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See how a Cincinnati-based organization is helping local youth dramatically improve academics and social skills through movement and mindfulness.

 

One local organization is on a mission to improve our next generation – inside and out – one movement at a time.

“Mission 2 Move strives to improve academic performance and the social emotional behavior of children through movement and mindfulness. We improve the PE curriculum at schools by training teachers and health professionals,” says Sarah Habib, Founder of Mission 2 Move. “We work with local organizations to directly teach kids how to move and be mindful. We do this by running after-school programs and helping to train teachers to incorporate movement and mindfulness into the school day.”

There are locations that run after-school programs at Cincinnati Public School elementary schools: Oyler, Robert’s Academy, Mount Airy, Mount Washington, Sayler Park, and the Academy of World Languages. They also help with the PE programs at Woodford Paideia and John P. Parker. “We have been in Cincinnati since May 2017, but started in San Francisco in 2016,” she says. The business has 10 health professionals that run after-school programs, as well as part-time employees that are in charge of marketing, communications and fundraising efforts.

The inspiration behind starting Mission 2 Move started in San Francisco, California. “After coaching basketball for middle school girls in San Francisco, I noticed so many girls could not do simple exercises like running up and down the court because of weight or inactivity. When I saw them eating ice cream and skittles before practice, I knew something had to be done to improve their overall health, which will only help them perform better both on the court and off,” Habib says. “I designed and implemented a program into their school that fuses mindfulness and Z-Health, a brain-based physical education program. Last year, I decided to move home to Cincinnati and bring the program with me, all while helping to tackle the city’s growing crisis around childhood obesity. Here in Cincinnati, 1 in 3 under the age of 18 are obese, compared to the national average of 1 in 5.”

Mission 2 Move offers a variety of Professional Development services to schools and teachers, as well as after-school programs. “No other non-profit in Cincinnati is focusing on academic performance, social/emotional behavior and childhood obesity through movement and mindfulness.” The organization defines success by showing children the joy and excitement of movement in their every day lives. “If we can inspire active lives, improve academic performance and help with emotional and social health in at least one student, that is success.”

Habib’s favorite part of working for Mission 2 Move is sharing her love of fitness. “Sharing my love of fitness with kids who have never been exposed to it before, brings a real sense of accomplishment,” she says. “Fitness is the key to living a long and healthy life so the more kids we have moving, the better for their own lives and their future.”

To keep up with what Mission 2 Move is doing, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

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Want to live a more balanced life in the new year? A new Hyde Park-based business with a range of wellness services can help you do just that.

 

BLISS Heart Mind and Body Collective is an integrated holistic Center in Cincinnati.

Do you want to learn about a business that helps center your heart, mind, and body? “BLISS Heart Mind and Body Collective is an integrated holistic center in Cincinnati,” Robin OK, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader, Active Dream Teacher and Creative Completion Coach, says. “We are a diverse, multi-professional collective of practitioners dedicated to enhancing an individual’s inner and outer well-being to live into their optimal potential- physically, psychologically and emotionally.”

The business opened last month on December 2, 2017. The inspiration behind starting the business was Arlene Aranzamendez. “She grew up in the Philippines and learned from her mother how to conceptualize, execute and operate a business. She has founded and run multiple businesses, most recently, ADORN USA, which has showcased her passion for jewelry design,” OK says. “In the past few years, she began to practice meditation on a regular basis and was also inspired to begin a chakra jewelry line. She recognized that she has a gift for intuitive healing practices and began to study alternative modes of healing. She was given a vision of creating a holistic healing space in what was once her retail store and over the past year, has attracted the team members and converted the previous retail space to house BLISS Heart Mind and Body Collective.”

The name of the business came from a discussion between the people of the business. “As a Collective, the team discussed what it was that the group was seeking to manifest in their work- both in the community and beyond,” she says. “Although each practitioner has their own modality, and skill sets, we determined that the ultimate goal was to help individuals connect more deeply with the experience of BLISS in their daily lives.”

Arlene Aranzamendez, Founer of BLISS

There are a variety of services that BLISS offers. These services include: Coaching, Reiki Healing, Ancient American Indian Healing, Chakra and Crystal Energy Healing, Rebirthing Breathwork, Mindfulness Meditation (Group), Laughter Healing (Group), Kundalini Yoga (Group), Shimmey Angels Belly Dance (Group ages 9-18), Blue Moon Gypsy Caravan Tribal Belly Dance (Group Adults), Sacred Satsung (Group), Creative Completion Coaching, Holistic Life Coaching, Dream Guidance, Master of Ceremony Guide, Spiritual Guidance and Aromatherapy.

BLISS defines success by having the members of the team living a balanced life in their heart, body and mind. “We believe that as we do our own work as individuals and experience this in our own lives, then we continually expand our capacity to share, heal, teach, serve and lead others in doing the same,” OK says. “It may sound counter-culture and counter-intuitive, especially as a group of healers to focus on our personal healing, well-being and transformation; however, how can we expect to help others grow if we are not ourselves, continually seeking to expand?”

OK’s favorite part about being a part of the business is connecting with the clients that come into BLISS. “Being given the honor and privilege of seeing people who are willing to address their pain and suffering and seek modalities to make a lasting beneficial change for themselves and their loved ones,” she says.

BLISS Heart Mind and Body Collective is located at 2716 Erie Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. To learn more, visit their website and follow along on Facebook.

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A local business is in the weeds with new products to make it easy to incorporate healthy, therapeutic hemp into your everyday lifestyle. Read on for more.

 

Queen City Hemp sells a variety of CBS products made from the therapeutic hemp plant.

You’ve probably heard about the health benefits of hemp, but are leery to try. That’s the inspiration behind why Queen City Hemp was created, says CEO Nicholas Balzer.

“We know that in the current unregulated alternative health and wellness industry, products can have ingredients and effects you don’t expect or want,” Balzer says. “Our goal is to set the industry standard in transparency and quality, and we ensure every product has the exact ingredients listed and delivers the precise potency promised, each and every time. Infusing social change through science.”

Queen City Hemp manufactures a variety of CBD products derived from therapeutic hemp. The business was formed in October 2015, and their first product, manufactured in Over the Rhine-based Findlay Kitchen, was available in May 2016. “We currently have three employees with efforts to bring on new hires in 2018,” he adds.

Balzer says he helped to co-found the business because he knew about the healing aspects of cannabis, but products delivering those benefits were not regulated or readily available.

“We wanted to bring our experience and integrity into the industry. Our philosophy is based on an understanding that hemp is a medicinal plant and should be treated as such,” Balzer says. “We want to be a voice of change and give a percentage of our sales to local communities and national charitable organizations that builds awareness of the healing benefits of products like ours. Additionally, a percentage of our sales are donated to scientific research related to the alternative health and wellness community.”

Queen City Hemp offers a variety of delivery systems of the cannabis: sublingual tincture, vape e-liquids, topical salve and their newest product, an infused seltzer water.

Success, for Balzer, is measured by their client feedback. “We have amazing people that reach out to use with testimonials on how our products have elevated their quality of life,” he says. “These stories never get old and are at the center of why we do what we do.”

Balzer loves what he does and looks forward to going to work everyday. “We believe in our quality of products and believe in the healing properties of hemp,” he says.

Balzer also feels that Queen City Hemp is important for the community of Cincinnati. “More and more people are seeking natural products. They may be suffering from an overwhelming amount of side effects from pharmaceuticals or are desperate for something that works,” he says. “There is no one-size-fits-all for starting cannabinoid therapy. We spend the majority of our time on education with our retailers and one on ones with individuals surrounding the benefits and legalities of hemp-based CBD products.”

To learn more about Queen City Hemp, follow them on Facebook, send an email, and visit their website.

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We chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a photolaser treatment that infuses light into the skin to target age spots, tighten pores, make skin more reflective, and genetically delay aging. 

Victory Wellness & Medpsa offers a procedure called the BBL – broadband light. It’s a laster photofacial. The laser infuses light into the skin to target spots, tighten pores, makes skin more reflective, and even changes the genetic makeup of your skin to delay aging. 

According to Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa, the procedure can take anywhere from 5-15 minutes. Of course, this depends on what you’re having done. The procedure is great for treating aging spots on your body like your face, neck, or torso.

Another great thing about the BBL treatment is that there is no downtime. As soon as the procedure is finished you can walk right out of the office and go on with your day.

When it comes to using BBL to treat age spots on your body, Dr. Kerschner says you’ll need about 3-5 treatments before you’ll see maximum or desired results. She adds that you’ll also want to get a follow-up treatment every 6 months to 1 year just to maintain your results and the look of your skin.

Learn more about Victory Wellness & Medspa and their treatments at www.victorywellness.com.

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See how one local woman and her husband turned their struggle with fertility into a unique resource for other couples trying to become parents.

 

Jennifer Bross, Founder of Parental Hope, with her family.

Just a few short years ago, Jennifer Lynn Bross was in a dark place in life. It’s a place in which many people — one in eight, to be exact — struggling with infertility find themselves.  

Today, she’s the founder of Parental Hope, to be a beacon of light for others struggling with the issues she faced, as this Cincinnati-based 501c3 non-profit organization is dedicated to serving the infertility community.

“Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse,” Bross says. Some of the most common infertility diagnoses include: Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), quality of embryos, multiple unexplained miscarriages, etc. Infertility impacts both men and women. “Infertility does not discriminate and can have devastating long-term effects; physically, emotionally and financially,” she says. According to Bross, “one in eight couples (12 percent) have trouble getting pregnant and suffer some form of infertility.”

Jennifer and her husband, David Bross, know all-too-well the suffering caused by infertility. David actually began his journey with infertility before the two even met. “A couple years before David and I had our first date, he was diagnosed with male factor infertility,” Jennifer says. “His primary issue was the morphology, or to put it in simple terms, less than one percent of his semen were complete and normal (a healthy male has greater than four percent). This classified him as ‘sub-fertile.’”

In February of 2012, the couple started dating and decided to get a second opinion from the Urologist. David was tested, and the doctor called to tell him he was infertile and wasn’t likely to have children. “He was absolutely devastated,” she says. A few days after David heard the news, Jennifer helped him to realize he wasn’t the person to give up easily or lose hope. However, after more testing and ultrasounds, David discovered he had a varicocele, “which is basically an issue in the vein that increases the temperature to the point that it affects sperm development,” Bross says. After finding out the information, he decided to undergo a procedure on the affected veins and began a routine of taking about 30 vitamins a day.

Six months later, the couple met with with Dr. Michael Schreiber at the Institute for Reproductive Health, “hoping he could fix our broken hearts,” she says. “We were told that David’s morphology had increased to 1%, which was high enough to do IVF with ICSI. Finally, some good news.” IV, or In Vitro Fertilization, is “a technique where a women’s eggs and man’s sperm are combined in a special laboratory in order to create an embryo,” she says.

However, Jennifer was diagnosed with Polycystic Syndrome, which means I don’t ovulate. “We had no idea how we would pay for IVF, we didn’t care, as it was the first time we had been told parenthood was even a remote possibility given our diagnoses,” Jennifer says.

Over a year later, “after David’s morphology issue, my PCOS diagnosis, three negative Intrauterine Inseminations (IUIs), one egg retrieval, a bout of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome which resulted in 10 days of bed rest and a liter of fluid drained from my ovaries, and two negative frozen embryo transfers, our miracle finally occurred on our third frozen embryo transfer,” Jennifer says. “Now, we are the proud parents of 3-year-old twins, Violet and Logan, who are the loves of our lives.”

Going through the experience of infertility inspired Jennifer to spread the message of hope to the Parental Hope is a unique organization that in the community of Cincinnati. Bross and her passionate board of directors are “ dedicated to serving the infertility community in the Greater Cincinnati area and all across the country,” she says.

Parental Hope offers a variety of services to get through the struggle of infertility. The organization offers Parental Hope Family Grants (PHFG), Advocacy and Public Outreach and Peer-Led Support. “Parental Hope believes that every person should have the opportunity to achieve their dream of parenthood, and a lack of financial means should not be an impediment to pursuing this dream,” she says.

The ways that Parental Hope raises awareness and educates people about infertility are: events, like Journey to Parenthood: An Evening of Hope; social media, like Warrior Wednesdays, which is Parental Hope highlighting someone battling or has overcome infertility; and other media platforms, like news outlets.

The organization is not a paying job for Jennifer. “We are a 100% voluntary organization. None of our board members and volunteers receive a salary and most have full-time careers outside of Parental Hope,” she says. “Personally, Parental Hope is more than a hobby or ‘second job.’ It’s my passion.”

You can get involved with what Jennifer and Parental Hope is doing by attending their Journey to Parenthood event, fundraising, volunteers, and media opportunities.  You can keep up with what the organization is doing by following them on Facebook, Instagram, and their website.

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Keep reading as we chat with Dr. Kerschner at Victory Wellness & Medspa about a new treatment that's restoring your pelvis to its youthful days!

 

Aside from skin care treatments and weight loss programs, Victory Wellness & Medspa also offers a different type of treament – ThermiVa®. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, ThermiVa® is a radiofrequency treatment that came out about two years ago. It aims to improve vaginal and pelvic fitness by gently heating tissue in the pelvis and vaginal areas to heal tissue.

Oftentimes, Dr. Kerschner says, women will visit Victory Wellness & Medspa with issues of incontinence, especially after having several children or when they are post-menopausal. With these cases, ThermiVa® will go in and restore muscle function around the urethra to help improve the issue.

Helping with incontinence isn’t the only benefit of receiving ThermiVa® treatments. The procedure can also aid in restoring vaginal tightness. Women who have gone through multiple childbirths find that they’re feeling a bit “looser” than they once did, but ThermiVa® an help tighten the muscle around the vagina and restore it back to its youthfulness.

ThermiVa® treatments can also help to increase sensitivity and sexual pleasure, Dr. Kerschner says.

Each ThermiVa® treatment is 45 minutes, and Dr. Kerschner says that you’ll need three sessions up front. And then, depending on the severity of the damage, you’ll need a maintenance treatment every 6 months to 1 year. 

This non-invasive procedure also allows you to avoid surgery, which can keep you out of work and life for a while, as it as no downtime. 

Dr. Kerschner adds that ThermiVa® treatments have a 98 percent satisfaction rate nationwide, and 100 percent of her clients are satisfied with their results.

Learn more about ThermiVa® and whether the procedure is right for you by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

 

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A pizzeria in OTR specializes in palate-pleasers made with local and organic ingredients. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

 

Harvest Health Pizzeria makes locally grown, organic, and health food.

Finding locally grown, organic and healthy food at a pizzeria. That’s the unique idea behind a restaurant that recently opened its doors right across from Findlay Market in OTR.

“At Harvest Pizzeria Over-the-Rhine, we strive to source local and organic ingredients whenever possible,” says Seth Barnes, General Manager of Harvest Pizzeria. “Serving a menu consisting of traditional, standard and seasonal pizzas, as well as lovely small plates, thoughtful salads and homemade desserts. Great beer, wine and cocktails too.”

Grow Restaurants, the parent company of Harvest Pizzeria, has been in business for 23 years. The Harvest Pizzeria Over-the-Rhine location, which opened in Sept. 2017, is located at 1739 Elm Street, at the corner of Elm and Elder at the west entrance to Findlay Market. The business has a total of 24 employees at their Cincinnati location; 137, including the three Harvest Columbus locations; and 187 people, including all of their Grow Restaurants.

The inspiration behind starting Harvest Pizzeria came from a lifelong passion. Chris Crader, CEO of Grow Restaurants, had a lifelong love for pizza and an inspiring trip to Mario Batalis’ Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles. “We were also inspired, and continue to be, by the bounty of Ohio’s farmlands,” Crader says. “It really makes for amazing menu options and amazing fresh flavors.”

Something else that makes Harvest unique is its pleasant and friendly environment. “Harvest provides a warm environment, where community and neighbors can come to enjoy casual, friendly service, world class pizza, small plates, salads and burgers crafted with the care and the best local ingredients available,” Barnes says. “In addition, we have a full bar with craft cocktails, craft beer and a great wine list curated by owner, Chris Crader.”

There are a variety of items on the menu, including: Cast Iron Brussel Sprouts and Butternut Squash with Tellagio Cream Sauce, Panko Bread Brumbs and Spiced Honey; Buffalo Cauliflower Fried Pickle Chips; and burgers made from Columbus Heritage Lifestock provided by the butcher and grocer, etc. Barnes’ favorite item on the menu is the mushroom pizza made with local Kentucky-grown mushrooms.

Barnes’ favorite part about working for Harvest Pizzeria Over-The-Rhine is serving others. “I love my staff and my guests. I really enjoy seeing my staff gaining valuable skills, learning life lessons and growing as people, my job would not be complete without this,” Barnes says. “I love seeing a new guest enjoy a new experience and I love having regulars come back to enjoy our food and comfort.”

To learn more about Harvest Pizzeria Over-The-Rhine, follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Want that Hollywood glow right here in Cincinnati? Keep watching to learn more about the only medspa in the Queen City that's giving you the glow you've always wanted!

Looking for that Hollywood glow all the celebs are sporting these days? Look no further when you visit Victory Wellness & Medspa’s Halo. 

According to Dr. Kerschner, owner of Victory Wellness & Medspa, Halo is a different kind of laser. 

“It’s different because it’s a hybrid,” she explains. “The older lasers were either too deep or too shallow for what you needed, sometimes leaving you with a peeling face for a month or two.”

But the Halo laser gives you the glow you’re looking for without all the peeling. “The laser can determine how deep or shallow it needs to be,” says Dr. Kerschner. “We customize it to your skin and take measurements so it already knows the exact depth of your skin and won’t cause any harm.”

Each treatment takes about 15 minutes to do. Dr. Kerschner and her team will put some numbing cream on your face before starting the session. 

Dr. Kerschner says that following a Halo treatment you can expect to look a little sunburnt for as many as 3 days, depending on how deep you go during your treatment. There is minimal discomfort and you can put makeup on your face to cover up some of the redness.

“Your face will look like you went to the beach,” adds Dr. Kerschner. “But by day 5 you can expect to start glowing.”

Victory Wellness & Medspa is the only medspa in Cincinnati that owns Halo. “We definitely welcome you to come by and experience a beautiful face, improved skin, increased collagen, better elasticity, and less wrinkles,” says Dr. Kerschner.

Learn more about Halo by visiting victorywellness.com or by calling 513-936-3065.

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Learn about a local yoga and meditation studio with two area locations that specializes in transforming beginners into expert yogis.

 

Pamela Quinn is the Founder of Elemental OM, a yoga and meditation studio in Cincinnati.

Do you want to learn about a place to do yoga in the Cincinnati area? “Elemental OM is a yoga and meditation studio with two locations serving Greater Cincinnati,” Pamela Quinn, Founder of Elemental OM, says.

“We specialize in making yoga and meditation accessible to those who have never tried yoga or feel they are inflexible or suffering from physical or emotional situations.” Elemental OM has been in business for 11 years with locations at 9510 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, Ohio 45242 and 11928 Montgomery Road, Symmes, Ohio 45249, with one employee and 55 independent contractors.

Elemental OM started from a personal injury that Quinn dealt with. “I personally suffered a debilitating back injury and turned to meditation to manage my pain,” she says. Quinn learned how to meditate and learned about yoga and Ayurveda. “I healed physically in a short period of time and became passionate about sharing the teachings with others,” she says.

The name of the business comes from “Elements,” which is based on the five-element theory of Ayurveda. This is a mental-based yoga on the tantric nature of yoga. Then there is Om, “the sacred vibration that created the universe,” Quinn says.

The business offers yoga classes for beginners and those who are more advanced; corporate wellness solutions; massage, Reiki and healing touch; and has certification as a yoga teacher and Holistic Health Educator.

Elemental Om wants to create a safe environment for her clients. The business is about “creating an atmosphere where someone who has never done yoga or who feels it just isn’t for them and falls in love with yoga,” she says.

The yoga studio is an addition to the Cincinnati area where people can relax. The place “offers a place where folks can come in, kick off their shoes, get a hug and relax,” Quinn explains. “Mothers come to exercise, but learn to be more patient with their children. School teachers who come to de-stress and take the teachings back to their pupils. Business people come to relax and learn to connect more intimately into meaningful work and purpose.”

Quinn says other folks come suffering from the emotional pain isolation, loneliness, anxiety, depression and grief and learn the tools to manage and heal.

“Most people come in for exercise, but leave with so much more,” she adds, saying that she loves coming back to work everyday. “Our team and our students are incredible. They light up my every day and make me feel so purposefully,” she says. “I am incredibly lucky to be surrounded by such talent and love.”

To keep up with what Elemental OM is doing, check out their website, where you can sign up for their newsletter. 

 

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Want to tighten up some troublesome skin? We chat with board certified Dr. Magdalena Kerschner about an advanced technology she recommends.

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and starts to develop wrinkles, fine lines, and areas that aren’t quite as tight as they used to be. Victory Wellness & Medspa wants to help you get rid of those troublesome areas with their skin tightening treatments. 

Currently, Victory Wellness offers two options: radio frequency skin tightening and laser skin tightening.

According to Victory Wellness Owner Dr. Kerschner, these treatments work by heating up your skin upwards of 43 degrees. When the treatments do this, they’re working to increase collagen and elastin production in your body. 

Dr. Kerschner says these treatments are a great option for treating fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, where your skin is extra susceptible to developing aging issues. You can also use radio frequency and/or laser treatments to tighten up your neck, arms, legs, and any parts of the body that has loose skin that can’t be treated by surgery, because there isn’t enough skin to treat. 

The radio frequency treatment takes approximately 45 minutes while the laser treatment lasts about a half hour. Dr. Kerschner says you can see results within 30 days and can see maximum results in six months. “You typically need three treatments to start with and then one treatment once a year to maintain your results,” she adds.

To see your skin tightening options, learn which treatments are right for you, or to find more information on Victory Wellness & Medspa, visit victorywellness.com.