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Bexley, Grandview & Upper Arlington Vye for Bike Sharing Program

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Bike sharing. It is awesome. We all agree that it is a testament to a solid city when there are bikes on the ready for pedestrians to use as they please.

Three Columbus suburbs, Bexley, Grandview and Upper Arlington, are looking to get in on the bike sharing action and are seeking a $1.2M grant to bring the popular program to their areas.

“Bexley, Grandview (Heights) and Upper Arlington are very, very close to Downtown and there seems to be a demand there,” Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw, a cyclist, said according to The Dispatch.

What started with 300 bikes in 30 stations in the downtown area has grown to 426 bikes in 46 stations. If this expansion ends up going through another 232 bikes will be added.

What is most interesting to DeGraw is how this will bring all of Columbus’s communities together.

“We are so close to so many things Downtown,” DeGraw said. “The bike paths are all being connected.”

The bikes are not long-term rentals, and most riders will complete their commute within thirty minutes. The bikes are not tied to any particular station, allowing free pathing to any destination. With the newly launched bike lanes going north on 4th or plummeting south down Summit, the expansion of CoGo Bike Sharing is ideal.

While it may take a year for these new prospects to play out, DeGraw is hopeful that these initiatives will allow Columbus to continue growing.

“The exciting thing,” DeGraw said, “is you’ll continue to see this expand out. The goal would be to work up to Worthington area and continue inside the inner belt.”

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

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Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

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Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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