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A service dog can make life with disabilities even more manageable. But the costs will easily add up between choosing the best dog and teaching it. Fortunately, there is a range of grants and support opportunities that could aid.

The service dog normally costs up to $30,000 to take and train, according to the Service Dog Certifications. Although it depends on the training it gets and the breed of dog you have picked. In certain cases, a support dog can be much more expensive.

After you have a service animal, you will still have to consider annual costs such as vet checks, meals, and grooming.

Options to cover expenses for a service dog

If you’re looking to buy a service dog, here are five financing options to consider:

Consider service dog grants, as there is a variety of types of grants, from Assistance Dog United Campaign to Planet Dog Foundation, that help people with disabilities find service dogs at little to no expense.

You could also use a flexible spending account (FSA) attached to an insurance policy to get a service dog after you receive a letter (LMN) from your doctor. It helps you to use your paycheck before taxes, making it cheaper than spending out of your wallet.

Everyone heard of fundraising campaigns on sites like GoFundMe, but in this case, it’s also a great option to raise money for your service dog. 

To start saving now is another one, not necessarily the simplest method, especially if you have little cash flow. But extra savings will make it easier to purchase and care for a service dog.

Once you’ve exhausted your other options, you may want to consider a personal loan.

How long does it take to get a service dog?

It could take 1-2 years to train a service dog if you decide to adopt and train yourself. But if you need a service dog now, you can adopt one that has already been trained. This might cost you more upfront, but you’ll only have to account for the time it takes to adopt and finance your service dog.

But don’t underestimate the application process can also be intensive. Filling out the initial application might take a few minutes or a few hours. But reputable organizations will often conduct several rounds of interviews before allowing you to adopt.

How to pay for pet care

In addition to the normal costs of maintaining a dog, there may be times when your companion will need additional medical care. There are a few ways you can get assistance. 

Pet insurance. There are pet insurance policies available for your dog in case of illness or injury. Many plans cover service dogs, and there are multiple insurers with premiums that fit various budgets.

Health savings accounts. Because your assistance dog is performing a medically-required service, its medical bills can be covered by your health savings account (HSA). 

Nonprofit funding. Some nonprofits can also help if you find yourself unable to pay for vet bills. 

VA benefits. You can apply to have your service dog’s veterinary care and prescription medication subsidized by the VA.

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Keep your hands clean and add a little glam to your bathroom with these locally made soaps.

The Lavender Sachet sells handcrafted soaps that are also serve as bathroom decor.

There is a business based in the Cincinnati area that wants to see people experience handcrafted beauty products. The Lavender Sachet is a contemporary fragrance and beauty brand that creates soaps turned statement pieces for the bathroom counter.

“Handcrafted to be admired, The Lavender Sachet is passionate about offering a distinct and inspired bathing experience,” says Alison Peters, founder and owner of The Lavender Sachet.

Peters launched the business in July 2020, and is mostly based online with some appearances at pop-ups and farmer’s markets. 

The inpsiration behind The Lavender Sachet came from Peters’ creativity.

“My first job at 15 was working at a create-your-own body products shops where we’d make anything from lip gloss, fragrance rollers, body sprays, lotions and bars of soap,” she says. “Looking back, that job had a huge impact on me; I never forgot to how good it felt to make a tangible product. I wanted to create something that was my own and tap back into that part of myself after being a luxury travel publicist in New York City for over 10 years.”

The name of the business came from a long list of ideas from the notes on her phone. “It was hard to narrow down a name. In my experience, I’ve found that fragrances can sometimes be intimidating for people – some sound strange, too fancy or completely unheard of – with the exception of lavender,” Peters says. “Everyone is familiar with lavender and aware of its calming abilities. I wanted the name to sound both familiar and approachable.”

There are a variety of products offered through The Lavender Sachet and they include all natural, 100 percent pure vegetable-based glycerin soaps and shower steams.

“I can also create custom soap orders and bulk orders for weddings and bridal showers or corporate events,” she says. “This is just the beginning – I plan on adding additional products in the months to come and once it’s safe, host workshops and teach others how to make beauty products using simple, clean ingredients.”

Other ingredients in the soaps include essential and fragrance oils, soap colorant, and mica, all of which are vegan and paraben-free.

The Lavender Sachet defines success as the customers experiencing joy.

“After all the events of last year and in the current pandemic, I define success as any moment of joy found In the every day. If someone buys soaps or shower steamers from The Lavender Sachet and a moment of joy is sparked from using my product, that’s a win,” Peters says. “Whether it be the design fragrance or minute of solitude found while using the product, if even one customer lets me know how happy their soap made them while washing their hands, I’m reassured that the work I’m contributing is not only successful, it’s meaningful.”

Her business is unique because she creates all of her products locally in Cincinnati. “Some of my absolute favorite batches of soap are so unique, even if I tried to recreate them, it would be impossible to make them again, exactly as shown on the website,” she says. “I often tell my customers, “If you like something on the site, buy it now because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.” This makes everything limited edition, in a way.”

The Lavender Sachet is important for the community because she feels that all small businesses are important. “My dad, Jim Peters, is also a small business owner (Jim’s Bicycle Shop in Deer Park) and I definitely get my entrepreneurial spirit from him,” she says. “In my previous careers as a publicist, I spent a lot of time at a desk behind a computer and it’s important to me to become part of the community, give back and provide personalized customer service to my neighbors.”

To keep up with what’s going on with The Lavender Sachet, follow them on Instagram and their website.

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Read on to learn about a business that wants to provide Keto baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area.

A Greater Cincinnati business is helping people on a gluten free or Keto diet to experience delicious baked goods.

“We are a keto kitchen, providing gluten and sugar free baked goods to the Greater Cincinnati area,” Natalie Marquis and Ashley Poynter, Co-owners of Carb<Less, say. “We are certified in-home bakeries with pickups available multiple times weekly in Norwood and West Chester.”

Carb<Less has been around for almost a year. “We started the ketogenic diet over two years ago, we were always baking for each other and trying to make our non-keto favorites keto. When we went on vacation, we found a place we could go and get food and snacks just for us, on Keto. What,” they say. “We kept creating and ended up having so much fun with it we decided, hey, why not share this with the public!” 

The idea of the name of the business came from names being thrown around and Marquis and Poynter thinking it was clever. “You know, less carbs are greater than carbs,” they say. The two of them decided to make keto recipes because “It’s our lifestyle and we wanted to share sugar free options that arent as easily available as the regular bakery store bought items. We are also happy to eat any extras!”

There are a variety of different products offered through Carb<Less. “We offer a variety of baked goods ranging from cheddar biscuits and cornbread to donuts and cheesecakes. We are always coming up with new recipes and offering them,” they say. “We do birthday cakes and custom orders. Our favorite item is a grab box we offer weekly to give customers a variety to try and want to come back for more.” They say that their favorite treats are: The Swiss Roll, Triple Chocolate Cupcake, Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake, and Almond Cake. “Really, if we didn’t like it, we wouldn’t want to share it. It’s so hard to choose!”

Carb<Less enjoys sharing the different treats with the Greater Cincinnati area.“Success to us is getting guilt-free desserts in another person’s hand to enjoy. We have also had many people tell us they can’t even tell they are gluten and sugar free, which makes us feel like we have done a really good job with the recipe,” Marquis and Poynter say. “We joke when our children approve its really good and ‘keto kids approved.’” 

The business is unique because there aren’t a lot of bakeries like Carb<Less in the area. “We don’t offer sugar filled options and we really aim to please the customers and their bellies! We also are constantly creating new treats and will take custom orders,” they say. “We like a challenge!”

To keep up with what Carb<Less is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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When you live well, both your mental and physical health are balanced, allowing you to function well. Psychological and physical health are linked closely, so the other might soon follow if one thing changes. There are many advantages of living healthier, and doing so can give you a better quality of life.

The Advantages of Making Better Choices 

There are several advantages to making better choices. For instance, you might not have as much stress. If you exercise regularly, your body may create hormones that calm both the mind and body. Plus, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you set a goal and met it. Many people also find they sleep better when living better as well. When your body is efficient, you are less likely to have sleepless nights. One of the most tangible benefits of making healthier choices is lower life insurance premiums. 

Companies are taking a risk in giving you a policy, so the closer you are to passing away, the higher the monthly payments are likely to be. But suppose you eat right, exercise regularly, and make other good choices. In that case, you have a lower risk of potentially fatal diseases. If you are considering getting a life insurance policy, it is best to do your research. For instance, you might want to research modified endowment contracts to leave a larger tax-free amount to your heirs. These contracts are tax qualifications for life insurance policies whose premiums are higher than federal tax limits.

Increasing Physical Activity Levels

Exercise and physical activity both contribute to a healthy lifestyle. People’s bodies are made to be used, and if you do not, you might not be as healthy. That might result in weakness, obesity, poor health, and a lack of endurance. Regularly exercising might preserve your muscle strength and make you more flexible. For older people, exercise might reduce their risk of falling.

Avoiding Tobacco

It is best to avoid any form of tobacco, and if you use it, now is the time to quit. Otherwise, you might be at risk for several health conditions, such as cancer. It is often hard to stop the habit entirely, especially since tobacco has nicotine in it. It is addictive, meaning many people cannot stop immediately. It is often a lifetime commitment, and many people have to try quitting several times before they are successful. Consider nicotine substitutes, such as patches or gum, and look into counseling if necessary.

Surround Yourself with Positivity

To stay emotionally and mentally healthy, it is critical to have positiveness around you. Of course, you cannot avoid every problem. But when you face an obstacle, having a positive attitude can go a long way toward helping you deal with it. Have encouraging friends who can help you improve your outlook. Start developing a habit of looking on the bright side of things. Even if you are not in a good situation, there is likely still something good about it. You might have to look a little harder.

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We chat with a local physical therapist about mom life and her best tips for keeping a child’s development on track.

Cincy Chic: Why do you love being a pediatric therapist?
Campolongo: I love being a pediatric therapist because the kids I get to work with are amazing and they teach me something new everyday. I cherish the relationships that I have built with my patients and their families. I most of all enjoy watching these children become more independent and succeed so that their personalities can shine.  

Cincy Chic: What’s your biggest tip for parents?
Campolongo: When I first became a mom, I had a delusion that because I work with kids everyday, and grew up with kids, that I was going to have an easy time raising my own kids. Wow, was I wrong!  I thought I knew so much and yet when I brought my daughter home for the first time, I quickly realized just how much more I needed to learn.  You don’t know what you don’t know and everyone is just rolling with the punches. As a mom, I want as much information as I can get so that I can make educated decisions about my child’s care. I appreciate opinions and tips from others that may help make my life easier. I also like to talk with my doctor and peers to get more information. Luckily, there is access to gross motor, speech and occupational therapy checklists through ABC’s website so I can have it on my fridge at home and check things off as my kids are doing things to make sure they are staying on track. I also listen to my motherly instinct. If I feel something is not quite right, I go to the doctor and see if I need to be referred out for further consultation.  

Cincy Chic: What do you do in your free time?
Campolongo: I love to do outdoor activities with my family like going on walks, hiking and going to the park. I also love spending time with my extended family.  

Cincy Chic: Why is ABC the best place for therapy?
Campolongo: I think ABC is a great place to receive therapy because we listen to your concerns and work collaboratively to treat the whole child in order to achieve goals. We work with the family to make a plan of care that is realistic to the family situation and work to problem solve in efforts to help your child make the most progress. Every child is different and unique in their own way which requires an individual tailored plan of care.  I know that when I have questions or concerns about my own children I am able to get reliable, effective information that I can use immediately to help my child conquer a task.

I encourage all parents to check on their child’s development via: CincyChic – ABC Pediatric Therapy or visit Home – ABC Pediatric Therapy

Cincy Chic: If someone reading this article has a question, would you share your email?
Campolongo:  You can contact me at jcampolongo@abcpediatrictherapy.com

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If you have decided to venture into the journey of maintaining a great body shape, then congratulations! It’s not easy to achieve a sculpted body unless you put in sacrifice and dedication. This means no junk food, as well as watching Tv the whole day, and other sedentary lifestyles. The process of maintaining a perfect body shape results in many positive effects that anyone would love to experience. Do you want to begin your journey of a better body shape and a great feel? Here is what you should do.  

Physical fitness 

Get into daily exercises that last from 30 min to at least an hour. However, do not overdo it like running and jogging longer than your body can contain. Start gradually and once your body gets used to the workouts, you can increase the time and exercise intensity. What’s important is moderate exercise at least daily. For instance, take a one-hour walk, jog at intervals, and if you suffer pain in the process, drugs like kratom capsules can help relieve your muscle pains. Also, stay hydrated, and take sufficient proteins to rebuild your muscles after every workout. 

Eat right

You may get the temptation to take candy anytime you feel like it but practice hard to overcome it. Candy has sugar that will only make you get out of shape. One candy bar will lead to another until getting back into shape will take you longer than it should. Instead, eat fruits and vegetables together with exercising to get that great body shape and health. You can take green vegetables like broccoli to help clean the digestive system and keep it running. If you love meat, go for turkey and chicken. However, seafood can be a perfect alternative. Plates of seafood prepare your muscles ready for exercises. 

Watch your daily calorie intake

You should be alert about how many calories you consume daily to help you plan better during your workout routine. Most bodybuilders watch their calorie intake that’s why they have big masses. Also, they know how to manage pain after physical activities with drugs, such as kratom capsules from online shops, like https://goldenmonk.com

They plan for healthy meals, as well as balance their calorie intake. But if your goal is to lose weight, you’ll have to put in more effort in your workouts than the calories you take

Get enough sleep

No matter how busy you are, getting enough sleep contributes to perfect health. You need to recharge your body after a long tiring day and you can only achieve it through good sleep. And if you have body pains after work, you can manage it with, such as kratom capsules. At least 6 to 8 hours of sleep each day will keep you strong during the day. You can also take a nap in case you feel tired, or didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Amid your schedule, try and find some time for rest before engaging in workouts. Ensure you take short naps so that you don’t lose sleep at night. 

Bottom line

The most important key to maintaining shape is to prepare your mindset. Get to know what’s needed to achieve a healthy and perfect body. It’s not only workouts, but also eating healthy, and managing pains that might arise during exercises with a drug like kratom capsules from online shops like goldenmonk.com. In short, get informed of everything you need to kickstart your journey to a perfect body shape. 

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Learn about a local lady who helps people experience joy through her custom graze boards.

Boardful is new business based in Mason that creates artfully arranged graze boards. 

What is a “graze board” you may ask? “It’s a fun, new eating experience combining charcuterie, cheese, crudites and even desserts,” says Jenny Bostater, owner of Boardful. “It’s a ‘food experience.’ Each item on the board is hand selected with pairings in mind and then, hand-crafted into artful displays.”

The business is located out of Half Day Café restaurant kitchen and was started in February 2020, and soon thereafter took a pause due to COVID. “I started back up in May and have seen a steady increase in business ever since.,” Bostater says. “I think people are staying ‘in’ more and looking for ways to make their at-home dining special, so the idea has really been something that people are excited about.”

Boardful came from her creating graze boards in her personal life. “I had created boards for our personal parties and gatherings for about 18 months before I started the business. When I would make them, my family and friends would always tell me I should sell them,” she says. “My husband finally persuaded me that I should give it a try and here I am!” 

The name of the business came from Bostater throwing out ideas and her close friends helping to critique the ideas that she had. “One of these friends added Boardful to the list, to encompass the ‘full’ board and also the ‘beautiful’ arrangement. I only thought about it for a couple of hours before declaring it as the official name of the business. Sometimes you just know it when you hear it.”

The products offered through Boardful are: graze boxes, graze boards and even graze tables. “Each item on my board is hand selected based on seasonal marketing availability, but can always be customized for preferences or allergies. My newest menu item is my mini box, which feeds one to two people,” Bostater says. “These have been a huge hit as a giftable item and also for those who are wanting a safe way to have a dining experience with their friends and family.”

Her vision for 2021 for the business is to keep making her boards. “One of them being workshops to teach the basics of creating your own beautiful graze boards,” she says. Bostater’smission was “for food to be more than nourishment. Food gathers us. It connects us. Food is the centerpiece of many of life’s deep conversations, wild laughs and beautiful memories,” she says. “My mission is to create food that tastes and looks as beautiful as those memories.”

Bostater says she loves running Boardful because it brings joy to others and it’s a creative outlet for her. “It combines art and a dining experience to be shared with your family and friends,” Bostater says. “It is important because it is a unique to-go option-whether you are needing something to take to a get together, something to create a special dining experience at home or something to gift to someone. Boardful has an option for you.”

To keep up with what Boardful is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram. “I have an ongoing gallery of work on both pages and take orders directly through the messaging feature on either platform,” she says. You can also email Bostater for more information at: jenny@boardfulcincinnati.com.

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Change your lifestyle and find even more happiness in the New Year with this women’s empowerment organization. Click here to read more.

The New Year is a time that many of us take to focus on our health and wellbeing. With so many different fads, trends, diets, and more, it’s hard to find something that suits us. 

Through a community of women, The Beauty Boost is here to help you feel empowered, healthy, and beautiful.

“We empower women through various events and experiences, such as weekend retreat getaways, fitness events, empowerment workshops, socials, and an optional babes club membership,” explains The Beauty Boost Founder Rachel Kerr.

Kerr says she was inspired to launch The Beauty Boost in seeing a need to build a community of women who are like-minded.

“I started the company in 2015 in Columbus when there weren’t as many outlets for women,” she says. “Now we’ve expanded it to 7 markets.”

Kerr’s desire to create a space where women with shared values could come together to motivate and inspire one another to create an overall happier lifestyle now has franchisees in the various markets that are run by city leads.

With the New Year here after a tumultuous start to a new decade, The Beauty Boost wants to help you make an impact on your overall lifestyle.

“It’s not something you check off the list but, rather, it becomes you,” she says. “Our empowerment workshops focus on things like mindset, manifestations, visualization, andmore. We also offer accountability groups and life coaching within the membership.”

At The Beauty Boost, women will have access to weekend retreats, empowerment workshops, fitness classes, socials, and an optional membership.

Kerr says that what makes The Beauty Boost a unique organization is that they’re consistent and there’s nothing else quite like it. “There are fitness organizations,” she says. “There are various events for women here and there. We aim to bring it all together and make it a lifestyle.” 

There are a variety of in-person and virtual events coming up in January to help you get the year started off right:

  • Virtual Manifestations + Movement – January 14
  • Virtual Money Mindset, Baby – January 19
  • In-Person Manifestation + Organization Night – January 28

The Beauty Boost’s in-person and virtual membership is open now until January 15, and can be purchased at thebeautyboost.net. To learn more, visit their website and follow along on Instagram

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See how a new fitness studio in West Chester, specializing in Electrical Muscle Stimulation-based personal training sessions, gets the results of 90 minute workouts in only 20 minutes.

FITOPIA EMS is powering up a workout like no other with the grand opening of its first-ever location in West Chester. The concept provides Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) to a 20 minute workout, guided by a personal trainer, which gets a 48-hour calorie burn and the results of a 90 minute conventional workout.
 
“We’re really excited to bring this cutting edge technology to Greater Cincinnati. It’s unique and more effective than other fitness options because it burns, on average, 1130 calories with just 20 minutes of exercise,” says founder Bharat Kakar.
 
“Now, clients can tone muscles and lose weight with a short, deceptively easy weekly workout.”
 
FITOPIA EMS has been scientifically proven to be effective for a wide range of fitness levels and age groups. “One of our greatest joys is seeing how this helps so many different types of people,” says Kakar. “Busy moms are losing 25 pounds and feeling like themselves again. Athletes are getter faster and breaking performance plateaus. Older adults are building strength and stability which keeps them independent longer.”
 
In light of COVID-19, the private, or semi-private, workout sessions at FITOPIA EMS offer a safer alternative to a busy gym or impersonal at-home options. With each session pre-scheduled, only two clients permitted in the facility at a time, complete sanitization of all equipment before each session, a MERV-13 air filtration system, among many other precautions, “We’re going above and beyond to make this a safe, healthy space for clients to improve their fitness and wellbeing,” says Kakar. 
 
FITOPIA EMS is located at 7604 Cox Lane, West Chester, OH. Those interested can sign up online to receive a free week of personal trainer-led low-impact workouts can visit https://fitopiaems.com.

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A Covington-based personal training and group fitness studio now offers a wide variety of in-person and live streamed classes that aim to get results while having fun.

A fitness studio in Covington recently rebranded and went high-tech to offer award-winning live streams of workouts in addition to their wide variety of in-person classes. 

“MVMT Cov is a Personal Training and Group Fitness Studio. We are fully committed to creating a space for people to grow and thrive on their fitness journeys with a variety of classes and class times lead by top certified instructors, training methods that adhere to results, individualized attention and an encouraging, supportive and fun community,” says Nicole Abruzzo, Owner of The Movement Studio Covington. “When COVID hit back in March, we took all our regular group fitness classes and live streamed them all via zoom. Since then, we are open to in-studio at a minimum of seven people and our classes are still live streamed, so you can join from the comfort of your living room! We were even listed as ‘Best Zoom-Powered Workout’ in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2020 Best Of Edition!”

Located in the Heart of Covington at 118 W. Like Street, Covington, Kentucky 41011, on the second floor, the studio space has been open since November 2018, but Abruzzo has been a personal trainer since 2012. When she first started, she was completely mobile, meeting clients at their home or in parks.

The business used to be called Nicole Leisen Personal Training and Fitness, until the business recently rebranded. “When I first opened, it was only me, but now there are six other amazing trainers and fitness instructors leading classes. The business also used to be mainly personal training and now it is about 70 percent group fitness classes and 30 percent personal training,” Abruzzo says. “It evolved from just me to a community of instructors and clients who all come together under one roof to move, feel good physically and mentally and have formed genuine friendships. I wanted the name to reflect what it’s become!”

The inspiration behind starting the business came from her personal training. “It was so incredible being able to work with my in-home or park personal training clients, but I wanted to be able to help more people by offering group classes as well,” she says. “It is also great to be a part of the growing Covington community!” 

The name of the business came from Abruzzo’s passion for movement and her clients. “In addition to the exercise routines done in personal training or group sessions, daily life movement outside of our one-hour sessions are so important too,” she says. “We want movement to be a part of a lifestyle and we are here to provide the guidance and recourses for people to do just that.”

There are a variety of services offered through The Movement Studio Covington and they include: 

• One-On-One Personal Training: “Individualized program based on clients’ individual goals,” Abruzzo says.
• Duo Personal Training: “Same as above, but often duos are couples or friends who want the more individualized setting,” she says.
• Group Fitness Classes:
o TRX Suspension Training (main format)
o Boot Camp
o Pilates Boot Camp
o Yoga

The business defines success through keeping her clients on track through going virtual during the pandemic. “Due to our ability to pivot our business model to all-virtual using top notch equipment to livestream our classes with no down time during the COVID-19 shutdown, we have kept our members moving and on track despite the global  pandemic in the past nine months,” Abruzzo says. “That is something we never imagined would happen, but our ability to keep everyone healthy physically and mentally during this trying time, is certainly a success in our eyes!” 

Her vision for The Movement Studio Covington is continuing to offer in-person and live-streamed classes for now on. “2020 has thrown many curveballs, but we’re finding the silver lining is brought with the virtual opportunity and running with it!”

The Movement Studio Covington is unique because of the way they are offering their classes. “We are one of the few studios offering all classes in-person and live-streamed. We do not have an on demand library for the purpose of accountability,” Abruzzo says. “We also use TRX Suspension Training as our main equipment in training sessions and classes and we are the only studio in NKY to offer that and one of a couple in the Cincinnati area.”

The business is important for the community because “We are bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” she says. Her favorite part of the working for The Movement Studio Covington is “bringing people together to better their lives through fitness,” Abruzzo says.

If you want to keep up with what The Movement Studio Covington is doing, follow them on their websiteInstagram and Facebook.

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