent loss or theft. DON’T apply for credit at point of purchase. Some chain retailers offer deep discounts on merchandise if you apply on the spot for their branded credit card. If you take the bait, you’re giving a stranger (the salesperson) access to your information. (Anyway, opening that extra account could lower your credit score. Is that a price you really want to pay to save 15 percent on a shirt or blouse?) DON’T access secure sites in public or use a public ATM. In coffee shops and bookstores the WiFi typically is unsecure, and someone could be spying as you strike those keys. Sometimes, when an ATM is outdoors or in a supermarket, hackers can attach small, deceptively designed skimming devices to them that pick up your account and routing numbers. For that reason, use only the indoor ATM at your local bank. —pete kelly

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Arnold’s Bar and Grill The city’s oldest bar, featuring traditional American comfort food and a wide beer selection, 210 E. 8th St., 513.421.6234

J. Austin’s riverbank cafe Southern-style specialties like grilled catfish and shrimp po-boys, 102 Main St., Hamilton, 513.795.7640

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Handcrafted burgers and deep-dish pizzas with beers brewed on-site, 11700 Princeton Pike, Unit J1A, 513.671.1805

Krueger’s Tavern Contemporar y American bar food with a European influence, 1211 Vine St., 513.834.8670

Bra zenhead Irish Pub Three floors of dining and entertainment with an extensive beer menu, 5650 Tylersville Rd., Mason, 513.229.0809 Charley’s steakery Ser ving quality Philly steaks for more than 25 years, Liber ty Center, 7100 Foundr y Row, Liber ty Township, 513.755.1626 The cheesecake factory Inventive American cuisine with an extensive desser t menu focusing on cheesecake, Liber ty Center, 7612 Blake St., Liber ty Township, 513.755.2761 The Eagle food and beer hall Southern comfort food and beer hall, 1342 Vine St., 513.802.5007 flip Side Burger & bar Burger, shake and craft beer concept featuring Ohio grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, Liber ty Center, 7622 Blake St., Liber ty Township, 513.777.6328 The Golden Lamb Comfort food that may just be worth the half-hour trek to Lebanon, 27 S. Broadway, 513.932.5065 Holy Grail Tavern & Grille Lively sports bar with casual fare and drink menu, 161 Joe Nuxhall Way, 513.621.2222 Incline Public House Upscale pub food including NYC-style pizzas ser ved against a stunning view

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Melt ecletic cafe Vegetarian restaurant specializing in sandwiches and meat substitutes, 4165 Hamilton Ave., 513.681.6358 Metropole Contemporar y dishes cooked in a wood-burning fireplace, 609 Walnut St., 513.578.6660 Mitchell’s Fish Market Specializing in off-theboat-fresh fish, 9456 Water Front Dr., West Chester, 513.779.5292 northstar cafe Hearty, healthy American fare with a renowned brunch ser vice, Liberty Center, 7610 Sloan Way, Liberty Township Coming soon Orchids at Palm Court Contemporar y American food at a Hilton’s well-established fine-dining restaurant, 35 West Fifth St., 513.421.9100 the original Montgomery Inn Cincy staple well-known for its BBQ ribs, 9440 Montgomer y Rd., Montgomer y, 513.791.3482 Palace Restaurant Inventive fine-dining establishment located inside the historic Cincinnatian Hotel, 601 Vine St., 513.381.3000 Paxton’s Grill Relaxed, friendly spot housed in one of Loveland’s oldest buildings, 126 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, 513.583.1717 pies & pints Authentic craft piz za and beer

establishment featuring bar food, Liberty Center, 7621 Gibson St., Liberty Township, 513.755.7437 The Presidents Room Eclectic menu that blends contemporar y American, Italian and German flavors, 812 Race St., 513.721.2260 Red Roost tavern Contemporar y American fare with organic, farm-to-table ingredients, 151 W. 5th St., 513.579.1234 rick’s Tavern & Grille Friendly neighborhood drinker y ser ving up pub grub amid 50 flat-screen T Vs, 5955 Boymel Dr., Fair field, 513.874.1992 The Rookwood Bar and Restaurant Burgers, pasta and other traditional American classics, 1077 Celestial St., 513.421.5555 the rust y bucket Relaxed, family-friendly neighborhood tavern, Liberty Center, 7524 Bales St., Liberty Township, 513.463.2600 Ryan’s tavern Authentic Irish pub and gathering place situated in a restored 1890s building, 241 High St., Hamilton, 513.737.2200 Salazar Casual contemporar y American fare with farm-inspired lunch and dinner menus, 1401 Republic St., 513.621.7000 Senate Restaurant Casual contemporar y American eater y specializing in upscale hot dogs, 1212 Vine St., 513.421.2020 Skyline Chili It’s a Cincy staple, famous for its chili ser ved as Cheese Coneys and 3-Ways, multiple locations including 10792 Montgomer y Rd., 513.489.4404 Slatts Relaxed neighborhood pub with plenty of plasma T Vs for watching the game, 4858 Cooper Rd., Blue Ash, 513.791.2223

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STone Creek Dining Company A varied menu of sandwiches, salads, seafood and steaks, multiple locations including 9386 Montgomer y Rd., Montgomer y, 513.489.1444 and 6200 Muhlhauser Rd., West Chester, 513.942.2100 Tano bistro & Catering Contemporar y bistro in historic Loveland, featuring fresh ingredients and a menu that changes with the seasons, 204 W. Loveland Ave., 513.683.8266 Terry’s Turf Club Laid-back burger joint with large portions and vegetarian options, 4618 Eastern Ave., 513.533.4222 Tom + Chee Specializes in tomato soup and grilled cheese, multiple locations including 9328 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, 513.860.0638 W.G. Kitchen & bar Neighborhood bistro and retail wine shop where you can buy a bottle to take home, 3371 Princeton Rd., Hamilton, 513.887.9463 The Wildflower cafe Farm-to-table fare ser ved in a converted centur y-old farmhouse, 207 E. Main St., Mason, 513.492.7514 Zbgb Gourmet burgers ser ved on artisan buns made in house, 1438 Race St., 513.744.9242

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Midwest Best BBQ & Creamery BBQ joint and ice cream parlor launched by the popular local BBQ sauce and rub company, 7832 Glendale-Milford Rd., Camp Dennison, 513.965.9000 Montgomery Inn boathouse Ribs, burgers and other BBQ specialties, 925 Riverside Dr., 513.721.7427 smoQ Southern BBQ soul food cooked low and slow, including ribs, brisket and pulled pork, 275 Pictoria Dr., Springdale, 513.671.7667

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Jean-Robert’s Table Exquisite French cuisine with a weekly-changing lunch menu, 713 Vine St., 513.621.4777 Taste of Belgium Waffles and crepes (both sweet and savor y) at this local favorite, multiple locations including 1133 Vine St., 513.381.4607

Greek/Mediterranean

Sotto Trendy Italian restaurant ser ving small plates and handmade pastas, 118 E. 6th St., 513.977.6886 Via Vite Casual dining of stone-fired pizza and fresh pastas with alfresco courtyard seating, 520 Vine St., 513.721.8483

Mexican

McCormick & Schmick’s Steak house and seafood with extensive bar menu and tapas options, 21 E. 5th St., 513.721.9339

Chuy’s Eclectic Tex-Mex eater y featuring handmade tortillas, 7980 Hosbrook Rd., 513.793.2489

Moerlein Lager House Fine-dining establishment with a view of the river, 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, 513.421.2337

El Pueblo Authentic Mexican fare made from secret family recipes, 4270 Hunt Rd., Blue Ash, 513.791.4405 Jefferson Social Upscale Mexican fare with extensive cocktail weekend, 101 E. Freedom Way, 513.381.2623 Mazunte Taqueria Mexicana Casual Mexican eater y with trendy, festive decor, 5207 Madison Rd., 513.785.0000

THe Precinct The original Jeff Ruby’s location features fine steaks and seafood in a turn-of-thecentur y setting, 311 Delta Ave., 513.321.5454

qdoba Casual Mexican grill, Liberty Center, 7100 Foundr y Row, Liberty Township, 513.755.0486

Rodizio grill Bra zilian steakhouse ser ving up succulent meats and authentic sides, Liberty Center, 7630 Gibson St., Liberty Township, 513.777.4777

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Delicio coal-fired Pizza An artisan pizzeria that fuses rustic Italian traditions with the smoky flavors of the U.S. Southwest, 9321 Montgomer y Rd., Montgomer y, 513.834.5460 Dewey’s Pizza Specialty pizza pies with seasonal menu, multiple locations including 7663 Cox Ln., West Chester, 513.759.6777 Goodfellas Pizzeria Pizzeria with large slices and late-night hours, 1211 Main St., 513.381.3625 LaRosa’s Pizzeria Casual pizza joint ser ving the area for more than 60 years, multiple locations Richards Pizza Local chain ser ving up pies since 1955, multiple locations including the original at 417 Main St., Hamilton, 513.894.3296

Steak House

Zula Eclectic menu of Greek tapas dishes and extensive wine and craft beer lists, 1400 Race St., 513.744.9852

Parkers Blue Ash tavern Elegantly rustic restaurant known for its prime rib and award-winning wine list, 4200 Cooper Rd., Blue Ash, 513.891.8300

Prime 47 Upscale menu featuring prime cuts and a wine vault, 580 Walnut St., 513.579.0720

Durum Grill Small, casual gyro eater y loved by the locals, 4764 Cornell Rd., 513.489.4777

Raya’s Lebanese Mediterranean food, specializing in kabobs and gyros, 801 Elm St., 513.421.0049

Morton’s The Steakhouse Popular steak house and seafood restaurant overlooking Fountain Square, 441 Vine St., 513.621.3111

Nada Trendy Mexican cantina ser ving creative cocktails and modern twists on traditional south-ofthe-border favorites, 600 Walnut St., 513.721.6232

Sbarro Casual eater y ser ving up New York-style piz za and pastas, Liberty Center, 7100 Foundr y Row, Liberty Township, 512.443.8300

Phoenician Taverna Mediterranean cuisine in a trendy but casual setting, 7944 S. Mason Montgomer y Rd., Mason, 513.770.0027

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse Reser vations highly recommended at this high-end steak house, 700 Walnut St., Ste. 206, 513.784.1200

Bakersfield Authentic Mexican street food with extensive tequila and whiskey menus, 1213 Vine St., 513.579.0446

Abigail Street Inventive cuisine with cheese menu and wine on tap in a trendy but casual setting, 1214 Vine St., 513.421.4040

Palomino Offering a mix of Mediterranean and contemporar y American cuisine with a view of Fountain Square, 505 Vine St., 513.381.1300

Jag’s steak & Seafood Sur f and tur f is ser ved in the dining room or the high-energy piano bar, 5980 West Chester Rd., West Chester Township, 513.860.5353

Tony’s of Cincinnati Huge portions of prime beef and the freshest seafood (salad and potato included) are the hallmarks of this steak house from Tony Ricci, 12110 Montgomer y Rd., 513.677.1993

SUSHI/ASIAN FARE

Asian Paradise Asian fusion restaurant and lounge offering popular happy-hour specials, 9521 Fields Ertel Rd., Loveland, 513.239.8881 bibibop Healthy Korean meals that include quality proteins, vegetables, gluten-free grains and Asian sauces, Liberty Center, 7616 Blake St., Liberty Township, 513.310.6615 crave Sushi bar that also features casual American fare, 175 Joe Nuxhall Way, Ste. 125, 513.241.8600 fusian Sushi bar with create-your-own rolls, fresh juices and healthy side dishes, 600 Vine St., 513.421.7646 Kaze Trendy sushi and Japanese gastropub featuring a beer garden, 1400 Vine St., 513.898.7991

Bistro on Elm Located within the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati, this bright spot offers steaks, seafood and pasta, 150 W. 5th St., 513.352.2189

Kona grill Innovative exotic entrees, awardwinning sushi and fresh fish, 7524 Gibson St., Liberty Center Mall, Liberty Township, 513.322.5860

Carlo & Johnny Another winner from Jeff Ruby ser ving prime steaks, seafood options and bountiful sides in an elegant space that was once a stagecoach stop, 9769 Montgomer y Rd., 513.936.8600

Lords Sushi Fresh Japanese and Korean fare, 6679 Dixie Hwy., Fair field, 513.870.0067

Celestial Steakhouse Upscale steak house and seafood restaurant with an impressive view, 1071 Celestial St., 513.241.4455

Quán Hapa Asian fusion and gastropub with trendy setting, 1331 Vine St., 513.421.7826

Thai

Mango Tree Casual eater y ser ving Thai cuisine and sushi, 7229 Wooster Pike, 513.271.0809

Italian

Boca French and Italian dishes, NYC-style pizzas and a gluten-free menu, 114 E. 6th St., 513.542.2022 Brio Tuscan grille Ser ving high-quality steaks, housemade pasta and flatbreads prepared in an authentic Italian oven, Liber ty Center, 7600 Gibson St., Liber ty Township, 513.759.4500 Bravo Cucina italiana Upscale-casual chain ser ving Italian classics with a twist amid Romanruin decor, multiple locations including 5045 Deer field Blvd., Mason, 513.234.7900 and 9436 Water front Dr., West Chester, 513.759.9398 Nicola’s Ristorante Italian cuisine featuring fresh pastas and an extensive wine list, 1420 Sycamore St., 513.721.6200 Pitrelli’s A true mom-and-pop dining experience with cuisine from several regions of Italy, 404 2nd Ave., Mason, 513.770.0122 Primavista Traditional Italian entrees with wine menu and a view of the city, 810 Matson Pl., 513.251.6467 cincinnati he alth & Life

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good time, good cause PROTECTING YOUNG ATHLETES FROM concussion injuries is a serious cause. But it was the occasion for great fun at the recent 32nd annual gala held by the Good Samaritans of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation at the Hyatt Regency. The event was tagged “My Big Fat Italian Gala.” Indeed, after a cocktail reception, the 630-plus attendees enjoyed a gourmet dinner of that nation’s cuisine—followed by dancing in sunglasses, bracelets, rings and blinking hats. There were also limoncello and gelato bars, a palm reader, a green-screen photo booth and other attractions. The gala raised $500,000 for the Good Samaritan Hospital Concussion Management Program (serving school athletes at all levels) and for Good Samaritan’s Free Health Center and its Medical Education Research Fund. Gala chair Cindy Rodriguez and co-chair Sarah Klein worked with physician champion Emily Dixon, D.O. And corporate sponsors included AK Steel Corp., Fifth Third Bank, Macy’s, Phillips Supply Co., SC Ministry Foundation and Seven Hills Anestehsia–Obstetrics Division. Musical entertainment was underwritten by the hospital’s medical and dental staff.

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Joe Engelhart, Melissa Engelhart, Candi Taggart, Maureen Hands, John Hands Sister Sally Duffy, S.C., Michael McGraw, Mary McGraw, Sister Barbara Hagedorn, S.C., Hal Klink, Donna Klink, Diann Dawley Seated: John Kuprionis, Denise Kuprionis, Kris Dawley

Bill Schnure, Ann Schnure, Aida Dragovic, Zoran Dragovic, Susan Hirth, Heather Shaw, Chris Jalovec Seated: Joe Voss, Wendy Voss, Frank Julian, Carol Julian, Maribeth Jalovec

Steve Schwalbe, Mary Clement, Mark Clement, Beth Robinson, Ken Robinson Seated: Carol Schwalbe, Tim Donovan, Gail Donovan, Connie Dillhoff, John Prout

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MARch 3–5 Gather your wine-loving friends to swish, sniff and sip while talking tannins at the Cincinnati Wine Festival. It kicks off Thursday night at a half-dozen restaurants around the city, where chefs have teamed up with wine experts from all over the world to host wine-paired dinners. Then more than 700 wines will be available for sampling on Friday and Saturday at the Duke Energy Convention Center. The event culminates with Saturday’s charity auction, wine reception and luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati. Prices and times vary based on event. Visit winefestival.com for a full list of events and to purchase tickets.

MARch 12 & 17 Celebrate by saying “Sláinte!” at one of Fountain Square’s two St. Patrick’s Day parties (or show your stamina by showing up at both), 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Thursday). The festivities include Celtic rock bands, offerings from food vendors and, of course, pints of cold, green beer. Admission: FREE. Visit myfountainsquare .com for more information. Also be sure to catch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade starting at noon on Saturday at Mehring Way and Central Avenue and ending at East Freedom Way and Rosa Parks Street. Details are at cincystpatsparade.com.

MARch 4–6 To some, the start of spring is marked by the first bloom or hint of warm weather. To Cincy locals, it’s the annual Bockfest, held the first weekend in March in Over-the-Rhine, that truly starts the season. More than a dozen venues participate in this time-honored beer festival, which kicks off with a parade that ends at the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company Event Hall. Other events throughout the weekend include the Bockfest 5K, the crowning of the Sausage Queen and a homebrew competition. A shuttle is available for transportation between the venues. Festival admission: FREE. Find more info and a schedule of events at bockfest.com.

MARch 18 & 19 The Cincinnati Ballet presents an exciting triple bill­­ showcasing two favorite choreographers and one ballet legend—Trey McIntyre’s Wild Sweet Love, George Balanchine’s Who Cares? and Edwaard Liang’s Age of Innocence at the Arnoff Center for the Arts, 8 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday. Meet the artists—choreographers, lighting directors and the dancers themselves on March 18. Tickets: $32– $100. Visit cincinnatiarts.org to purchase.

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Enjoy an “egg-cellent” Easter Celebration at the Cincinnati Zoo, March 26.

While participating in the multiple egg hunts that take place at various parts of the zoo, be on the lookout for one of four golden eggs hidden around the facilities. When found, the golden eggs can be turned in at the welcome center and exchanged for prizes. Other highlights include treat stations, special animal activities and visits with the Easter Bunny. Admission: $18 (adults), $11 (children 2–12, seniors 62+). Check out cincinnatizoo.org for a complete list of the day’s events and for discounted tickets.

APRil 3 Achieve a fitness goal while also helping save wildlife at the 2016 Cincinnati Gorilla Run starting at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, 11 a.m. Proceeds from the 3.1-mile run benefit the international Mountain Gorilla Conservation Fund. This race also has a bit of a twist: All runners wear either a gorilla or banana suit, distributed with the race materials. Advance registration: $99.95 for gorillas, $60 for bananas. Race day registration: $109.95 (gorilla), $70 (banana). Returning runners who do not need a gorilla or banana suit can register at reduced rates: $40 in advance or $50 on race day. Options for kids are also available. Head to cincinnati gorillarun.com for more information. APRil 4 Are you ready for some base-

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ball? Leave it to the hometown of the first all-professional baseball team to host an extravagant opening-day celebration to kick off the season each year. The annual Findlay Market Parade starts at the market in Over-the-Rhine at 2 p.m., passes Washington Park and ends at Fountain Square, where an all-day party continues through the day as well as a viewing of the game between our beloved Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies. Visit findlaymarket parade.com for more details.

APRil 5 Billy Joel comes to the US Bank Arena for a solo show, 8 p.m. The Grammy-winning artist has sold more than 150 million records in his 43-year career and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hear him play some of the popular tunes that made him a living legend. Tickets: $52.50–$127.50. Purchase yours at ticketmaster.com. APRil 10 The kids are guaranteed a purr-fect Sunday afternoon when the Lexington Children’s Theatre presents Puss in Boots at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 2 p.m. In an adaptation appropriate for ages 4 and up, this fairy tale follows a deceitful cat intent on winning fortune for his master. Tickets: FREE up to age 12, $5 for adults. Go to cliftonculturalarts.org for more info.

APril 15–24 Forget everything you think you know about classical music. The annual Constella Festival was started by violinist Tatiana Berman in 2011 as a way to introduce the genre to the masses. Events include a presentation of ballet and modern dance (“Old World, Modern Expressions,” April 16), an interactive musical program for children (“Constella for Kids,”

April 17) and a recital by Chinese pianist Zhang Zuo (“Chinese Rhapsody,” April 21), among other culturally rich presentations. Multiple venues. Ticket prices vary by event. Visit constellafestival.org for full details.

APRil 16 You may consider “going green” after attending the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition’s annual Earth Day Celebration at Sawyer Point Park, 12 p.m., which attracted more than 7,000 people in 2015. This year’s event, themed “Save the Bees,” promises to be just as successful, with music, games, lectures, yoga classes and activities for the kids, including a recycled costume contest. Admission: FREE. Head to cincinnatiearthday. com for details. APRil 24 Each year, hundreds of antique and vintage cars (as well as a number of motorcycles and bikes) line the blocks of Reading Road between East Sharon and Cornell roads in historic Sharonville for the popular Sharonville Classic Car Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Food and drink vendors provide refreshments while judges select up to three winners in each class. Admission: FREE. Want to find out more? Visit sharonvillechamber.com. APRil 27 The Horseshoe Casino is the site of the 15th annual Bethesda lyceum, featuring guest speaker Adam Steltzner, who was the “landing lead” for the Mars Rover Curiosity, a project he worked on for 10 years. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the development of a Robotic Center of Excellence at Bethesda North Hospital, which will feature the most advanced robotic surgical system, the da Vinci Xi. Tickets: $500 per couple. To purchase, call 513.865.5223.

Check out the vintage vehicles at the Sharonville Classic Car Show, April 24.

APRil 30 Explore the artwork of Mother Nature when you take a hike through the Kirby Nature Preserve’s stunning wildflower patches during the 12th annual Wildflower Festival and Flower-A-Thon Extravaganza, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Handcrafted items and plants will be available for sale, and children’s activities will be offered. Questions? Go to westernwildlifecorridor .org for more information. May 10–22 What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play as the national tour of Cabaret comes to the Arnoff Center for the Arts. See the brash emcee and the seductive Sally Bowles as they use entertainment to distract their audience from the prospect of war in 1930s Germany. Popular numbers include “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time” and of course “Cabaret.” Tickets: $25.75–$85.75. Go to cincinnati.broadway.com for details. MAY 20–28 Started in 1873, the Cincinnati May Festival is the nation’s oldest continuous choral festival and comprises several concerts at multiple locations. It inspired the creation of the city’s acclaimed Music Hall, and the final concert at this festival will be the last performance at the hall before it closes for renovations. The event starts with an all-Mozart concert on May 20 and will be followed by performances at the Music Hall and the historic Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption. Subscription tickets start at $88. Single-event tickets are on sale March 10. Visit mayfestival.com for details. Send event listings to: Cincinnati Health & Life, 110 Summit Ave., Montvale, NJ 07645; or email editor@wainscotmedia.com. Listings must be received two months before the event and must include a phone number/website that will be published.

The Piano Man comes to town for a solo concert, April 5.

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Cancun This pleasure-seekers’ paradise, it turns out, is also a great place to shape up. by rita guarna

Famous as a destination for carousing spring bre akers, Cancun may seem an unlikely place to embark on a fitness journey. But that’s just where I went recently to jump-start mine. Located in a beautiful natural setting on the eastern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, it’s about four hours away by air via flights to Cancun International Airport. The JW Marriott, a quiet 448-room resort just off the busy “hotel zone,” offers a Wellness Beach Retreat package that includes oceanview rooms, a spa treatment, one-day cabana rental and credit toward group fitness classes. I hoped to get some sun, have some fun and get back into a fitness routine. First up: a surefire way to punch up one’s wellness quest—an hour-long boxing class. Truth be told, I was curious, as I’d never done it. But when some friends suggested that I pop two ibuprofens beforehand, well, curiosity turned to fear. (This, of course, says more about my level of fitness than anything else!) Calling the five-person group session “fun” might be a stretch, but there were plenty of giggles amid the panting and sighs. As in many boot-campesque sessions, there were stations, all designed for different benefits— strength, speed, agility, endurance—and we rotated among them. Our instructor, Malcolm, a former national bodybuilding champ and certified fitness pro, offered encouragement amid shouts of “Venga, venga!” (loosely translated as “Faster,

Opposite, clockwise from top left: an ocean-facing cabana at the JW Marriott, the perfect place to relax, retreat from the sun and enjoy complimentary fruit and water throughout the day; an exhilarating speedboat ride through the mangrove channels along the Nichupte Lagoon; a tranquil pool at the luxurious Mayan-inspired spa; tequila tasting (with a sangrita chaser) at the lobby bar; a steaming plate of linguine and shrimp at Gustino.

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faster!”) Afterward, we sipped recovery smoothies at the health bar. The barista recommended the Green Juice, made from celery, spinach, orange, cucumber and pineapple. The drink was delicious— refreshing and not too sweet. Feeling proud of myself, I reasoned that I’d earned a retreat to the poolside, oceanfront Bali-style cabana. There you can read, daydream or just indulge in people-watching. For lunch, healthy options abound at BeachWalk, a bathing suit-friendly eatery, with choices such as Thai shrimp spring rolls, Mexican ceviche, crab cakes and my favorite, a blackened grouper sandwich served with grilled onions and mustard seed roulade sauce. Next, for more relaxation, a spa appointment. Every spa on earth promises to help you “relax, refresh, restore and renew.” This one delivers. After the 75-minute Stress Victims Spa Cure, you’ll feel all those “re”s and more. The tension melts away as your back, neck and shoulders are kneaded and massaged for the first 25 minutes. (Ask for Yesica; she has the hands of a goddess.) Once you’re thoroughly relaxed, next up is a 50-minute facial, including a lovely hydrating mist. When I was well rested, it was time for a night on the town. The restaurant Porfirio’s reimagines the best of traditional Mexican fare in a beautiful setting. (Sit outside if you go around sunset.) Prepare for a multi-sensory experience: The food and service are great. Music videos play in the background, making it feel a little Las Vegasesque—but that adds to the fun. Later, a live band roams through the space, serenading patrons with classic Mexican tunes. Want another way to up the fun quotient? Head to Champions Sports Bar. A favorite of locals, tourists and hotel staff, it offers karaoke nightly. It’s located at the CasaMagna Cancun next door to JW Marriott. (Stay at either hotel and enjoy the amenities of its sister property.) Of course, no wellness weekend would be complete without yoga, which is great for flexibility, stress relief and a host of other health benefits. (Studies show it reduces the risk of heart disease, decreases blood pressure and lowers low-density, or “bad,” cholesterol by more than 10 points.) In a group class geared toward all experience levels, the emphasis was on breathing, balance and being comfortable with your body now. Yoga isn’t your thing? There are daily stretching and spinning classes too. If you can tear yourself away from the gym and the beach, consider the Aquafun Marina Jungle tour, during which you’ll power through the waters of the Nichupte Lagoon in a twoseat speedboat. After an exhilarating ride with a constant cool spray offering a respite from the sun, you can dive into the turquoise water and do some snorkeling. Back by late afternoon, it’s time for drinks. For a refined alternative to the sugary margarita, try tequila tasting at the lobby bar. Locals enjoy tequila with sangrita, a spicy nonalcoholic beverage meant to cleanse the palate between shots, and JW’s mixology team will explain the differences among these low-calorie sips. For dinner, try Gustino, where lowcarb linguine with shrimp, grilled veggies and poached salmon are popular, waistline-friendly options. The Branzino al cartoccio con finocchio e sedano, Chilean sea bass with lemons, fennel and leeks, is a delicious—and healthy—choice. Turns out Cancun wasn’t such an unlikely spot for a wellness retreat. After all, true wellness means finding balance, not just physically, but socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. And a beautiful beach doesn’t hurt one bit.

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Power food

a salute to spinach Popeye had it right when it came to this power-packed vegetable. W hile this le a f y gr een m ay str ik e us as quintessenti a lly a mer ica n— thanks largely to a certain cartoon sailor—its origins actually go back to ancient Persia, and then to China in the 7th century. Even Italy plays a part in its story. You’ve heard the term “Florentine” used to describe a dish with spinach in it? Florence, Italy, was the birthplace of Catherine de’ Medici in the 16th century, and she favored this vibrant veggie. But the real story of spinach is its nutritional value—it’s packed with iron, carotenoids and lots more.

Power UP Spinach’s dark color indicates high levels of chlorophyll and health-promoting carotenoids­—phytochemicals that have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties. Well known for being rich in iron, spinach is also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K and folic acid, and a pretty good source of manganese, magnesium and vitamin B2 too. Spinach is available year-round, but it’s in season in springtime, from March through June.

Did You Know? In the 1930s, U.S. spinach growers credited Popeye’s popularity with prompting a 33 percent increase in domestic spinach consumption—just in time to help meet nutritional needs during the Great Depression. Today, Alma, Arkansas, which holds a spinach festival each April, proclaims itself the “spinach capital of the world.” Indeed, the U.S. is the world’s No. 2 spinach producer. But the top nation, China, grows 45 times as much!

Select spinach with leaves that are medium to dark green, fresh-looking and free from any browning. The vegetable should be stored loosely packed in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge, where it will keep for about four days. Don’t wash spinach before storing, as moisture will cause it to spoil. But do make sure it’s washed properly before serving, as the leaves and stems can collect soil and chemicals. Raw spinach has a mild taste; when cooked it’s sometimes described as metallic-tasting and can be bitter thanks to its oxalic acid content. (To minimize bitterness, avoid the largest leaves and go for baby spinach instead.) If you’re cooking spinach, opt for steaming, sautéeing or microwaving rather than boiling to preserve the nutrients. —MICHAEL Ardizzone

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Wetherington Golf & Country Club 7337 Country Club Lane, West Chester, OH 45069

513.755.2582

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Experience Wetherington & Discover the Difference • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by Arthur Hills with new short-game practice area opening July 4th • Exceptional dining in our Bistro and Pour House, prepared by our Award Winning Executive Chef, Khalid Mafazy; Two time Cincinnati Chef of the Year • Sports Complex with a Junior Olympic Pool, Tennis Courts, Sand Volleyball & Children’s Play Area

Contact the Director of Membership Jason Rose today to schedule your private tour of the club. jrose@wetheringtongcc.com or 513.755.2582 We also host Banquets, Weddings & Golf Outings for Non-Members and Members alike.

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