A Healthy Community
Home to a leisure trail network of more than 30 miles, two of the nation’s most popular cycling and walking events, and a new community health center that may become the template for the way community wellness is practiced in the future, it is clear that a core community value here in New Albany is health and wellness.
Open to the public in December 2014, the Heit Center is a collaborative effort between the City of New Albany, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Healthy New Albany. No other health and wellness center in America can offer the expertise, research and resources these organizations bring to New Albany.
The building itself is named after New Albany’s own “Dr. Phil” Heit, a health visionary as a professor who played a key role in this project from its inception. In honor of all of his efforts to create a Healthy New Albany, New Albany City Council thought this center should bear his name.
Healthy New Albany, the local grassroots initiative that Phil created in conjunction with the New Albany Community Foundation, will manage the community space inside the 55,000 square foot Heit Center. Healthy New Albany programs include the New Albany Walking Classic, a farmer’s market, a community garden, a lecture series and the Healthy New Albany community magazine delivered free to every New Albany resident.
In February 2015, health care services including primary care, sports medicine, physical therapy, orthopedics and integrative medicine will open on the Heit Center’s second floor, with services provided by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Open in December 2014, this fitness center, located on the first floor inside the Heit Center, will offer wellness plans tailored to your health level and ultimate fitness goals. This fitness center will feature the most advanced fitness equipment in central Ohio; one-on-one wellness coaching; portable technology to monitor progress in real time; group fitness classes; free weights; and an aquatics area that includes a lap pool and a warm water exercise pool.
Every individual’s path to wellness is unique and wellness plans will be fully customized beginning with a comprehensive health assessment to set realistic short and long term activity goals for every member. Because health and wellness is a New Albany core value, the City of New Albany will for a limited time pay 75% of the health assessment fees for New Albany residents joining the fitness center. (Fitness center members will continue to be responsible for all aspects of the monthly membership fees. This city incentive is strictly for New Albany resident health assessments, allowing them the opportunity to establish health baselines to promote better long-term health. Fitness center membership information is available here or by calling 614.685.1820.)
This specialty hospital focuses on inpatient and outpatient orthopedic, neurologic and musculoskeletal care and is one of a select group in the United States to receive certification from The Joint Commission for its joint replacement program. Recipients of the Summit Award for seven straight years, this award signifies excellence in health care and patient satisfaction. Mount Carmel New Albany is one of only 37 hospitals in the nation to earn this award in the inpatient category.
MAJOR HEALTHY COMMUNITY EVENTS
The New Albany Walking Classic, presented by Healthy New Albany, has been voted the best walking event in America. More than 3,500 walkers from 40 different states and Canada come to New Albany every September to participate in this one-of-a-kind walk. Participants can choose the 10K or half marathon distances.
Pelotonia and its 7,500 riders end right here in New Albany, the community with the most per capita participants. Pelotonia participants have raised more than $80 million for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by funding partners, so that 100% of every rider raised dollar goes directly to fund cancer research. Remember the one goal: End cancer.
The New Albany Classic & Invitational Grand Prix attracts more than 15,000 people annually to New Albany. The day long family festival also includes musical entertainment sponsored by Tween Brands and an Invitational Grand Prix that attracts the world’s best show jumpers. Best of all, the day raises more than $1.5 million annually to benefit The Center for Family Safety and Healing.
The A&F Challenge, hosted by Abercrombie & Fitch on their New Albany campus, raises more than $1 million annually to support the development of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. More than 3,000 people participate annually in this event, which includes a 5K run and 20-mile bike ride.
Healthy New Albany also presents a farmers market series during the summer and winter months and coordinates a community garden on public land next to Village Hall.