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Hormone issues are a thing of the past when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa! Learn more about their hormone replacement by clicking here!


Oftentimes, women find that they are unable to sleep at night, feel extra stressed or tired, are seeing more wrinkles, and gain weight in their midsection. But there’s a way to treat these issues!

While you may blame the issues on your environment and the things around you, the real culprit may be your hormones. As we age, our bodies may have trouble producing the same amount of hormones it did when we were, say, in our 20s.

However, Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Dr. Kerschner can help! When you visit her, she can put a small implant in your backside to help give you a continuous dose of hormones – estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

No more remembering to take a pill or go through a daily hormone treatment. The implant will take care of that for you, all while the hormones take care of your body for you!

Learn more about the hormone replacement therapy offered at Victory Wellness & Medspa at

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We chat with the organizers behind one of the biggest events in the city for breast cancer awareness and fundraising to see what's new and exciting this year.


The 2017 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will take place October 1.

Want to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and research while enjoying a fun walk and activities? Consider participating in Susan G. Komen’ annual Race for the Cure.

“Race for the Cure is the annual Komen event that every affiliate across the country hosts. It’s the main fundraising event,” says Melissa Dunn, Communication Director. “This year, our Race for the Cure is a Pink Ribbon Walk at Coney Island. We walk, honor and celebrate and then ride Coney rides.”

The Race for the Cure will feature a fun walk through Coney Island as well as other fun activities.

Dunn got involved with the event in 2011, after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 25. “I walked in my first Race for the Cure that September, and raised over $8,000. I registered and walked in every race since then — until I came on staff then I’ve been working the event,” she recalls. “My first race that I worked and planned was in 2015, so this will be my third race as a Komen employee.”

A lot goes into preparing for the event. “We work early in the year to secure sponsors, location, details as far as pricing, shirts, etc. We have a small staff so we all work very hard all year long preparing for the race,” Dunn explains. “We have to think about logistics, volunteers, set up, course. It’s a lot. Thankfully we have a few staff members and volunteers that have been doing this a long time so it all runs relatively smoothly.”

There are some additions to the event that are going to take effect this year. It’s the 20th anniversary of Komen Southwest Ohio, which was established in 1997 by four women, one of which is the Executive Director of the organization, Peggy Isenogle. “We have vendors, Q102 and Mix 94.9, will be on site, and there will be a great Celebration of Hope after the walk where we honor those we have lost, celebrate our survivors and those still in treatment, and give thanks for all the support over the years,” Dunn says. “We once again have Survivor Caps, sponsored by Ford. They are really awesome! And we have mums for sale, which can be purchased in honor of or in memory of a loved one. We’re excited for October 1st.”

What gets Dunn to come back to work everyday is wanting to see a cure for breast cancer. “Research will help find the cure. We fund more research than any other affiliate. I want there to be an end to breast cancer,” says Dunn. “I define success at this event as reaching our fundraising goal because then we can fund more breast cancer research and give back to local organizations that help those diagnosed with breast cancer.”

To register or learn more about the event, visit or call 513.671.9100.

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Our relationship columnist has the five must-read books for a happier, healthier and more satisfied you!


I’ve got a confession to make. I am a total book junky. My Amazon Wishlist is inundated with countless books that caught my fancy at one time or another. Books that I crave desperately to read. The honest truth is that probably 50% of the books that I buy end up on a shelf collecting dust. I may read a chapter or two, but then get distracted with the next pretty cover or enticing title. However, there are those special books that have stood the test of time. Books that I have read and re-read over and over again. Books that I have recommended to clients and friends, alike. These books are amazing and hold a very special place in my heart.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the five best books to read for a happier, healthier, more satisfied you!

Broken Open by Elizabeth Lesser

This book found me at my absolute lowest. Broken-hearted, living back at home with my parents at age 25, having a complete quarter life crisis and helping to care for my father during his battle with cancer. Life was tough. This book helped me see the light in the darkness. Elizabeth Lesser is authentic, genuine and vulnerable. She is an inspiration and her book was my life-saver.

Come as You Are by Emily Nagoski

Everyone should read this book. This book touches on self-love, body image, sexual desire, sexual abuse and owning your sexuality. Nagoski encourages readers to understand themselves entirely, we are so much more than a body or a mind. We are unique and have unique needs and desires… and that’s beautiful! She writes in an accessible way, AND has the science to back it up. Go get it now and thank me later!

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

I could have filled this whole list with just books by Brene Brown! She is absolutely incredible (If you haven’t seen her TedxTalk- Do it!) This is a book about the courage that it takes to show up, be vulnerable and allow yourself to be you. This book can apply to any and all aspects of life: parenting, relationships, work, self- love, etc. She is warm and smart. This book makes you feel like you’re getting a loving hug and a gentle kick in the butt… toward your goal.

Sex Matters for Women by Sally Foley, Sally A Kope and Dennis P Sugrue

I know I am biased, having studied under Sally Foley and Dennis Sugrue at University of Michigan, but this book is absolutely incredible. Such a wonderful book to help women understand, cultivate and grow their sexuality and self-acceptance. Calling out sexual myths, answering questions we are too afraid to ask, and confronting our self-doubt. This book addresses it all: relationships, sexual orientation, hormones, anatomy, STI’s. It looks like a textbook but reads like a conversation with the most amazing, loving therapist you could ever wish for.

Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

The full title of this book is Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. Need I say more? Perel is one of the most respected sex therapists in the field these days. In “Mating…”, she discusses how to create passion and eroticism in domesticated life. She is smart, sexy, funny.This book provides great, straightforward but counterintuitive advice for the modern couple.

Christy Haas MA, LPCC, CST is a relationship and sex therapist in Cincinnati for more information check out or see my full list of book recommendations here.

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Learn about the latest research, unique symptoms for women, and the most important things you should know about stroke.


St. Elizabeth offers signs of a stroke and how to prevent them.

According to the National Stroke Association, more women die from stroke than men. In fact, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in women (compared to being the fifth leading cause of death in men). Surprised? Remember, women generally live longer than men, so they are more likely to live alone when a stroke occurs.

Signs of a stroke

Remember to act FAST when you suspect a stroke. FAST stands for:

  • FACE: Does one side of the face droop?
  • ARMS: Does one arm drift downward when the person is trying to raise their arms?
  • SPEECH: Is the person’s speech slurred or does it sound strange?
  • TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Other symptoms which may be especially unique to women include:

  • Loss of consciousness or fainting
  • Generalized weaknesses
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Confusion, unresponsiveness or disorientation
  • Sudden significant behavior change
  • Agitation
  • Hallucination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain
  • Seizures
  • Hiccups

Women also have unique risk factors when it comes to having a stroke:

  • Taking oral contraceptives, especially with additional risk factors including age, cigarette smoking, high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • Natural changes in the body during a normal pregnancy can cause increased blood pressure and stress on the heart.
  • Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), prescribed to relieve menopausal symptoms, this combined hormone therapy of progestin and estrogen can increase a woman’s risk for stroke.
  • Migraine headaches with aura not only cause debilitating pain, they can increase a woman’s risk of stroke by two and a half times.

Stroke prevention in women

  • If you experience migraines with aura and smoke, stop smoking immediately.
  • Monitor your blood pressure carefully during and after your pregnancy.
  • If you are over 75, get screened for atrial fibrillation
  • If you are starting oral contraceptives, make sure your physician screens you for high blood pressure.

To learn more, join us for Women Take Heart: Wine and Watercolor, an event focusing on women’s unique stroke risk. Learn more about stroke and enjoy time with female friends in a fun painting activity. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 5:30-8:30. Learn more at

Editor’s note: Written by Debbie Marques. This is a special advertising supplement, paid for by St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

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A new Hyde Park-based store will keep you feeling inspired to live a healthy lifestyle one cute activewear outfit at a time.


Outfit Active sell fashionable apparel to help you get motivated to hit the gym.

Ever feel like you’re more motivated to workout when you have cute clothes to wear to a class or the gym? That’s the idea behind the recently opened Outfit Active in Hyde Park Square.

“Outfit Active is the first destination in Cincinnati exclusively to deliver premium women’s active wear. At Outfit Active, we offer the ultimate collection of performance driven active wear to suit our modern, always on the go lifestyles,” says Alexandra George, owner of Outfit Active. “I have dedicated a lot of time to showcase the best of the best and bring Cincinnati practical, contemporary styles designated to be both functional yet fashionable.”

Launched in July 2017, George has been the sole force behind the store concept. “I put it all together – the fact that the fitness and wellness industry is continuing to boom with no signs of slowing down, recognizing the ‘always on the go’ lifestyle so many people lead, my love for all things fashion and the gap in the Cincinnati market for unique, functional active clothing,” she says. “The idea was born: a boutique that delivers fun, flattering, fashion-forward active wear that can stand up to the demands of a workout, the rigors of daily life, and everything in between.”  

The business offers more than just stylish active wear for women. “Outfit Active offers an environment for women to shop, hang out and enjoy one another’s company to hopefully empower and inspire each other to lead healthier lives. I love that I can use the store to help bring women together,” George says. “I have a few private events being held at the store in the coming months, but I plan to really dive more into this in the new year. I am always open to suggestions!”

Outfit Active defines success by “acknowledging whatever it is you set out to do and completing — or sometimes just attempting — it by giving everything you have,” George says. “For women who completed their first yoga class, to the athlete out running marathons, and the mom who gets all her errands run for the day. Success is getting through what we set out to achieve each day and the feeling we have when we do.”

George says she’s proud to have created such a unique concept in the heart of Cincinnati. “I think Cincinnati is such a great city! Having grown up here, I can appreciate the small town feel and family-oriented atmosphere it offers and I wanted to create a place that was part of that,” she says. “A place where everyone feels welcome and empowered to be the most authentic version of themselves.”

George’s favorite part of managing and owning Outfit Active is that it fills an important niche. “I love the fact that I have created a concept like nothing else in Cincinnati and hopefully a one-stop destination for women looking to find different styles and brands of active wear they feel comfortable and confident in.”

George says she loves when people walk in the store and they’re in awe of the style and brands. “But even better, is seeing women leave the store excited to live well and stay active.”

Outfit Active is located at 3439 Edwards Road in Cincinnati. To learn more and stay updated, follow along on Facebook, Instagram and their website. They also have an online newsletter to which you can subscribe. “I will be launching an online shop for Outfit Active in the coming months,” George says. “That will definitely be a good place to see everything Outfit Active, if you can’t make it into the store.”

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Read on to learn about a place where people in Cincinnati can improve their health in unique but effective ways.


Gregory Woeste, D.C. (left) Andrea Beaver, D.C. (right)

Do you want to experience a healthcare business that’s passionate about making you feel better? Cincinnati Health Institute, was started 28 years ago and is a “functional medicine and chiropractic clinic,” Andrea Beaver, DC of the Cincinnati Health Institute, says.

“The inspiration to start CHI came as Dr. Woeste and I started to recognize that patients were desperately searching for alternatives to conventional treatments,” Beaver says. “This evolved into the inspiration for an online store and patient portal to manage nutrition, supplement and vitamin needs.”

Founder, Dr. Woeste got into the healthcare industry by visiting a chiropractor for a problem when he was younger that normal medication couldn’t fix. “He became a believer in chiropractic care after that experience and was inspired to pursue chiropractic medicine,” she says. As for Beaver, she was inspired to get into chiropractic medicine after a car accident and seeing her local chiropractor. “The interest in nutrition and functional medicine began for both of us as we witnessed our patients struggle with issues that could be managed through proper diet, supplement and lifestyle changes.”

There are a variety of different services offered at the Cincinnati Health Institute. These include:

  • Chiropractic Care and adjustments, including therapy and dry needling.
  • Ideal Protein weight loss program
  • Nutritional, hormone, genetic, and neurotransmitter testing
  • Sell doctor trusted, high quality vitamins and supplements through their website.

“Finally, we take a holistic approach to each patient that comes through our doors,” Beaver says. “We don’t just treat the symptoms, we get at the root cause of inflammation or disease and help our patients heal from the inside out.”

Beaver feels that the Cincinnati Health Institute is important for the community because they offer unique methods that aren’t the traditional ways to treat patients. “Patients are tired of prescription drugs and their side effects,” she says. “As the population becomes more educated on the dietary management of disease and inflammation, they need the ability to access a marketplace that provides those products and the support necessary for those products. We provide support and answer questions for all vitamins and supplements sold on our site.”

Beaver’s favorite part of working for the Cincinnati Health Institute is seeing the transformation of the people who take control of their health. “Knowing we are helping people make small changes that will give them big results, is extremely rewarding,” Beaver says. “Our goal is to inform, inspire and educate patients so they can take control of their health.”

To keep up with Cincinnati Health Institute updates updates and news, follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and their website. Also, you can visit them in person. They’re located at 7712 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45231. To learn more, visit

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Motivated by her own struggle with weight and depression, one local woman opened a wellness club and bar to support healthier lifestyles.


Do you need help developing a healthy eating lifestyle? “Legacy Nutrition is a nutrition club,” Ann Flanigan, owner of Legacy Nutrition Cincinnati. “It’s a bar that serves meal replacement shakes, energizing teas and a variety of other health products.”

The inspiration for the business started two years ago when Flanigan received an invitation to Epic Nutrition on Foley Road in Delhi. “At the time, I was struggling with depression and anxiety. Scott and Christina, the owners, welcomed me with a shake, tea and an understanding,” she says. “They didn’t pass judgment, just offered friendship and a few simple suggestions on some lifestyle changes, starting with my nutrition. Skip forward to the present and I’m much happier and 30 pounds lighter.”

The name of the company came from people sitting around a table. “Friends and I were sitting at Epic, talking about different names for a club,” Flanigan says. “One said it would be nice to find a name that would leave a legacy.” Legacy opened their door to their first customer on August 3, 2017. “Currently, I am the only employee, but I do have help from my mentors and friends at Epic Nutrition, along with my husband, Sean and two boys, Timmy (17) and Nick (13).”

Legacy Nutrition offers a variety of healthy meal replacement shakes. “It’s a club for people trying to make positive changes in their life,” Flanigan says. “It’s a support system, it’s a healthy, positive hangout.” Legacy Nutrition’s mindset about how they define success is, “leave happier and feel better than when you first walked in,” she says.

Legacy Nutrition serves meal replacement shakes and other nutritious foods.

“A healthy lifestyle includes good nutrition along with physical activity and stress management,” she says. “I personally feel being happy is the ultimate goal and a healthy lifestyle can look different to each individual.“

Flanigan feels like her business is important for the community of Cincinnati. “I feel Legacy offers people an alternative to fast food,” she says. “It’s a place to meet other people also looking for healthy alternatives.”

Flanigan loves what she does and loves seeing people smile and laugh. “I get a huge kick out of seeing neighbors, classmates, friends, etc. being surprised by each other, sometimes by people they have not seen for years,” she says. “It’s exciting, often like a family reunion.”

Legacy Nutrition is located at 6701 Ruwes Oak Drive, Suite 13, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238. To learn more, follow along on Facebook.

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A local elementary school that transformed their rooftop into a thriving garden that gives their students a green thumb through fun activities.


Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden is a non profit organization provides hands-on, garden-based lessons and activities.

Most rooftops, especially in an urban setting, are forgotten, unused space. But high atop the Rothenberg Preparatory Academy in OTR, there’s a lush garden that not only feeds its students, but it teaches them to garden, too.

Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden is a non profit organization on the roof of the historic Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, which is a Cincinnati Public Elementary School. “It provides hands-on garden based lessons and activities to the children and families of Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, and the greater community,” Bryna Bass, Garden Education Coordinator, says. “As an enrichment program, we support the teaching staff by facilitating lessons that meet academic standards across the curriculum, grades preK-6.”

The garden is about to enter its fifth year serving the students at Rothenberg. “Our first year, 2013, the actual outdoor classroom wasn’t completely constructed and we worked with teachers and students, providing garden-themed academic enrichment in the classrooms,” Bass says. “In 2014, we were able to bring everyone onto the roof and into the garden.”

The inspiration for the garden was “championed” by a local activist, Edwin “Pope” Coleman of the Over The Rhine Foundation. “He was inspired by Granny’s Garden in Loveland. His vision was for the children of OTR to have a garden at their neighborhood school,” Bass says. “The Over The Rhine Foundation took on the project and started raising the monies to make it happen. Rose Seeger of Green City Resources and Frank Russell of UC Community Design Center created the design for the outdoor classroom and garden. Sadly, we had to say our ‘goodbyes’ to Pope, who died July 4, 2017.”

There are so many benefits from having a garden. Rothenberg is an urban school that’s in a neighborhood that is growing and developing quickly, and there isn’t much green space to for the kids to explore nature. “The rooftop garden is a safe space where the kiddos can develop a sense of wonder as they watch a seed grow into a plant, chase a butterfly from flower to flower, and make deep observations of the natural world,” she says. “Flowers and edible plants are grown in the garden. Children take in the beauty of a flower, develop a greater understanding of why that flower is an important part of an ecosystem, and eat a strawberry, all during one class session. We like to think of the garden as a classroom-not all classrooms have four walls. We also have a Reading Garden-a covered sitting area surrounded by flower pots-where people can comfortably sit, reflect and read.”

There is so much that goes into taking care of the garden, such as 35 raised beds and 25 oversized planters that cover approximately 3000 square feet on the roof. “The garden is managed by Julie Singer, but the children also spend a great deal of time in the garden planting, maintaining, and harvesting—performing a variety of duties that allow them to have ownership of the space,” Bass says. “Watering is done by hand. We incorporate integrated pest management techniques, use organic fertilizers, and pull the weeds by hand.”

This garden and Rothenberg Preparatory Academy help the community. “A strong school is good for the neighborhood and the garden helps to make RPA a strong school. The greater community is invited into the garden (school) through volunteer opportunities and programs. It is a source of pride, not only for the school but for the community.”

Bass’ favorite part of working on the garden is being with the children. “Being able to introduce children to the wonders of the garden is by far the most exciting thing for me,” she says. “Also, I get to work on a roof, in a garden, with kiddos. It’s awesome!”

The Rothenberg Rooftop School Garden is located at 241 E Clifton Ave in Cincinnati. To learn more about them, follow along on Facebook or contact Bass at “You can come and tour the space. We are always looking for volunteers. We also present to groups,” Bass says.

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Learn about the dynamic healthcare duo that’s now offering a revolutionary same-day total hip replacement outpatient surgery option.


St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy now offer same day total hip replacement surgery

St. Elizabeth and OrthoCincy’s Dr. Grunkemeyer now offer same day total hip replacement as one of our many outpatient orthopedic surgery options. At the forefront of orthopedics, we provide surgical innovations including same day outpatient joint replacement procedures that offer a faster recovery time.

When you choose the St. Elizabeth Total Joint Center, you receive the most advanced orthopedic care and in some cases you can return to the comfort of your home rather than staying overnight in the hospital following joint replacement surgery. 

Total hip replacement is a minimally invasive surgery that involves removing the damaged hip and replacing it with a hip prosthesis. This surgery helps relieve the grinding between the two surfaces of the ball and joint in patients with chronic hip arthritis so they are able to walk without pain.

Can I have same day total hip replacement?

Not everyone who needs hip replacement surgery is a candidate for same day total hip replacement. You may be a candidate if you meet certain clinical criteria, are motivated to return home the same day, and have a home environment conductive to a healthy recovery.

Benefits of same day surgery

The number one benefit of same day total hip replacement is that you can plan to return to the comfort of your home after surgery, rather than staying overnight in the hospital.

We also offer:

  • A minimally invasive, anterior (front) approach to the surgery, resulting in less pain and shorter recovery time.
  • Spinal anesthesia, which helps you avoid the use of a breathing tube and possible pulmonary complications associated with general anesthetic.

To find out more about same day total hip replacement or to make an appointment with Dr. Grunkemeyer at OrthoCincy, please call (859) 301-2663 (BONE), or request an appointment.

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Read on to learn about a business in the Cincinnati area that helps you to truly experience healing.


Eva Borho, Owner of Ascension Holistic Healing

Need to experience healing, but “traditional” methods aren’t cutting it? “Ascension Holistic Healing is a place where clients can receive intuitively guided life coaching sessions, reiki, and oracle card readings,” Eva Borho, Intuitive Life Coach, says. The business started when Borho offered free reiki sessions. “Through those free sessions and the intuitive guidance I gave to people, I could see the need to officially start Ascension Holistic Healing, “ she says. “When I moved to Amberley Village in 2016, I officially opened the doors for clients.”

When Borho started giving her free reiki sessions, she saw that many people need help in different parts of their lives. “Some people just require the relaxation reiki provides. Other people just need a nudge to know that what they want to do in life is possible or they want help to figure out how to manifest it,” Borho says. “A lot of people just feel stuck in some way. Reiki helps people see beyond received limitations and become ‘unstuck.’”

The name of the business came from the word ascension, which means “the act of rising to an important position or a higher level,” she says. “My goal when I coach a client is to help them reach a higher level of whatever aspect of life they choose.” When Borho decides to work with a client on a specific life issue, it takes a while for the process to unfold. “We approach the situation from a holistic perspective to bring healing into their life,” she says. “I want them to be the best version of themselves they can be at this time.”

Ascension Holistic Healing offers a few different services. The business offers intuitive life coaching and reiki sessions. “Reiki is a Japanese relaxation technique which often provides health and wellness benefits, in addition to a sense of relaxation. For a typical reiki session, the client remains completely clothed only removing their shoes to lay on a treatment table,” she says. “Depending on the comfort level of the client, reiki is given by the gentle laying of hands or the practitioner can hover their hands over the treatment areas.”

The business is such an important part of the community. “With the fast-paced world we all live in, the more people make time to relax, the better they will feel,” Borho says. “Making an appointment to take care of yourself is always a good use of time.”

Borho loves Ascension Holistic Healing because of the flexibility and the freedom to serve people her way. “With my extensive knowledge of self-care and self-help, I can offer individualized solutions for clients’ everyday needs,” she says. Borho comes back every day because she loves to see the progress of her clients. Helping people better their lives is always great to see,” she says.

If you want to keep up with what Ascension Holistic Healing is doing, you can email them at or follow their blog at: You can also follow them on Facebook. If you want to follow Eva Borho individually, you can check her out on Instagram and Twitter.