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When Politics Get Personal (And Getting Fit Turns Political)

Photo by Jenny Branson

Photo by Jenny Branson

By Angie Fenton

This is not a political column.

That needs to be said upfront.

I grew up in a household where

talking about politics was rarely, if

ever, a topic discussed out loud, and

I am still more comfortable listening

to political views as opposed to

divulging my own and engaging in

political talk. I often feel like that’s a

rarity – I mean, listening to someone

else’s opinion instead of exclaiming

my own – though if I said as much

on Facebook or Twitter, I’m sure

someone would attempt to shame

me for saying that, but whatever.

My husband, Jason Applegate,

spent e ight (long) months

researching a passion he’s held for

a very long time. Then, he officially

declared he is running for Floyd

County Commissioner. I fully

support him but am just that: his

support. Still, this is not a column

about him or politics (though I do

encourage you, wherever you’re

located and regardless of your

political affiliation, to exercise your

right to vote…and if I’m called to talk

politics, well, just know I’ve spent a

lifetime of listening and am ready to

stand up and speak if necessary).

But this is a column I wrote for

the now-tabled Extol Sports, Extol

Magazine’s sister publication, and

it is and will remain a column about

getting fit as it was in the other

publication. So…

What I didn’t realize until Jason’s

candidacy began was the role his

campaign would take in terms of

how we approach getting fit as a

family, which has been the focus of

this column since it first debuted in

Extol Sports, our (again) now-tabled

sister publication, in January 2017.

Suddenly , si n c e Jas on’s

announcement, work and life

responsibilities have included a

schedule requiring advanced

planning as well as a family

commitment to fitness and fun.

While social media and print, radio,

digital and television options to

spread the campaign word are vital,

nothing is more effective than inperson

interactions. And that means

hitting the streets on foot.

Over the past several weeks, we’ve

really benefited because family

walks – which include our 2-yearold

– have become a priority. So,

too, has meal planning. Stamina

and endurance are imperative on

this journey, and carving out time

together is important as well, now

more than ever.

Instead of flying into the start

of a new week without thinking

beyond Monday, we’ve made it a

point to plan out the week’s meals

and preparing what we can ahead of

time. We have to. That saves money,

of course, and also forces us to think

about what we’re putting into our

bodies. Garbage in, garbage out is a

cliche of the past, but when you make

it a point to ingest food intended to

fuel your body, you feel better. We

are proof of that.

While in the past it has been easy

to end the day by sitting on the couch

and watching yet another episode of

“Sesame Street” before our tot goes

to sleep and then staying up way too

late working on our computers, Jason

By Angie Fenton

and I have a newfound commitment

to getting outside before dinner

(weather permitting), walking our

four dogs with our young one and

talking about anything but work.

It’s funny how much happier that’s

made us. It’s wonderful how much

healthier it’s making us, physically,

spiritually and emotionally.

We still fail and falter. That’s just

life. We also refuse to give up.

This mama built a body who

has become an amazing little

person. And I’m still committed to

competing in another bodybuilder

competition one day soon like I did

years ago.

For now, though, I’m going to walk

and support those I love and have

fun with my family while focusing

not on politics but on this journey

we’re fortunate to call life.


2018 Imagine Awards

The Kula Center Opens, Welcomes Everyone

One-stop shop for holistic medicine and wellness opens in New Albany

By Lisa Hornung | Photos by Christian Watson

New Albany now has its own one-stop shop

for holistic medicine and wellness in The Kula

Center, 802 E. Market St.

Kula – which means community, clan or tribe – is

a fitting name for the center, which creates a tribe

of businesses serving the New Albany community.

Owner Carrie Klaus has owned and operated

Inner Spring Yoga in New Albany and Jeffersonville

for five years, and now she and her husband Rob

have opened this new space.

The couple live just a few blocks from the center,

and when they were out walking one evening,

Rob said to Carrie, “That would be a great place

for a yoga studio.” The two wanted to buy a place

instead of renting so they could gain some equity.

They moved Inner Spring’s New Albany location

to the Kula Center and opened up the center to

other businesses in the holistic health industry.

Businesses in the center include Dailey Wellness

and Massage, which offers massage, reiki, cupping,

kinesio tape and more; Integrating Healthy Habits,

a nutrition coaching service; and the Sukhino

Float Center, which will offer floatation in saltwater

pods. Sukhino will open in June. Inner Spring Jeffersonville is still open at 335 Spring St.

The Kula Center came about because Carrie

Klaus wanted to create an opportunity for people

who are interested in health and wellness and

work in the same location. “We’ve all kind of

got that same energy and that same vibe, and

we’re all working toward that same goal with our

businesses at the Kula Center.”

Carrie Klaus is also running for the New Albany

Township Advisory Board. After the 2016 election,

she began to get more politically involved and

started paying attention to ways to be more active.

“This kind of fit me because what I would be able

to do on the advisory board is offer assistance to

our lower-income community members,” Carrie

Klaus said, “and that really ties in with the mission

of Inner Spring yoga and with the ultimate goal

of the Kula Center, which is to make sure that the

Kula Center is open and welcoming to everyone

in the community.”

Carrie Klaus has been a yoga instructor for 12

years and opened Inner Spring about five years

ago. She mentioned one day to her husband that

she might like to open her own place. “And my

husband is one of those great kind of husbands

who like to make dreams come true,” she said,

“and he came home one day and said I rented

you a space to open up a yoga studio.”

She ran the business for a couple of years while

homeschooling her children. Now their daughters,

ages 14 and 11, are in school, and she runs both

Inner Spring and the Kula Center. “He has a fulltime

job and two part-time jobs,” she said of Rob

Klaus, who manages all the finances and payroll

of the businesses on top of his full-time job.

Carrie Klaus said she wants the Kula Center to

be a hub where everyone can have their health

and wellness needs met.

“We do realize that cost can be an issue for

some people in taking advantage of some of those

health and wellness practices,” she said.

Health insurance doesn’t cover holistic and

preventive care, such as yoga and acupuncture.

So, visitors have to pay out of pocket.

“We realize that’s just not possible for some

people in our community,” said Carrie Klaus.

“So, our ultimate goal is for each person in our

community to be served in some way by us.”

For more information on the Kula Center and

its businesses, visit www.thekulacenter.com.


Louisville Hosts Red-White Baseball Scrimmage

Photos by Christian Watson

Feb. 9

The University of Louisville baseball team opened its final

weekend of preseason work with a Red-White scrimmage

Feb. at Jim Patterson Stadium. Gates opened at 1 p.m. for

batting practice and admission was free for the scrimmage.

Louisville opened the 2018 season on Feb. 16 at against

Richmond in the first of three games at the Charleston Crab

House Challenge in Charleston, South Carolina. The Cardinals

also played The Citadel on Feb. 17 and George Mason on

Feb. 18. The 2018 home-opener at Jim Patterson Stadium

occurred Feb. 21 against Eastern Kentucky.

Fans can follow Louisville baseball on Twitter (@

UofLBaseball) and on Facebook (@ulbaseball).


Beargrass: A Skincare Company with A Mission


screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-4-11-23-pm“I have really sensitive skin, and had to learn certain ingredients to avoid in skincare products and laundry detergents at an early age,” explains David Conrad as we stand in his workspace in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville. He has a bottle of essential oil in one hand and a pipette in the other.

Conrad is the creator of Beargrass, an all-natural skincare brand he launched a few years ago. He started the company with a single beard oil. Now, the company has expanded its offerings to include a facial and body cleanser that is charcoal-based; a hydrating body spray that can also be used as a bug repellent and deodorant; and a moisturizing serum that contains hempseed oil and goldenrod extract that are both sourced from plants grown in Kentucky.

This full transparency about where each ingredient is sourced is important to the company owner. “I want Beargrass to be a company that people can feel good about purchasing their skincare items from,” says Conrad.

This is why Conrad is starting to list the location information for each ingredient he uses directly on the Beargrass website.

screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-4-11-28-pmSome of the plants these ingredients are extracted from are located in Kentucky and Indiana. He also hopes to use bottles that are manufactured locally from recycled materials in the near future. Conrad believes this honest and eco-friendly approach will help Beargrass stand apart from other skincare companies.

Beargrass is also unique in its approach to business because it puts a major emphasis on giving back to the local community. The company donates 10 percent of its net earnings to various local initiatives.

Conrad labels his company an eco-social enterprise because it is a business that values the environment and its own social impact just as much as it does its profits. This social impact includes donating to programs that provide essential work skills to youth in economically-depressed areas. AMPED Louisville and YouthBuild are just two of the programs that Beargrass partners with.

When asked why he chose these two youth organizations, Conrad quickly responds, “Giving young people important skills they can carry into adulthood is a good way to stop the cycle of poverty.”

AMPED Louisville – Academy of Music Production Education and Development – is a program on the West side of Louisville that aims to create a safe environment for kids to express themselves through music. This program started by teaching music composition, video production, web design and even marketing. Now, they have added computer programming and writing to their curriculum.

YouthBuild, which is another local organization aimed to arm young adults with essential life skills, is a program that provides counseling and support groups, and teaches productive processes for overcoming negative experiences.

One other local initiative Beargrass donates to is the Beargrass Creek Alliance. This alliance is dedicated to preserving local waterways through community involvement. Beargrass Creek, the inspiration behind the company name, is important to Conrad because he grew up next to it.

“I knew I wanted to work with an environmental cause, and the Beargrass Creek Alliance was a natural fit. Clean water is such an important thing. Water has such a wide reach. Whether it is trees, birds, plants, people hiking around it or the kids playing in it, water affects everything,” explains Conrad.

This idea of the waterways being a life source for the city is what inspired Conrad to use the name Beargrass for his company. “I needed a name that could sum up Louisville, and Beargrass does that. Beargrass Creek helped form the actual landscape of the city and continues to provide life to it.”

Over the next few years, Conrad plans to expand his product selection. He wants to create safe and natural cleaning products, pet supplies and more. For him, the Beargrass idea is more than a skincare brand. For Conrad, his company has become an an outlet for making real change in the community and how people do business.

Learn more about Beargrass at beargrass.co. or call 502.439.6419.


Health & Beauty | Putting VENeffect To The Test


Luxury line created by locals pays off


Nearly a decade ago, I met Dr. Rebecca Booth, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and senior partner at Women First of Louisville. She’d written a book titled, “The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…At Any Age,” which garnered national attention. So, I was excited when she and her sister Cecil Booth – a rockstar of marketing in the beauty industry and a University of Kentucky grad – agreed to meet with me to talk about VENeffect, a line of anti-aging skin care they developed using 100 percent natural plant-based phytoestrogens.

Touted as products that “safely and effectively reverse the signs of aging that are directly the result of decreasing estrogen to preserve and restore the youthful glow of healthy, vibrant skin,” they’re now available at Neiman Marcus, Soft Surroundings, Bloomingdales, Amazon.com and more.

For years, I have been a faithful user of RéVive skincare products, which are pricey but I apply them sparingly, so each bottle lasts for about a year, which is worth it. So, I was a little hesitant to try something new, but how many times do you get to meet the actual creators of a luxury skincare line and, added bonus, already have a relationship with one of them, whom you trust and respect?

For the past month, I’ve been using the Pore Minimizing Cleanser and Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer twice a day, followed by the Anti-Aging Eye Treatment and Anti-Aging Lip Treatment. Skeptical though I was, the truth is my skin hasn’t looked or felt this good in years, especially after pregnancy did a number on it. My fine lines have lessened, my skin is clearer and – dare I say it? – yes, my skin is more vibrant. Count me among the growing legion of VENeffect fans.

Just like with most luxury skincare lines, the products aren’t cheap; they range from $60 for the cleanser to $195 for the Firming Phyto-Lift Serum (which I have yet to buy…but maybe one day soon). Keep in mind that VENeffect products can be applied with a light hand – unlike most drugstore brands – so they last a long time, which makes them worth it. Find out more about VENeffect at veneffect.com.


As I Was Saying | The ‘A’ Word

By Scotlyn McConnell

In this article I’m going to be discussing the “A word”. Maybe not the one you’re thinking of though. This isn’t the word you get a call from your child’s teacher about, but rather the one being discussed in every political forum in America. Abortion. Now, don’t let me lose you here. I know these waters are muddy, and I know I won’t be able to clean the entire ocean, but let’s see if I can make your own pool a little clearer. I’m doing this because I am constantly surrounded with different opinions on this issue. As a passionate women’s rights activist, I have a strong view on this topic.

First I would like to give a brief lesson in where U.S law currently stands on abortion. Abortion in the United States is currently legal thanks to the case of Roe v. Wade which came to a conclusion in 1974. However, it is not federally dictated, meaning that each state can decide whether they will allow abortions and what regulations will be in place. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abortion_in_the_United_States_by_state)

Now I’d like to talk about the laws in Indiana specifically. Currently, it is only legal for a woman to get an abortion in the first trimester of her pregnancy. A woman can only get an abortion after that if deemed absolutely necessary by a medical professional. There is also a need for parental consent if the patient is under the age of 18. If a woman has an abortion done illegally, she will be tried with a class C felony. (http://statelaws.findlaw.com/indiana-law/indiana-abortion-laws.html)

Now that that’s out of the way, I want to talk about some of the arguments brought up when discussing abortion. The issue of church and state is a very large one when it comes to this topic. Now, everyone has the right to believe in whatever religious things they want, however, constitutionally, we can’t place our personal religious beliefs on another person.

Another non-religious pro-life argument is that not getting an abortion is better for a woman’s health. This can be disputed with the slew of things that could go wrong in a pregnancy. From chronic high blood pressure to heart complications, a woman’s entire body is at risk during a pregnancy and a birth.

Her entire body, of course, includes her brain. Lots of new parents have a moment of freezing up when their child is born. However, this expands further than a few weeks of panic. Around 20% of moms will suffer from postpartum depression. This severe form of depression can follow a new mother for months on end, along with a whole array of body confidence issues. In no way do I want this to scare you away from having a baby. If you take care of yourself while pregnant, there’s little chance these things will happen, but you can’t just ignore the things that might go wrong.

In the end, everyone is absolutely allowed to have their own opinions on the topic. But just like with everything else, it is good to have an educated argument to back up what you’re talking about. I know that in this article I just talked about pro-life arguments, but there’s a very simple reason for this. The pro-choice supporters have one central idea, it is a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body.


Building A Dream

Photos by Tony Bennett

Extol staffers JD DOTSON and ANGIE FENTON have decided to compete in the men’s and women’s physique categories of the Kentucky Muscle Bodybuilding Championships in October 2017. An avid runner, JD is already in good shape but will need to build muscle and control his sweet tooth. Angie, who gave birth to her daughter in January 2016, is in the worst physical shape of her life and tired of feeling, well, tired. With the help of their coach, RYAN SCHRINK, owner of Schrink Personal Training, the pair are ready to begin what will be an arduous journey in their quests to get fit. But what will it take to reach their goals? In this first installment of what will be a 10-month series, JD and Angie share where they are now, what motivates them most and any pitfalls they see ahead.


Ryan Schrink was born and raised in Seymour and played football for Ball State before graduating with a bachelor’s in exercise Science. He also has a master’s in exercise physiology from the University of Louisville. The owner of Schrink Personal Training, Ryan averages 45 training sessions a week with clients who vary in age, ability and goals, and has worked with individuals from age 7 to 92. Despite his busy work schedule and fatherly duties – he has four kids, including Brooklyn, 15; Olivia, 12; Rylan, 9; and Gia, 6 months –Ryan fits in five to six lifting sessions a does cardio three to four days a week. A respected bodybuilder with several championships under his belt, he’s also made a name for coaching others who aim to compete and is ready to take on Extol’s JD Dotson and Angie Fenton. “JD’s challenge is going to his social life and transitioning from a runner mentality to a lifting mentality,” he said. “Angie’s challenge is going to be about busyness. She’s going to have to set aside some time for herself and feel OK with that.”




I want to compete in the physique category of a bodybuilding competition this time next year when I’ll be 42. Pregnant at 40, gave birth the day I turned 41 (Jan. 20), compete at 42 – that’s my goal. I’m out of shape, weigh far more than is healthy. I am an “old” mom and, ultimately, want to be strong and fit so I can be there for my daughter, Olive, for a very long time. I also wouldn’t mind if one of the major benefits is my husband feeling proud of what his wife has set out to accomplish. But at the end of the day, this is mostly for me. I’m better in every way when I am physically fit. It’s time to make a change.


I’m a mom, a wife, owned by four dogs and two cats and work two jobs — I’m a reporter for WHAS11 every weekday morning and am editor in chief of Extol Magazine. I also commit much time to charity events and volunteering in the community. Juggling it all while training will be a struggle. But, I am tired of being unhealthy and lacking the strength, stamina and confidence I know is possible. I want this so much.


My diet currently varies. On good days, I eat mostly protein and low-glycemic carbs: baked chicken, lean cuts of pork, some seafood (fish and shellfish) and roasted or steamed vegetables. On not-so-healthy days, I’ll eat whatever is in front of me: pizza, a grilled chicken sandwich from a fast food or fast-casual restaurant, grilled chicken or chef salad with ranch. I drink a large coffee with cream most mornings (made at home) and rarely take time to eat breakfast — except on weekends when I love egg scrambles. I’m not a huge fan of bread or pasta but will eat them on occasion. I eat sporadically and will sometimes go a whole day without eating anything except a very late dinner just before bed. I drink a ton of water. I don’t drink full-sugar sodas and rarely drink diet sodas because of the aspartame but have craved Diet Coke a few times lately for some reason. I know how to eat multiple meals but don’t do it. I prefer to have a protein shake for breakfast if I have to eat breakfast, though — again — I rarely eat breakfast. Or lunch. Or snack. I enjoy wine and beer, especially at the end of a long week.


I am currently only walking my daughter in a stroller about 3-4 times a week and usually for no more than 20 minutes. I live on a hill and have four dogs. I could be kicking my own butt every day for their sakes and mine but haven’t taken the time. But it’s time. I am a new member of the LAC in New Albany and already appreciate the supportive environment of the staff and my fellow members.


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I want to naturally compete in the physique competition in October 2017. At 47, I guess my main goal is to be as healthy and fit as possible, to push myself into new territory, new challenges.


For sure it will be tough. I’m not worried about the food or working out. I’m a former smoker, and I survived teaching junior high and high school, so I feel like I can do anything. I guess I am worried about failing due to health or injury. But I am a fighter and really excited and grateful.


This is the part that probably worries me the most. I don’t generally eat anything fried, fast food, processed meats. I eat fairly well, but always succumb to sweets. I drink coffee, cream, agave to sweeten in the morning, usually toast and soy “butter”, jelly, usually a banana, sometimes a smoothie. Lunch is Veggie Sandwich, turkey sandwich, probably chips of some sort, Jonny cooks dinner, always good meat, chicken or beef, always a veg, sometimes pasta, meat tomato sauce. I crave sweets and try to rustle up ice cream or a bowl of cereal, skim milk. I barely drink alcohol or beer, stick to unsweet tea.


I work out a minimum of four to five days a week, including doing abdominal exercises and lifting, at the YMCA, where I’ve been a longtime member. I run five days a week five to 12 miles each time and average about 35 to 40 miles a week. I also ride my bike to work a few times a week and socially around town after work.



Schrink Personal Training




Journey of a Pain Sufferer: Part One

By Steve Kaufman

I’m going to a medical specialist for my chronic aches and shooting jolts of pain. Will I get relief? Might you get relief, as well?

I wake up every morning in pain.

Whether it’s the familiar dull throb of my lower back, muscle pains in my calves and thighs, some sharp pain in my hands or something new – my foot, my wrist, an elbow – something is always clouding my first-thing-in-the-morning brain.

Some of that goes away gradually. Some of it benefits from a brisk, pre-dawn walk around my neighborhood. Some responds to a hot bath.

And some of it never does go away, not the rest of the day, not for several days. It’s just always there. Always ready to remind me with a sharp zing when I suddenly reach for something on my desk or quickly twist past an open drawer. When I raise my arm to run a comb through my hair or just take a wrong step.

Do I know what it’s from? I guess. Some is clearly arthritis in my joints. Some is the inflammation and irritation of what I’ve self-diagnosed as bursitis in my elbows and knees. Some is degeneration in my back. Some is just age.

I don’t always know.

What I do always know is that pain is a constant companion, distracting, disabling, slowing me down and keeping me from my creative best when I need that the most.

Like a lot of people, I live with it. I always chuckle when doctors’ offices ask me to rate my pain on a scale of 1 to 10. People like me have long ago lost the perspective to rate our pain.

I always felt that the stabbing everyday pain, the kind that I maybe rate a 4 or 5 on the scale, would have drawn a 9 or 10 from my ex-wife. We’re all calibrated to tolerate pain differently. And much of it comes from living with, accommodating and adjusting to it.

Doctors’ offices. They used to help. Today, not so much. They’re afraid to prescribe almost anything for patients’ pain-relief. And I realize that even bringing that subject up probably makes someone out there nod and say, “Addict!”

Opioid addiction is clearly one of the elephants in the room. But you know what else is? The true addict is going to somehow score his Oxycontin or Percoset somewhere on the street. The poor, pain-addled person like me, just seeking some relief so I can function more or less normally, has to hope his doctor is willing to write a prescription for even a low-grade analgesic like Tramadol.

I know. It’s not an easy conversation to have. Of course, if you don’t raise the conversation with your doc, the conversation goes away. But the pain doesn’t. And really, do we chronic pain sufferers have to live our lives with the constant, throbbing, familiar pain? And, more importantly, should we?

I’ve been aware for some time that there are a number of what are called “pain-management centers.” What do they do? Are they physical therapy facilities? Hypnosis? Chiropractic? Acupuncture? Some other mystical art? Or are they a legitimate branch of medical science?

I recently decided to find out for myself. Maybe I could realize some genuine relief. Or maybe it would result in just a good magazine story.

This summer, I contacted pain-relief specialist Dr. Michael Cassaro of Painless Living in Jeffersonville. In fact, I’d seen an ad for his practice in this very publication and thought maybe this was someone who could help me, provide some relief or just offer some understanding in how I should cope with the pain I feel.

I’ve been seeing Mike Cassaro since September. I’m really quite confident that I’m going to feel better. And I plan, in this space, to share my experience with you in subsequent issues of Extol.

Maybe you, too, will have your curiosity sated. Or maybe you’ll discover that perhaps you don’t really have to live with pain after all. Stay tuned. I know I am.