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ADDICTION IS A DISEASE

By now, it is common sense to know that addiction in most cases is a bad thing. Whether you are addicted to hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin, mild substances such as weed or nicotine, or even gambling – all of these things can be extremely bad for anyone who partakes in them – especially if that person is not aware of their limits. 

SO, WHAT ABOUT VAPING?

Ever since people, especially parents who smoke regularly and yet are still very concerned about the effects of their harmful habit on their young children, have become aware of the dangerous diseases which can be caused by too much tobacco and nicotine in your system, they have started to turn to vaping. Some even consider vaping to be a harmless substitute for all other substances. 

Vaping, also known as e-cigarettes and even electric cigarettes, has suddenly started to appear as an attractive replacement to people who either want to quit indulging in a harmful habit such as smoking, or want to get into it but don’t want to get addicted or go for something which is too strong for beginners. 

But the sad reality is that vaping might not be as harmless as people believe it to be. For sure, vaping is much less dangerous than nicotine because first of all, addiction to vaping is a very rare thing to happen whereas almost every other tobacco smoker on the entire planet is dangerously addicted to nicotine. 

HOW IS VAPING HARMFUL?

We wouldn’t go as far as claiming that vaping is as harmful as smoking excessively, but it still should not be treated as the godsend people think it is. 

According to the well-known and influential American Lung Association, vaping is dangerous if indulged in excessive amounts because most of the vapes and e-cigarettes people use have the chemical nicotine in them. And we all know just how addictive nicotine can be. 

Once you become dependent on nicotine, you can develop harmful side effects from not getting the nicotine you crave.  For those who are unaware, withdrawal from nicotine suddenly can lead to several awful conditions such as anxiety, loss of appetite and sleep, and even depression. Just like nicotine can badly affect your child’s developing brains, which leads to reduced memory and attention spans, the vaping of nicotine can do the same. Nicotine in vapes can also bring harm to unborn babies. 

Other than nicotine, another thing which can bring tons of harm to your child is the well-known chemical for building known as formaldehyde. This substance is known for causing cancer. 

Another thing to watch out for in vapes are the flavors, especially the chemical known as diacetyl, which has a buttery taste and can be very harmful as it causes a disorder of the lungs known as “popcorn lung” which is similar to bronchitis. 

In short, if your kids are interested in vaping, lead them in a different direction.  If you vape, but your kids do not, make sure you are informed of all the potential side effects before  you expose them to vape or the second hand effects of the vapor. 

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Those who have trouble sleeping can turn to a healthy alternative and wake up feeling rested. Click for all the snooze-worthy details.

Snoooze is a healthy alternative to helping you get to and stay asleep.

Having trouble getting to and staying asleep? Snoooze USA wants to help with that.

“Snoooze is an all-natural drink with sleep-inducing herbs like passion flower, valerian, lemon balm, and lime blossom,” explains Sales Manager Debra Bissantz. “It tastes like an herbal tea with natural hop and peppermint.”

Bissantz says the company was founded in Austria, by Han Vriens, a food and beverage expert. However, Snoooze USA is run by Rick Ross out of Hebron, Kentucky.

“Han Vriens was inspired to launch Snoooze because sleep strengthens the immune system, mind, and performance,” says Bissantz. “In addition, sleep enhances mood, stimulates creativity, and helps us manage our weight.”

The idea behind Snoooze is to have the drink 20-30 minutes before you want to go to bed, that way, your body can be ready to sleep when you’re ready for it. There are two different strengths available from Snoooze to ensure that you’re well rested for whatever you may have planned the next day: Snoooze Regular and Snoooze Strong. 

What makes Snoooze unique from other teas and products that aim to help you sleep better is that it contains zero chemicals and zero melatonin. “This means that customers won’t wake up the next day feeling groggy as you often do when you take melatonin,” adds Bissantz.

Additionally, Snoooze won’t cause an addiction or dependency like some see with other sleep aids. “The herbal and natural ingredients in Snoooze cannot cause dependency or addiction,” according to the Snoooze website. “On the contrary – the natural herbs in Snoooze support your natural sleep cycles and help promote healthy and restful sleep so you can feel regenerated and ready for whatever happens the next day.”

The website also states that this product is most ideal for healthy adults who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night due to work-related or family stress.

“Most healthy American adults experience this type of stress during the work week and therefore sleep less than they should,” the website states. “Many adults with such sleep deficit are often unaware that their lack of sleep leads to lower memory capacity, decreased mental performance, and lower immune strength.”

Customers can shop Snoooze online, on Amazon, or by visiting these Cincinnati locations:

  • Clifton Health Foods
  • Jungle Jim’s
  • Unlimited Health Foods (Dayton)
  • Kristina Ashley LMT (Florence)
  • Fitzgerald’s Pharmacy (Bethel, Williamsburg, Seaman)

Snoooze is continuing to expand across the country since it first launched in the Tri-State in Spring 2018.

To learn more about Snoooze, visit https://us.snoooze.co/. You can also check them out on Facebook and Instagram. If you’re interested in becoming a distributing, send Bissantz and email at DBissantz@snooozeusa.com.

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Learn about a local, family-owned, recently-expanded fitness studio that has a plan to motivate you to be your best self this year.

 

The goal of Anchor Fitness is to help every individual achieve their health and fitness goals. The family-owned, community-based training facility offers certified staff that enjoys sharing their passion for fitness with clients.

“Our mission is to provide individuals with the highest quality coaching, resources, and support backed by a motivating and encouraging community,” says Kait Collins, the Manager of Marketing and Operations at Anchor Fitness. “Our sessions are tailored to those just beginning their fitness journey to elite athletes.”

Due to its dedication in helping its clients meet their health and fitness goals, Anchor Fitness has expanded in the last few years to include other activities such as high-intensity boxing sessions and the Anchor Run by Kids programming.

But, Collins emphasizes, Anchor is so much more than just a training facility. “Anchor is a community of individuals striving to better themselves, who support and motivate each other along this journey,” she adds.

The owners behind Anchor Fitness are Leah and Joseph Mendenhall, who felt that they needed to open a fitness studio when they saw a need for a facility that offered group fitness without the intimidation often felt at other gyms.

“They wanted to offer a gym where you could be challenged to work hard, while feeling the support from the gym community and guidance from trainers who truly care about your health and wellness goals,” says Collins. “This was and is today, the foundation of Anchor Fitness.”

Collins says that Anchor Fitness prides itself on the community it’s created. “The community is unlike anything we have ever experienced,” she says. “Filled with members who start as strangers and soon become family – new clients should anticipate to feel supported the moment they walk through the doors.”

Also, Anchor Fitness strives to offer workouts that are dynamic, always changing, and never boring.

According to Collins, Anchor Fitness has big plans for 2019, as the facility continues to upgrade and outfit itself with more state-of-the-art equipment to enhance member experience.

“We have several wellness challenges for our members offered throughout the year, motivating clients to reach their goals,” says Collins. “We are fueled by community outreach and giving back, and of course, expect to see tons of clients making huge transformations by committing to our programming to make this the best year yet.”

You can find Anchor Fitness in the heart of Batavia, which also helps to make the facility an ideal location for clients around the Tri-State.

To learn more about Anchor Fitness, visit www.anchorfitness.training. You can also follow along on Facebook.

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After living in Hawaii, a Cincinnati native couple moved back to open the doors of a re-imagined convenience store, offering healthy, locally grown products. Read on for more.

Harvest Market sells fresh, local products at its location in Milford.

From the Aloha State to the Queen City, Ben and Maureen Redman are inspired by their travels and their time living and farming in Hawaii.

As Cincinnati natives, they’re familiar with the needs of the city, but have grown since they helped farm a 5-acre organic farm on the island of Kauai. Today, they’re the owners of Harvest Market, a re-imagined convenience store with a focus on health convenience and local goods, similar to what you’d find at a farmer’s market.

“We say re-imagined because today most convenience stores you go into offer the same national brand products they’ve offered for the last 30-plus years, that offer little in terms of nutrition,” explains Maureen Redman.

At Harvest Market, you’ll find a focus on selling healthy convenience items such as snack items with non-gmo ingredients, free from additives, preservatives, dyes, and refined sugars, as well as grab-n-go foods that are made in-house like sandwiches, dips, salads, soups, and healthy hot lunch specials.

Additionally, items like organic smoothies, a coffee bar with coffee from local roaster La Terza, craft beer and wine, and local items such as candles, honey, granola, locally raised meat and eggs, and more.

“We personally curate all the goods sold in the store and have a variety of locally made food and gifts from over 50 local vendors,” says Redman.

In addition to their time in Hawaii, the Redmans have a past in healthy living. Maureen worked as a personal chef with a focus on farm-to-table meals and her husband Ben taught yoga and did Thai yoga therapy on Kauai.

“We modeled Harvest Market after many of the little bodegas and independently owned markets we have experienced,” says Redman. “We also fest the Midwest was in need of a place where people would stop quickly and get healthy products instead of having to run to Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or Jungle Jims, as well as offering products found at a farmer’s market – made available 7 days a week through our market.”

The store gets fresh farm deliveries every Tuesday and Friday, so, with the help of Local Food Connection, Harvest Market has been able to source from more than 30 different farms since opening its doors. Fresh bread deliveries from Blue Oven also come in every Tuesday and Saturday.

Like other convenience stores, Harvest Market allows customers to stop in and find something quickly – but what makes them stand out is the items you’ll find to grab on the go are going to fuel your body.

“We pride ourselves on focusing on genuinely friendly customer care, making Harvest Market a place where everyone is welcome,” says Redman.

Redman says that Harvest Market wants to keep growing its offering of local products and local collaboration – this includes more local bakery “takeovers” where Harvest Market features local baked goods and well as doing more food truck pop-ups.

Harvest Market is located at 308 Main Street in Milford. “We feel blessed to be a part of a thriving small business community in downtown, historic Milford,” says Redman.

The store is also close to Milford’s trailhead to the Little Miami Scenic Bike Trail, and when the season allows, they are able to cater to trail riders.

To learn more about Harvest Market, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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Two buds are teaming up to raise public awareness about women’s health, empowerment, and healing. Learn more about their upcoming educational series.

Erica Caldwell and Whitney Pelfrey are the two behind Peach City, an organization dedicated to empower women.

Whitney Pelfrey and Erica Caldwell are the dynamic duo behind Peach City, an organization that focuses on the empowerment of women, the importance of mental, physical and sexual awareness, as well as hemp’s healing powers.

“After surviving our own battles, we became passionate about supporting women any way we can,” says Pelfrey. “After launching Tupelo House, Cincinnati’s first female-focused events space and co-working space, we knew we wanted to do more.”

That’s when Pelfrey and Caldwell set out on a mission to help spread information to women in regards to empowerment, wellness, and weed.

“We knew the right professionals who wanted to help, and we knew the women who needed to heal,” says Pelfrey. “So we created Peach City to bridge the gap between those hurting women and the knowledge of medical professionals – a conduit for responsible and intentional healthcare to Cincinnati women.”

Pelfrey herself says that her passion for healing goes back to her own traumatic experiences. She is a sexual assault survivor battling PTSD and wants to help others health through medical cannabis. “I’m also a huge advocate for breaking the incorrect stigma behind marijuana, and I believe it’s time we embrace the facts about cannabis and its medical miracles,” she says.

Caldwell also has a background with traumatic experience of her own – which is what made her a good partner to work alongside Pelfrey in the work they want to do together.

“Erica came from a physically, emotionally, and verbally traumatic childhood,” says Pelfrey. “Though times were happy she still battles her inner childhood trauma. As a healing adult she’s become passionate about the healing powers of CBD oil and cannabis while speaking candidly on the importance of sexual education and sexual wellness.”

Pelfrey and Caldwell want to help women and men to feel comfortable coming out of the cannabis closet, they say.

What makes Peach City stand out, aside from its already unique mission, is that they don’t hold back. “We will not tiptoe around difficult subjects,” says Pelfrey. “We are here for the women and men who need a support system they can trust to give correct information regarding empowerment, wellness, and weed. We have done, and will continue to do, extensive research, medical mentorships, educational courses, and bookings of medical professionals to bring empowerment, wellness, and healing to the Cincinnati community.”

There is a lot on the horizon for Peach City in 2019. In January, Dr. Roland of Lotus Health LLC will take over Tupelo House to host an educational series regarding medical marijuana. The educational series includes:

  • January 5 – Cannabis Truth & Lies
  • January 11 – Cannabis and Pain Management
  • January 18 – Cannabis and Sexual Health
  • January 25 – Cannabis Communications – coming out of the cannabis closet and how open use of cannabis can greatly benefit our families’ development, workplace environment, and society.

To learn more about the series, and to reserve your spot, visit https://www.tupelohouse.com/eventspace/.

Additionally, Pelfrey and Caldwell will be launching a Potcast called Peach & Chong.

“We we’ll bring in guests such as medical professionals, educators, therapists, and even friends and family to talk about the good, bag, ugly, and pretty of this life,” says Pelfrey. “I will lead topics regarding strains of marijuana and their benefits as Erica leads in topics regarding sexual wellness.”

To learn more about Peach City, check them out on Instagram. You can also learn more about Peach City with a visit to its headquarters, Tupelo House.

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A local counselor helps women create a true work-life balance, rewriting their life stories to include their own personal vision. Read on for more.

Stephanie Hurley, MA, LPCC-S is the owner and practitioner at Best Life Counseling & Wellness.

Stephanie Hurley, MA, LPCC-S, is the owner and sole clinical counselor at Best Life Counseling & Wellness, a mental health counseling private practice.

Located in Mariemont, Best Life Counseling & Wellness is a lifelong passion for Hurley, who has been a mental health counselor for more than 15 years and always wanted to open her own private practice that took a holistic approach to treatment.

“While conceptualizing the start up, I envisioned what I hope to help my clients develop,” she says. “That inspiration is that they are able to truly live their best lives through developing insight, self-compassion, and resilience.”

At Best Life Counseling & Wellness, Hurley offers a variety of counseling services, including individual and couples counseling, as well as family psychoeducation to assist those with loved ones who have a new mental health diagnosis.

When asked what motivates her in a seeming tireless field, she says that it’s seeing her clients overcome obstacles.

“I am absolutely energized by seeing my clients defeat their old mantras of perfectionism, and in them learning to set healthy boundaries with others to improve their own life satisfaction,” says Hurley. “I truly feel honored to have people share their stories with me, so that I might provide a different kind of non judgmental support and teach them a new way of thriving in their lives. I love nothing more than watching people progress in their journey of self-discovery, and hearing them recognize that they did the work to feel better.”

Hurley’s niche in counseling is working with women who are trying to do it all, yet feel like they’re barely keeping their heads above water.

“It can be a real challenge to attempt a true work-life balance, so part of my role is often helping women rewrite their life stories to include their personal vision of who they are as their best selves,” says Hurley. “This often means learning how to ask for help, how to be true and kind to ourselves, and throwing off the burden of believing we aren’t enough as we are in this moment unless we do things perfectly.”

Much of the work Hurley does is all about helping women realize that they are worthy of love and self-acceptance right now, without the promotion, with the middle-aged weight gain, or in spite of multiple failed relationships.

“Through mindfulness and acceptance techniques, along with actionable steps, I can help people reclaim that joy and sense of ‘I’ve got this’ when dealing with life’s inevitable challenges,” she adds. “Once we realize we aren’t alone in our struggles and that they’re not due to some personal flaw, a weight is often lifted, opening us up to feeling better and getting back into the driver’s seat of our lives.”

In addition to her current counseling services, Hurley says that she will soon offer a new option of Walk & Talk Counseling, which allows her to work with individuals outside in the fresh air and sunshine. “This can be a helpful adjunct when treating anxiety or depression as a way to reset, recharge, or to address specific issues in vivo,” she says.

Best Life Counseling & Wellness just opened its doors in August, which means that just about everything coming up is new for the business. Come mid-January, however, the business will be moving into a larger suite within the same building.

“This will be a beautiful and comforting space filled with natural light,” says Hurley. “I believe wholeheartedly that the space used in counseling should help elicit feelings of home to create a ‘soft place to land’ that evokes a sense of safety and support.”

To learn more about Best Life Counseling & Wellness, check her out on Facebook, Instagram, or send an email to shurley@bestlifecincy.com. Although the website is currently under construction, you can soon learn more at www.bestlifecounselingandwellness.com or www.bestlifecincy.com. Hurley says potential clients can contact her for a free 15-minute phone consultation via email or by calling 513-440-3134.

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Learn about a local wellness center that helps to improve lives one treatment and fun event at a time.

Increased muscle strength, increased bone density, and decreased joint and back pain — these are the goals Osteostrong has for its clients. 

“Osteostrong allows people to get stronger, enhance their ability and power, decrease back and joint pain and lower Diabetic A1C levels all by providing the platform that triggers the body to naturally grow and strengthen,” says Jerrold Ware, owner of the Osteostrong Cincinnati franchise location.

Osteostrong recently hosted a Happy Hour Arts Party on December 15 to have a fun event showcasing local artists and the community “Studies have shown that being physically fit promotes creativity and that visual arts promote health,” Ware explains.

Osteostrong fully believes that physical health and creativity are linked. “Physical fitness has been directly linked to creativity, and want to promote total body wellness- A healthy mind and healthy body,” he says. 

The inspiration behind the event is the Christmas season. “It’s the giving season and we want to be part of that,” Ware says. “If you are looking for a last minute Christmas gift, what better gift than art and health?”

There were a variety of different aspects of the event, and they included: wine, cheese, snacks, music, unique pieces of art on display that you can gift, door prizes – If you bring a guest, you automatically qualify to win a prize, hourly drawings provided by the Osteostrong founder, and the ability to sign up for the 180 Challenge. “The 180 Challenge is when we invite a select group of people to come in and challenge our claims about the benefits of Osteostrong,” he says. “They can experience our sessions once per week and the resulting measurable gains. If we say it’s true, you’re taking our word for it. If you say it’s true, it’s a fact.”

This event was an important aspect of the Cincinnati community. “Like any and all of our Osteostrong events, we are providing a platform and venue for people to connect around health and wellness,” Ware says. “Also, to know that they have a wonderful addition to the area, providing cutting edge technology in the health and wellness arena.”

Osteostrong is located at: 11033 Reed Hartman Highway, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242. To learn more, visit https://osteostrong.me

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Learn about the mobile medspa service that recently launched to offer Botox, fillers, peels, body sculpting, medical grade skincare and more through events, salons and home parties.

You’ve heard of food trucks and fashion trucks before, but how about a mobile medspa? Well, now you have with the recently-opened, Ohio-based MOBO Medical Spa, LLC.

“MOBO Medical Spa, LLC is a mobile medspa! We deliver high-quality medical aesthetics to the places where our clients are already going to receive beauty and body services. We do special events and parties, concierge services and also serve as a private label med spa for businesses that want to offer medical aesthetics to their clientele. This is different from a fly-by-night botox injector that may do botox in a salon here and there,” says Meg Fruth, Partner and Managing Director of MOBO Medical Spa, LLC. “We bring a complete menu of med spa services with us on-site wherever we go, and we have an impressive ratio of repeat clientele. Most of our locations are long-term arrangements where we are available to see follow-ups and book clients well in advance.”

MOBO is like a food truck, in that it’s always moving from place to place, Fruth says. “We currently have a regular presence at about 12 different salons and make-up studios throughout the state of Ohio, with even more being announced in the near future,” she explains. “We are also very excited to announce that our mobile clinic will be launching in January! Look out for MOBO on the road at your favorite salons, spas and other locations across Ohio very soon.”

MOBO began offering their services in mid-2017 in Columbus and have since grown statewide. “Our team of medical staff bring more than two decades of medical aesthetic experience to the organization,” Fruth says. Today, there are three Nurse Practitioners, one medical doctor and one Medical Aesthetician.

MOBO Medical Spa offers body sculpting, fillers, botox, and skincare.

Fruth says the business inspiration sparked from seeing friends overspend on anti-aging and over-the-counter products, while medical grade solutions could help more, for the same price or even less. “We asked ourselves why and identified a problem in the delivery- and the stigma associated with these services. We sought to come up with a solution for both,” she says. “Our goal was to make medical aesthetics safe and accessible to the every day consumer by bringing it to the places they’re already going for beauty services. We knew that if we could make med spa visits as easy and affordable as getting your hair done, more people would be able to see the results that we know are possible with high quality medical grade services.”

The name of the business came from explaining the business to family members. “One day over lunch, I was explaining the business concept to my family and my male cousin, who had been quiet the whole time, casually says, Mobile Botox…I would just call it Mo-Bo. The rest is history. The name also works for mobile body sculpting. And needless to say, he gets free ‘Bro-tox’ for life now,” she laughed.

There are a wide variety of services offered through MOBO, including Botulinum Toxin Injectables (Botox and Dysport), Dermal Fillers (Juvederm and Restylane), Chemical Peels, Body Sculpting, and Medical Grade Skincare.

The mission of the business is to bring treatments to the body that are safe and effective. “We also seek to build a loyal base of repeat clientele with whom we foster a trusting relationship, built on honesty and education,” Fruth explains. “There are plenty of people in this industry who will over treat a patient and take their money for a one time sale, even if it is the wrong treatment to address their chief concern. We pride ourselves on integrity and education, fostering long term relationships with our hosts and our patients.”

Fruth says this concept is the perfect concept for a salon not currently offering these services, or for someone interested in the convenience of treatments coming to your home to treat you and friends. “We bring the whole med spa and everything is on the menu. Furthermore, we keep coming back…so when you want to bring a new friend, or come back right before a big event, or get re-treated after your botox wore off…we’re there and so happy to see you. Most of our clients text, call and reach out on social media all the time just to check in. It’s really a close-knit tribe.”

To keep up with what MOBO Medical Spa, LLC is doing, follow them on their Facebook, websiteInstagram or call them at: (614) 768-MOBO (6626).

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This well-known fitness event is adding an unexpected art competition to this year's festivities.

Art at the Arnold will be a new art competition using models at this year’s event. Image: Arnold Sports Festival

There is an event in the Columbus area that combines art and sports. “Art At The Arnold is a three day art competition using athletes as models and the Arnold Sports Festival as a backdrop,” Kevin Buckland, co-chair of Art At The Arnold, says. The event is going to happen from March 1-3, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, with the help of a small group of volunteers that assist with putting the event together each year. The Art At The Arnold will be celebrating its 10th event next year. 

The inspiration behind starting the event has come from an appreciation for art and athletics. “It’s all about the beauty of the athletic form,” he says. To prepare for the event, there is “a considerable amount of promotion to attract new artists,” Buckland says. “Planning goes into retaining athletic models, how our space is laid out and sponsorships.”

New things that are going to be happening are the different athletes that come to be considered for modeling. “We are always looking for ways for our artists to have a new experience every year. The weekend has over 80 sporting events for the artists to get inspired by,” he says. “You never know what personalities will show up to view the creations.” They have had Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone come to the event in the past. 

There are a variety of talented artists who come to the event to do art. “Over the course of the weekend, there will be about 100 pieces of sports-oriented artwork created onsite,” Buckland says. “Weekend visitors can watch the artists create.” The artists use a full spectrum of mediums to create their art, and they include: pencil, charcoal, acrylic, oils, watercolor and there are even a couple sculptures.

The premise of the event has come from Ancient Greeks. “The Ancient Greeks had artists depicting sporting events back in ancient times,” Buckland says. “We have some of the best physiques in the world and the world’s largest sporting event right here in Columbus, Ohio. Combining an artist competition and sports is a winning combination.”

Buckland’s favorite part of the event is being around the action and excitement of the event. “Over 200,000 attendees in three days, 20,000 athletes that compete in over 80 sporting events,” he says. “Art At The Arnold has 50 artists competing. We have the honor of being the smallest event of the sports weekend. The athletes and artists are all amazing in their own individual way.”

For more information about Art At The Arnold, check out their websiteInstagram and their email.

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An upcoming event is bringing lots of health, wellness and beauty experts under one roof for a fun and fit event!

A Taste of Fitness Cincinnati is coming up December 2.

From HIIT to barre, Floor Play to Vinyasa, there are a lot of fitness options out there. That’s why Rachel Kerr, founder of The Beauty Boost, launched A Taste of Fitness events. 

“A Taste of Fitness is a slice of the pie of what the Beauty Boost puts on,” Kerr says. “It’s a day for the city to come together to try various styles of workouts in a non-intimidating atmosphere and check out fun health and wellness stations.”

The event has been held in Columbus and they also have events going on in Cleveland,  Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. The Columbus event has been around for three years, two years in Cleveland, one year in Cincinnati. 

The inspiration behind the event came from a passion to bring people together. “I just wanted a fun way to bring the fitness community together to not compete but support one another,” Kerr says. The name of the event came to her when she was on an airplane. 

There are a variety of different classes available at the event, and they include: Barre by Barre 3 Mariemont, Circuit by Cincy 360 Fitness, Power Yoga by Move Your Hyde, Pilates with Anna Wall by 12th Street Pilates, HIIT by Emily Morgan of Live in the Movement, The Barre Code: Strength!, Core Class + Floor Play by www.im-with-kelly.com, and Gentle Vinyasa by Amy O’Neil of Elemental OM. 

In addition, there will be a braid bar, an area for mini manicures and lots of other health and wellness stations. The event will take place at Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202, on December 2 from 9am-1pm. 

Success from the event is defined by how women feel after leaving the event. “It’s successful if women leave feeling empowered, healthy and beautiful,” she says. 

The event is so unique, Kerr explains, because when it started in Columbus three years ago, there was nothing like it out there. “Since then, there have been a couple similar events pop up, but I think the people we attract and how we stay true to our brand is what makes it unique,” Kerr says. The event is important for the community of Cincinnati. “It’s a day where we can come together and support one another,” she says. 

The most memorable moment for Kerr has been hearing how women have been impacted by the event. She loves “hearing women say it’s just what they needed to get them back into their fitness routine or that they connected with a vendor that can help them in a certain way,” she says.

To keep up with what’s going on with A Taste of Fitness, sign up for their email at: thebeautyboost.net or email Rachel Kerr at: rachel@thebeautyboost.net.