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A local woman launched a business that helps other women get fit (and fashionable!) while also embracing their curves. Read on for more!

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Morgan Owens of Curvy Cardio uses her own story to inspire others to get fit.

Working out should be fun and something you look forward to. Nobody knows that better than the ladies at Curvy Cardio.

Having struggled with weight issues all of her life, Morgan Owens’ passions stem from motivating others and sharing her story. “I am not a fitness expert, but I know what it takes,” she says. “I’m never ashamed of my story because it may inspire others.”

“I have struggled with weight all of my life,” Owens continues. “I was very active in high school – participating in dance team and cheerleading. In college, I was in a Dance Company for Miami University as both a choreographer and dancer. After college, I coached both dance team and cheerleading for a local high school.”

In 2012, Owens became a certified Zumba instructor after the inspiration from a friend. “This is when my passion for teaching fitness classes heightened,” she says. “While I thought Zumba was fun, I felt there was need for a different kind of fitness class. Two years later, with the advice of North Avondale Recreation Director, Blake Williams, I decided to launch my own fitness class. Thus, Curvy Cardio was born.”

Today, Curvy Cardio is an isolated cardio workout to the latest and “hottest” songs focusing on core, lifting the glutes, legwork and toning arms. Along with teaching classes, Owens and her business partner, Emilie Beck, have their own fitness clothing line, “Fashionably Fit” t-shirts.

“Curvy Cardio is intended on hitting all of the core areas as well as an overall body workout,” says Owens. “All fitness levels are welcomed and all movements can be modified. I also offer an Online Challenge every season, which participants can do everything online if they wish to jumpstart their fitness and weight loss goals.”

According to Owens, what makes what she does unique is how she relates to women who have struggled with their weight and self-esteem. “I believe that you can be curvy, but still be healthy,” she says. “I feel like some people are hesitant to do group fitness classes because they don’t feel like they can relate to the instructor—but I like to believe that I am ‘real’ about my battles with food and staying in shape.”

“I understand what each person is thinking when they begin their journey to a healthier lifestyle,” Owens continues. “I tell my clients every time I slip up but I get back on the program the next day! I have laughed, cried and struggled mentally with these women. I also reach out to clients who I haven’t seen in awhile to make sure they’re staying on track. With life, it gets hard to workout – but you have to make the time for yourself and for your health.”

In looking to the future, Owens expresses that she would love to have her own studio space for Curvy Cardio and travel to different cities with her pop-up shop. “Coming soon, I will be offering small group classes for clients that want a more intimate and one-on-one experience,” she continues. “Ladies can reserve a time, grab a small group of friends, come workout, shop and enjoy a healthy snack after the new ‘happy hour.’”

“I would love to see other women embrace the idea that that you don’t have to be a ‘perfect’ shape, just have confidence, sass and a positive outlook,” Owens continues. “I want to see the women of Cincinnati ‘sweating pretty’ and ‘killin’ it for the crop top.’”

To learn more about Curvy Cardio, check out their website at www.curvycardio.com, like them on Facebook or follow @curvycardio on Instagram for information on future pop-up shops and small group classes.

Owens also encourages readers to come to her classes at North Avondale Recreation Center located at 617 Clinton Springs as well as at Lean Styles Gym. “You don’t have to be a member of the recreation center to attend, just a $5 drop in rate—and I do offer class passes,” she says.

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Local business women are trading in stuffy workshops for a new kind of brand building. Learn more about this innovative networking series and the boss lady behind it!

While they can provide helpful information, business workshops don’t always present the most welcoming atmospheres. That’s why, about a year ago, Morgan Owens of Curvy Cardio and Fashionably Fit Apparel started searching for a way to provide a series in which people could come together and touch on the same topics as a traditional business workshops – but with a twist.

“I consulted with my mentor, Jan Michelle, amongst other influencers,” says Owens. Eventually, she decided on Babes in Bizness, which is designed to be an innovative workshop series that includes a panel of local, successful entrepreneurs to coach guests in developing their own network in the community.

The first Babes in Bizness event was hosted in November 2016, with more planned for 2017.

“The pilot event triggered a new way to tackle the dos and don’ts of entrepreneurship through networking and panel discussion, with an amazing lunch and cocktail hour by celebrity culinary specialist Chef Bambina.

Back when she was first developed the idea behind Babes in Bizness, Owens said she approached Chef Bambina to hear her opinion on a different type of business workshop.

“Chef Bambina loved the concept and she adds the perfect sass, it was only right to collaborate with her to build a solid foundation,” says Owens.

She adds that the first event was a huge hit, and was inspiring to see powerful women come together to learn from each other. “Some of our local trailblazers, including Jan Michelle of the Cincinnati Herald, LaShonda Wright of The Wright Finance Group, and Stevie Swain of CinCWN, did an excellent job really showcasing how important it is to be in charge of your finances,” says Owens. “They taught us how to utilize our resources and have comfort even in the toughest times.”

Owens says that the speakers from the first event not only taught them how to use their resources to the fullest extent, but also shared some of their own intimate business experiences. “This workshop was like ripping the bandaid off or addressing the elephant in the room, no one wants to show how much money they have in their pockets or share where they get their from,” she says. “But these women humbly shared their stories and know that it inspired everyone in the room, including myself.”

What really helps Babes in Bizness stand out among other business workshops is its extra edge, Owens says. “We stay true to making sure that the information shared develops the individuals who attend,” she says.

But more than just the lessons learned, Babes in Bizness helps its attendees wind down with drinks, food, and raw conversation. “We want people to be comfortable in the environment,” she says. “We openly invite a sassy skirt and a pink lippie.”

Currently, Owens says she’s planning for the summer edition of Babes in Bizness. It’ll include the same sass and flare with a network/mixer theme. To help boost morale, encourage women, and get the excitement going, Owens says she plans to have some additional mini series events leading up to the big summer event.

Owens is a firm believer in the old adage “you are who you hang around.” That’s why she says she wants to continuously bridge the gap of powerful and confident women circle around one another and supporting each other.

Owens says that she’s looking forward to seeing Babes in Bizness grow as the series continues on. “I’m developing in so many ways, both personally and professionally,” she says. “The networking collaborations that I’ve been making are really taking off.”

If you want to see just how those collaborations are taking off, you can join Owens at her next event, Beat the Boss, in collaboration with Kiera the Makeup Artist. “We’re teaching all our boss babes how to get that 5-10 minute flawless look,” she says.

That event will be held on February 4 at the Blush Event Loft from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

To learn more about Owens, her business ventures, and upcoming events, visit www.curvycardio.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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An upcoming event is featuring the women in charge of some innovative local businesses. Keep reading for all the details.

Babes in Bizness, launching this fall,
Babes in Bizness, launching this fall, is a new workshop for female business owners.

This fall, Morgan Owens, owner of Curvy Cardio, will be featured in a chic new workshop for female entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Cincinnati Herald. Babes in Bizness “originated to target women who aspire to become leaders and entrepreneurs by facilitating a road map to achieve their dreams,” says Owens.

Babes in Bizness is designed to be an innovative workshop series which includes a panel of local, successful entrepreneurs to coach guests in developing their own network within the community. Currently, Owens is designing a break out workshop focusing on social media for the event. According to Owens, much like herself, the tone of the event will be “fun and sassy.”

“This event is about gaining new skills, networking opportunities and gaining the confidence in yourself and your passions,” Owens says. Her hope is Babes in Bizness will inspire participants to believe their world is limitless and to be inspired by spending time with like minded women.

Owens knows a lot about being a female entrepreneur, as she’s been keeping women fashionably fit with Curvy Cardio since 2014, following her life-long battle with health and weight loss. Through Curvy Cardio, she offers isolated cardio workouts at North Avondale Recreation Center, while also designing and selling a fitness clothing and accessories line, “Fashionably Fit.”

Owens’ motto is “don’t be ashamed of your story because it will inspire others” so it’s not surprising that Babes in Bizness is shaping a platform for local female entrepreneurs to inspire the current and next generations by sharing their own stories of struggles and success.

“Babes in Bizness” is scheduled for Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 12-5pm at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber in downtown Cincinnati. Babes in Bizness is asking all babes attending to bring a donation for Dress for Success.

More details are listed here and tickets will become available in late September on Curvy Cardio’s website, Facebook and Instagram pages. You can also “like” Babes in Bizness on Facebook or follow on Instagram @babesinbiz.

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This week's Doc Talk shares some of the ways you can take better care of your heart through practical steps toward prevention.

As Greater Cincinnati’s Heart Hospital, it is our responsibility to take care of all the hearts of Cincinnati, even before they are sick. See, even though heart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women, it is also very preventable.

You likely won’t find two cardiologists more passionate about keeping you out of their office than Wojciech Mazur, MD, and Joel Forman, MD, of The Christ Hospital- Heart & Vascular Center.

Both have dedicated their careers to preventive medicine and truly believe that their patients are in control of their own destinies, and that changing the way one lives can have a huge impact on one’s health.

We sat down with both to talk about the most important advice they give their patients within these three health-forward categories: Diet, Physical Activity and Emotional Well Being.

DIET

Dr. Mazur says:

  1. It’s not the bad food that will kill you. It’s the LACK of good food that  will kill you. If you incorporate these good foods  everyday, you will live longer and happier:
  2. Fruits: 1 medium sized  fruit (baseball size), 1h cup  juice, or 1h cup of cooked or chopped fruit.
  3. Vegetables: 1 cup of raw vegetables, 1f2 cup of vegetable juice or 1h cup of cooked vegetables.
  4. Grains:1f2 cup of cooked rice,  pasta or cereal, 1 slice  of bread.
  5. Meat: 2 to 3 oz cooked lean meat or fish
  6. Did I mention nuts? Eat Nuts! One handful of any nuts a day can cut risk of stroke by 50%.
  7. The  three beverages I get asked about  the most are water, coffee and alcohol. Here’s some  strong stats on each.
  8. Water. Water is best. It keeps your tem­perature normal, lubricates and cushions joints, protects your spinal cord and oth­er sensitive tissue and gets rid of waste. IOM liberally recommends a total daily water intake of 15 cups for the average male and 11 cups  for the average female.
  9. Coffee: Rejoice! Women who drink 3 or more cups of coffee a day, decrease their risk of death from  heart disease by 22% and stroke by 30%.
  10. Alcohol. No comment. Too many breweries around here.

Dr. Forman says:

  1. Limit the amount of processed foods you eat.
  2. Make sure you mostly eat  things that come from the earth.
  3. If it didn’t come from the earth, make sure it had a mother that had either feathers or gills.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Dr. Mazur says:

  1. Stand up. A 2015 analysis concluded that prolonged sitting is associated with higher mortality rates from cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This is regardless of activity level!
  2. Add resistance training to your routine. Adding resistance training to a low calorie diet led  to higher weight loss than cutting calories with aerobic exercise.
  3. Get moving! 30 minutes of exercise a day (including household chores) decreases all cause mortality by 39% and  prevents 60% of dementia.

Dr. Forman says:

  1. Always  strive to sit less.
  2. Tell yourself to “move more.”
  3. Do something for its own sake to improve your cardiorespiratory fitness for 30 minutes at least five times per week.

How to get started

Simple lifestyle changes can make a big im­ pact when it comes to heart health. But getting started doesn’t always feel  that simple. That’s why The Christ Hospital Health Network, Dr. Mazur and Dr. Forman have resources to share with you along  every step of the way.

EMOTIONAL WELL BEING

Dr. Mazur says:

  1. Live with purpose. Higher purpose in life plays an important role in protecting against heart attacks and strokes. Each purpose in life unit increase was associated with a 27% reduction in risk of heart attack.
  2. Get a dog. Owning  a dog reduces the risk of death by 21%, and for  people with  coronary disease, 35%!
  3. Getting mad more than 5 times a day in­creases the risk of heart attack and stroke in a healthy individual by 158 times compared to 4 times for a heavy smoker over a 10 year period. Instead, use one of these relaxation techniques when you feel anger coming on: Tai Chi, meditation, yoga, transcendental meditation, contemplative prayer, and coloring books.

Dr. Forman says:

  1. Get plenty of sleep and exercise.
  2. Consider taking up meditation, yoga, or practicing mindfulness.
  3. Be with people you enjoy and do things that you love.

Don’t forget, throughout the month of February, we are part­nering with gyms and studios around the Tristate to provide free pop-up cardio fitness classes – so there’s something for everyone! Join us for one or all the classes:

Monday, Feb. 24,6:30-8:30 p.m.

The Christ Hospital Joint & Spine Center -get your groove on at the Cardia Party-0**, an event that’s one-part workout and one part dance party, led by Curvy Cardia owner Morgan Owens, and everybody’s favorite celebrity deejay, DJ Etrayn!

Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.- noon

North College Hill Rec Center- join heart survivor and instruc­tor Nancy Wilkins  for a fun and upbeat line dancing class that willbe sure to get that heart rate going.

We also we encourage you to participate in this years Heart Mini Marathon Walk on Sunday,  March 22, 2020! For any pa­tients who would like to join The Christ Hospital team, please email marketing@thechristhospital.com for a patient discount code to use at registration.

About the doctors:

Wojciech Mazur, MD is a second-generation cardiolo­gist and has been in practice with The Christ Hospital Physicians- Heart & Vascular since 2002. He specializ­ es in cardiac imaging (echocardiography, nuclear car­ diology, cardiac magnetic resonance, cardiac computed tomography) and clinical cardiology. He has published more than 170 research articles, books, abstracts and book chapters in the field of cardiology. Dr. Mazur sees his patients as people, not as a disease or a problem. He focuses on treating each patient well, and with dignity and respect, while learning their stories and under­ standing how each story ties into their health.

Joel Forman, MD, FACC, FASPC has been in prac­tice with The Christ Hospital Physicians – Heart & Vascular since 2005. He is originally from the Cleveland area. His practice interests include pre­ventive cardiology, echocardiography, and stress testing. He stresses the importance of a healthlifestyle in the prevention and treatment of car­diovascular disease. His personal interests include his family, fitness, athletics, music and comedy.

Resource: In 2018, Dr. Mazur and his Re­search Assistant, Stephanie Ambach, created Your Heart Manual, a short book featuring easy-to-understand and  actionable sugges­tions to modify your lifestyle, backed by more than 500 research articles from the past decade. You can  download a free copy online at www.YourHeartManual.Org.

Resource: Dr. Forman is the medical direc­tor of the Preventive Cardiology Program at The Christ Hospital. Through this  unique program, patients work with a team of car­ diology  specialists to make tailored lifestyle changes that will prevent heart disease or stop  its progression, while improving over­ all wellness. Each preventive cardiology care plan includes a nutritional strategy and focused exercise program-both customized for  your individual needs and goals. Our services also include stress testing and peripheral vascular disease rehabilitation.

To learn more or to schedule a consultation, call513-206-1320.

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