A Message from McConnell's General Manager 

Dear McConnell Heart Health Center Members,

I hope the winter has treated you well and you have been able to keep active and on track with your health and fitness goals. Spring is on the horizon! 

March is National Nutrition Month. We are excited to offer our Expert-Is-In Series this month with a presentation entitled, “Gluten Free and Vegetarian Diets”. Join us on March 24 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Classroom A and B as MHHC Dietitian Emily Monfiletto will share with you information on the potential benefits of these types of diets, pros and cons of each diet, and how to implement aspects of each into your current nutrition habits. This topic has been requested by some of our members, and we are happy to be able to offer this information. Registration is free and can be completed at the Customer Service Desk or by calling (614) 566.5356. Don’t forget to check out Chef Mike’s monthly recipe for Orange Cream Dreamsicle Smoothie, and sign up for his March class on Knife Skills!

Its March at McConnell, so it is McConnell Madness time!  It’s that time of year again for you to start getting credit for your workouts! You can pick up your game card starting March 1 on the fitness floor.  Get ready to start tracking, and be eligible for some great prizes and a new t-shirt. We also have our annual 5K coming in April. It is not too late to start getting ready and setting a new goal for yourself this year. The 5K has become a great yearly tradition at MHHC, and it continues to grow. Walk or run with fellow members and friends through Peggy’s Path, get a great workout, and help us in our efforts to raise money for the American Heart Association. Register for the 5K at the Customer Service Desk or by calling (614) 566.5356. We hope to see you there!

Thank you for being active members at MHHC. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and make a positive impact on your lives. We are honored that you choose to come to MHHC and we will continue to work hard for you. 


Amy Upp
General Manager, Community Health and Fitness

It is time for McConnell Madness!!!!! 

Starting March 1, pick up your game card in the Health Resource Center or in the Aquatics area.  Participate in this exercise challenge to receive a t-shirt and/or become eligible to win a grand prize of a complimentary one-month membership to the McConnell Heart Health Center, a one-hour massage or a gift card to be used at McConnell.  Bring on the madness!

Knife Skills Workshop

Join us for this hands-on class!

We will cover basic knife skills and practice fundamental cuts for vegetables, as well as learn some advanced techniques. We’ll also show you how to keep all your cutlery sharp and well maintained at home.

  • March 13, 2015; 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 10 participant maximum
  • Member cost: $59
  • Non-member cost: $69

Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has just finished the first month of our Women’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Pilot Program at the McConnell Heart Health Center.  We have had a group of eight ladies participate in the program during the month of February. The month of February included additional education classes focused on women and the recovery process following cardiovascular procedures.  Topics included stress management, a cooking demonstration, meet the cardiologist and a mindfulness experience.  

Please contact our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at (614) 566.4519 if you know a female who is interested in participating in our Women’s Program. Participants must have an eligible diagnosis for cardiac rehabilitation in order to participate in the program.  

The Expert Is In: Gluten Free and Vegetarian Diets

Join registered dietitian Emily Monfiletto as she addresses the topic of gluten free and vegetarian diets. She will base her discussion around potential health benefits associated with the diets and more. Get the details in this PDF.

Donate to the Buck-A-Book Table

We welcome any book donations you would like to make to the Buck-A-Book table. The table is set up at different times during the year, and 100% of the proceeds benefit organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, American Heart Association and Operation Feed. If you have books to donate, we would be happy to receive them from you and include them in the fundraising events. Thank you!

Earn a Chance to Win a Complimentary Month of Membership Dues

To earn a chance to win a month's membership dues, simply read the March e-newsletter, answer the question below and bring it to our Customer Service Desk. You'll need to print off this page, so you can mark the correct answer and fill in your personal information. Then, turn in your entry on your next MHHC visit. You will be automatically entered into a drawing to occur the last week of March. Congratulations to Carin Chmielniak, who won last month's drawing!

Question: What charities does the Buck-a-Book Table support throughout the year?

Answer: (Circle your choice)
1.  American Heart Association
2.  Arthritis Foundation
3.  Operation Feed
4.  All of the above

Name: ______________________

Best Contact Number: _______________

Take Advantage of Big Red’'s Lodges

Are you looking for a getaway close to home? Do you have friends or family visiting from out of town?

Take advantage of the McConnell Heart Health Center member’s special rate at the Big Red's Lodges, which are nestled in the peaceful wooded area on the southwest corner of the McConnell Heart Health Center property.

Call (614) 566.2447 for more information or reservations.