Programs & Events
Programs & Events
Healthy New Albany offers a wide variety of classes, community programs, and events – all about enjoying life while improving health! Our programs are open to everyone (no residency or membership restrictions).
Some of our programs are one-time events and some are a series of classes on a specific day and time for a set number of weeks. Rest assured we are taking all necessary health and safety precautions including adequate social distance in each program or event. Many of our offerings take place outdoors, while others take place in our spaces at the Philip Heit Center or at a beautiful property on Avis Rd. The Philip Heit Center is equipped with an HVAC system that meets the strict compliance standards for air flow and filtration required by The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We are confident that we can safely welcome you indoors for our programs and events.
See the list of active programs below and follow each link to register through RecDesk, our online registration system.
Toddlers in Nature
Wednesdays at 10 am
Toddlers in Nature is a sensory-based class designed for toddlers (18-36 months) and their parents/caregivers, offered on Wednesday mornings. Classes incorporate seasonal nature experiences with early child development.
World of Wonder (for ages 3-5)
Tuesdays at 10 am
Join instructor Molly Scott for outdoor adventures in Rose Run Park (and surrounding community). World of Wonder (WOW) nature classes are designed for children ages 3 – 5 (and their adult/s) to explore and connect with nature through movement, sensory play and activities.
World of Wonder (for kindergartners)
Thursdays at 11:20 am & 3:20 pm
World of Wonder (WOW) nature classes are designed to offer enrichment learning for kindergarten students. WOW is a seasonal, hands-on class to connect children with their natural world. Join instructor Molly Scott to explore the local parks, wild life, streams and ponds and maybe even get a little muddy in the process. This fall we’ll be learning about “Autumn in the field, forest, and farm”!
- Fall Class #1 | Turkey Vultures (Oct. 5 – AM)
- Fall Class #1 | Turkey Vultures (Oct. 5 – PM)
- Fall Class #2 | Foxes & Leaves (Oct. 19 – AM)
- Fall Class #2 | Foxes & Leaves (Oct. 19 – PM)
- Fall Class #3 | Cat & Moon (Nov. 2 – AM)
- Fall Class #3 | Cat & Moon (Nov. 2 – PM)
- Fall Class #4 | Crows & Corn (Nov. 16 – AM)
- Fall Class #4 | Crows & Corn (Nov. 16 – PM)
- Fall Class #5 | Deer & Snow (Dec. 14 – AM)
- Fall Class #5 | Deer & Snow (Dec. 14 – PM)
Thursdays at 4 pm
Yuck! The name says it all. Nature is sometimes weird and gross and awesome! These classes are inspired by the “Nature’s Yucky!” books by Lee Ann Landstrom and taught by Ms. Molly*. Come learn, get outside and be grossed out at the same time. Yuck! Nature Classes are for 1st-3rd graders and each class will include walking, hands-on activities, and a small snack.
Dates and times vary - listed below
Our Seasonal Hikes are offered to celebrate the amazing transitions from season to season. We will explore our local world, looking at nature and history relating to the season. As we look deeper into the transitions of seasons we will hike (generally 3-5 miles) locally, observe and explore nature through history and legends.
- Autumn Equinox Hike – Tuesday 9/21 at 12 pm
- Haunted Hike through New Albany – Sunday 10/31 at 6 pm
- Winter Solstice Hike at Rocky Fork – Tuesday 12/21 at 4:30 pm
Trash or Treat: Community Cleanup Event!
Saturday, October 30th at 10 am
Join Healthy New Albany for “Trash or Treat” – a Halloween-themed Community Cleanup day!! Let’s get rid of any TRASH in our outdoor parks so we can enjoy our community spaces for the TREAT they are! This is a great opportunity to both clean up and connect with our local parks and walking areas.
Nourish Cooking Programs
Nourish The Pantry Cooking Classes
Thursdays 6:30-8:30 pm
Join instructor, chef, and NAFP Culinary Education Lead, Eileen Pewitt for a variety of cooking classes suitable for all. Proceeds from each Nourish The Pantry class are directly allocated to the New Albany Food Pantry.
Nourish: Homeschool - The Science of Ice Cream
Tuesday, October 5th at 1 pm
Join instructor Eileen Pewitt for an introduction to Homeschool educational experiences at Healthy New Albany. In this Nourish culinary class, “The Science of Ice Cream,” 4th – 6th grade students, and their adults, will learn some basic science behind one of our favorite treats – ice cream! We will all scream for ice cream in hand made cones and with fruit skewers.
Nourish: Cookies Around the World
Dates and times vary - see below
Learn to make those fancy cookies you’ve always wanted to try then gather together to try them all.
Thursday, September 30th at 5:30 pm
Join us for dinner and dessert with friends and neighbors at this annual fundraising event, Super Supper! Sample 15 unique crockpot soups and bread, then vote for your favorite. Suggested donation of $10/person will be accepted and appreciated. No advanced registration required.
Fitness Programs & More!
Lift Like a Girl
Tuesdays 10/5-11/4 at 3 pm
Lift Like a Girl – strength + conditioning for teens. During this 5-week program (10 sessions) Beth Morrison will teach girls in grades 7 – 12 the fundamentals of strength and conditioning while increasing physical fitness for functional and athletic performance.
FREE Skin Cancer Checks
Wednesday 10/6 6-7:30 pm
Join OSU Dermatologists for a quick head to toe skin check to look for suspicious lesions. It’s hard to check your own head and back, so let us do the work for you! Skin checks will be held at OSU Dermatology at the new OSU Outpatient building. Simply register online for the event, and then an HNA staff member will reach out to you via email to schedule you.
Education & Discussion Programs
Lunch & Learn Series
Monthly on Fridays at 12 pm
Join us for panel discussions on various public health issues affection our community. Links to register will be posted soon.
- Friday 10/8 – Topic TBD
- Friday 11/5 – Topic TBD
- Friday 12/3 – Topic TBD
Ask the Expert Series
Dates and times vary. See below.
Join us for free lectures from local experts on a variety of health topics. There is always time for Q&A.
- Fall and winter lecture schedule coming soon.
Mental Wellness Matters
Dates & times vary - see below
Join our monthly “Mental Wellness Matters” talks on a variety of topics related to mental health. Each month a mental health professional will provide a lecture on a different topic.
- Let’s Talk About Stress: Wednesday, September 29th at 6 pm (in-person)
- Lets Talk About Stress: Wednesday, September 29th at 6 pm (virtual)
- Mood Management: Monday, October 18th at 6:30 pm (in-person)
- Mood Management: Monday, October 18th at 6:30 pm (virtual)
Family Yoga in the Park
Sundays 4-5 pm
Bring the family for some yoga fun! Wind-down the weekend and start your week of right with this family yoga session in the park. Matthew Bower will take you through postures and mediations that are family friendly and easy to access off the mat! Single session sign up available.
Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention Series
Wednesdays 9/22-10/27 at 9:30 am
Join Kathy Campbell in our Tai Chi for Arthritis & Fall Prevention series, developed by Dr. Paul Lam and has been endorsed by the American Arthritis Association. Tai Chi improves balance, both mentally and physically, and significantly reduces the rate of falls in older adults.
Yoga Foundations Series
Mondays at 10 am
Chair Yoga Series
Tuesdays at 10 am
Come move through a variety of gentle yoga poses, using a chair! Jane Rabe will lead you through seated and standing poses that use the support of a chair to improve balance, flexibility, and strength. Chair Yoga is a gentle class and suitable for adults of any age or fitness level.
Urban Zen Series
Tuesdays at 6 pm
Urban Zen is a blend of gentle movements, restorative yoga poses, breath practices, aromatherapy, and guided meditation leaving you feeling calm, relaxed, and revitalized. Open to everyone – no yoga experience necessary.
- Oct. 12 – Nov. 9 (in-person)
- Oct. 12 – Nov. 9 (virtual)
- Nov. 23 – Dec. 14 (in-person)
- Nov. 26 – Dec. 14 (virtual)
Integro Sound Bath with Sandra Solano
Saturdays 10/9, 11/20 at 10 am
"Om" for the Holidays
Thursday, December 16th at 6:30 pm
Join instructor Lori Bower for this very special holiday Urban Zen event. Enjoy sounds of the Tibetan singing bowls, journey through restorative yoga postures, breath work, meditation and essential oils.
Senior Connections Programs
Check out our Senior Connections page to find more information, including the weekly programming, coffee lounges, and monthly happy hours.
Confidence in Health Series (Anyone can register!)
Wednesdays at 6 pm
We hope you’ll join us for any/all sessions of this 3-part series “Confidence in Health”! These lectures will feature physicians from Columbus Prevent & Reverse Health Clinic and occur once a month from July – September. You do not need to be a Senior Connections member to register. Coming up:
Pinterest Craft Club
Fridays at 2 pm
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