The Wellness Conversation

Welcome to The Wellness Conversation – an OhioHealth Podcast, with your hosts, Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason. Dive into the heart of health and wellness in Columbus and its surrounding regions. Our mission? Making it simple for you to discover the keys to a healthier life, right in your backyard.

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Meet the hosts of The Wellness Conversation

Marcus Thorpe

Media and Public Relations Manager

Marcus joined OhioHealth after nearly 20 years as a television reporter, anchor and producer. He has done hundreds of interviews during his career — from presidential candidates and state leaders to pop culture icons.

Missy Gleason

Brand Journalism Lead

Missy joined OhioHealth after 13 years as a television producer for the acclaimed WBNS 10TV. She was at the forefront of breaking news and local happenings, handling news copy, interviews, live shots and more.

Episodes

February 6, 2024

Episode 9

Nutrition in the Age of Viral Trends: Separating Fact from Fiction

Join us as we navigate the complex world of nutrition in the era of social media. We'll explore the intersection of reliable nutrition information and the surge of viral eating trends on platforms like TikTok. With special guest, OhioHealth dietitian Priya Patel, this episode will empower you with the knowledge to discern credible advice and develop healthier eating habits.

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January 24, 2024

Episode 8

Unleashing Brain Potential: What is Neuro Wellness?

In this episode of *The Wellness Conversation*, Marcus and Missy are on a mission to unravel the mysteries of the brain and the essence of neuro wellness. Join them as they sit down with Lauren Esposito, the manager of the OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center.

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Guest: Lauren Esposito, OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center

Little Known Exercise Benefits For Neurologic Patients

The Three Pillars Of Brain Health (Mind, Body, Spirit)


January 2024

Episode 7

The Future Hospital: Elevating Patient Care through Innovation

Welcome to another insightful episode of The Wellness Conversation! In this episode, our dedicated hosts, Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason, delve into the fascinating world of futuristic hospitals, shedding light on the revolutionary changes that are reshaping inpatient care.

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Guests: Arika Thomas & Mia Lingafelter, OhioHealth Pickerington Methodist Hospital

OhioHealth Pickerington Methodist Hospital Opens with Innovative Smart Room Technology


December 2023

Episode 6

Navigating New Fitness Goals: From Aspiration to Achievement

The pursuit of fitness, while motivating for many, often becomes a maze of goals, obstacles, and self-reflection. In this episode, Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason invite the brilliant Amy Kleski, Director of Retail Operations at McConnell Heart Health Center and the OhioHealth Neuroscience Wellness Center, to guide listeners through the intricate journey of setting and realizing fitness objectives.

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Guest: Amy Kleski, OhioHealth McConnell Heart Health Center

Navigating The Gym After New Year’s Day

Busting Eight Myths About Exercise And Aging


November 2023

Episode 5

Grief Amidst the Glitter: Navigating Loss During the Holidays

The holiday season is often painted in hues of joy and celebration, but for many, it casts a long shadow of remembrance and loss. In this heartfelt episode, we discuss the emotional intricacies of coping with grief when the world is wrapped in festive cheer, we explore the notion of embracing grief, the delicate balance of memory and merriment, and the self-care strategies essential to finding solace. Whether you're navigating personal grief or seeking to support someone who is, this episode offers a beacon of understanding during the season of light.

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Guest: Jean O’Leary-Pyles, OhioHealth Grief Support Groups

Coping With Grief During The Holidays


October 2023

Episode 4

Get to Know Your OBGYN: A Deep Dive Into Women’s Healthcare

In this episode of "The Wellness Conversation," hosts Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason break down the layers of women's health, placing a particular spotlight on the role of an OBGYN.

Our special guest for this episode is OhioHealth OB/GYN, Megan Battin, DO. Dr. Battin sheds light on the comprehensive range of services an OBGYN provides—from regular check-ups to nuanced facets of pregnancy, reproductive health, mental well-being, and more.

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Guest: Meghan Battin, DO

Women’s Health Screenings Through The Decades


September 2023

Episode 3

Guiding Lights: The Role of Cancer Navigators

In this episode of "The Wellness Conversation," hosts Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason dive into understanding the role of cancer navigators. These specialists are the unsung heroes, guiding patients through their cancer journey with a compassionate and experienced hand.

isode are two esteemed cancer navigators from OhioHealth - Katherine Ghilani an oncology social work navigator and Casey Gallant, an oncology nurse navigator.

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Guests: Casey Gallant & Kathering Ghilani, OhioHealth Patient Navigators

The Benefits Of Keeping Cancer Care Close To Home

Your Loved One Has Cancer — Now What?


August 2023

Episode 2

Peak Performance: Unleashing the Athlete Within

The path to athletic excellence is paved with dedication, knowledge, and the right guidance. In this episode, Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason team up with two esteemed athletic trainers, Amy Harrison and Herm Hundley, to uncover the secrets behind peak athletic performance.

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Guests: Herm Hundley & Amy Harrison, OhioHealth Athletic Performance Clinic

Runner Talk Series


July 2023

Episode 1

Prepping for School: Physicals, Vaccines, & Sleep Rhythms

Welcome to The Wellness Conversation – an OhioHealth Podcast, with your hosts, Marcus Thorpe and Missy Gleason. Dive into the heart of health and wellness in Columbus and its surrounding regions. Our mission? Making it simple for you to discover the keys to a healthier life, right in your backyard.

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Guest: Ashley Cremona-Simmons, DO

School Bell To Bedtime: Navigating Health, Sleep And Screens

Back To School: Simple Ways To Get Ready For The Week