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Don’t go outside without a jacket! You’ll catch a cold! Is there any truth to that old wives’ tale? We asked an OhioHealth expert why we tend to get sicker in the winter, and if being cold can really make you sick. Read more

Thriving in the Martial Arts

A four-part, first-person series written by Chris Hershberger on how he went from being a "poor punk kid" in Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

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MANSFIELD - Three years ago, parkrun came to Mansfield. Since then, the level of outreach has rallied a community together to reach goals, get healthy and meet new people. 

It was a particularly hot June, and I was two days away from my due date. I was overheated, swollen, uncomfortable, exhausted and desperate for this baby to make her exit from my womb. Then I heard the news: My friend who was due nearly three weeks after me had delivered her baby that morning.


MANSFIELD - In 2013, Nikki McBride dropped out of college, had a DUI on her record and crashed her car due to intoxication. Today, she’s celebrating being over 1,000 days sober.  

A few weeks ago, our family had a particularly rough week. Over the course of two days, we suffered injuries, violent stomach bugs and the death of a loved one. It was brutal, exhausting and a bit overwhelming. 


MANSFIELD - Julie Schwartz, head of Discovery School, wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. for a cup of hot tea and breakfast. Afterward, it’s a couple of miles on the treadmill, and then a shower before waking up her two kids. Once ready, they all leave together for their separate days at Disco…


MANSFIELD - With more technical, entrepreneurial advances being made every day, it’s the perfect time to begin a new career, and for some, possibly even change it.

Editor's Note: This is part III of a four-part series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.

Life can change forever in a moment. We all know that on some level, of course. Either we’ve been there, or we’ve witnessed someone we know whose entire life was upended by a random moment that stopped everything dead in its tracks. 


MANSFIELD - Annamarie Fernyak, founder of Mind Body Align, power walks in place alongside her co-worker Jennifer Blue in the tiny kitchen located inside of The Butterfly House. She casually chews on a chip with some dip in hand while trying to build up a sweat. 

In 2010, I was a newlywed, living in a tiny old apartment in northern Virginia pursuing my master’s degree. My husband worked nights as a security guard for a Ford warehouse while I tried to figure out what direction to go in life. The impact of the 2008 recession had sidelined my plans to t…


On Feb. 1, 2019, we officially launched Thrive alongside our partner OhioHealth. We set out to inspire readers and help them explore ways to live better right here in Richland and surrounding counties. 

I was standing in a long line at Starbucks patiently waiting for my peppermint mocha when a woman in front of me abruptly turned around. She started grumbling about the wait which was followed by a litany of complaints about all the extra “demands” of the season, such as cooking extra meals,…

Confession: I peek at the presents. That’s not such a big confession these days, since I’m the mom and now I buy all the presents too. But, if I wasn’t responsible for buying the gifts, I’d still sneak a peek at them, I suspect. As a kid, I would search the house for my mom’s hiding place (t…


MANSFIELD - In February 1993, Rachel Barr lost her left leg after being diagnosed with neurofibromatosis. Twenty-six years and three leg revisions later, she’s fearlessly entering a contest to test her physical strength and get fit. 

We all love our traditional holiday meals. They bring us comfort and joy! However, holiday meals can be filled with fat, carbs and sugar. It’s easy to fall into the trap of overeating and indulging in all the comfort food. It’s also easy to make a few changes to the holiday menu to make it h…

Editor's Note: This is part II of a four-part series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach.


ONTARIO — Less fat, more muscle and firmer skin without the workout. It may sound too good to be true, but the staff at Beyond Esthetics in Ontario insists it's possible — and they have the photos to prove it.

Over the past year, I’ve been on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. My relationship with my body, food and exercise has dramatically changed for the better as I’ve learned what nourishes my body and how much my physical health impacts the health of my mind and spirit. 

Editor's Note: This is part I of a four-part series on Thriving in the Martial Arts. Written by Chris Hershberger, he provides a first-person look at how he went from being a "poor punk kid" from Mansfield to an Olympic Taekwondo All-American coach. 

The past few days have been particularly good. On Friday, my oldest daughter Eloise warmed our hearts with a generous act of love for her sisters. For several months, she saved up “Awesome Bucks,” a positive behavior incentive at her after school program, until she had fifty to buy a mermaid…

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MANSFIELD — Christmas is a time especially for children and for children this means toys. Each year, more than 3 billion toys and games are sold in the United States with 65 percent of these sales occurring between Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas.


As a child, I often would awaken in the middle of the night on Christmas Eve. I’d sneak downstairs and by the light of the Christmas tree, peek at the presents that had filled the corner of our living room. The promise and excitement bundled under our tree filled my heart to bursting. 

I’ve never been one for small talk. I am always seeking after a deeper, more meaningful conversation. The problem with small talk is that it’s completely generic; the same conversation can be had with anyone with nothing meaningful taken away on either side, at best leaving the relationship …

We all know the power of water. We know its importance to our body. However did you know that the temperature of the water makes a drastic difference in our overall health?