Wellness Through Recreation

March 4, 9,11,16,18, 23, 25, 30, April 1, 6, 8 (M/W), 3-4, $125, 7-8 grades
March 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31 April 2, 7, 9 (T/TH), 3-4, $125, 9-12 grades

Wellness Through Recreation is a 6 week program that takes place two times/week after school. Activities include: social games; fun physical activities; group and team challenges; safe, supported discussions; community outings; scavenger hunts; and swimming. Each week will present a new, themed topic with a coordinating activity and discussion that will guide teens in learning and implementing skills to keep them healthy and well.

Grades 7-8 Instructor

Paige Duly graduated from The University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation. After finishing her internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in 2013, she became a part of the Therapeutic Recreation team and has had the privilege of working in such a diverse setting. Paige is an enthusiast and engaging facilitator, who enjoys motivating others in leisure and recreational involvement. She is originally from Rossford, OH but now lives in Columbus, OH. An avid sports fanatic, Paige enjoys watching and playing soccer, basketball and baseball. She also enjoys spending her leisure time with family and friends, going new places, or doing DIY projects.

Grades 9-12 Instructor

Heather Glick graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation and a minor in psychology. She has worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital for 6 years and has worked in several different areas with all age ranges. She is a dynamic program facilitator that motivates teens by creating a safe environment for participation. She grew up in Gahanna and currently lives in Dublin, Ohio. In her spare time Heather enjoys taking fitness classes- mostly enjoys spinning, but enjoys most any recreational activity. She also loves spending time walking her dog, dressing him up, or taking him to the dog park.

Cancer Prevention…a Plant Based Event

March 4, 11, 18, 25, —4/1 (W), 6-7:30, $130, 18+

Learn how to plan and prepare plant-based meals using nutrient rich fruits, vegetables and grains. This 6 week class will focus on knife and culinary skills to prepare a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains which will give participants the confidence to plan, shop for and prepare healthful and delicious meals.

James Warner is employed at the The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University as Program Director, Food and Nutrition in the Nutrition Services Department. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. Jim also has been a private chef for a number of local business leaders, professional athletes, and continues to hone his culinary skills through demonstrations across the state. His primary responsibilities include integrating food and nutrition education throughout the medical complex as well as engaging with various community initiatives with food and nutrition programming. His responsibilities also include retail food production, menu development, retail operations, renovations and development of offsite retail business opportunities.

How Diet and Exercise Can Change Your Numbers

3/3 (T), 6-7, $5, 18+

Join us for this interactive health overview to discuss why you should care about your weight, BMI, waistline measurement, blood pressure, cholesterol and A1C/glucose. Dr.Nogan will talk about how these numbers can make us feel, and how we can change the numbers with diet and exercise. She will also discuss how to make a change and how much you really need to do to see a difference in your numbers.

Dr. Elisabeth Nogan is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, and sees patients at OSU Family Medicine at Healthy New Albany. She attended the Penn State University College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, St. Margaret Family Medicine.

Concussions in Youth Athletics: What’s the Fuss?

3/9 (M), 6-7, $5, 18+ AND children are encouraged to attend with a registered parent

Youth concussions are serious business. If not handled/treated properly the symptoms can often last longer than necessary and lower their threshold for future concussions. Kids recover differently than adults and there are new treatment strategies that we are using to ensure a safe return to play. This interactive lecture will focus on the latest medical information on youth concussions including: definition, diagnosis, treatments, recovery and long term effects. The lecture goal is to inform, dispel myths, and discuss how to keep our kids safe!

Amy Elizabeth Valasek, MD, MSc is a physician for Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is fellowship trained and board certified in sports medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Valasek attended medical school at The University of Maryland. She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics and sports fellowship at University of Maryland Family Medicine Department in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine, and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is active mother of two daughters in the community and serves as team physician at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus, Ohio.

STINKY U.

3/16—3/23 (M), 4:30-5:30, $8, 6-12
5/4—5/11 (M), 4:30-5:30, $8, 6-12

Have fun exploring anatomy, physiology, health and science via the sticky, slimy, gooey and sometimes impolite (but entertaining) functions of the human body. These multimedia, interactive classes meet State Science and National Health Education Standards. Yuckonomics 101 teaches about blood and skin, while Yukonomics 102 focuses on digestion and nose goo.

Trevorline Springer is a nurse at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Concussion Prevention: What’s Proven to Work?

3/16 (M), 6-7, $5, 18+ AND children are encouraged to attend with a registered parent

We hear about concussion prevention products and techniques all of the time. Which ones, if any, are proven to work and appropriate for young athletes? This interactive lecture will provide information on the scientific facts of concussion prevention as well as the recommended return to play guidelines. These guidelines have been adopted by the OHSAA and Ohio House Bill 143 now applies these to all youth sport organizations today.

Travis Gallagher is a Lead Athletic Trainer for Nationwide Children's Hospital Sports Medicine at the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany. He received his bachelor's degree from Baldwin-Wallace University. He was a college and high school athletic trainer for 12 years before joining the Functional Rehabilitation team at Nationwide Children’s.

Make Your Own Sports Drinks, Fuels & Foods

3/19 (TH), 6-7, $25, 15+

Ever want to try making your own sports fuel? Learn how to make homemade sports drinks, protein bars, nut and fruit bars, and fruit chews to help you train your very best!

Jessica Buschmann, MS, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. As part of her role at Nationwide Children’s, she provides nutrition services to Ohio Dominican University’s athletic teams and the general student population. She is also adjunct faculty at Otterbein University in the Health and Sports Sciences Department. She is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed by the Ohio Board of Dietetics. Before joining the NCH Sports Medicine team, Jessica completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from Otterbein College (now University) and Master’s degree at Marywood University in Sports Nutrition and Exercise Science. Jessica’s professional interests include Female Athlete Triad management and prevention, employee wellness, and meal planning for optimal sports performance. Jessica’s personal interests include anything outdoors, running, cooking with friends and family, grocery shopping (especially at Farmer’s Markets!), trying new restaurants around Columbus, spontaneous and planned traveling adventures, and reading with a good cup of java in local coffee shops.

Cooking for Two

3/21 (SA), 10-1, $35, 18+

Learn how to scale back your food preparation, use the foods that you have on hand to prepare a variety of dishes, and also learn to prepare and properly freeze foods that you have learned how to batch cook. Save time, money and increase your kitchen efficiency during this 3 hour class. Also learn to prepare one pot meals using “speed scratch” methods for creating healthful meals. Lunch is provided.

James Warner is employed at the The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University as Program Director, Food and Nutrition in the Nutrition Services Department. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, and has worked in hotels and restaurants throughout the country. Jim also has been a private chef for a number of local business leaders, professional athletes, and continues to hone his culinary skills through demonstrations across the state. His primary responsibilities include integrating food and nutrition education throughout the medical complex as well as engaging with various community initiatives with food and nutrition programming. His responsibilities also include retail food production, menu development, retail operations, renovations and development of offsite retail business opportunities.

Concussion Baseline Testing

3/16 (M), 6-7, $5, 18+ AND children are encouraged to attend with a registered parent

Concussion baseline testing is a computerized neurocognitive test utilized to assess an athlete’s baseline decision making skills, reaction time and memory. The results will be compiled and remain on file at the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine. If the athlete sustains a concussion, the test will be repeated in our Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic. The baseline and after injury scores are compared to determine the effects the concussion has had on the athlete’s brain function. Although a neurocognitive test will never replace a thorough clinical exam by an experienced clinician, it can be a valuable tool in safely returning an athlete to participation.

Tina Lepley, ATC is an Ohio licensed Athletic Trainer and nationally Certified Athletic Trainer. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sports Medicine and Health Education from Ohio Northern University. She serves as a physician extender in the Nationwide Children’s Sports Medicine Clinic and an outreach athletic trainer at Watkins Memorial High School.

Basic Babysitter Training

3/28 (SA), 9-2:45, $35, 11+
6/20 (SA), 9-2:45, $35, 11+

Are you ready to begin babysitting? Whether you’re just starting out or have already been babysitting, you’re a candidate for Basic Babysitter training. Participants will learn the ins and outs of being a sitter that parents will invite back. Topics covered include: getting and accepting the job; basic baby care; medical emergencies; household emergencies; foods and snacks; behavior management; child development; and creative activities. Registration fee includes: educational materials, pizza lunch, babysitter success kit and certificates of attendance.

Basic baby care and handling medical emergencies is taught by a nurse from Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Nutrition and snacks taught by a registered dietician from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Creative activities and behavior management taught by a child life specialist or early childhood educator from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.