Through its Food Folks program—a comprehensive nutrition education series—Children's Hunger Alliance teaches children from low-income families about the importance of a nutritional breakfast, better fast-food options, and understanding nutrition labels. Kids get to enjoy healthy snacks in each lesson, and learn to cook their own healthy food. The series also includes a Family Night, where students get to flex their new skills by preparing a healthy meal for their families. On average, more than 85% of participants demonstrate improvement in their nutritional knowledge during the 12-week series, according to surveys taken before and after the program is completed.
Uninitiated Indian foodies can enter the chambers of Taj Mahal's bountiful menu of flavorful fare with a safe yet savory sampling of garlic naan ($3.50) paired with a plate of deep-fried cutlets packed with mashed potatoes and veggies peppered in spicy herbs ($5). Main plates will satisfy carnivores and vegetarians alike, with options ranging from boldly spiced chicken vindaloo pinched with lemon and vinegar ($15) to navrattan curry, which features nine garden-fresh friends hanging out in a simmering pool of yogurt, cashews, cream, and butter ($13). No matter the dish, you get to choose how much you'd like the chef to spice it up; specify whether you'd like it mild, medium, sporty, spicy, really spicy, or "Shiva's sweat," which requires you to sign a waiver first.
Cofounded by professional dancer Alexander Thomas and personal trainer Daniel Hamilton, Diamond Dance & Fitness works to foster active, nutritional lifestyles through a varied schedule of programs and periodic group outings. Classes are headed by experienced instructors—the studio's signature ballroom course has teachers who are competition-trained. Meanwhile, dance-fitness courses such as Zumba help to put an upbeat spin on classic exercise techniques without the added risk that comes with practicing the moonwalk on a treadmill.
Melodies rhythmically flood the studio's space on Salsamante Saturdays, when guests trace bachata, merengue, and salsa steps across the dance floor. In addition, visitors can get custom fitness advice in personal-training sessions and in-depth nutrition advice from health coaches.
In 2011, USGTF–certified instructor John Ubbing established indoor golf studio Columbus Golf Academy to spread swing-honing wisdom to eager pupils year round. An active coach at the middle- and high-school levels for the past 15 years, the passionate teacher has earned District and Regional Coach of the Year honors for his work at the varsity level and for once saving a community from a rogue golf cart. As clients pummel golf balls inside the Academy’s indoor hitting bay, John imparts corrective advice with a keen eye for each player's individual skills and physical capabilities. After lessons, clients depart with a better understanding of their swing and with drills such as putting exercises to further drive home new concepts or with strategies for improving unruly nine irons’ course etiquette.
With a pass to Zumba or Nia dance classes, you get a six-pack of entertaining group classes that harness the expressive power of dance to fuel cardio fitness, weight loss, and newly jazzed hands. If a heavy bag killed your parents, avenge them with the six-week intensive kickboxing cardio class, which, along with boosting the cardiovascular system, lends extreme strength to the muscles required for fist pumping during shredding guitar solos. To target the heart, the whole heart, and a bunch of tubes attached to the heart, take kickboxing to the next level of socially sublimated violence with a duo of Cardio Blast sessions. These high-intensity, 20-minute sessions are one on one and supervised by a trained bag-handler who ensures the use of proper techniques and keeps bags from unleashing their arsenal of hurtful jokes about your mother. Check out the schedule of classes to catch the group wave for cardio classes or group fitness dance sessions.