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Get a peek inside the world of this Emergency Department Nurse Manager as she innovates ways to bring teamwork and heart to her employees as they weather this storm together.

Tiffany Frazier pours her heart and soul into her position as the Emergency Department Nurse Manager at Mercy Anderson. “I have an amazing Emergency Department family and a very supportive leadership team,” she says. “We lean on each other and we are constantly checking in on one another.”

Being a part of a supportive team has never been more important than it is right now. As Frontline Heroes take center stage in the COVID-19 pandemic, she knows that the safety of her staff and their families is one of the most important aspects of her job. 

“We know first-hand that we are not immune to COVID-19,” she says. 

Not only is the physical health of her employees important to her, but she also wants to make sure they’re staying mentally healthy as well. 

Frazier checks in with her employees, and the team has continued to support each other throughout the last several weeks – as healthcare workers have been some of the most impacted professions during this trying time. 

However, Frazier not only has to worry about the health of her team members at work, but her husband as well who works as an Emergency Department nurse across the river in Kentucky. 

“I have a wonderful support system at home,” Frazier adds. 

To help keep on top of all the latest COVID-19 developments, she leans on the same teamwork she provides her employees. “I have relied on the guidance of upper management and other Emergency Department managers in the ministry,” she explains.

As for the future, Frazier says she will continue offering the same support to her team as they further navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a special “Hearts to Heroes” issue dedicated to individuals across the Tri-State working on the front lines to provide for our community. Readers nominated and our editorial board selected those included in this week’s issue. Everyone featured is also receiving a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.

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Learn about a local woman who helps children and the homeless through her career, and fosters animals in her spare time.

Elizabeth Crable-Means and her son.

Elizabeth Crable-Means works for the Cincinnati Health Department and works as a Public Health Nurse in the School and Adolescent Health division. 

“We support the Cincinnati Public School system by managing the health care needs of the students throughout the school day. This includes: helping set up appointments, manage chronic health conditions, daily medications, minor injuries, etc.,” Crable-Means explains. “Since COVID 19, we have been repurposed to help serve the city better and I am now working with the homeless population. I also work for UC Hospital, PRN in Psychiatry.” She has been working in school systems for nine years.

When Crable-Means first heard about the COVID 19 virus, “I was concerned simply because we did not have enough knowledge about the virus, so anything new can be concerning, but I felt confident we could take necessary precautions to help manage whatever was thrown at us,” she says. 

The most difficult part of being a Public Health Nurse during this time has been the unknown. “We have to be very flexible at this time. Policy and protocol changes quickly, so we have to be ready for whatever comes next,” she says. “I worry about all the untreated illnesses due to the shutdown and for the rise in other issues like abuse and domestic violence and naturally the stability of the economy.”

Her experience in the medical field has helped her to handle the pandemic more effectively. “Being a nurse is an amazing career, I love helping people and being there for them, often when they are most vulnerable,” Crable-Means says. “Compassion is key in nursing, skills are of course necessary, but compassion and being able to ease your patients’ worries is the priority.”

Crable-Means’ compassion and kindness towards her patients has inspired Theresa Gerhardstein who nominated Crable-Means for this feature as a way to honor her for making a difference during the COVID 19 pandemic.  “I met Liz because she is the aunt of my son’s best friend. I really got to know her when she took her nephew in during a rough period in his life,” Gerhardstein says. “She provided the stability that he needed at that time. I really got to see the type of person that she is during that time and it made me want to do more for others, too.”

Gerhardstein sees Crable-Means as a hero. “She is a hero to me because she stands up for what she believes in and she is a voice for many who don’t have a voice. She fosters dogs for the SAAP and she has so much patience and empathy for these animals who have often suffered abuse and neglect,” she says. “She also makes sure all the people that she loves are cared for and I really think that is what makes her such an amazing nurse.”

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a special “Hearts to Heroes” issue dedicated to individuals across the Tri-State working on the front lines to provide for our community. Readers nominated and our editorial board selected those included in this week’s issue. Everyone featured is also receiving a heart-filled care package of self-care products, yummy treats, and gift cards to several local shops and restaurants. Many thanks to AT&T and Leslie Young, Vice President, EVER Skincare, Stella & Dot Family of Brands for making this effort possible.

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From curbside pickup of Farmers Market Bundles to live musical performances streaming on Facebook, see how one local Farmers Market is innovating new ways to stay connected.

With warm weather just around the corner, farmers markets are gearing up for their busy season. One of those markets is the Covington Farmers Market. And thanks to several new safety protocols, plans are in place to keep it a busy season for these local farmers and shoppers.

The year-round, producer-only market offers a place for farmers and artisans to sell their locally grown and produced foods directly to consumers. 

“You can shop for Kentucky Proud fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, plants, and a selection of other food and household staples, while getting to know your farmers on a first-name basis,” says Covington Farmers Market Manager Alexa Abner.

The Covington Farmers Market is currently located outdoors at 3rd and Court streets across the bridge in Covington. “We operate as an open-air farmers market May through October, then move indoors as a guest inside a local business partner’s space from November through April,” says Abner.

The Covington Farmers Market was established as part of a program of Renaissance Covington, a nonprofit organization that socially and economically activates downtown Covington. 

Abner, as the manager of the Covington Farmers Market, has experience as a small, independent farmer, and is always looking to find creative ways to build strength in the local food network. 

Amidst COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, the Covington Farmers Market is considered an essential service in its designation as a grocery store and is exempt from closing orders. This means the market continues to remain open every Saturday from 9am-1pm. However, Abner emphasizes that new protocols have been put in place to ensure customers have a safe and healthy shopping experience. They recently shared a virtual tour of these new protocols on their social channels to help shoppers prepare.

And to keep customers engaged and local musicians supported, the Covington Farmers Market does a Facebook Livestream from a local musician every Saturday from 11am-1pm, thanks to Nederlander Entertainment. Abner says that you can find a schedule of musicians on the Covington Farmers Market website

The Covington Farmers Market is also offering a Farmers Market Bundle. “The Farmers Market Bundle is a way to order ahead for pick-up, instead of shopping for yourself at the farmers market,” says Abner. “We offer a half and full bundle – the contents are always a surprise, as we fill them with whatever is fresh from our farmers’ fields and available from our artisans each week.”

The bundles from the Covington Farmers Market are picked up from the Renaissance Covington office during the timeframe provided to you when you place your order. Once arriving, you call the office and they bring out the bundle curbside. 

Like many other businesses across the region and country, the Covington Farmers Market is taking things one day at a time when it comes to fully re-opening and finding a sense of normalcy. “We are looking forward to the day when we can host special programs again,” says Abner. “When allowed, we will resume special programming like cooking demos, kids activities, and best recipe competitions. Stay tuned!” 

To learn more about the Covington Farmers Market, visit https://www.rcov.org/covfarmersmarket. You can also stay up-to-date on the Facebook page where they post important information and updates. “We create a weekly Facebook event, where you can find a Market Map, product/price availability list, and a video check-in each week,” adds Abner. 

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A local couple was inspired to live a healthier, more natural life. So they started their own CBD business that offers a range of products and also supports area farmers. Read on for their story.

Christian Watt’s mother was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015. She watched her mother go through the grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments and knew there had to be a better way. 

“I started reading blogs about CBD and the benefits for cancer patients, those dealing with chronic pain, and anxiety,” she explains.

From there, she became increasingly interested in plant-based self-care, and an increased need to teach about the benefits of these products like CBD.

Thanks to the passage of the Farm Bill, Watt, alongside her husband Chad, went on to launch Kentucky Botanical Co. a retail outlet with four locations in Northern Kentucky dedicated to spreading knowledge about plant-based care. 

“We specialize in Kentucky-grown, non-GMO, full-spectrum CBD products, including but not limited to, tinctures, salves, lotions, and edibles,” says Watt. “What started out as a dream to bring awareness to the community and share our love of the hemp plant, became a family that grew really quickly.”

The Watts are focused on creating and carrying Kentucky-grown CBD products for Kentucky Botanical Co because they want to keep products as local as they possibly can while celebrating the farming tradition of the Commonwealth.

The products created with the farming partner creates products that are pharmacist-formulated to ensure the quality of the product without making them too complicated. 

“We are committed to not adding any flavors or fillers to our product,” says Watt. “It is our opinion that the natural compounds are terpenes from the hemp plant is all that we actually need to enjoy the true benefits.”

The Watts didn’t stop with just CBD as they also work with several vendors from around Kentucky, including Garden of Eten, Sage Co., and Indigo Sundries.

“Indigo Sundries has been with us from the very beginning making some amazing lotions, all natural soaps, herbal salves, infused oils, and plant-based scents,” adds Watt. 

The total line-up of products from Kentucky Botanical Co includes: full-spectrum CBD products such as tinctures, capsules, salves, lotions, and edibles; isolate CBD products with zero THC including tinctures and gummies; CBD bath bombs, CBD pet products such as tinctures, treats, peanut butter, and soft chews; Garden of Eten Botanicals & Elderberry syrup; other plant-based soaps, lotions, salves, and more; and local artwork available at some locations.

Kentucky Botanical Co is one of the few stores in Northern Kentucky that sources its products within the state. “We like to call it from seed to sale,” says Watt. “The entire process occurs in the same facility – from extraction to bottling – then it comes straight to our locations.”

Additionally, the mission behind Kentucky Botanical Co isn’t just a CBD store. “We want to promote a healthier, more natural lifestyle,” says Watt. “We use sustainable products in every aspect of our business that we can – and put them in to make sure that while we run our business, we are also making the best choices for the environment.” 

Its dedication to helping its customers feel better is also part of the reason why Kentucky Botanical Co has been accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been recognized by CityBeat as the Best CBD Retailer and Best New Store in their 2020 Reader’s Choice Poll. 

The four locations for Kentucky Botanical Co are located in Bellevue, Williamstown, Ludlow, and Florence.

To learn more about Kentucky Botanical Co, visit www.kybotanicalco.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. 

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When athletes find something that works, they stick with it. When the Farm Bill was enacted in December 2018, CBD became a legal compound that could be used for relaxation and pain relief. After the release of the good CBD news more athletes have come forward and feel comfortable sharing their experience with CBD, including celebrities like Mike Tyson and Jake Plummer. These athletes are using CBD for all kinds of issues including pain relief, encouraging relaxation, soothing anxiety, and reducing inflammation.

1. Mike Tyson

One of the more famous supporters of CBD oil, the former boxing champion Mike Tyson has promoted CBD for years. As he got older, he turned to CBD for pain relief, as he had multiple joints and back issues. He strongly believes in the powerful effects of CBD and knows that they can help athletes or anyone with sore muscles.

2. KC Deane

KC used to be a dual-sport athlete, but his main focus was competitive mountain biking. He was one of the fastest in the country. While he gained fame in the industry for his skills, he has also been recognized for his film, “Blank, the movie.” He has talked about how he uses CBD for pain management after suffering multiple injuries. He also has said that CBD helps him with recovery from these major injuries.

3. Jake Plummer

After being in the NFL for years, the star-studded quarterback Jake Plummer retired and began using CBD oil to manage his joint and cartilage pain. He underwent multiple hip surgeries, which were incredibly painful. Since starting his regimen of CBD, he has become an advocate for the pain reliever and even co-founded the organization Athletes for Care. This organization looks at alternative treatment options for athletes, which include CBD.

4. Nate Diaz

The UFC fighter Nate Diaz has suffered a few injuries in his line of work. He is very open about his usage of CBD oil and how it has helped with inflammation and healing from major injuries. Since he must train rigorously every day, he says that CBD aids in pain management, allowing him to continue intense workouts even when he has pain in his shoulders and back.

5. Jay Williams

The NBA star Jay Williams started CBD after he retired. Throughout his career, he had a few injuries, which resulted in inflammation. However, he says that CBD relieves that pain, and there are many other benefits to using these products besides pain relief. It also has benefits for skin and anxiety, according to Williams.

6. Rick Upchurch

For many years, Denver Broncos player Rick Upchurch was a lead scorer in the NFL. However, he was diagnosed with leukemia and started chemotherapy in order to treat his disease in 2011. Over the years, he has been through multiple surgeries and began using CBD as a way to relieve pain and get rid of nausea from the medications that he must take. Even though he has beaten leukemia, Upchurch says that CBD is a part of his daily lifestyle now. He said that it was unlike any other medication and truly helped when nothing else would.

CBD Oil Before or After a Workout

You can try both and see what works best for your needs! It could be just the thing you need to stay focused and relaxed during your workout and after your training can help soothe tight overused muscles. You can try adding CBD oil into your physical therapy routine as well after consulting with your doctor to see what’s best for you.

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CBD is seeing a bigger boom than ever thanks to its anxiety relief and immune boosting benefits. See how two local experts teamed up to the most natural, fresh CBD products to Greater Cincinnati.

While the CBD industry sees a boost amid the COVID-19 pandemicJimmy Carter and his business partner Scott Remer are longtime believers in the power of CBD and its ability to improve your health. That’s why they launched Accoy Health. 

“Accoy Health is a CBD store that has teamed up with a local Kentucky family-owned company to bring the most natural, fresh CBD products to Cincinnati,” says Carter. 

Carter and Remer have been using CBD products for years, so they’re well-versed on its benefits. The desire to spread the message about the benefits of CBD is what led to what would become Accoy Health. “We want to expose people to it so they can enjoy the benefits as well,” adds Carter.

Accoy Health offers a wide variety of products for customers. These include: bath salts, lip balm, bath fizz, topical products, gummies, and droppers. According to Carter, the store’s best-sellers are lotions and droppers.

The store is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Carter says the online store is available for people to shop at www.accoyhealth.com

Carter is excited about the future of Accoy Health, as he says they are planning a Grand Opening celebration after the current health crisis comes to an end to introduct products to the community. He says to keep an eye out on a date for that as things begin to slowly reopen. 

Accoy Health is located in the heart of Mt. Lookout at 1028 Delta Ave, across the street from the UDF.

You can learn more about Accoy Health and see their products at www.accoyhealth.com

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Give yourself a mental break with the soothing sounds of nature thanks to new live video feeds from parks around the city.

Governor Mike DeWine recently extended Ohio’s Stay-at-Home order through May 1. That means we’ll continue using social distancing for the time being – and a more than likely rise in our cabin fever.

To help others get through this uncertain and difficult time, the Cincinnati Parks is bringing the Cincinnati Parks to the community live everyday at noon.

“Viewers are watching our live feed via Instagram and Facebook, which has been a lifeline for many, especially our at-risk population who cannot get outside to enjoy their favorite neighborhood park,” says Cincinnati Parks Events Coordinator Emily Parker. 

Throughout the remainder of quarantine, the Cincinnati Parks wants to bring the parks to you to “experience spring blooms, babbling creeks, singing birds, and much more.” 

The Cincinnati Parks stated on its website that they are offering live feeds for viewers because research shows that even experiencing the visual aspects of nature can have a soothing effect on your mood. 

“According to Dr. Jason Strauss, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at Harvard-affiliated Cambridge Health Alliance, ‘Having something pleasant to focus on like trees and greenery helps distract your mind from negative thinking, so your thoughts become less filled with worry,’” they shared. 

Bringing the parks to the screen also allows viewers to stay home and safe while enjoying the sounds of nature. The Cincinnati Parks will also keep the videos on their Facebook page for you to enjoy any time. 

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A local fitness studio launched a new way to maintain health and wellness during quarantine. Read on for more!

Despite not having live classes due to the Coronavirus, a Ft. Thomas-based fitness studio is launching new fit kits. 

“Fit Philosophie is a boutique fitness studio that offers a wide range of private and group fitness classes,” says Jennifer Lynn, Owner and Master Instructor of Fit Philosophie.

There are a wide variety of services offered during quarantine. “For our existing members, I put together ‘fit kits’ to send home so every member has some basic tools for our workouts. We are offering live streaming classes seven days a week. We are offering private sessions streaming seven days a week,” Lynn says. “We are also going to be releasing on-demand videos for members (filming this week). We have a current promo for Cincy Chic and anyone who is new to Fit Philosophie. They can join our streaming classes for $9.99/month.”

Lynn is grateful that she has clients that are faithful to the business. “I am very, very thankful to my clients because they have just shifted gears and jumped right on board with our ‘new virtual world,’” she says.

Fit Philosophie is located in Fort Thomas, Kentucky and has been around for seven and a half years. When Lynn opened the business, she wanted to build a community of people who stay healthy and have a good time together. “True wellness is comprehensive. It’s a ‘philosophie’ of life to be healthy and not just ‘fit’. I want our studio to offer the feeling of comprehensive wellness versus vanity wellness,” Lynn says. “We don’t just ‘do it for the gram.’”

Fit Philosophie defines success by “The constant pursuit to always be better, do better and offer my very best to the world through my business with all my heart,” Lynn says. 

The business is a unique part of the Fort Thomas community. “We offer custom options to anyone who wants to be a part of this community. We create custom packages that range in price and option,” she says. “We are constantly planning a new workout for every class and we offer Sound Off technology (when we are not quarantined) for some amazing ‘silent classes’ (See www.soundoffcincinnati.com).”

Lynn’s favorite part of her job is the people she interacts with on a regular basis. “They are the heartbeat of this studio,” she says. “Lynn loves “the daily challenge to keep it fresh and fun for the clients and the challenge to my mind,” she says. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Fit Philosophie, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website

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Learn about a local nutrition club that helps improve your nutrition, fitness and immunity.

A health club in the Crescent Springs area wants to help improve the well being of their clients from the inside out.

Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition is “A nutrition club which is a social gathering place where people focus on good nutrition and regular exercise in order to achieve optimum health,” Angela Butcher, Sole Proprietor of Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition, says. “We promote a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Located at 2511 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs, KY 41017, the business has been around for nine years this year. 

The inspiration behind starting Embodiment came from the lifestyle that Butcher was living. “I had a horrible diet and some digestive issues because of it. I started to learn better eating habits and incorporated some of the products we sell,” she says. “I feel better and wanted to share the benefits with others.” The name of the business came because “I wanted a place where we talk, offer services and try to promote the idea of wellness as a whole through nutrition and other facets,” Butcher says. “There are a wide variety of products offered through Embodiment. “People can come in a get a meal replacement or a snack. Our combos come with a meal replacement, protein-based shake, a metabolism-boosting green tea and a shot of aloe, which soothes the digestive tract,” she says. “We also have electrolyte drinks, immune boosters and many other options.”

The success of Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition is defined by whether or not their clients are happy. She loves “seeing people come in with smiles, others coming in without smiles, but leaving us with a smile,” Butcher says. She also loves to see “people running into old friends and others making new friends,” Butcher says. They love “building a community around health,” she says. 

The mission of the business is to help their clients feel their best. Butcher’s goal is to assist people in making choices that improve their lives in a healthy way. “We motivate and encourage others to help them stick to their goals,” Butcher says. 

Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition is unique because they are a true community. “It’s a place where people build friendships, they can unload problems, vent, get advice from others, tealk, listen and network – all around a healthy meal,” she says. 

If you want to keep up with what Embodiment Wellness and Nutrition is doing, follow them on Facebook.

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Read about a local organization that's improving lives through body, mind, spirit and yummy food.

Your body is your temple. That’s the inspiration behind Greater Tomorrow Wellness, a local faith-based business that wants to help individuals get in shape and be healthy. 

“Greater Tomorrow Wellness was founded on the principle pf helping others succeed in life. We firmly believe in our faith-based concept of building into and mentoring others and we want to share that concept with our community. We offer a first-class virtual program to walk you through your transformation journey that provides results with no shortcuts,” says Gabe Thomas, Founder and President of Greater Tomorrow Wellness. “Become a part of this online family to have customized exercise and nutrition plans, grocery lists with recipes, eating out and meal prep guides and unlimited accountability coaching from a caring team of professionals at your fingertips anywhere in the world you go. We focus a lot on women’s health and specifically talk about how exercise and healthy nutrition can help reduce risk for heart disease, which is the number one killer of women in the United States.”

With more than 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry, Thomas started Greater Tomorrow Wellness in 2017, and now has six employees — four trainers and two support staff. 

The inspiration behind starting the business was hope. “We wanted to give people hope in their lives. Learning to live a healthy lifestyle just makes people feel good and allows them to look forward to a greater tomorrow,” Thomas says. “In a society where everyone and everything is so criticized, we want to be a company that builds into people and positively affects the Tri-state communities with a faith-based approach.”

The name of the company came from the impact they want to make in the Mason community. “Greater Tomorrow was the perfect fit to be a ray of hope to our community,” he says. “Who does not want to look forward to a greater tomorrow, right?”

Greater Tomorrow Wellness offers a wide range of services and they include: Done For You Meals, Six-Week Fitness Challenge Program, Year Of Change Program, Wedding Party Challenge and Adult Life Skills Small Groups.

The business defines success through seeing a change in their clients. “Success to us is seeing clients start to gain confidence and believe in themselves again. A lot of our clients have been feeling down about their weight or eating habits and we just want to put a smile back on their face, show them we care, teach them how to use sustainable lifestyle changes to improve their health and have a greater tomorrow to look forward to,” Thomas says. “We do this because we believe everyone can change withjust a little motivation.”

The business is so unique because you can take it anywhere in the world and you don’t need equipment, just space and time. “We offer all three pillars to become healthy, which is fitness, nutrition and accountability. Programs fail because they usually only offer one or two of these services, instead of three,” he says. “Also, we are only a fraction of the price for what you would pay at a gym. Yes, we even are less expensive than that purple place that claims to only charge 20 cents to sign up and $10 per month. When you experience all of the services and convenience that you get with our professional team of caring coaches, you will never go back to a regular gym.”

The mission of Greater Tomorrow Wellness is to empower their community. “Our mission is to inspire the tri-state to take control of their health, get fit and improve their overall wellness by providing a supportive network of professional coaches that guide them through their journey,” Thomas says.

To learn more about Greater Tomorrow Wellness, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.