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Learn about a Montgomery-based dentistry practice that provides unique services in a boutique, concierge setting.

Eleanor Endres, DMD, Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry

There is a practice in Old Montgomery that takes a different approach to dentistry. Endres Gateway Dentistry is a “General dentistry practice in a boutique, concierge setting that focuses on family, cosmetic, comprehensive and sleep/snoring dentistry, wellness and facial esthetics,” says Eleanor Endres, DMD-Owner and Dentist at Endres Gateway Dentistry. 

The practice located in Olde Montgomery, immediately off of Ronald Reagan Highway, has been opened since August of 2007. With the help of six employees and a therapy dog named Finn, Endres Gateway Dentistry offers a wide variety of services. The name of the practice comes from the fact that they are in the Gateway Building of Montogomery. “A Gateway has an obvious analogy to the mouth,” Endres says. “Our motto is: ‘Oral Health is the gateway to healthy living.’”   

There is a wide variety of services offered through the practice. They offer the traditional dental services, including: fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, hybrid dentures, implants, cleanings, gum treatment, braces, veneers, teeth whitening, sedation and more. 

They also offer unique services like TMJ Treatments, which include: guards, therapy, massage, trigger point injections and E-stim. There are Facial Esthetic Services: Botox fillers for wrinkles, lips, PRP for dark circles under eyes, Kybella for dissolving fat under the chin, threading to minimize facial scarring, heavy wrinkles and sagging skin, and jaw line enhancement. They also provide snoring appliances and Sleep Apnea appliances. 

Advanced technology and boutique comfort is what makes Endres Gateway Dentistry unique

Endres Gateway Dentistry is different from other practices, Endres says, because they have “a boutique environment, large variety of services, ability to treat TMD, comprehensive care — which means we help educate our patients on how the health of their mouth relates to their whole health — and high level of customer service with a gentle touch,” she explains. “We have a therapy dog, Finn, for our patients with dental anxiety. He is a two-year-old Bernedoodle and cute as can be.

According to Endres, the vision of the practice is “To always be offering the latest and most advanced dental and facial esthetic treatments through evidence-based care,” Endres says. Endres Gateway Dentistry provides joy and education to the community. “Not only do we help people smile and help them enjoy life, we can educate the public on healthy lifestyles,” she says. “That raises the health and happiness of the whole community.”

Endres loves the field that she is in and is passionate about it. “I really love dentistry and facial esthetics,” she says. “I have always enjoyed a job where I work with my hands, creating a product through an artistic eye that is useful to people.”

Keeping up with industry is also important to Endres, as she and her team often adapt the practice with new technology, techniques and services. “We want to meet the needs of our patients as the science of dental medicine and facial esthetics advances,” she says. 

And while she loves the science and artistry of her job, Endres says it’s the people she enjoys the most. “My team and my parents that I see every day allow me the privilege to impact their lives in positive ways,” Endres says. “I love helping people achieve their goals, both personally and professionally.”

Endres Gateway Dentistry is located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204, Cincinnati, OH. To learn more, visit on FacebookInstagram or their website

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Read on to learn about a soon-to-open market providing unique selections of food and drinks to Northern Kentucky and beyond. 

Ludlow, Kentucky, is about to get a tasty new neighbor.

 

Taste on Elm is “an approachable community market providing a unique mix of local, regional and international products,” says Lauren Hodge, Owner and Operator of Taste on Elm. The business will be located in the Ludlow, Kentucky business district on Elm Street and will be opening in December of 2019

 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a love for food, wine and retail. “I love putting something into a person’s hand that I enjoy, believe in and what to share,” Hodge explains.

 

The name, Taste on Elm, came from wanting people to not be intimidated by food and wine. “Food and wine are not complicated,” Hodge says. “We want our guests to be able to taste unfamiliar products before they make the commitment to buy, thus taking the uncertainty out of the equation.”

 

Taste on Elm will provide an assortment food and wine. “We will carry an assortment of charcuterie, cheese, wine, bread, pasta, olive oil, dry goods and sundries. You will also be able to have a cheese and charcuterie board while enjoying a glass of wine at the market,” Hodge says. “Customers can also order cheese and charcuterie boards for entertaining at home. We will be tapping into the local vendors/producers as much as possibleRegular wine tasting will be offered in order for our guests to try something new before they purchase.”

 

Taste on Elm’s mission is to be known in the community for their “specialty products, friendly and knowledgeable staff and an approachable shopping experience. We will be curators of specialty food products, such as wine, cheese, charcuterie, pasts, oils, etc.,” she says. “We will get to know our customers, recommend pairings and most importantly, put food in people’s mouths. In the end, it’s all about taste.”

 

Hodge says the vision for Taste on Elm is for it to always evolve as they pay attention to what their customers want and need. “We see ourselves as a destination and an integral part of the Ludlow, Kentucky revitalization,” she says. 

 

This new business is important for the Ludlow community. “It is critical that each new business serves the community while laying the groundwork for Ludlow as a destination,” Hodge says. “We believe we are an important part of that mix.”

 

The business is committed to great customer service to their customers and listening to their needs. “It is the number one thing I believe is missing in retail today. Also, really getting to know your customers as people,” she says. “Understanding their likes and dislikes and being able to offer them products and services you know will make their experience better. We taste 100 mediocre cheeses so you can enjoy a few great ones.”

 

The product variety at Taste on Elm will be different than other stores. “Sourcing unique and interesting products frolocal to international to provide a well-rounded shopping experience,” Hodge says. 

 

To learn more and keep up with what’s going on with Taste on Elm, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Health and community come together at a Northern Kentucky hot spot for all things healthy.

A local lady’s personal journey through weigh loss, health and wellness inspired a new business.

Healthy Hangout is health and nutrition business based in the Florence area that wants to promote healthy living, but also a place for people to come together.  “Healthy Hangout is a Nutrition Club where people can come get a healthy meal smoothie and energy combos customized to everyone’s nutritional needs,” says Kim Blatt, Wellness Coach and Owner of Healthy Hangout. 

The business is located across from Boone County High School at: 7220 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky. In November, Healthy Hangout is going to be celebrating their one-year anniversary. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from Blatt’s personal weight loss journey. “Thirteen years ago, I went from 42 percent body fat, a size 14 to an eight, in six weeks (29 percent body fat). Today, 13 years later, I am between a four and a six,” she says. “It’s amazing that after a lifetime of dieting, I found out how to use food to maintain normal body weight and muscle integrity.”

There are a variety of different services and products offered through Healthy Hangout. The business provides a Saturday morning walking club, spa parties, weight loss challenge, both on-site and these challenges take place in other businesses as a wellness program as well. “It all starts with a Wellness Profile, which guides us towards developing a meal plan to help each person hit their unique goals,” Blatt says. “We help people track changes in their body mass and learn to use fuel to increase the results of exercise and diet.” 

Other than wellness programs, they sell nutritional products to customers as well. “We offer a full line of Natural Sports Nutrition, vitamin-based energy drinks, natural metabolism boosters, immunity booster, protein-based snacks, including a wonderful protein-based coffee,” she says. “Our company (Herbalife Nutrition) uses state of the art procedures to develop the most effective combinations of herbs and botanicals.”

Healthy Hangout defines success by “helping others reach their goals, whatever that may be for them,” Blatt says. “We are focused on delivering healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks that taste amazing and since we use Herbalife products, we also love teaching people to be independent of us as well and think of healthy eating as a delicious way of life.”

To keep up with Healthy Hangout, follow on Facebook and Instagram, or call at: (859) 534-1682.

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A new Newport-based practice that wants to help people relieve stress and heal through two unique kinds of tension-melting services. 

It’s a busy world out there, but Tina Kreidler opened a wellness practice in Northern Kentucky to help you find the stillness within. In fact, Stillness Within Healing is the name of her new business.

The name, Stillness Within Healing, comes from the feeling of zen, she says. “When you are able to quiet the chaos of the world and get quiet and still, you can balance the nervous system and heal. I am not a healer, I like to hold space for people so that they can awaken their inner healer,” she adds. “Some of the most common imbalances that people seek out holistic healing for are: anxiety, stress, acute illness, auto immune disorders, painful joints, sleeplessness, depression, emotional healing and mental fog. It’s complimentary to Western Medicine.”

Kreidler loves to help people and has brought that passion to her practice. “I hope to offer a place where people can truly relax and I can walk with them on their journey of wellness,” she says. “We live in such a fast-paced world and people are really starting to understand that self-care needs to be a priority, finding that balance for the body, mind, spirit and emotions.”

Reiki and Reflexology are the two main services currently offered at Stillness Within Healing. 

Reiki

“Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by ‘laying on hands’ and is based on the idea that an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive,” Kreidler says. “The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words- Rei, which means ‘universal’ and ki, which is life force energy, so Reiki is ‘spiritually guided life force energy.’”

Reiki is something that has really been growing in popularity because of its success and how easy it is to use. “Many hospitals, clinics and offices have implemented Reiki as a practice to reduce stress and increase natural healing for employees and patients. Reiki is used to aid the natural healing within your body. It can be combined with other modalities to speed the body’s ability to heal.”

During a Reiki session, each client is fully clothed and are wrapped with blankets so they can be comfortable. “Reiki can be practiced with touch or by holding hands slightly off the body. The practitioner gently holds their hands in positions on the body to increase the energy flow to that area for several minutes and then moves the hands slowly to the next location, she says. “A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person, including body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being.”

Reflexology

“Reflexology is the science that deals with the principle that there are reflex areas in the feet and hands that correspond to all of the glands, organs and parts of the body. It is not massage, but a particular method of using the thumb and fingers to stimulate reflex areas,” Kreidler says. “As a reflexologist works the reflex areas on your feet or hands, the patterns of tension held in your body are interrupted, which then allows your body’s own healing wisdom to emerge. Reflexology is like hitting a reset button inside your body.”

A Reflexology session starts out with a conversation with Kreidler about your medical history, physical symptoms and figure out where they want to begin on their body. “During a session, some people stay awake and alert, asking questions or chatting with the practitioner,” she says. “Other people may stay awake but prefer to close their eyes and gently relax, while others go deep inside and totally relax to the point of falling asleep or choosing a lucid dream experience.”

Science has proven that stress is a huge cause of pain, illness and disease. “People turn to Reflexology for the relief of all kinds of symptoms, everything from back pain to digestive issues to infertility and depression, the roots of which are all exacerbated by stress and tension,” Kreidler says. “By relieving tension in the body’s reflex areas on your feet and hands, stress is alleviated and the healing wisdom inside the body can begin working to bring you back to wholeness.”

Along with Reiki and Reflexology, she also uses crystals, hot stones and aromatherapy. 

Stillness Within Healing is located at 821 York Street in Newport, Kentucky. To learn more, like them on Facebook, contact through email tina@stillnesswithinhealing.com or call (859) 907-4296.

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Learn about a West Chester-based women’s fitness studio that brings fun and unique ways to enjoy Pilates for all ability levels.

There is a fitness facility in the West Chester area that wants to help people experience exercise in a unique and fun way. “Club Pilates is a Reformer-based Pilates classes that use a modern approach to classical methods. Reformer Pilates is energizing fun and low-impact,” Laura Harris, Studio Owner of Club Pilates, says. “It’s for anyone looking to build strength, increase flexibility and improve range of motion.”

Club Pilates is a national franchise, but their club location opened on April 4, 2019 in West Chester at: 7554 Voice of America Drive, West Chester, Ohio 45069. Currently, there are six instructors, three sales associates and one general manager. 

There are a wide variety of different Pilates classes offered and the include:

• Club Pilates Intro Class

“The Club Pilates Intro Class is the perfect way to experience Pilates and our studio! Enjoy a 30-minute, full-body session with one of our talented instructors- each of whom are certified with over 500 hours of comprehensive Pilates,” Harris says. “This session is a great intro to our equipment, the studio and our amazing staff. Experience the Pilates Reformer and more. Find your local studio to book your complimentary Reformer session today.”

• Full-Body Reformer-Based Pilates

“Our signature contemporary Reformer class with strengthen and lengthen your entire body,” she says. “Creatively  flow from the Reformer to the springboard, EXO-chair, barre, TRX and more-ensuring you never take the same class twice. Experience the benefits of classical Pilates with a twist.”

• Club Pilates Cardio Sculpt

“This high energy, low-impact class is perfect for the cardio junkie. Use the Pilates jump board to facilitate plyometric movement against spring tension (rather than gravity) and experience an aerobic workout that won’t stress the joints,” Harris says.

• CP Center + Balance

“CP Center + Balance involves light movement and deep stretching to leave you feeling long, loose and ready to take on whatever the day brings,” she says. “A regular stretch routine will help reduce soreness and muscle fatigue, improve performance, decrease risk of injury and increase blood flow to your muscles.”

• CP Control

“Sculpt and tone your legs and glutes as you learn to use the barre in a whole new way,” Harris says. “Gliding discs, fitness balls and free weights are used to keep your body guessing! Strengthen your entire body from the feet up. Talking your Pilates moves to the barre is guaranteed to increase balance, stability and control in ways that will enhance your everyday life.”

• CP Suspend

“Defy gravity with Pilates and suspension training. A Reformer/based workout that combines your Pilates work with the incredibly effective TRX suspension training system,” she says. 

• Private Training Sessions

There are a also three different levels of the classes offered: Level 1, Level 1.5 and Level 2.0.

Harris says Club Fitness is unique because it has such a range of classes to keep it fresh, fun and welcoming to a variety of abilities. “We offer our clients a full-body, low-impact workouts along with providing high-impact challenge to the stabilizing muscles of the core,” she says. “Unlike the mat Pilates classes offered in many gym settings, Club Pilates offers classes using an array of specialized equipment, including the Reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu Ball, TRX Suspension Trainer Springboards and more.”

Club Pilates is located at 12088 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a blogger and Instagrammer who wants to spread positivity through blogging.

Food and adventure. Those are two of Aditi Rao’s greatest loves and she now shares them on her blog, Food Times Infinity.

“I am a foodie at heart. I was always up for trying different cuisines and experimenting with different places and food. If I liked anything, I’d introduce my friends to the same and when they appreciated it as well, I’d be happy,” says Rao, an IT Analyst at a locally-based healthcare company. “Over the years, I’ve noticed that there’s no bond between two people, greater than the love for food. Food is almost the only standard topic everyone resorts to, to have a good conversation. That led to Food Times Infinity, my little love for food, in summation. It is my small way of recommending and celebrating all the delicious food, from different places and cultures that I enjoyed.”

Her adventures inspire each blog post idea for Food Times Infinity. “I try different cuisines, places and my travel experiences help in trying different types of food,” she says. “I try to document all of that in my posts.”

Along with the Instagram account, Rao runs a blog called My Boundless Thoughts. “My name, Aditi, means boundless- and the only boundlessness I identify with is the boundlessness within my mind,” Rao says. “That led to My Boundless Thoughts. I started out with a Wordpress account with the same name, and this year, took a leap of faith to own my own.”

There are five categories of posts with My Boundless Thoughts: 

• General: “Where I write about life and current events around the world,” Rao says.
• Reviews: “Here I attempt to review books, movies or shows I liked,” she says.
• Travel: “This space is a complete jot down of my travel itineraries and experiences, with photographs taken by my DSLR,” Rao says. 
• Miscellaneous: “Where I jot down my ramblings or thoughts that don’t fit any category,” she says.
• Stories: “Here are presented the short stories I’ve written,” Rao says. 

Through her blog, she doesn’t define success the way other people might. “I avoid looking at numbers- likes, follower counts, shares. These are discouraging,” she says. “If I post something and if someone sends me a text or a message saying- my piece made them feel better or helped them in anyway; I consider that a win. That’s my success.”

The mission of her blog is to help people. It could be a simple topic like mental health or a difficult one like life decisions,” she says. “From my stories to travel blogs, I want to address at least some need that people have.

Whether it is her website or food blog, Rao wants to spread happiness and positivity to the community. “My blogs areversatile, in my opinion and respectful towards most sentiments. Everyone can find something useful for themselves.”

To follow her food blog, check out on Instagram. Also, visit her blog at: https://myboundlessthoughts.com.

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A local organization is helping to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community. Read on for more.

 

They say your vibe attracts your tribe. That’s where one local organization, the Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati, aims to help.

“Good Vibes Tribe Cincinnati is a yoga outreach organization that offers free community gatherings each month in an effort to heal negative body image through the power of yoga and community,” says Katie Wagner and Jessica Smith, Founders and Facilitators of Good Vibes Tribe. 

Good Vibes to Wagner and Smith means acceptance. “Being fully present even when the vibes aren’t so good,” they say. “Tapping into that mindful awareness creates a shift which leads to self-acceptance and eventually self-love.”

In November, Good Vibes Tribe will be celebrating three years of community gatherings. As of right now, Good Vibes Tribe doesn’t have a specific location. “Our tribe is nomadic in nature as we travel to a different location in the Cincinnati area each month,” Wagner and Smith say. “As a non-profit organization, we use donated space from local businesses to host our gatherings.” 

Wagner and Smith are both survivors of eating disorders and found recovery through yoga. “Yoga allowed us to reconnect to our bodies in a way that was thoughtful and gracious, while community circles allowed us to listen to the stories of others and then share our own,” they say. “There’s a unique power in combining the elements of mindful awareness with the safety of speaking our truths.” With the name, ‘Good Vibes Tribe,’ “It is our goal to spread positive awareness and let others know there is a brighter side to the darkness of negative body image.”

The gatherings of Good Vibes Tribe have included a variety of different offerings. “At each monthly gathering, we begin with an hour of yoga followed by an hour of discussion with our guest speaker. Topics of discussion have previously included: Acceptance with a Certified Yoga Therapist, Stress Management with an LPCC and Spectrum of Emotions with a Certified Body Talk Practitioner. We also partner with other non-profits such as NEDA, The Giveback Yoga Foundation and Project  Heal to help increase awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health,” Wagner and Smith say. “In addition to our community gatherings each month, we offer several workshops relating to self-care and mindful eating, both being terms we are seeing more frequently in our culture. Rather than how-to guides, our workshops offer space to dive deeply into the self and discover what it is that our bodies and souls are actually craving.”

The organization defines success through people going for themselves. “If you are new to the practice, it can feel intimidating coming to a yoga class because our society has created an unrealistic image of what it means to have a ‘yoga body,’” they say. “It’s also challenging to show up for yourself in our culture because there is such pressure to be in constant motion…we are always doing and not necessarily for our own well-being. In effect, we aren’t taking the time for ourselves to actually address our physical or emotional needs. We offer that space. All you have to do is show up.”

Good Vibes Tribe wants to be a safe place for the community of Cincinnati. “There aren’t enough safe spaces for people to gather, connect and share their truths without fear of judgment or shame, especially for those who might not have the financial means to participate otherwise,” Wagner and Smith say. “We are out in the community each month offering a service that is completely free and accessible. We’ll even lend you a yoga mat if you need one.”

The organization holds gatherings that meet once a month, but they work on a daily basis. “We work daily because we are passionate about what we do. Because we’ve been there,” they say. “We’ve both suffered with our mental health and well-being but have learned how to reconnect to ourselves through yoga and community. This is what inspired us to become instructors and facilitators… to show others there is a door, all you have to do is knock.”

If you want to keep up with what Good Vibes Tribe is doing, follow the organization on Facebook and their website.

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Learn about a non-profit organization that provides community and experiences through tasty treats, unique ingredients and powerful training opportunities.

A local organization makes dog treats that make a difference for the next generation of our community. 

“BrewhausBakery and Dog Bones is a 501c3 non-profit bakery organization dedicated to providing vocational training and work opportunities to area young adults with disabilities. We have a collaborative model to work with bakers of all abilities and interests and support and foster growth in each of our food industries,” says Lisa Graham, Founder and Director of BewhausBakery and Dog Bones. “Specifically, Brewhaus Dog Bones is our social enterprise where we make healthy all-natural dog treats from local craft brewing grains (malted barley).” 

The organization is located at 6927 Miami Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243, in Madeira. “All proceeds of baked goods, whether for pets or people, help us create a substainable non-profit platform to provide jobs and opportunities for young adults with disabilities,” Graham explains. 

The Brewhaus Bakery and Dog Bones started in 2014 and has 16 people on their payroll, but throughout the seasonal months, they have added about 20-30 people to the roster. “I started the non-profit July of 2014 and launched at Listermann Brewing’s Octoberfest , October 10, 2014,” Graham touts. “We are almost five years old!”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her daughter, who “has a rare genetic abnormality resulting in some developmental disability,” Graham explains. “We’re a cooking family; she lives to bake and loves animals; especially our three dogs and two cats. We have not been able to figure out a good cat treat yet! The craft beer community has been greatly supportive of our mission and purpose, which adds to the fun of our product!”

The name of the organization came from a survey of 400 people and Brewhaus happened to be the most popular decision. “Brewing up good things to help people in our bake ‘haus,’” Graham adds, “which is a nod to our German roots here in Cincinnati.”

Brewhaus Dog Bones are healthy and all-natural treats. These dog treats are “made from locally sourced spent brewing grains. We only use malted barley; we work collaboratively with other bakers who bake treats for people in our bakery too, giving us additional revenue and helping us to be a substainable non-profit organization. So in our brick and mortar location in Madeira, we have something for everyone, people and/or pets,” she says. “We used to bake at Findlay Kitchen, an incubator contract kitchen space and met others who shared our passion for having a food-based business; once we grew to a point and needed our own space, we recruited others to join us in Madeira.”

Brewhaus works closely with brewers. “We work closely with brewers to get spent grains right from the mash tuns and turn them into healthy, tasty dog treats! We use all-natural ingredients and never add any artificial flavorings, colorings or preservatives. Our treats are always handcrafted and slow baked,” Graham says. “We have two wonderful veterinary advisors from Family Animal Hospital in Batavia, Jenny Bard and Alfred DuBois, who review our recipes and advise as needed. Doggies love our treats!”

Along with making delicious treats, the organization provides training for individuals with a variety of disabilities. “We work with many area educators and job coaches to provide an instructional, project-based learning model, to help build skills and employability to those young adults transitioning from school-based programs to the adult world,” she says. “We provide our program at no charge to have an additional , creative, hands on, start to finish business and teaching tool in an educator’s toolbox. Most people learn best by doing.”

The most rewarding part of working for Brewhaus, according to Graham, is giving opportunities to young adults. “The most rewarding part is knowing we are living our mission and providing jobs and opportunities to young adults with disabilities who face so many barriers to employment and traditional opportunities,” she says. “It gives us an authentic platform to engage with our community and have fun!”

The organization is an important resource in Greater Cincinnati, Graham says. “At some point in anyone’s life, you can personally be affected or touched by someone with a disability, whether from birth or acquired through illness or accident. Having an opportunity to interact, learn and grow from each other, regardless of ability, helps us all be better human beings and more compassionate and understanding,” Graham says. “Everyone has strengths and a unique contribution to make. So hopefully when we’re out at an event or someone comes into our bakery, we can help promote understanding and inclusion of individuals of all abilities!”

To keep up with what Brewhaus Bakery and Dog Bones, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and their website.

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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.