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Read about how Hoxworth Blood Center is helping this Lupus patient with blood transfusions.

There’s no stopping Alle Foster. A Cincinnati native, she is an avid volleyball player and actively pursues her many passions in her job and in her free time—like supporting conservation efforts, teaching children the importance of protecting the natural world, and reducing the stray feline population in her role at the Ohio Alleycat Resource.  

But for Alle, chasing her passions hasn’t always been easy, after she was diagnosed with Lupus in May of 2019. She credits her medical team, and the support of local blood donors, for being alive today.

“I was diagnosed with Lupus on May 10th, 2019. Which is ironic, since May 10th is World Lupus Day!” Alle recalls.  “I’ve been in and out of the hospital five times now in the last year. Each time, I’ve needed to receive at least one blood transfusion.”

Lupus is a chronic, long-term disease that can cause inflammation and pain throughout the body. It’s an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system — the system that usually fights infections — attacks normal, healthy tissue instead. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs.

In Alle’s case, her lupus flares “usually starts with something like my heart rate or blood pressure skyrocketing, along with feeling extremely weak or unresponsive. My parents are amazing, because they’ll jump to my side in no time at all and make sure I get to where I need to be ASAP. We actually have an emergency method down for any time that I feel sick.”

On July 25th, 2020, Alle was admitted to the hospital for the longest and most serious stay of her diagnosis. In fact, she was still in the hospital receiving treatment during the writing of this story, in August of 2020.

“This hospital stay, my kidneys have been causing issues and I’ve been having dialysis three to four times a week,” Alle says. “I was also in a coma for about five or six days this time. I am still trying to get everything under control and it is tricky. I have no idea when I’ll be able to get out of the hospital and go home.”

Alle is grateful to her team of medical professionals—“My nurses are a godsend!” –but she also knows that donated blood products have made an incredible impact on her life. 

“I believe I’ve received over fifteen bags of blood in the last year, and about ten of those were during this latest hospital stay,” Alle said. “I definitely notice a difference after each transfusion! I feel more warm and cheery, as odd as that sounds. I feel like it gives me my color back as well, and gives me more strength. I wish I had a better way to explain it. It is almost magical how much it helps.”

Hoxworth is the only steward of the blood supply in the Cincinnati area, serving more than 30 hospitals in 18 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana—and since blood products cannot be created in a lab, these lifesaving transfusions have to come from volunteer blood donors. Alle is grateful for those selfless individuals who make the time to give of themselves for patients like herself.

“I would absolutely hug the person or persons who donated the blood I received. I would love to thank them in person and let them know that I am a living, breathing person that they helped with their short donation time,” she declares. “You have no idea how much receiving blood changes your life until you need it and receive it. I am so fortunate to have been able to receive blood from the local supply.”

“So if you are a local donor, (especially O+), there is a chance I received your blood and am alive and feeling so much better with your donation,” she continues. “Thank you, thank you! Please continue to donate! Patients like me need you!”

And if you aren’t yet a donor, Alle wants to encourage you to consider rolling up a sleeve—because she knows firsthand that it’s such an easy thing to do.

“I actually started donating blood myself shortly before becoming ill,” she says, “and I wish I had been able to donate more before all this happened.” 

And now, as a recipient, she’s making it her another one of her passions to promote blood donation in the community.

“I completely understand being nervous to donate blood or platelets, but it goes by so much faster than you’d ever expect! The staff is so friendly and understanding and honestly, you ARE saving lives,” she says encouragingly. “Without donated blood, I could very well not be here. So, if you could do something as simple as sit in a chair for a bit, donate blood and save a life, then please do. Try it just once and see how it goes!”

When you donate with Hoxworth, you are saving lives close to home—just like Alle’s. If you’re ready to schedule your next donation, call us at (513) 451-0910 or visit our Donor Portal. 

Here is a list of upcoming Hoxworth Blood Center Blood Drives:

September

9/28/20 – Kroger Marketplace Lebanon

9/28/20 – Kroger Oakley

9/28/20 – Downtown Mobile at Fountain Square

9/29/20 – Scripps Center

October

10/5/20 – Crossroads Church – East Side

10/9/20 – Crossroads Church Mason

109/20 – Crossroads Church – East Side

10/13/20 – Crossroads Church – Florence

10/13/20 – Crossroads Church – West Side

10/16/20 – City of Blue Ash

10/18/20 – Main Street Lebanon

10/26/20 – Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

10/27/20 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

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Donating blood can be a life-saving experiencing for someone else. Someone like Emma. Read on for her inspiring story.

Local mother Holly Gooch understands why blood donation is so important, because she’s seen it firsthand.

In February of 2020, Holly’s young daughter Emma began complaining about a sore throat—a not uncommon ailment in the winter months. But something about the persistence of Emma’s symptoms signaled to Holly that something wasn’t quite right.

“We visited the pediatrician several times over the next two weeks due to no improvement,” she recalls. “The final visit, I requested a blood test.”

Holly could not have known that this sore throat was about to completely upend their lives.

“On March 6, 2020, I received a call from the pediatrician that there was a possibility that Emma had leukemia and we needed to take her to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where a team of specialist were awaiting our arrival,” Holly says. “After additional tests were performed, we received Emma’s official diagnosis. Emma had Acute Myeloid Leukemia.”

Acute myeloid leukemia (or AML) is a type of blood cancer that originates in the bone marrow, and typically progresses quickly if it isn’t detected and treated early. With acute types of leukemia such as AML, bone marrow cells don’t grow the way they’re supposed to. These immature cells, called blasts, build up in the body, and as a result, the number of healthy blood cells (red cells, white cells and platelets) is usually lower than normal.

Early detection and treatment of AML is critical, and fortunately, “Emma was admitted to the hospital and started treatment right away,” beginning with a round of chemotherapy.

AML is often aggressive and difficult to treat, which was the case with Emma’s diagnosis. “After Emma’s first round of chemotherapy, we learned she was not in remission and that her treatment plan was going to change,” Holly recalls. “Her new treatment plan now included a bone marrow transplant.” 

A bone marrow transplant can be an effective treatment for AML, as it replaces the unhealthy blood-forming cells (stem cells) with healthy ones. For some people, transplant can cure their disease. But the process of undergoing a bone marrow transplant is grueling.

“Emma had a total of three rounds of aggressive chemotherapy,” says Holly. “The chemotherapy treatment Emma received was very intense, so much so that she was hospitalized for 28 to 41 days each round of treatment with a short week break in-between.”

While chemotherapy can be useful in fighting cancer cells, it also kills healthy cells in the body, including precious blood cells.

“During each round of chemotherapy, Emma’s blood counts would drop,” Holly says. “When her counts would drop too low and put her life at risk, she would require blood and platelet transfusions.”

It was during this time that Holly realized her daughter’s survival was reliant on blood donations—and volunteer blood donors.

“Blood and platelet transfusions have been a crucial part of Emma’s ongoing treatment,” Holly says. “Emma is currently hospitalized while recovering from her bone marrow transplant on July 20, 2020. During her recovery, she has required several blood and platelet transfusions, and post-transplant she has also received IVIg (intravenous immunoglobulin) to help prevent against infection and Graft vs. Host Disease.  Without these blood product transfusions, our little Emma would not be able to have this fighting chance at life!”

“We will be forever grateful for the strangers who took the time to donate blood to save our little Emma’s life,” Holly finishes. “We strongly encourage others to take the time to donate blood. Your donation can save someone’s life.” 

Here is a list of upcoming Hoxworth Blood Center Blood Drives:

September

9/28/20 – Kroger Marketplace Lebanon

9/28/20 – Kroger Oakley

9/28/20 – Downtown Mobile at Fountain Square

9/29/20 – Scripps Center

October

10/5/20 – Crossroads Church – East Side

10/9/20 – Crossroads Church Mason

109/20 – Crossroads Church – East Side

10/13/20 – Crossroads Church – Florence

10/13/20 – Crossroads Church – West Side

10/16/20 – City of Blue Ash

10/18/20 – Main Street Lebanon

10/26/20 – Jungle Jim’s Fairfield

10/27/20 – Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

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See how a local entrepreneur‘s journey to health - and the pandemic - inspired this new digital health coaching service.

Rebecca Geiger started her business, Karma Wellness Studio, to help people on the road to getting healthier. Recent improvements in her own well-being, coupled with the pandemic, inspired her to launch a new online health counseling service.

“Karma Wellness Studio is a local business offering holistic health services, including Medical Massages, Reiki, Reflexology and Health Coaching,” says Rebecca Geiger, LMT, CPNMT Owner and Health Coach of Karma Wellness Studio. The studio opened nine years ago and is located at: 2067 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45230. “We are located in the heart of Mount Washington, two doors down from Creamy Whip,” she explains.

The business was really affected because of the pandemic. “We were closed for almost three months, but continued to serve our clients by offering distance Reiki sessions and creating free self-message videos,” Geiger says. “We did lose two practitioners and are in need of massage therapists to be fully staffed again. We are just grateful to be open and to have most of our clients returning and to be accepting new clients again.”

The pandemic has helped to birth Online Health Counseling. “I want to help people simplify holistic health and well-being, and I want to help them achieve it. But the truth is that I struggled to lose the ‘baby weight.’ I had just given birth to my daughter, Taylor, six weeks earlier, while starting the business and purchasing our first home all at the same time. At that time, I just didn’t feel that I represented health being 60 pounds overweight and felt I couldn’t share my knowledge to help others in that way. So, I just practiced Medical Massage for years, while working on regaining my own health. It may have taken me a while, but I did finally lose the weight and have kept it off,” Geiger says. 

“While taking time off due to the shutdown, I decided to go after that love helping others become truly healthy in a balanced, realistic and sustainable way. So, I decided this was the perfect time to pursue a certification in Health Counseling. I am so excited that I can finally offer these services being confident in my own skin again and having quite a bit more empathy now that I have had to walk through what I am helping others with.”

The Online Health Counseling is a 12-week plan that is customized “to help individuals achieve their health goals, including weight loss. It is a collaborative partnership between me and my client with my client being in the driver’s seat,” she says. “I provide education, accountability, support and guidance that helps to facilitate the behavior changes needed, in order to reach your health goals and live a truly balanced and healthy lifestyle.” 

These counseling sessions take place on the phone or through video chat and last between 30 and 60 minutes. “During these calls, we evaluate your goals, celebrate your wins and collaboratively plan the next step to get you closer to your goals,” Geiger says. Along with the 12-week program, there are ‘Optional monthly extended care programs’ after you finish the initial program. “The program is individual to each person. There is no one size fits all. I cater to your specific needs and create a program-based on that,” Geiger says. “However, all coaching clients receive an initial set up call to establish goals and create a plan, two follow up calls every month to celebrate wins and make changes to plan as needed, weekly email check ins to monitor progress and unlimited messaging for other related purposes.”

The Online Health Counseling at Karma Wellness Studio is unique, Geiger says, because: “1) It is an individualized approach based on a client’s specific needs. 2) It is convenient since it’s online, but it is with a local health and wellness professional. 3) It is guided by a woman who has the knowledge and who has the personal experience to truly help others realize their health potential.” 

Geiger says Karma Wellness Studio is important for the community on many levels. “We take care of the individuals that make up the community. When we help these individuals feel better, live the life they deserve and create true well-being, they carry that with them as they interact with others in the community and in the world,” she says. “It is a powerful and positive domino effect of care, compassion and connection.”

To keep up with Karma Wellness Studio, follow them on FacebookWebsite or follow Geiger on Instagram.

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Learn about a wellness center in Kenwood that’s all about whole-body wellbeing and inspiring a deep sense of hope.

Being aware of your health, and having a sense of hope, is more important than ever. That’s the idea behind recently-expanded Anchor Wellness Center in Kenwood.

“Anchor Wellness is an integrative healthcare collaborative that brings highly specialized providers into the same space to deliver client-centric care,” says Dr. Sarah Crawford, PT, DPT, COMT, CMTPT and Founder of Anchor Wellness. 

The company, Anchor Wellness, Inc. was established in 2019, but they grew their business and opened up the Anchor Wellness Center last month. It is located at: 8044 Montgomery Road, Suite 160, which is inside the Towers of Kenwood. The center offers a variety of different expertise, including: nutritional therapy, health coaching, physical therapy, clinical pilates and yoga therapy.

The inspiration behind starting the business came from a passion for giving hope to people. “Prioritizing health and wellness can be daunting. Deciding where to start is overwhelming for some people,” Crawford says. “The Anchor Wellness Center is intended to provide individuals the power to direct their own care in an efficient manner with a team behind them.” The anchor is significant because it is “the international symbol of hope,” she says.

There are a variety of different services offered through Anchor Wellness. “All of our services are aimed at finding root causes. The human body is extremely complex and oftentimes, traditional medicine misses that part,” Crawford says. The vision of Anchor Wellness is to “break the cycle of dependency on external interventions for optimal health,” she says. “We want to educate and empower individuals to realize their capacity to heal, feel well and meet their goals.”

Anchor Wellness defines success through seeing their clients experience success. “Individuals have become extremely dependent on traditional healthcare providers for their well-being,” Crawford says. “We strive to empower our clients to be autonomous in their health and wellness by educating and guiding them towards independence.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, people have made their health more of a priority. 

“COVID-19 has posed an opportunity for people to face the reality that their health must be prioritized, but it also requires reassurance that they feel safe wherever they go,” Crawford says. “One of the many blessings of these last few months is that access to care for those who prefer to stay home became readily available. While we have always provided virtual appointments, clients weren’t as aware of those options. This is great for people who travel (pre-COVID) and people in more rural, where getting to our center is sometimes challenging.”

The business is unique because it provides “an intimate settingthat puts clients at the center of their care without having to jump through hoops to get the care they need,” she says. 

Anchor Wellness wants connection with their community. “Health promotion is a community issue. The Anchor Wellness Center aims to build connections and create a network where individuals have resources to answer the problems they or their community face,” Crawford says.

Crawford’s favorite part of her job is seeing her clients experience breakthrough. “Seeing the light bulb go off for our clients,” she says. “When they connect the dots and realize how things have happened and that they have the opportunity to re-write their future, that’s what keeps us going.”

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Anchor Wellness, follow them on Facebook and their website.

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Read on to learn about an event that wants to educate people on good breast health.

Over the past several months, we’ve all been at home focusing on staying healthy. There’s an upcoming event — the Virtual Holistic Breast Health Open House — that aims to help you focus on your breast health at home as well. 

“Pivoting with the current situation, we decided to create an online experience to teach and empower women to learn all about how they can achieve and maintain breast health,” says Jacky Greonewegen, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Thermography Technician and Owner of Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography. The event runs from September 21-24 with the main event being on September 24 at 7pm. 

The inspiration behind the event was a passion for spreading the awareness of breast health. “As Massage Therapists and Thermography Technicians, we are always looking for ways to educate women on the importance of breast health and care and how there is so much we can all do to nurture our breasts. One day, when doing a web search on Breast Health, all that came up was pages and pages of listings for Breast Cancer Treatment Centers! I was appauled,” Groenewegen says. “I was looking for information for healthy breasts, not cancer centers. Then it hit me, we have to be the ones to provide this service for our community. Game on! We are excited and honored to be the ones to take up this torch.”

Not only is the event going to raise awareness of breast health, the event is raising funds for the locally-based Women’s Health Initiative Foundation. “Their mission is to empower and guide women to the truth about natural options, which prevent, treat and defeat cancer,” she says. “It also provides financial support for New Hope for Cancer, as well as offer a grant program that helps pay for four initiatives not covered by insurance, including thermography screenings amd holistic cancer coaching. We will be running a fundraiser campaign throughout the event.”

From September 21-24, there will be professionals talking about Breast Health. “A few different Holisitic Practitioners that have breast health treatments, education and/or services will be spotlighted each day. They will each have a short video describing what they have to offer with posts and then online conversation with the participants,” Groenewegen says. All this will lead up to a Free Live Event on September 24 at 7pm. “We will highlight each holistic practitioner/vendor and their information, let you ask questions and have fun with each of the vendor and sharing their knowledge about improving your breast health,” she says. Groenewegen hopes that people get “Education and reassurance that our breasts are NOT ticking time bombs just waiting to come down with disease or pathology,” she says.

With the event, she defines success by having a fruitful online environment for people to have fun and gain new information. “Our hope is to create an online educational atmosphere of people having fun and, feeling that they have gained helpful information and how to care for their breasts while feeling comfortable to share this info with other people they care about, all this while having raised funds for a very worthy cause,” Groenewegen says. 

This event is so important for the community because it raises awareness of a topic that doesn’t have much education to offer. “We hear of and personally know of women every year who get breast cancer. The statistics are way too high and we can educate women to be proactive so that they don’t have to be a statistic,” she says.

Here are some statistics to think about:

• “One out of eight women have breast cancer.” (ACS)
• “26 percent of breast cancer cases occur before age 50,” Groenewegen says.
• “Estimated in 2020: 276,480 diagnosed with breast cancer (15 percent of all cancer cases).” (NCI)
• “Estimated in 2020: 41,170 deaths from Breast Cancer (Seven percent of all cancers). (NCI)
• “By 2020, 26.4 million new cases of breast cancer and 17 million deaths.” (W.H.O)

Groenewegen wants to see more women love and care for their breasts. “When women have a loving relationship with their breasts…via self-breast massages with or without nurturing and beneficial essential oils, self-breast checks, diet, the do’s and dont’s of brawear and a relationship of gratitude and connection with our breasts and so much more,” she says. 

To learn more about the Virtual Holistic Breast Health Open House, follow the event on Facebook. You can get free tickets for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/91695117565.

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Ever just need some personal space with none to be found? A local woman designed a new solution that offers comfort wherever you need it.

Whether it’s a loud house, long plane ride or busy hospital room, there’s not much peace and quiet to be found most places. That’s what inspired the creation of locally-designed Harbor Hood, a wearable pillow that dampens light and sound to offer you peace and quiet wherever you need it.

“Harbor Hood is a versatile hood with an eye mask that helps people in uncomfortable places find a quiet, supportive personal space,” says Kate Brandy, Founder of Harbor Hood Co.. “You can wear on your head or fold flat to support your lower back. And it’s designed to be 100 percent washable to keep you safe wherever you take it.”

Launching in November of 2019, Harbor Hood is an eCommerce website that ships from Cincinnati. “While I am the sole employee, Harbor Hood relies on a variety of suppliers, manufacturers and consultancies to operate,” she says. 

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her grandfather. “He describes unpleasant environments in hospitals. They are cold, bright, loud and usually overcrowded, making it hard to get into a comfortable position to rest,” Brandy says. “It’s a period where you need to get rest but feel the worst. I thought that other people might feel the same way as my papa.” 

According to her research, patients were feeling uncomfortable in the ERs, treatment chairs, many waiting rooms and exam rooms. “Obviously, I could not address many miseries associated with illness or injury. I could, however, work on ways to shield them from some of the lack of privacy, the chillness, the noisiness and the brightness, and give them relief from the awkward resting positions they were enduring on top of their medical concerns,” Brandy says. “Harbor Hood was created to meet these needs for comfort and personal space.”

The research with Harbor Hood helped find the product’s purpose. “People told us over and over again that they would use Harbor Hood in healthcare settings, but also, and perhaps more often, for travel, mass transit commuting and while at home quarantining with their whole family,” she says. “All these environments produce a need for comfortable personal space and that is what Harbor Hood creates.”

The Harbor Hood provides you with personal space. “Personal space quiets the mind and allows your senses to accept stimuli at a more comfortable rate,” Brandy says. “Softness and support allow you to focus on what you want to, even if that is rest without the distraction of pain or discomfort.” 

The name of the business came from Brandy living close to the Boston Harbor. “There is something really nice about the ships coming into the harbor for a safe, quiet place to rest before going back out for a day’s work,” Brandy says. “That metaphor holds true for Harbor Hood pillows. They are a safe harbor of quiet, supportive personal space wherever you may be.” The Harbor Hoods are available in adult sizes in the color dark gray. 

Brandy wants the products “to make adults more comfortable in uncomfortable environments through innovative products,” she says. Originally, Harbor Hood was created for healthcare workers in uncomfortable settings at their job, but “customers have found the product useful in much broader applications from home and travel environments,” Brandy says. 

With the COVID 19 pandemic, Harbor Hood has been negatively impacted because of their supply chain, but there have been good things that come from it. “We have raised funds to donate Harbor Hoods to hospitals around Ohio to give much-needed comfort to patients.” 

The uniqueness of the product is in its shape. “Harbor Hood’s unique shape provides coverage over your ears and include a hood with a face mask, so that you can lean back or lean on your side to fit how you get comfortable,” Brandy says. “It’s also unique in that it transforms to fold flat to double as lumbar support. A pillow that can do so much is something that is really hard to come by in a sea of ineffective and cumbersome travel pillows.”

Your mental and physical health will be positively affected by this product. “It is just as important to allow yourself to take that personal space for yourself, as it is to give it. That’s what Harbor Hood is all about,” she says. 

If you want to keep up with what’s going on with Harbor Hood, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram.

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Cincy Chic's 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women's Health Expo is going virtual! See how you can participate this Saturday from the comfort and safety of home -- plus, how to get in on all the swag and prizes!

Cincy Chic is going virtual for its 2020 Greater Cincinnati Women’s Health Expo.

We’ll be taking you on virtual tours through the Tri-State’s healthiest hotspots and learning from local experts along the way on August 8 from 10am-12pm. Registered attendees will receive a virtual swag bag, healthy recipes, entry for several door prizes, and access to a live women’s health panel with physicians from The Christ Hospital. The event also supports Melanoma Know More, which you can donate to during registration. 

Learn more about the sponsors for this event:

Melanoma Know More: Melanoma Know More strives to reduce the impact of melanoma through awareness, education, support of medical research, and assist those affected.

Queen City Tans: Queen City Tans offers expertly-applied, natural spray tans to keep your summer glow year-round without sacrificing the health of your skin. They also offer other beautification services, such as teeth whitening and a hydrating skin rejuvenation. 

The Christ Hospital Health Network: For more than a century, The Christ Hospital has been dedicated to providing exceptional, compassionate care to the Greater Cincinnati region. The Christ Hospital is an extensive network of physicians and healthcare providers, with a new location in Liberty Township, to provide even more outstanding patient experiences with unique facilities and offerings, such as a Family Birthing Center featuring: Spacious, home-like rooms with kitchenettes; Labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms; Region’s only Cesarean section viewing rooms; Natural childbirth amenities, including extra-large showers; Breastfeeding support, including lactation store; Special care nursery rooms.

Performance Lexus RiverCenter: Led by one of the only female dealership GMs nationwide, this team at Performance Lexus RiverCenter is located in Covington and works with clients to find the vehicle – new or pre-owned – they want at a price they can afford.

Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate: Ron Erdmann and his team at Guaranteed Rate helps customers with low cost home purchases and refinancing mortgages through great service, fast closings and a streamlined, online experience.

Togather Moments: Togather Moments offers stickers to help spark family conversations around the dinner table.

Pharm CBD: Pharm CBD is a family run business based in Trimble County, KY that has combined strengths in agriculture, pharmacy, chemistry, quality, and engineering to provide superior CBD oil where they control the process from seed to shelf, soil to oil.

Elevate MD: Elevate MD was opened by Dr Franzese to do what’s right by you. Offering women’s health/gynecology, cosmetics, and hormones for men and women, Elevate MD has the most up to date and advanced protocols in the Tri State area.

Rapid Results Cryo: Rhapsody by Fyrh Hanz Wellness Studio offers professional wellness services to help you look and feel your best. All of their health and wellness services are administered by their professional staff, who work to ensure that you get the most out of each session.

Stella & Dot with Alice Lin: Stella & Dot offers jewelry and other women’s accessories — effortless pieces made for your multitasking world. Alice Lin is also passionate about selling the EVER Skincare line, which is touted as transformative skincare and high performance beauty for all.

Hamall Oils and Wellness: Hamall Oils and Wellness offers doTERRA essential oils to help experience the power of essential oils. 

Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon: Mary Kay has a long history of offering beauty and skin care products, but they’re always on the forefront of current demands — from the hottest seasonal colors to eco-friendly packaging and practices. Plus, learn about their nine products now with added sun protection. 

Paparazzi with Bonita Harrison: Paparazzi offers affordable, customizable jewelry — most under $5!

DeGroot Handbags: DeGroot Handbags, are locally-designed but celebrated nationwide as unique statement pieces, with a timeless, modern edge. They are bold, yet sophisticated; unexpected, yet elevated.
“We believe that our customer possesses an ageless attitude and so do our designs – an exceptional design does not have an expiration date and should be considered as relevant in ten years as it is today,” says designer Missy DeGroot. 

Ann Phillips Color Street: Color Street nails are at-home manicure and pedicure sets with pre-painted polish and designs. These 100% nail polish strips provide base, color, and top coat in every strip with the bonus of no drying time!

BeautyCounter with Kate Flaig: Formulate, advocate and educate. That’s the mission at BeautyCounter, a company dedicated to offering the cleanest beauty and skin care products with sustainability top of mind.

Green Bee Ohio: Green Bee is a line of skincare and cosmetics created in Cincinnati, Ohio and proudly made in the USA. Our skincare products are 100% Vegan, formulated without gluten, parabens, or dyes, and always cruelty free. We are proud to donate a portion of every sale to preserving and protecting pollinators and their habitat. Green Bee encourages conscientious living in the Queen City and beyond.

Slate + Vine: Slate + Vine is a women’s clothing boutique featuring trendy, affordable fashions.

Mindful Wellness Medical Thermography: Through cutting-edge thermography technology, they map, measure and monitor breast and body disease-causing inflammation followed by individualized and doctor-recommended next steps, using no radiation or compression.

Stretch Lab Mason: StretchLab is a unique wellness concept, offering customized assisted-stretch sessions.

Spa Melissa Allen: SPA Melissa Allen is a premiere day spa in Cincinnati. Services offered include: facials, relaxing waxing, microdermabrasion, led light rejuvenation, microcurrent and relaxing massage.

Witchy Woman Boutique: Witchy Woman Boutique focuses on unique hand-selected items from bold and edgy to rock and boho chic. Come shop our magical mix of new, handmade, and second-hand finds.

Harbor Hood: Get some quiet, personal space for napping, meditation, or just some time away from it all with these locally-designed quiet neck pillow hoods.

You can watch the virtual event on the Cincy Chic Facebook page. RSVP for the event here.

 

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An Ohio-based event that’s raised $211 million for cancer research is going virtual with a star-studded, custom experience. Read on for more!

Pelotonia is so focused on its mission to end cancer, not even a pandemic can get in its way. This year this world-renowned event that’s raised millions for cancer research is launching a virtual concept to continue engaging supporters and raising funds that get us closer to a cancer-free world.

“Founded in 2008, Pelotonia was established with the objective to fund innovative cancer research at the OSUCCC James in Columbus, Ohio. Pelotonia is known for its three-day experience that includes a weekend of cycling, entertainment and volunteerism and has raised more than $211 million for cancer research to date,” says Emily Smith, Pelotonia Marketing and Communications Manager. “This year, due to COVID-19, we can’t host our traditional ride weekend, however, we have redefined Pelotonia this year and have created ‘My Pelotonia.’ My Pelotonia has completely removed all barriers to entry and allows each participant to set their own fundraising and activity goals for this year.” 

The My Pelotonia platform allows people to experience their event in a brand new way, despite everything going on with the pandemic, by allowing the participants to personalize their goals. “You can set up to five different activity goals at a time and check them off as you complete them. There are no registration fees, age limitations or fundraising minimums,” Smith says. “Participants also have the chance to earn Pelotoniaswag through different fundraising milestones.”

Along with app participation, there will be a live broadcast hosted by Pelotonia on August 7 at 7pm, called Legends Live! ”This 60 minute broadcast will be packed with stories from legendary community members and special guest appearances and will highlight why cancer research matters more than ever. You can learn more about Legends Live! on Pelotonia.org/RISE.” Smith says. There will be celebrities appearing on the broadcast and they include: Sheryl Crow, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robert Smith, who will be the host of the event; Ethan Zohn and Kristina M. Johnson, PhD.

The My Pelotonia platform works by users cresting an account or logging in with their same username and password as last year. “All participants are guided through a process to choose a fundraising goal and up to five activity goals. There is no registration fee and no mandatory fundraising minimums,” Smith says. 

There is an option on the My Pelotonia platform to be part of the pivoted event concept this year. It is “a team that fundraises together and can help with training and motivation. Once a My Pelotonia profile is created, you can write a profile story and choose a photo. Participants can then easily share their profile with potential donors through the ‘Share My Profile’ link on their page,” she explains. “A full tutorial on the My Pelotonia platform can be found in our informational video.”

Pelotonia is important for the community because it encourages and challenges the community to take action against cancer and unifies the community. “Over the past 12 years, thousands of participants have gotten to experience the spirit of Pelotonia, whether it’s through the Ride experience, utilizing our PULL app, listening to the stories of those impacted by cancer through different mediums, such as the One Goal podcast, blog posts, our Opening Ceremony experience and social media,” Smith says. “I know that personally, I have made friendships from events that I have participated in for Pelotonia that I may have never had the opportunity to; had it been for this organization. Pelotonia does a wonderful job of engaging the community and creating friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Pelotonia also provides opportunities for education on cancer research and developments due to funding. “Overall, Pelotonia brings the community together around a common cause and allows us all to have an opportunity to help those who are impacted by cancer every day,” she adds.

To learn more, sign up or follow along, visit their websiteFacebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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A boutique fitness studio in Columbia Tusculum recently launched on-demand workouts and live virtual classes. Keep reading for all the heart-pumping details! 

Knowing the importance of physical activity and social connection, one local fitness boutique is launching on-demand and live virtual classes to keep their community engaged, healthy and happy.

It’s Working Out is a “Boutique fitness studio with TRX, Water Rower and Foam Rolling Classes, personal training and a year round Golf Fitness Program led by Titleist Performance Institute Certified Trainers,” says Kristen McAuliffe, owner of It’s Working Out. 

There are a variety of different classes offered through It’s Working Out and they include: TRX, Stretch and Foam Roll and Golf Fitness. People can experience the fitness classes online, as well as in person. “We have over 40 weekly classes in person at our Columbia Tusculum Studio,” McAuliffe says. “Our members also have access to over 60 On Demand workouts from our website and we have live virtual classes as well, that can be accessed by reserving via our schedule page. A link is sent to join the class one hour before class begins. Zoom is the platform we use.” They have been having the online classes since the studio was forced to close down due to statewide restrictions. 

The inspiration behind starting the online classes came from a desire to keep the community engaged in the midst of quaratine. “We know how important exercise is for health, both physically and mentally, and wanted to make sure we were there for our members when the studio needed to close for 10 weeks,” she says. 

It’s Working Out defines success by whether or not they are working out safely. “Are the participants having fun, while completing safe and effective workout that can be modified for various fitness levels and orthopedic limitations? Are they achieving the goals they set for themselves from coming consistently to the three modalities we offer (strength, cardio, strength) for a complete fitness routine,” McAuliffe says.

To learn more about It’s Working Out, follow along on FacebookInstagram, as well as their website.

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A decade as a wedding planner led one local woman to pursue a new career in mental health. Learn more about her Montgomery-based business and how it can help you live your best life.

You personalize the default settings on your phone and apps, so why not your mind as well? That’s the idea behind Mindsettings, a Montgomery-based life coaching business.

“Mindsettings is the name of the life coaching business. It came from the idea that there are default settings on all electronics we use and we’re very comfortable going in and changing the settings so the device is helpful to us. But sometimes we forget to do that with our thoughts,” says Rachel Schwartzman Murphy, life coach and owner of Mindsettings. “If you don’t actively set-your-mind, life will continue to operate on default settings.”

Starting at the beginning of 2020, Mindsettings has office space in Olde Montgomery, “but I coach most of my clients virtually from all over the country,” she says. 

Rachel Schwartzman Murphy, Founder of Mindsettings

The inspiration behind Mindsettings came from her working as a wedding planner for more than a decade. “I was a full-service wedding planner for over 10 years and while I was working with my wedding clients, I would get very close with them and help them through the inevitable drama that would bubble up from wedding planning. Family tension, relationship conflicts and overall life changes were common conversations alongside choosing cakes and caterers,” Murphy says. “I found myself enjoying helping the families through those dilemmas more than the actual planning, so I started my life coaching certification. So now, not only do I coach on overall life matters and personal development, but I have a specialty program, Wedding Settings, created especially for brides.”

There are a couple services offered through Mindsettings, They include:

• One-On-One Coaching: “I meet clients once per week for an hour, virtually, and we work through whatever my clients are struggling with that is keeping them from living their best life,” she says. “That might mean working through anxiety, strengthening a relationship, making more money or just better self-care.
• Wedding Settings: “This package is designed around the most common stressors I saw brides deal with during wedding planning (family drama, budget, overwhelm, etc.) but often times we talk about beyond the wedding day and how to plan for dream life,” Murphy says. “With this specific program, I still meet weekly for hour-long sessions, but there is a workbook that clients can work through in between sessions and on their own that helps them with decision making, future planning and relationships.”

With the COVID-19 pandemic, her services are needed more than ever. “In many ways, COVID had people turning toward life coaching. With all of the uncertainty, rapid changes and fear, people are looking for additional ways to take care of their mental health and mindset,” she explains. “A healthy mindset is an awareness that we have control of our lives! That doesn’t mean that we’re always happy; I believe in an equal mix of positive and negative emotions to fully experience life. But, knowing that we can actually take ownership and direct our emotions and therefore, what our lives look like…this is an amazing mindset.”

Murphy says she hopes to see more businesses like hers in the future. “All communities need more mental health services. People think they need to have a major event or tragedy or diagnosis to seek out mental health support, but it’s just not true,” she explains. “When each of us can take ownership of our own mental state, we can then start taking care of one another at a much higher level.”

To learn more about Mindsettings, follow Murphy on FacebookInstagram and her website

 

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