A Message from McConnell's General Manager 

Dear MHHC Members,

Happy Holidays! The holiday season is in full swing, and we hope you are able to spend some quality time with your family and friends this season. The holidays can provide added stress to our already busy lives, but it is important to not let your healthy living habits take a back seat amidst the organized chaos. Staying on track can be difficult but with a little extra effort you can maintain your healthy lifestyle habits.

We are excited for the launch of the new “Weigh Bells Program” to help members stay on track and keep motivated. Watch the sled fill up on the fitness floor, as program participants fill the sleigh with their tracked visits! Remember the small things you do each day that help you stay on track and be successful. Don’t forget your exercise is not only good for your physical health, but it can be instrumental in helping you manage stress and maintain your healthy habits. Engage those around you in your healthy behaviors, and invite friends and family to go for a walk, try a new healthy recipe or plan a healthy holiday party.

Check out some of the new programs that we are getting ready for in 2016! We are excited to add more programs and more opportunities to help support you in your goals. Join one of our running or walking programs to get you ready for the MHHC Annual 5K in April or check out a new quarterly wellness program. There will be many options to choose from, so start planning out your 2016 goals now, and let us help you reach them!

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.  Be on the lookout for a 15% off coupon for services at MHHC coming in the mail soon as a small gift from us to you! 

Happy Holidays! 

Amy Upp, MS
General Manager, Community Health and Fitness
McConnell Heart Health Center
(614) 566.3499
[email protected] 

Special Note to Our Members! 

Be on the lookout for our Season’s Greetings card that contains a 15% off voucher for services at MHHC, coming in the mail soon!

 Expert Is In Series: 12 Mental Skills to Improve your Fitness 

Saturday, January 16, 2016 

10 to 11 am 

Presenter: Jack Santora — Exercise Physiologist, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NSCA, Precision Nutrition — Level 1 Coach

  • Explore how your mental skills directly affect your sport and exercise performance
  • Discover what mental skills might be limiting your progress.
  • Learn ways to improve these mental skills.
  • And begin to take steps in the right direction!

Call (614) 566.5356 to register.

Expert Is In Series: Issues in Women’s Health After Menopause – Prevention and Management 

Please join Dr. Ananth and Dr. Shivkamini Somasundaram on January 6, 2016, to discuss:

  • Menopausal changes and how they impact women’s health
  • Changes in the body, including pelvic organs, bone, skin, collagen, hair and brain
  • Special attention to prolapse and incontinence: prevention and treatment
  • Hormonal changes affecting sexual health and life style: how to prevent and treat

January 6, 2016, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

McConnell Heart Health Center Classroom A and B

To register call (614) 566.5356

Blood Drive at McConnell … Please Help and Sign Up to Donate! 

Give something that means something this holiday season. Donate blood and let others know how much you care. Your donation and gift of time mean so much to so many. You can help! The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at McConnell on Monday, December 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Classroom A. If you would like to donate, please call 1-800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome but space may be limited. Please bring a valid picture ID. Thank you in advance for your help!

Don't forget to encourage others to join you by posting pictures and sharing your donation experience on Facebook and Twitter with #ChooseYourDay!

Donate to the Buck-A-Book Table 

We welcome any book donations you would like to make to the 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 Association, the 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!

OhioHealth Gratitude Tree 

For nearly 30 years, OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital has illuminated the holiday season for patients and families with Gratitude Trees placed throughout the hospital. These beautiful trees are an opportunity to express our gratitude and pay tribute to our loved ones and their caregivers.

For the first time ever, the OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center, which is part of the Riverside Methodist Hospital campus,has decorated a Gratitude Tree in the Atrium on the lower level to join this celebration.

Thank you to Brett and Cecily Alexander for their generous sponsorship of this year’s McConnell Heart Health Center Gratitude Tree. Their gift will support important programs and services that will improve the health of those we serve at The McConnell Center. 

MHHC Did You Know…? 

Throughout the year we offer programs just for members that are focused on improving health and wellness through exercise, nutrition, stress management and more! Focusing on weekly challenges to help you reach your goals, these programs offer tip sheets, guidance from a Health and Wellness Coach, and opportunities to learn more about various health and wellness topics. Keep an eye out for the upcoming programs heading into the new year, as each program provides a different focus to help you better your health and well-being.

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 November 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 December. The previous month's winner is Mark Watkins.

Question:  What are options to make your holidays healthier? (choose all that apply)

Answer: (Circle your choice)

A.) Go for a walk or run early in the day to get in your exercise

B.) Be the person that brings a healthy item to your dinner party

C.) Eat everything at the dessert table

D.) Take a walk after your meal 


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.