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A local yoga studio is getting to the root of improving physical and mental health as well as the community. Read on for all the om-inspiring details.

There is a yoga practice in Covington that wants to see people improve mentally and physically. 

“Rooted Yoga is a studio rooted in community and breath,” Jessica Esme Staff, Founder of Rooted Yoga, says. “Rooted is a second floor urban studio located in the heart of Covington that offers more than just in studio yoga classes, but offers a way of mindful living.” 

Launched in 2016, there are now four people in leadership positions and 10 instructors for the classes. 

Staff’s inspiration behind starting Rooted Yoga came from a car accident she was in 20 years ago. “It left me a bit unmoored from my body. Yoga brought me back in touch, physically and mentally, inspiring me to explore my practice in more depth and to bring yoga to others as a teacher,” she says. “From studio settings to school programs to my former roles in human resources and wellness allowed me to consistently fold yoga into my efforts to foster health and mindful living.” 

Rooted Yoga developed from a project called Yogi and the Farmer, which was “an urban farming and community wellness initiative that brought mind, body and food together,” she says. Out of this project, Rooted Yoga has been able to form an uplifting community for yoga and the mind. 

Rooted Yoga offers a variety of difference services, including yoga classes: Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative. “We also offer meditation classes and other specialized workshops. We have Pilates classes and Tabata,” Staff says. They also offer two Yoga Teacher Training Programs in the Spring and Fall. 

Rooted Yoga is also rooted in the community, Staff says. “Rooted Yoga has supported social service agencies in Covington and beyond, with a mission to build on the mindfulness we pursue on the mat and to do what we can for the broader community. In doing so, we work directly with our not-for-profit partners to help where the need is greatest. We do this by hosting weekly donation-based classes, as well as larger scale monthly events to raise money, material donations and awareness for their needs,” she adds. “We also ensure our students are involved in community by offering a different type energy exchange program. Instead of cleaning the studio, or working the front desk, we created a different kind of energy exchange, in which yogis give back to the community, in exchange for reduced-rate membership.” 

Rooted Yoga also has four partners who serve their neighborhood in a variety of ways. “Our members volunteer with any of those partners for four hours each month and earn unlimited yoga classes at the studio for a reduced rate,” she says, adding that she loves the community and beautiful space she gets to work in. “[I love] knowing I have a beautiful space to practice and share yoga in and all the wonderful members of our community. It is like family, every day.”

Rooted Yoga is located at 12 West Pike Street, 2nd Floor, Covington, Kentucky 41011  To keep up with what’s going on with Rooted Yoga, follow them on their websiteFacebook and Instagram.

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Read on to learn about an organization that‘s hosting a nutrition education series in April.

Ready to get healthy? A local health education center can help.

“[The Center for Wellness Education is]offering a series of classes that continue on a rotating basis quarterly. We start with a free introduction, which covers five areas, including nutrition, body movement/exercise, continuous brain learning and social connectedness. These are the characteristics of Blue Zones areas around the world where people live the longest with the best health,” Pamela Lockwood, PhD and MD, says. “Examples are Japan, the Mediterranean area, a community in California and Costa Rica.” 

After the Intro class, there are going to be meditation groups offered. The next one starts in June. 

Nutrition for the Brain is a class offered that talks about specific foods your body needs to function. “I bring some food to share and demonstrate the colors, natural and non-processed way we need to eat. Our overly processed foods and drinks with dyes, preservatives, pesticides and strange compounds we cannot pronounce, are making us sick and harming our guts,” Lockwood says. “If our GI system is not healthy, our brain cannot be healthy. The body processes foods with the bacteria in our gut and send compounds to our brain. Our brain is not static. It is able to change and create new connections and even new cells. It is called neuroplasticity and it is the hallmark of a healthy brain.”

These educational events will meet in a conference room in Blue Ash at: 11311 Cornell Park Drive, Cincinnati, Ohio 45242. “Our spring semester of classes is starting with an introduction on April 6, 10-12pm, April 15 in the evening. Brain nutrition will be April 20 from 10-11:30am,” she says. 

If you want to find out class times and register for classes, check out their website at:

“There is a small charge for classes beyond the introduction session to cover expenses, but we are trying to make this program available to as many people as possible,” she says.

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Learn about a Cincinnati-based business making an impact on the medical and mental health world, in Cincinnati and beyond.


Allie McLaughlin is the Co-Owner and Lead Therapist at Cincinnati Renewed Wellness.

There is a practice that wants to help people with their mental health. 

“Cincinnati Renewed Wellness is a mental health provider that consists of a multidisciplinary team of mental health and medical professionals. Our foundation is mental health,” says Allie McLaughlin, co-owner and Lead Therapist of Cincinnati Renewed Wellness. “We are passionate about providing individual health and wellness services to our clients to ensure that all aspects of the problem are being addressed and systems are working collaboratively together, rather than against one another.”

McLaughlin, along with her partner, Meghan Hewitt, who is the Nurse Practitioner, are located in Madisonville. The practice has been operating since June 2018. 

The inspiration behind starting the practice came from underwhelming experiences in the medical field. “Meghan and I met at a previous job and both felt patient care was not the priority. We recognized that mental health was not being valued and that our expertise in our field was being dismissed,” McLaughlin says. “We wanted to create a business that provided services that people needed and deserved. We wanted to create a place that valued the individual and addressed the unique and dynamic impact of mental health on our overall well-being.” 

The name of the business came from a conversation between McLaughlin and Hewitt. “We are both proud Cincinnati natives and felt passionately about integration of both eastern and western medicine to achieve total wellness,” she says. “We came upon the word ‘renewed,’ because we wanted to create a ‘renewed’ approach on healthcare. Once we had that, it just clicked and that’s how Cincinnati Renewed Wellness was born.”

The business defines success by empowerment and education. “We define success by being a company that effectively empowers and educates the community through discussion and exploration of mental health,” McLaughlin says. “Success is when our message is being heard and it motivates someone to seek help, no matter who they choose.”

McLaughlin and Hewitt each provide different services to their patients:

McLaughlin: She does all of the therapy.

“I see teens and adults that are struggling with a variety of mental health barriers, such as: mood disorders, trauma, sexual identity, life transitions, grief and addictions,” McLaughlin says. 

She provides therapy for individuals, families and couples. “I also plan to conduct groups throughout the year, which are centered on female empowerment,” she says.

Hewitt: She is in charge of prescribing medication to the patients for their psychiatric needs.

“We view medication as complementary to the therapeutic process and encourage all clients to be engaged in counseling with someone. It does not have to be Cincinnati Renewed Wellness,” Hewitt says. “We value and support our client’s choice in their therapy provider. Therapy first starts with the connection and strength of the therapeutic relationship and alliance.”

Cincinnati Renewed Wellness is unique because it connects the medical and the mental health world. “I think this is dynamic and business structure is steadily growing and gaining momentum in the area, which is wonderful because it shows that people are finally recognizing the importance of collaborative care,” McLaughlin says. “We are very proudly female owned and passionate about providing exceptional care to our clients/patients.”

This practice is important for the community of Cincinnati because mental health is something that we deal with on a regular and consistent basis. “It’s who we are and we want the people of Cincinnati to not be afraid to seek assistance. We are a safe place for someone to turn to during their dark days,” McLaughlin says. “We are a resource for community connection for treatment. We want to collaborate with other physicians to ensure people are receiving the services they need and deserve.”

Cincinnati Renewed Wellness is located right off of Red Bank Road, and their address is 4790 Red Bank Expressway, Suite 126, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227. To learn more, follow them on FacebookInstagram and their website.

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Learn about the local business that recently launched to be a comprehensive set of services and products for expecting and new moms.

Milk’d Nutrition wants to help new or soon-to-be mothers with nursing.

There is a new business in the Cincinnati area that provides nutrition help to soon-to-be or new mothers. 

“Milk’d Nutrition is a comprehensive set of services and products to cover any and all bases for soon-to-be and new moms. Services start during pregnancy to provide a prenatal nutrition assessment (advice and plans on what foods to consume/avoid when pregnant), in addition to an initial breastfeeding class to provide information to a mom before she has her baby. Both of these services can be provided virtually or in-home,” Kayka Hansmann, Founder of Milk’d Nutrition, says. “Following birth and returning from the hospital, I’m available for extended visits at home to assess feeds and provide assistance when there is trouble or any questions. At this time as well, I can be consulted for guidance with lactation nutrition meal guidance or plans to transition back to a pre-pregnancy eating pattern.” 

Milk’d Nutrition launched their website in November of 2018 and started selling their products a month later. Products that are sold are their signature muffin cups, brownie and energy bites, lactation smoothie mix, and nut butter (almond and peanut). The food is created using whole, real and local ingredients whenever possible. “One of our biggest components is high-quality Bob’s Red Mill ingredients and a nutritional brewer’s yeast that provides a wealth of B vitamins,” she says. “These individual products can also be combined to form gift boxes to serve as a gift, baby shower present, or a welcome home surprise for a new mom,” Hansmannsays. 

There are only two employees working for the company, Hansmann and her mother. “She does 99 percent of the baking and I do all of the no-bake products, as well as the marketing, customer relations and behind-the-scenes fun,” she says. “We are also lucky to have a very helpful father who helps with deliveries and any miscellaneous tasks needed!”

The business was birthed from different skills that Hansmann had and wanted to blend them together in a single company. “Even before I received my Lactation Counselor Certification this past spring, I had been working with mothers out in the community,” she says. Hansmann also has been doing prenatal research since graduate school and her thesis was on the same subject. 

Hansmann’s business is unique because the products they sell are real food, provide good balance and are simple and delicious. “They’re made in small batches and our recipes have been tested and perfected by my mom, Chef Mel, with love and care! Not only do they taste good and have benefits to mothers, but all members of your family will want to eat them,” she says. “We also have one of the only lactation nut butters on the market, which is an exceptionally easy and quick way to weave the Galactogogues into any meal or snack!”

To learn more about Milk’d Nutrition, follow them on FacebookInstagram, and their website

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A local meal prep service helps those trying to lose weight, build muscle or just enjoy the convenience factor.

A meal prep service that helps you improve your health and life by saving time and enjoy healthy meals. That’s the idea behind Bonafide Meal Prep.

“Bonafide Meal Prep is a local service that provides meals to those that are trying to lose weight, build muscle or would just like convenience,” Brandy McCaster, Owner and Founder of Bonafide Meal Prep, says. Bonafidemeans to be made, done and presented in good faith without deception or fraud and that’s the motto we operate with,” she says. “Bonafide means to be honest and provide my clients with exactly what I’m promising.“ 

The business has been around since 2015 and is located at Historical Findlay Market in Over-The-Rhine with six people working for the business.

There are a few different type of meals offered at Bonafide Meal Prep. “We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner, we offer detox meals and muscle building meals,” McCaster says. “We also match clients up with personal trainers in their area.” 

You can order meals online by going to their website.

The business is different from other meal prep businesses because it lets the customers have a say in the meal prep process. 

“Our business is different because our clients are able to build their own meals. There isn’t a weekly menu that they have  to chose from,” she says. “We also connect and get to know each client one by one to learn their goals, likes and dislikes.”

McCaster’s favorite part of working for Bonafide is the staff that she gets to work with. “We have a great time at work and I love getting to know my customers,” she says. “I really love helping my customers reach all of their personal goals.” What gets McCaster to come back to work everyday is seeing the impact the business is having in her customers. “Knowing that somebody is going to benefit from my service,” she says. “Knowing that someone will be able to reduce their blood pressure or cholesterol medicine, knowing that someone is going to lose a pound or two just from changing their diets.”

The most memorable moment that has happened at Bonafidewas a customer’s story. “The most memorable was when a customer lost 13 pounds in one week on our detox plan,” McCaster says. “She called me crying and then I began crying!”

You can keep up with what Bonafide Meal Prep is doing by following them on FacebookInstagram and check out their website.

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Get fit and feel alive when at this Cincinnati-based fitness studio with three locations (and soon a fourth!) around the Tri-State.


Feel like your New Year’s Resolution is waning? Body Alive can reignite that fire.

“Body Alive is Cincinnati’s premier fitness studio, which offers high energy fitness classes like hot yoga, cardio, barre, and hot mat pilates, at the most competitive prices in the Tri-State area,” explains Katie Massa, Director of Business Development. “We recruit the city’s top fitness instructors to provide alignment support for our beginner students, while at the same time challenging our more advanced students. Regardless of your fitness level and experience, expect to sweat during each and every workout.”

Cincinnati has a booming health and fitness industry, and owners Paul and Stephanie were ahead of this trend.

Massa says the the commercial gyms weren’t able to keep clients motivated or help them see the results they were looking for.

“Clients missed community atmosphere found at the other boutique studios around the city,” she says. “However, even then the studios’ monthly memberships were extremely expensive, and the class schedules lacked variety.”

This is where Body Alive came in. Body Alive offers affordable, high-quality fitness classes that are geared to beginner and experienced students. The instructors at Body Alive are trained to deliver a fun, safe, and effective workout through choreographed exercises and upbeat music.

“Today, Body Alive members may choose over 6 different workouts from 3 studio locations,” she says. “Each studio provides a welcoming atmosphere staffed by dedicated, certified instructors pushing our students to become confident, stronger individuals in order to feel more alive.”

Massa says owners Paul and Stephanie are dedicated to playing an active role in the development and growth of Body Alive. “Together, Paul and Stephanie have created a brand that offers a variety of classes taught by knowledgeable and energetic instructors in state-of-the-art studios at a price that can’t be beat,” she adds.

There are beginner-friendly heated and unheated classes available at Body Alive that are designed to tone and lengthen your muscles while improving your balance and strength.

Hot Power Yoga, Hot Body Sculpt, and Hot Mat Pilates are in the 102-degree hot room with 40 percent humidity, which, Massa says, allows the muscles to open and releases toxins from the body.

Students may also choose to participate in non-heated workouts like cardio, bounce, and barre classes that focus on core, strength, and endurance. Cycling classes are currently offered only at the Kenwood studio.

“Students work on small, isolated movements to ensure every muscle group is getting toned and stronger while also getting their heart rate up,” says Massa.

There are several benefits to working out at Body Alive, with over 40 unheated and heated classes offered daily across the three studio locations. “Students can easily find a fun workout class to sign up for to accommodate his or her schedule between 6:00 am and 9:00 pm on the weekdays,” says Massa.

With every membership and class pass, clients may participate in any class (except cycle) at any studio location! There are also special discounts for those who qualify, which includes nonprofit, public, educational, and business member employees.

Those options include:

  • $60/month for unlimited classes 
  • $75 for 10 classes (valid 6 months) 
  • $40 for 5 classes (valid 6 months)

Because Body Alive is dedicated to serving its community, it offers special deals to the community. Cincy Chic subscribers can sign up for their first class for free by emailing or visiting the tab “Special Pricing” on their website.

Other exclusive member benefits include 25% off Body Alive merchandise, free workshops, and free friends as well as discounts at local businesses including Alba Beauty Studio, Wild Eggs, and Rooted Juicery.

There are three Body Alive studios throughout Cincinnati: Kenwood, Oakley, and Mason, with a fourth location in Crestview Hills opening this summer.

With every membership and class pass, students are able to access every Body Alive location.

To learn more about classes or to register for one at Body Alive, visit or send an email to You can also follow along on Instagram and Facebook for promotional deals and schedule updates.

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One local organization is making the community better - one fun event at a time. Learn more about how you can support a good cause and celebrate Mardi Gras!

Cincy Betterment hosts events to help the community’s most vulnerable.

On a mission to better the community is Cincy Betterment, a local chapter of The Foundation for Community Betterment.

“The Foundation for Community Betterment is a national organization dedicated to community enhancement by creating an immediate, positive impact on the lives of individuals or organizations that share our philanthropic vision, but who currently lack the means to succeed,” explains Cincy Betterment’s Adriann Anderson.

Anderson says that Cincy Betterment was inspired by the desire to help those in the local community who are in need. Together, there are 10 Cincinnati-based board members who came together to help those in need, make an impact in the community, and have fun while doing it.

“We are a broad group of individuals but have the same vision of creating a ripple effect of good,” she adds.

Each year Cincy Betterment hosts a series of fundraising events that link the network of supporters with individuals or communities in need.

“We raise money through week and weekend activities that include happy hour parties, golf events, races, etc.,” she adds.

Currently Cincy Betterment is on the search for recipients in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

“The recipients may be individuals who are having difficulties in life, be it from illness, natural disaster, poverty, or just simple bad luck but have also demonstrated generosity, courage, and commitment to charitable causes and community generosity, even in the face of their troubles,” says Anderson.

In addition to individuals, Cincy Betterment also looks to support organizations that are striving to make a philanthropic impact in their communities and neighborhoods. “Our hope is that support from Betterment will be a gift that keeps on giving – when our recipients continue to positively impact those around them,” adds Anderson.

You can see the work that Cincy Betterment does on March 5 from 5:30-8:30 pm as Cincy Betterment and Rosedale OTR teams up to host a Mardi Gras happy hour benefiting students at Roselawn Condon Elementary.

“We will have an event of drinks, music, masks, beads, and all the goodies Mardi Gras has without having to travel to Cajun County,” says Anderson. “We will be raising money for the Roselawn Condon Elementary School located in the heart of Cincinnati. Ninety-six percent of the student body is below poverty and the proceeds of this happy hour will give them the chance to experience an all expense paid trip to the historic Cincinnati Zoo for the first time.”

Ticket information for the Mardi Gras happy hour can be found on Facebook.

In the coming months you can also plan for Cincy Betterment’s Put ‘N Strut golf event, which Anderson says will have more details soon.

To learn more about Cincy Betterment, you can visit their website. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, where you will find all of the future event information and the recipients who will benefit from those events.

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Fancy a spot of tea? Want a fast and healthy pick-me-up? Learn about a booming tea business that’s taking Cincinnati by storm one tasty cup at a time.

Bruetta is a innovative brewing system for loose leaf tea.

Tea has been long-celebrated for its health benefits, taste, and subtle energy. But it hasn’t always been easy to make.

That’s where Bruetta, an innovative brewing system for your loose leaf tea, aims to help.

According to Aly Bleistine, Sr. Account Manager and Ambassador of Development at Bruetta, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world next to water and it’s often celebrated for its wide variety of health benefits and naturally energy-boosting abilities.

“It’s all these facts about tea that inspire us the most,” says Bleistine. “Bruetta sources the best ingredients and teas from around the world and blends them to perfection so that their taste is second to none.”

Bruetta is comprised of a team of professionals who have backgrounds in manufacturing, sales, marketing, and distribution to help build the Bruetta brand and tell its story.

“Bruetta has established partnerships with office coffee services and brand ambassadors,” says Bleistine. “Bruetta has even created a franchise marketing model for the tea entrepreneur.”

According to Bleistine, Bruetta offers a variety of loose leaf tea flavors available for every type of tea drinker. Popular black tea flavors including Mystic Blue Lady, Peach Mango Paradise, and Grand Masala Chai. There are also other flavors available as well such as Coconute Creme Green, Bru Berry, Jasmine Towne Special, Citrus Hibiscus Refresh, Vanilla City Spice, and Apricot Rooibos.

In addition to these loose leaf tea flavors, oolong tea is available and white tea. Starter kits, Bleistine says, are popular among customers, as are 1lb and 1/2lb packages, tea tins, and 1-ounce packages.

“In regards to accessories, we offer a reusable plastic cup, displays for use in the home and the office, and, of course, our (patent pending) BRU-LID,” she says. “And, just recently, we’ve added coffee through a partnership with Copper Moon World Coffees.”

The tea offerings Bruetta isn’t the only thing that makes it unique. According to Bleistine, Bruetta has developed an innovative way to brew quality, loose leaf tea in an instant, and on-the-go with its BRU-LID.

“This is the foundation of the Bruetta brewing system,” she says. “No tea bags, no diffuser, no strainer needed. Tea leaves float freely in the cup so they are able to fully extract, giving you superior taste and full health benefits.”

Utilizing the BRU-LID requires you to add Bruetta loose leaf tea to your cup, pour in hot water, swirl lightly, snap on the lid, let brew for 2-3 minutes, sip, and go.

“Want ice tea? No problem,” explains Bleistine. “Same system, just add ice. You can even customize your flavorings by mixing and matching, or just choose one flavor.”

You can shop Bruetta online, exclusively on the website, although other businesses are jumping on board with Bruetta.

“Offices have been ordering as part of their health and wellness and employee engagement offerings,” Bleistine says, adding that you’ll find several Cincinnati-based businesses carrying their products. “Salons and spas order as a customer premium. Colleges are adding Bruetta teas to their cafes and bookstores. Companies are adding to their business and meeting catering menus. Coffee shops and bakeries are adding Bruetta teas to their menu selections. And, of course, nothing beats a cup of tea in the comfort of your own home.”

Bleistine says to keep your eye on Bruetta this year as the company will introduce sachets this year.

“Sachets are pyramid bags that give whole leaf tea room to expand to a full flavor and aroma,” she explains. “They are biodegradable and eco-friendly.”

She says they’ll also be introducing the BRU-CUP, a stainless steel tumbler with an advanced lid system that is washable and reusable.

“This expansion of our brewing system caters to customers who want a completely disposable product, a reusable cup with a disposable lid, or a reusable cup with a permanent lid,” she adds.

To learn more about Bruetta, visit You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The annual Heart Mini is just around the corner. Click here to learn more about this year’s event and how you can register to help raise funds for the American Heart Association. 

The 42nd Heart Mini will be held March 9-10 in Cincinnati. Photo: American Heart Association

The American Heart Association will host its annual Heart Mini and accompanying events March 9 and 10 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

“The Heart Mini is Cincinnati’s largest single-day fundraiser and hometown favorite of more than 40 years,” explains Lori Fovel, Communications Director of the Cincinnati American Heart Association. “Each year, close to 30,000 registrants come together to participate in a heart healthy exercise and raise lifesaving funds to fight off the No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke.”

According to Fovel, the theme this year is “Mini not Mini,” meaning that the impact of the Heart Mini is anything but mini with its 30,000 participants and $3M fundraising goal.

The Heart Mini is a two-day event that features activities for guests of every age, including the ½ Marathon, 15k race, 5k race, 2k kid’s race, 5k heart walk, 1k Steps for Stroke, a health and fitness expo, and a kid’s fun run.

Festivities for the Heart Mini kick off at 9 am on Saturday, March 9, at the Duke Energy Convention Center with the Health and Fitness Expo presented by Worldpay. This time frame is also when runners and walkers can pick up their packets.

Then, at 12 pm, is the Kids Fun Run for little ones ages 7 and under presented by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Everyone will be getting down to business on Sunday, March 10, in downtown Cincinnati. At 7:30 am starts the Medpace 15K Heart Mini and St. Elizabeth Heart ½. The UC Health 1K Steps for Stroke starts at 9:15 am and the Ohio National Financial Service 5K Heart Race starts at 10:30 am. The 2K Kid’s Race begins at 11:30 am and the Mercy Health 5K Heart Walk is at noon.

Fovel says there are a lot of events supporting the American Heart Association leading up to the Heart Mini in March. To learn more about those events and to register for any of the races or walks for the Heart Mini, click here.

Watch below as our Editor-in-Chic trains for the upcoming Heart Mini, and shares a message about why this race is so important.

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Learn about the local wellness center that's hosting a mindfulness series beginning this February and the unexpected benefits it offers.

The Center for Wellness Education is hosting a mindfulness series beginning in February. Photo:

A local wellness center is hosting an upcoming event that focuses on mindfulness and how it integrates into other facets of life. 

One of those providers is The Center for Wellness Education, a non-profit organization that offers classes and trainings for adolescents, adults, families, and health professionals that support people’s strengths, learning through the lifespan, positive relationships, and healthy choices with the goal of integrating mind and body while promoting brain health, resilience, and living a fulfilling life. 

Beginning February 8 and running through March 2, The Center for Wellness Education’s Dr. Michael Wizer will host “Mindfulness, an Introduction.”

“Mindfulness has many uses and values: it can help a person manage stress, it can support relaxation, it helps a person develop detachment and clarity regarding overthinking and worrying,” says Dr. Wizer. It helps a person manage destructive habits and impulsivity. It can help with sleep difficulties and dealing with chronic pain.”

The 4-week class, which will be held on Saturday mornings from 10 am until noon, will give participants an introduction to mindfulness and how they can help incorporate it into their everyday lives.

The Center for Wellness Education is located at 11311 Cornell Park Drive, Suite 205, in Cincinnati. To learn more, visit