Helping a friend move. Spryly climbing stairs. Jogging with the dog. To the trainers at LivFit Nutrition and CrossFit Anax, physical fitness is all about increasing your day-to-day functionality. To that end, they lead a daily-changing regimen of classes that focus on strengthening everyday movements, such as running, lifting, pushing, and waving away pollsters on the street. Instead of overseeing armadas of elliptical machines or treadmills, they engage patrons in games of toss with medicine balls and send them sprinting, heaving kettlebells, and dropping for push-ups. They mix up activities each session to stave off the boredom of repetition, keeping everyone involved and meeting their fitness goals. These trainers know, though, that total body fitness is only possible with a nutritious diet, so they also guide their monthly members to better eating habits with monthly check-ins.
Donning their whitest T-shirts, The Cincinnati Color Palooza participants gather for a 3-mile fun run through downtown Cincinnati, during which they’ll be doused in a rainbow of nontoxic powdered hues cast into the air by enthusiastic volunteers. At the end of the run, competitors are granted their own colored powders to lob at friends, race organizers, and black-and-white television sets sitting in their attics. Runners are encouraged to keep the celebration going at the nearby Cincinnati Pride festival in Sawyer Point Park, where there will be beer, live music, and family activities. Those looking to run for a good cause can create a fundraising page for Color Palooza’s charity partner, Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Association for the Cure, which helps in the fight against breast cancer. The The Cincinnati Color Palooza is free for children 7 and younger.
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Armed with a passionate enthusiasm for matrimony, the mother, daughter, and daughter-in-law behind Chic Wedding Boutique help spouses-to-be get squared away for their big day. Michele, the in-store consultant, equips couples with armfuls of information about vendors, florists, bakeries, and photographers. She also hands out helpful tips on how to personalize the ceremony, such as renting out a photo booth for the reception or a stunt double for the cake cutting. Various events such as "Chic Venue Peeks" and mock ceremonies inspire clients with elegant ideas from a host of vendors.
Sometimes lessons in the classroom don’t fully sink in. That’s where the certified instructors of Nia Educational Services come in. Through both private and small-group tutoring sessions, they adopt an approach that combines research, regular evaluation meetings with school teachers, and instructional strategies that help students overcome difficulties in grammar, algebra, or reading. In addition to offering literacy consulting to local schools, the instructors also aid their pupils in finally catching the neighborhood dog that ate their homework.