The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is fully open at 150 W. Main St. and so are the various classes organizers hoped to offer.

The Philip Heit Center for Healthy New Albany is fully open at 150 W. Main St. and so are the various classes organizers hoped to offer.

The health-related programs also are open to anyone, even people who live outside of the community.

"People do not have to be a member of (the) fitness center or a New Albany resident to take classes," said Abbey Brooks, program director for the center. "The Heit Center is open to everyone and classes are the same price for everyone."

Classes began this month on such topics as cooking, nutrition, exercise and wellness, CPR and athletics injuries.

Brooks said the programs are scheduled by the nonprofit Healthy New Albany.

Brooks was hired as the program director for Healthy New Albany in December and works with eight committee members to determine program topics.

All classes are taught by one of the Heit Center partners -- the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital -- both of which have offices in the building.

"The really amazing thing about using partners, and we definitely will continue to use them going forward, is that all $5 classes you see are because the person instructing or teaching for us is doing that for free," Brooks said. "We've got doctors and physical therapists who live in New Albany and work in the Heit Center and want to share what they're doing with the community."

She said an example is a three-part series March 9, 16 and 23 on concussions that will be taught by representatives of Nationwide Children's Hospital's sports-medicine program.

The cost will be $5 for each session, and the March 23 class will conclude with baseline testing for student athletes ages 10 and older.

"It's the same baseline testing the (New Albany) middle and high schools already offer to athletes," Brooks said. "What we offer is the same but it's open for any child age 10 or older. So far, I've got some really great inquiries from youth soccer teams, and I told them to sign (the kids) up and bring them in."

As another example, some of the cooking classes, which will cost $25 to $65, will be taught by Jim Warner, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's director of programming and nutrition.

Registration must be completed at the Heit Center during business hours, which are: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Brooks said registration soon would be available on the website.