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An Ohio-based nutrition company is quickly gaining national popularity for its products that revolve around seven important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

Propello, a Columbus based company, is propelling customers into new, much healthier healthier lifestyles. 

“Propello Life is an active nutrition company. We were founded to inspire, educate and fuel active lives,” says Duke Armstrong, CEO and Founder of Propello Life. “We believe in balanced, while living-which means that your health and life are their fullest when you manage your life around our seven aspects of a healthy lifestyle: movement, nourishment, rejuvenation, love, passion mind and spirit.”

Located in Dublin, Ohio, Propello Life has been around for three years and was founded on July 31, 2016. There are four full-time employees and over 30 ambassadors. 

The name, Propello Life came from a translation meaning, ‘Motivated life.’ “We have found that for someone to truly live a healthy lifestyle, they have to change their life. Changing you habits around how you live is a very difficult and hard thing that requires a ton of motivation, dedication and determination,” he says. “Propello Life embodies that and was founded to help people as they change their life.”

There are five products offered through Propello Life and they are: Vegan Protein, Whey Protein, Rejuvenating Aminos, Pre-Workout and Energy + Focus. 

The mission of the business is to “inspire, educate and fuel active lives,” Armstrong says. “What this means is that we hope to help people discover their healthiest, best life possible.” 

Propello Life is different from other nutrition brands because they concentrate on the person, not just on how the person looks. “We sell the absolute best products, provide the absolute best customer service and experience and lead with education and inspiration,” Armstrong says. “We feel that if we make a positive impact on our customers’ lives and help them live a healthier life, then we have created value for them. The sales follow the value we provide.”

Giving back is also important for Propello Life. “We have been partnering with local gyms from day one to support their charity events and outreach programs. Within the last few months, we have launched our own charity events to give back to our community,” Armstrong says. “Specifically, we have partnered with Special Olympics Ohio to raise money for their athletes. Special Olympics is near and dear to our hearts and to be able to aid their efforts brings us amazing joy.”

Propello Life’s seven components help them to define a healthy lifestyle. “It is unique to each person and is rooted in living a balanced, whole life,” he says. “When you boil it down, healthy is a life that is full of energy, happiness, passion and purpose.”

To learn more about Propello Life, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website where you can subscribe to their newsletter list. “We email healthy recipes and blog posts on all things health-related, usually twice a week and have been told that our followers love getting the emails because they are not sales-focused or overly-emotional,” Armstrong says.

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Two local women wrote a book that raises awareness of Sickle Cell Disease in a way that everyone understands. Read on for more.

Many who suffer from Sickle Cell Disease want to think and feel “I’m no different than you.” In fact, two local women — Kristy High and Jaime Mahaffey — wrote the book on it. 

I’m No Different Than You is a children’s book that we wrote that focuses on children living with Sickle Cell Disease and the social and mental issues people affected by this disease often face,” says Kristy High, Care Coordinator and co-writer of I’m No Different Than You

According to High, the book is about a girl named Kayla. The girl “has a positive outlook on life despite the challenges of managing a chronic medical condition,” she says. “After having to attend a new school, Kayla is worried about how others will react to learning that she has Sickle Cell Disease. Kayla’s friendships are quickly changed by the lack of understanding and fears of the other children.” 

The inspiration behind writing the book came from Mahaffey’s 15-year-old daughter, Kayla and High’s 12-year-old daughter, Kiera, who are both living with the disease. “Both children have encountered situations in school that involved bullying and other social issues because of having Sickle Cell Disease,” she says.

The name of the book came from the way that High would want to feel if she, herself, had Sickle Cell Disease. “I would want others to realize when they look at me,” she explains, “I’m no different than you.”

High says the book was important to write because they wanted to raise awareness of the disease. “We have a goal to bring awareness to various childhood health and wellness topics,” she says. “We want to be champions for the Sickle Cell Warriors out there!”

The book is unique because it provides basic education about Sickle Cell Disease without the medical jargon. “It makes it easier for parents, teachers and children to understand,” High says. “it also focuses on the social implications for a child dealing with chronic illness as this aspect is often lost in the medical field.”

High and Mahaffey want to encourage children living with Sickle Cell Disease, who have felt that they don’t measure up to others, dealing with mental health issues or just feeling overwhelmed from living with the disease. “We also hope to inspire children not afflicted by a chronic illness, such as Sickle Cell Disease that isolating and bullying another person just because of their medical condition is hurtful and it’s best to ask questions if they don’t understand that person’s condition,” High says. “Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and friendship.”

To learn more about the book, I’m No Different Than You, you can contact High at: khigh81@gmail.com or contact her on Facebook and Instagram. The book is also on Amazon. Search for Kristy High and Jaime Mahaffey.

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Learn about a local practice with 11 doulas (and growing) to help clients through the beginning stages of parenthood.

Bringing a child into the world isn’t easy. Here to make it a little easier is Emily Johnson and Katie Brenner, co-founders of Doulas of Cincinnati. “We have a combined 16 years of experience working with new and expectant families,” says Johnson. 

What is a doula? “A doula is a trained, non-medical, professional who seeks to reduce fear and instill strength in the families he or she serves, throughout the childbearing year and beyond, Johnson explains, “conception through several months postpartum.”

A doula provides three different categories with caring for patients:

• Physical: Think touch massage, counter pressure, supporting various infant feeding positions, position changes, etc.
• Informational: Answers to various questions about pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum recovery and newborn behaviors, personal referrals to tangential providers, etc. 
• Emotional Support: A safe space for vulerability, listening vaidation, etc.

Launched in 2016, Doulas of Cincinnati meets their clients in their homes, but their Group Classes are held at TriHealth Pavilion. There are currently 11 doulas at the practice and they’re looking for more. 

The inspiration behind the practice came from busy schedules between Johnson and Brenner. “Katie and I had both worked as independent doulas before launching our agency. Living life on-call 24/7 is not for the faint of heart and most definitely took a toll on our families and our personal well-being. Add to that, we were fully booked every month and regularly turning folks away,” Johnson recalls. “Launching the agency allowed for us to serve more families with the same standard of care and provided built-in backup with our shared call model. Launching our agency has provided true sustainability in a historically short-tenured field.”

They also want to provde a healthy environment for their doulas. “We were also passionate about something that sought to eliminate doula burnout in general, not just our own,” she says. “Providing work for the doulas on our team so that they can make a living doing what they love was a huge motivator.”

There are a wide variety of doula services provided through Doulas of Cincinnati and they include: childbirth and parenting education, birth doula support, Postpartum and infant care doula support, sleep consulting, dedicated team of certified infant feeding specialists and an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Postpartum placenta encapsulation, Postpartun belly binding and maternity, birth and newborn photography.

The mission of Doulas of Cincinnati is “providing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s new and expectant parents with professional, experienced and unbiased support through the childbearing year and beyond,” Johnson says. “We are committed to each family’s personal goals and wishes helping to facilitate a smooth and enjoyable transition into new parenthood.”

The practice is unique because they are 100 percent focused on client experience, Johnson says. “We are not trying to change the culture of birth in our client’s delivery room. We are not trying to force a parenting ideal on our clients when we’re with them in their homes,” she adds. “Our job is not to ‘fix’ societal issues one-by-one with each of our clients. We are there for them. Wherever they are.”

If you want to keep up with what Doulas of Cincinnati is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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A new fast-casual restaurant using healthy ingredients to create quick meals just opened in Kenwood. Keep reading for more.

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen recently opened a new location in Kenwood.

Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen has amassed quite the cult following in Kentucky and it just crossed the river with a new location in Kenwood.

According to Angela Anne Leahey, Marketing Coordinator and Hospitality Director, Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is “a gourmet salad restaurant with seasonal, house-made soups and lemonades,” she explains. “The business has been around since 2014 with six different locations around the Tri-state: four in Lexington, one in Louisville, one in Cincinnati, with 100 people working between these locations.”

The inspiration behind Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen came from a passion to see people eat healthy on the go. “We wanted to bring wholesome, homemade foods to the fast, casual setting that allows busy people the opportunity to eat well on the go while also creating café environments where you can spend quality time connecting with people and bring the family for an easy, nutritious meal,” Leahey says. “We wanted something that communicated fresh and made in house, while also emphasizing salads.” 

The business defines success by the people they impact. “Guests, by serving great food with a hospitable environment; employees, by giving them an enjoyable place to work; the farming community, when we purchase their goods,” Leahey says.​

The mission of Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen is to see people eat healthy. “Our tagline is ‘Eat Well Today’ so looking back at our inspiration, I would also add to that we want to be available to people so that they can be the hero of their day, making wise food choices that make them feel good and ultimately taste good,” she says.

There are a variety of services that the business offers, including in-store and to go dining, online ordering and catering (with delivery). “Whether you are a single young professional, a parent of multiple children, a single parent or a business woman or man trying to impress a client- we have great food, with great service and you don’t have to compromise taste or quality,” Leahey says.

Working with as many local providers is also important, Leahey says. “We partner with local Kentucky Chefs, Ouita Michels and Sara Gibbs, which allows us the opportunity to create each salad individually and make small changes to the recipe that make it the perfect combination of dressing, toppings and lettuce,” Leahey says. 

To learn more or keep up with Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen, follow them on Facebook or Instagram.

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An upcoming event in Mariemont celebrates a decade of raising awareness of mental health with a walk and family-friendly after party.

Those battling mental health conditions, and the people who love them, are true warriors. That’s what inspired Nancy Eigel-Miller, Director of 1N5, to create The Warrior Run: The Race for Life, a 5k run/walk and a one mile walk with a family friendly after party.

On October 5, 2019, The Warrior Run will hold their 10th annual event with a variety of activities. “There is a one mile untimed walk through the lovely village of Mariemont that starts at 5:15pm. Shortly after that, at 5:30pm, the 5k begins. This USATF-sanctioned race begins and finishes at Dogwood Park,” Eigel-Miller says. “The race and walk are followed by a night of music and food from local restaurants, including 50 west, Pontiac Barbecue, LaRosa’s Pizza and UDF ice cream. The food options also include home-made chili, hot dogs, grilled cheese, and plenty of desserts. There is a short Fun Run for children under eight at 7pm and then a family-friendly movie outside at dusk.”

There is also a High School and College Challenge where different schools compete against each other to raise the most money for mental health. “Every dollar raised by the high school team will be reinvested into their school for mental health, mindfulness and suicide prevention programming. The scoring is based on a number of participants, volunteer hours and total amount raised and takes into account the enrollment size of the individual schools,” Eigel-Miller says. “The winning high school team and the winning college team receives a traveling trophy, a $1,500 scholarship and a Skyline Chili Cheese Coney Party.”

The inspiration behind the event comes from Eigel-Miller losing her husband in 2008. “I lost my husband, Jim, to suicide and the run was started in his memory,” she says. “He was an avid runner and the race was a way to honor him.”

She wanted to highlight the people who are battling mental health conditions. “The Warrior Run raises funds for 1N5 to help accomplish our mission of optimizing mental health in youth in Greater Cincinnati. That is why it is ‘The Race of Life,’” she says. 

The event is important for the community. “Our youth are in crisis and need our help. One in every five youth, ages 13 to 18, have, or will have, a mental illness and suicide is now the second leading cause of death for youth,” Eigel-Miller says. “The Warrior Run: The Race for Life raises funds so that we can combat these statistics and promote optimal mental health for youth in Greater Cincinnati through though stigma reduction and customized, evidence-based education so that we can live in a world without suicide.” 

The mission of The Warrior Run is “to gather as a community to champion optimal mental health by raising funds to provide evidence-based mental health programming in local schools,” she says. “Funds raised by The Warrior Run also go toward Supporting Adapting for Life/Surviving the Teens, a CincinnatiChildren’s Hospital Medical Center program.”

The event is different from other races, Eigel-Miller says. “The race course is beautiful. The after party has the best food. The family-friendly atmosphere is phenomenal,” she explains. “These, combined with the importance of our cause, make this the best race around!” 

To learn more about The Warrior Run, follow them on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Read on to learn about a life coach in Kentucky who is helping people live their lives with intentionality.

Allyson Blythe has always loved helping people. 

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the field, she realized she wanted to offer something more. That’s when she launched Allyson Blythe Life Coaching in 2007.

Today, she offers one-on-one sessions with clients and another part of her job is “creating programs that suit their interests and needs, workshops, groups and classes,” she explains. 

Blythe says she has developed a variety of different learning opportunities through her life coaching. “I offer sessions 1:1. I have also designed two separate life coaching courses that are a 12-month commitment that meet face-to-face on a monthly basis. Those are titled Radical Self Care and Dedicated Life Overhaul,” Blythe says. “I offer two groups for young adult ladies and one for grown adult women. I also teach workshops based on communication and boundaries.”

The mission of her life coaching is “I educate, equip and empower my clients to start living their life on purpose,” Blythe explains. 

She is different from other life coaches out there because she has many years of experience, along with 20 years of clinician experience. “I have a wide variety of services that are designed both for men and women groups, classes, workshops, one-on-one and offer my services face-to-face. There is so much added value to face-to-face contact, especially when building connection and community,” Blythe says.

She defines success by assisting clients with being intentional of how they live their lives. “Building connection and community with in my practice are an added bonus. That’s why groups and workshops are so important because people feel better when you feel a part of something bigger,” Blythe says. “When clients gain insight and start taking responsibility for their lives, I consider that a great success!”

She loves working with the community to help educate, equip and empower them. “My clients learn to align their thoughts, behaviors and decisions with what they most want to create and establish in their lives. People who are intentional are healthier, happier people,” Blythe says. “That is a great benefit to our community. I also teach very basic, yet essential tools like communication and boundaries. I work with a wide range of both men and women (young adult to elderly).”

She has upcoming events coming up through her practice:

• The Art of Effective Communication: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
o There are still spots open.
 
• Boundaries: Four-part course coming up in September
o Open for women
 
• Radical Self-Care: Third year will be launching in January 2020.
o “It is a deep dive Life Coaching Course for women to improve their relationship with themselves and others,” Blythe says.
 
• Dedicated Life Overhaul: Launching its fourth year in January 2020.
o “It is a 12-month course for both men and women in which we take a 360 view of their lives to see what’s working and what’s not so they can create a plan for some real change,” she says.

The Allyson Blythe Life Coaching office is located at US Highway 42, Suite 217 in Florence, Kentucky. To learn more, follow her on FacebookInstagram, her website or email: allysonblythe@live.com.

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We’ve heard of dog walkers, but people walkers? Learn about an organization that brings health and community together one walk at a time.

Getting in shape and bringing the community together. That’s the idea behind People Walkers of Cincinnati.

“People Walkers of Cincinnati is a local service that provides companion walking for those who want to get active, but don’t want the intensity or cost of a personal training session or gym membership,” says Katherine Lent, Founder of People Walkers of Cincinnati. “People recovering from surgery or with other health concerns may not want to be alone while walking, nor live where there is a safe walking area.”

Lent is the Eastside Group Leader and her group walks in two Clermont County Parks, Pattison Park and Sycamore Park in Batavia. “Both are beautiful parks and perfect for short walks,” she says. “I encourage others to lead groups in their neighborhoods.” The organization has been around since this past winter where they would do one walk each month, but now it has been increased to a walk each week. “If the weather is too bad, we will walk at a mall or another indoor place,” Lent says.

There are so many health benefits for walking. “It benefits those recovering from surgery, have chronic pain, illness, overweight or quitting smoking. Companion walking provides the opportunity for gentle exercise in a safer environment, flat terrain and offers companionship to those who don’t have someone to walk with them,” she says. “Sometimes family and friends don’t relate to those of us with those issues and it makes a big difference to be with others who understand what you are going through. Companion walking makes exercise accessible through conversation, companionship, community, accountability, safety, affordability and consistency.”

There are different walks offered through People Walkers of Cincinnati. “We offer private one-mile walks, which average 20 minutes, or 15 for brisk walks and thirty for more leisurely walks. The current rate is five dollars per half hour, which is one or two miles. In some cases, we can come to you,” Lent says. “Weekly group walks are free to join! We have a Facebook community group, Facebook page and an Instagram. People can host free group walks, provide private walks or arrange for others to help them do the walks. I’d like to build a network of walkers who can go to people who can’t drive.”

 The mission of People Walkers of Cincinnati is “to serve by providing accessibility, accountability, safety, affordability, consistency and motivation to walk through companion walking,” she says.

The organization is unique because they make connection with people a priority. “It is unique because it is ‘peer-to-peer,’ rather than a company like a gym,” Lent says. “Connecting with a walking partner connects us to each other, to nature and to the community.”

This is important for the community of Cincinnati. “It is a service provided by people in the community for other people in the community. It also exposes people to an array of beautiful parks in their communities,” she says. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with the People Walkers of Cincinnati, follow them on FacebookInstagram and through email.

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Read about a local fitness trainer that wants to help you with muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular health and a healthy body composition.

For Eric Feigl, he’s so proud of his work, he put his name on his business. As the owner and operator of Eric Feigl Personal Training, he “does business out of the personal training studio called Mission 5 Fitness, located on the corner of Riverside Drive and Collins Avenue, two miles east of Downtown Cincinnati,” he explains. 

Mission 5 Fitness is a personal training studio. “The ‘5’ in Mission 5 Fitness stands for the five principles of fitness we strive to help our clients achieve: muscle strength, muscle endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular health and a healthy body composition,” Feigl says. 

He launched the business in 2007, and has been based within Mission 5 Fitness since 2011.

The inspiration behind starting the business came after completing the Kinesiology Master’s Program at Eastern Illinois University. He wanted “to show people how strength training doesn’t have to be as complicated as parts of the fitness industry had made it,” Feigl says. “To this day, I strive to continue to show my clients that it doesn’t take complicated exercise schemes or movements to stay strong and healthy.” 

Feigl says the mission of the business is “to provide a safe and structured environment so the client can receive the benefit of strength exercise without a massive time commitment.”

His clients, Feigl says, are working professionals from the late 30s to the age of retirement. “Starting at age 30, people lose on average, three to eight percent muscle mass per decade,” he says. “Since muscle mass is important for increased metabolism, skeletal function and a wide range of other rolls in the human body, it is imperative that we maintain it as we age.” 

The services that are offered through Eric Feigl Personal Training are: One-on-one personal training, small group training, online fitness coaching and health coaching. 

Feigl defines success by the amount of people that show up to their workouts. “Too many people skip workouts because they aren’t getting what they want, they aren’t excited about exercising or don’t have a good relationship with the person they work with,” he says. “I’d like to say the people I work with are getting what they pay for, are excited to come to the gym and of course have a meaningful relationship with me.”

Feigl’s favorite part of his business is the impact that his work has on his clients. “Trainers sometimes forget that we might be someone’s only break during a client’s day,” he says. “Each appointment should be both physically and emotionally productive.”

Eric Feigl Personal Training is located at 2260 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, 45202, Ohio. To learn more, contact via email, and follow along at InstagramTwitterLinkedInFacebook or his podcast: Fitness Candor.

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We chat with a local expert about a new way to monitor breast and body health based on thermal changes.

A heat map of your health?

That’s essentially what thermography is and it’s gaining momentum in the healthcare field as an effective adjunctive screening tool.

“Infrared cameras measure radiation in the infrared electromagnetic emissions. Like the sun, our human body emits infrared heat. The sensors on the thermal camera read varying degrees of this infrared emittance and with precise calibration, translates it into a temperature reading,” says Caitlin Wells, a PACT Certified Thermography Technician. “The information is then plotted in a digital format in a rainbow color palette that shows hot measurements as red and white and cold as magenta and black. These patterns are analyzed and physiological assessments are made. Comparative exams can create a baseline for monitoring breast and body health based on thermal changes.”

According to Wells, there are three kinds of Thermography used through her practice are:

• Breast Thermography: “A non-invasive and non-destructive way to screen for breast cancer without radiation or compression,” she says. “It uses state of the art technology that assesses heat in the breast through infrared technology.”
 
• Full Body Thermography: ”Head, neck, back, breast views, arms, abdomen, legs and feet are included in our extensive screening,” Wells says.
 
• Medical Thermography: “A whole body analysis for dressing skin surface temperatures that can be correlated by a physician to assess for abnormalities. We are looking at physiology in the body, heat and blood flow,” she says. “I, as a technician, use a highly sensitive infrared camera to take images of the body. Our star team of ClinicalThermologists interpret the data from those images using point analysis systems based upon the very latest research.”
 
• Torso Screening: “Included with the breast tissue, you get a broader imaging that includes the head, neck and abdomen to expand upon information about breast health,” Wells says. “All screening options are for men as well, not only women.”

After your screenings are done, they will be sent to the team of Clinical Thermologists. Wells says she sends her client results to Dr. Alexander Sepper, MD, PhD and OBGYN, who has over 35 years of clinical and research experience. “You will get back a full report written after the three-tier interpretation process is complete. You can schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me to go over the report in general,” she says. “Included is a non-medical consultation where I am happy to go over the report with you, help you understand the terminology in the report and support you in next steps. Separately, members of our Interpretation team are available for consultations as well.”

Wells currently works as a practitioner on her own, but she has multiple locations she works with and she also works along with other businesses to raise awareness of Thermography. Her main lab is located in Blue Ash at the Blatman Health and Wellness Center. 

Thermography is unique because it looks at the physiology of the body. “It gives valuable information to you and your health practitioners who are your allies helping you solve the mysteries of your body. It can be very empowering to you as an individual,” she says. “My clients have shared that they’ve experienced feeling comfortable during the process with me as their technician and that it’s easy and I made it feel like time flew by! It’s no touch, painless and they have privacy behind curtains the entire time. Many of my clients schedule their annual scans for their birthdays and they’ve made it a celebration of self-care.”

Wells defines success by using the scans to change the way people live. Through the scans, they notice that even the smallest changes people make can make a difference in their scan. “When they come in for their follow up scans and they have made tremendous strides in changing their results, it’s incredibly encouraging and empowering to see the changes and evidence of the investment they’ve made in themselves,” she says.

According to a study published in the American Journal of Surgery performed at New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell, “The results showed Thermography to accurately identify 97 percent of cancers when compared to mammography,” Wells says, adding that this heavily affects women under the age of 40. “There are 20,000 cases of breast cancer in the age group women from 20-40 each year in the US,” she says. “When cancer occurs in younger woman, it is usually a much more aggressive form and less likely to respond to treatment. There is currently no routine screening test for women under 40. As time goes on, it is the hope that Thermography may help fill this void.”

The mission of her practice is “to provide people with the opportunity to be proactive about their wellness, to aid in the early detection of breast cancer and help save lives,” she says. 

To learn more, follow her on Facebook.

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Learn about a fun new event that’s building unity across the Tri-State one tea dance at a time. 

 

A fun new event spreads unity within the Tri-State’s LGBTQ+ community. Tea Dance is “a magical mixture of fun, accepting people in a cool space with great music and delicious cocktails. We welcome the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community and our supporters at tea dance,” Richard John Cooke, Chief Fun Time Officer at Tea Dance Cinci, says. “Old friends reunite and new friendships are created. Our goal is to ensure tea dances are welcoming, inclusive and fun.” The event also includes DJs around the Cincinnati area that play house and dance music. “Tea always starts at 4pm and the dancing is usually by 5pm. We usually wrap up the evening by 7pm with the last dance’,’” he saysThe Tea Dances happen once or twice a month and always happens at different locations. 

 

The event has been around for two years, officially in Cincinnati, but “tea dances go as far back as the 1940s after WWII where tea rooms were places to meet people,” Cooke says.

 

The inspiration behind starting the event came from a desire Cooke had to bring his friends and other people of the LGBTQ+ community together. “We used to meet at Neon’s on a Sunday afternoon and when that closed, we didn’t have a place to consistently and reliably meet up and hang out,” he says. “There really aren’t that many places for the LGBTQ+ community to call a gathering spot of their own in the city anymore, especially during the day.” The mission of the event is “to bring the LGBTQ+ community and our supporters together on a Sunday afternoon using dance to catalyze connections so people feel welcome and included,” Cooke says.

 

The Tea Dance isn’t just important for the LGBTQ+ community, it positively affects the city of Cincinnati. “Tea Dances have become established and well-known in Cincinnati through the word of mouth, social media and the press, certainly in the last year,” he says. “They’re one of many positive signals of a thriving LGBTQ+ community, which speaks to the thriving diversity within our city and this is good for everyone in Cincinnati, including our visitors.” The Tea Dance is an event that has happened throughout history, but it now adds a modern twist. “What is different about Tea Dances today, in Cincinnati, is that we move them to different locations each time and we have the benefit of social media to drive awareness and excitement leading up to the tea dances, during each event and then for people to share their photos and stories of the tea dance they attended.”

 

Cooke loves to work on every part of the Tea Dances. “It’s so exciting to find a new venue, to work with amazing staff representatives at these venues and to use social media to share details of the venue and the upcoming tea dance there,” he says. “But there is nothing that gives me more pleasure than to greet people coming through the doors each time  to welcome old friends and make new ones. It’s the best feeling!”

 

Cooke is devoted to making the city of Cincinnati a more welcoming community. “We already scheduled through the end of 2019 and thinking about new venues for 2020,” he says. “There’s no sign of me letting up anytime soon. I love how this has taken off so organically and I love to see people having fun. That’s it. That’s the magic!”

 

The next event is on July 28 at Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington, Kentucky, from 4-7pm. “This is our first tea outside Cincinnati,” Cooke says. To keep up with the event, follow them on Facebook.

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