A new director will help guide Healthy New Albany this year as the nonprofit organization prepares for the opening of the city's community health center.
At the end of 2013, Healthy New Albany hired Tracy Ingram as executive director.
Ingram has a bachelor's degree in nutrition and chemistry and a master's degree in health-care administration.
She said her position is funded by Healthy New Albany and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, which will lease space in the new Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany.
Ingram joins four other Healthy New Albany staff members: marketing director Kristin Ferguson and farmers market managers Kristina Jenny, Jackie Krebs and Marianne Troutman. The four are considered part-time, Ingram said.
Though Ingram jokes she currently does not have an office, she and others expect to work in the Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany when it opens in November at the corner of Village Hall and Johnstown roads.
Ingram said Healthy New Albany's community programming is expected to increase when the Heit Center opens.
"There is much to accomplish between the beginning of the year and the anticipated grand opening on Nov. 1," Ingram said. "The (health center) will serve as a community anchor for health and wellness."
While few details are available on the new programming, Healthy New Albany will continue many of its previous initiatives this year, she said.
"In 2014, Healthy New Albany will continue its healthful programs that the community enjoys and are most familiar," Ingram said.
The farmers market started by Healthy New Albany in Market Square has become a year-round venture and the New Albany Community Garden, located behind New Albany Village Hall, now has more than 80 plots.
Ingram said the summer farmers market will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 26 to Sept. 4, at Market Square.
"The majority of merchants have already agreed to return for the 2014 season and a waiting list for new merchants has been established," Ingram said.
Healthy New Albany also will continue its lecture series in 2014. Ingram said the group worked with the New Albany-Plain Local School District in January to host Dr. Leonard Sax, who speaks on child and adolescent development.
The next lecture is slated for April 22 at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts and will feature Larry Lewellen, vice president for Care Coordination and Health Promotion for the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
"The lecture, 'Beyond the Bike,' will focus on Larry's adventure of riding his bike for weeks along the West Coast, the importance of exercise and his involvement in Pelotonia," Ingram said.
She said Healthy New Albany is planning a lecture about gardening in May.