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The Central Ohio Chapter encompasses the Columbus Metro area
and surrounding suburbs.



April 1, 2019
Mindful Eating - May Meeting
Monday, May 20, 2019
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location:  Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus OH  43240
Members:  Free                      Non-members/Guests:  $10 prepaid
Registration Deadline:  Sunday, May 19, 2019

In our fast-paced society, we are bombarded with an abundance of food choices every day.  On top of that, distractions have shifted our attention away from the actual “art of eating,” and onto televisions, computers and smartphones.

Eating has become a mindless act, often done very quickly. This can be problematic, since it actually takes the brain about 20 minutes to realize our stomachs are full.

Veronica Petta will speak to us about Mindful Eating.  Mindful eating is defined as eating with intention while paying attention.  She will discuss making eating intentional instead of an automatic response.

Hit the Reset Button on Healthy Eating!

We Will Learn
  • What is Mindful Eating?
  • How to Eat Intentionally To Improve Our Health and Well-being  (Videos & Practice Meditation) 
  • To Increase Our Awareness of Food-Related Triggers Giving Us TheFreedom To Choose Our Responses To Them
  • Mindful Eating Tips & Tricks To Transform Our Relationship With Food
Take-home resources will be e-mailed to attendees! 
About Veronica
Veronica Petta is the Founding Principal of Blair Communications, an award-winning communications agency, established in 2000.

During the last several years, Veronica has identified an overlooked and growing market, where consumer-recognized needs and wants were not currently being met.  The complexity of our health care system has given rise to a new professional:  the patient advocate.  Serving as a patient advocate, Veronica helps her clients successfully navigate the increasingly complex, expensive and technologically-driven health care maze.
Anyone interested is invited to gather at the Polaris Grill for dinner at 4:30 before the meeting.  

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March 23, 2019
Welcome New Members
This column is normally devoted to introducing new members, but we have not had any for a couple of months. However, at the February meeting, we had a very interesting guest. Ann Gilbert heard about our chapter through the national TTN newsletter, contacted Carol Oswald, and attended our meeting, even though she lives in Cleveland.
Ann has been retired from teaching music, specifically string bass, for four years but is very active in the classical music world. In addition to playing with the Cleveland Pops, the Akron Symphony, The Fireland Orchestra, and the Bluewater Chamber Orchestra, which she helped found, she accompanies voice students. ,
Ann is also thinking of starting a wellness business, as she is certified to teach Praisemoves. We hope Ann will come to visit often and maybe teach us some of those praisemoves. Sadly, there is no TTN chapter in Cleveland, but with any luck, we’ll see her again soon. Read more...

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March 1, 2019
Special Interest Groups - Upcoming Events
Mary Hiland was recently featured in Toastmasters International’s inaugural newsletter titled Alumni Newsletter. She explains how Toastmasters helped her talk about and
market her first book, The Bumpy Road to Assisted Living: A Daughter’s Memoir. In fact, Renée Covino, Senior Copywriter for Toastmasters bought Mary’s book. She thanked Mary for helping her through some “bumpy roads” with her own mother. Mary’s article can be read at .

Special Interest Group Activities

Wellness Group

(1) Women's Self Defense Classes - Wellness Event Series:
Westerville Police is sponsoring five free Women's Self Defense Classes. Class locations depend on the date. Classes are scheduled for 5-18, 6-15, 8-17, and 10-19. You don't
have to be a Westerville resident to sign up. The sign-up website is here
(2) Annual NAMI Walk - June Wellness Event: Barbara Blair-Karr is chairing the Annual NAMIWalks Franklin County. NAMIWalks is a mental health awareness and
fundraising event-- the largest in the nation!
What:         NAMIWalks Franklin County
Location:   Wolfe Park, Columbus
Date:         6/08/2019 at 8:30 a.m.
One in Five Americans lives with mental illness. Are you or someone that you know one of them? How has it affected your life? Register and share your reason for participating
in NAMIWalks. Your story could inspire others to take action too. Every person who joins the movement helps NAMI reach more people who are affected by mental illness.
Click Here To Register

For information on the Wellness Group, please contact Roberta Kayne or Maureen Severns at  and

And if you would like to plan an event or have an idea for a wellness event, please contact Roberta or Maureen.

“Slethin’ Genies” Genealogy Group
Contact Virginia Brizendine for more about the "Sleuthin' Genies" Genealogy Group at
Movie/Theatre Group
Our next movie night is Monday, April 29th. We saw Gloria Bell in March. April movie suggestions are welcome! In April, it might be your choice if you let Mary know, so contact Mary Hiland at
Writers Group
The Writers Group next meeting is on April 5th at 1:00 p.m. Contact Anna Crooks at for more information. The Ohio Book Festival, this year, will be on April 27th at the downtown Columbus Metropolitan Public Main Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is a free event, including the parking. Check out the following website for more information:  
New Special Interest Groups Suggestions
Do you have an idea for a new Special Interest Group (SIG) or a Transition Peer Group (TPG)? If so, please contact Anna Crooks at
TPGs are small groups of 8-12 members, who want to explore life-stage related issues in comfortable, trusting environments. Once formed, the TPGs are limited to those members, who have committed to participate for a specific series of meetings.
On the other hand, the majority of our groups are SIGs, which are more casually organized, and invite any Chapter members to participate in their activities as their schedules allow.
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February 28, 2019
TTN Central Ohio Participated in "Thrive Columbus"
On February 26th, our Central Ohio Chapter was represented at the Thrive Columbus conference at the Fawcett Center. This conference was a first of its kind event that brought together 22 local organizations that support women both personally and professionally. About 240 women attended the event. The audience represented a diverse spectrum of business owners, government employees, and non profit management and volunteers. They were engaged, asked great questions, and were all very appreciative of this opportunity to connect with each other in one place!
First Lady Shannon Ginther was the opening speaker. The full day event featured four panel discussions on Economics & Business, Family & Wellness, Leadership & Policy, and Philanthropy & Engagement. Carol Oswald represented TTN on the Family & Wellness panel. 
TTN had a table with information about our Chapter, our workshop offerings, and featured books by our TTN authors. Anna Crooks, Mary Greenlee and Carol Smith were there to help answer questions about our mission and local offerings. Several of the attendees expressed interest in our Women in Transition Workshop and the On Resilience workshop. We will be looking to schedule these later this year.
Mary B. Relotto, the producer and founder of Thrive Columbus and also TTN Chapter member, plans to make this an annual event. She created a web site to share the information about all these women-supporting organizations in Central Ohio at
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