Articles by BarbaraDay

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Ladies Night: Coach Strong’s 3rd Annual Women’s Clinic

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.           Who would have thought that 400+ women of all ages would be hooting and hollering ready to embark on hitting the weights, trying to get the washboard abs, donning shoulder pads to sprint wildly across the football field or doing old fashioned agility drills? That pretty much describes the Ladies Night Coach Strong 3rd Annual Women’s Clinics. Did I mention that the women were laughing and having a really great time?  Each participant got an opportunity to get their picture taken with Coach Strong, me included! When my turn came around, I told…


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Business First What’s Brewing: Game changers for Kentucky businesses – Education, Health and Taxes.

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. I attended Business First What’s Brewing panel discussion on Tuesday with the topic being: Game changers for Kentucky businesses – Education, health and Taxes. Panelists include: David Adkisson, President & CEO of the Kentucky Chamber, Steve Williams, President & CEO of Norton Healthcare, Inc, and Dr. Terry Holiday, Kentucky Education Commissioner. Here’s a summary of what I walked away with. Kentucky Chamber   David Adkisson with the KY Chamber says: The legislature needs to develop a way to pay back interest Kentucky owes on its debt to the federal government for unemployment insurance (UI)….


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Learning to Play an Instrument When You are Over-the-Hill!

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. I had finished running in Cherokee Park around the Scenic Loop on Monday and was walking on the path to cool down.  Samatha True was getting ready to play her small harp.   I stopped to talk and to be entertained. Actually I’ve been secretly thinking about learn how to play an instrument at the ripe old age of 61. I didn’t have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument as a youngster, so I have been thinking about it since I  shutdown my magazines and have more time. It turns out that Samatha…


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Ted Smith: Director of the Department of Economic Growth and Innovation Part 2: The Electronic Medical Record

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Rick Redding wrote an excellent recap of what Ted Smith had to say about Economic Growth & Innovation in Metro Louisville at the Breakfast of Champions meeting. But after I heard Ted’s excellent background in healthcare I was particularly interested to hear what he had to say about Affordable Care’s Electronic Medical Record mandate for healthcare providers who care for Medicare patients. Who is Ted Smith, PhD? Dr. Smith received his undergraduate degree in BioPsychology from Allegheny College, his PhD in Cognitive Science from Miami University and a Post-Doc Fellowship from the Massachusetts Institute…


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LaQuandra Nesbitt, MD, MPH Details the Health Status of Louisville

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.            Dr.Nesbitt presented the State of Health in metro Louisville in front of a packed crowd at the Metro Health Department. The good news is that 89% of our residents have health care coverage. The mortality rate is higher in blacks.  Causes of mortality in blacks are heart disease and cancer followed by COPD, stroke and diabetes. All of these diseases are predominantly caused by poor lifestyle choices. She suggested that many of these health issues could be managed on a day-to-day basis. The main reasons for hospital admissions for our…


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Senator Mitch McConnell Speaks at the GLI Capitol Connection

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.           Senator Mitch McConnell spoke to over 250 business men and women. Senator McConnell said there are some positives about working with divided government comparing it to 2009, when there was no divided government but one party was making and passing all their agenda. He talked about the passage of Obamacare, the nationalizing of student loans and the 43% increase in the National debt in less than 3 years. Fortunately, in 2010, Congress came together to extend the Bush Tax Cut for 2 years because of the dire state of the economy. Senator McConnell…


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Scott Davenport: The TEAM Approach Helping Each Other to be Great!

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. I actually met Scotty Davenport in the early 90s when he was the basketball coach at Ballard High School. I was the designated health promotion volunteer dietitian for both Ballard High School and Fern Creek High School. At the time, Ballard was one of the best basketball programs in the city. In fact, when Scotty  was coaching at Ballard, they won a state championship in 1988.  When at Ballard, he coached two NBA players: Allan Houston and DuJuan Wheat. But I really got to know Scotty on a personal basis when he became the…


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2012 Master Worlds Cyclocross in Louisville

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Photos by Craig Dooley (www.dooleymann.photoreflect.com) The 2012 Master Worlds Cyclocross was held in Louisville at the Eva Bandman Park off River Road last week. There were over 500 participants in this 4 day event. On Thursday, it was rainy and muddy on the course, but as the weather got colder, the mud turned into icy hardened grooved paths that became treacherous on Friday and early on Saturday.  As the weather warmed it became muddy again. This was the first time the Masters Worlds have been in the United States and they chose Louisville, KY….


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Swags Sport Shoes Honored as One of the 50 Best Running Stores in America

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Swags Sport Shoes (www.swagssportsshoes.com), one of our local running retail stores, was recently honored as one of the 50 best running stores in America by tow leading trade and consumer publications Running Insight and Competitor Magazine. Swags Sport Shoes received a commemorative plaque and window decal for both of their locations at an Awards Ceremony in Austin, Texas in December. The award officially started in 2006 and this is the fifth time Swag’s has received an award. In fact, in 2009, Swags Sport Shoes was recognized as the 2nd best Running Store in America….


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USDA Launches SuperTracker at ChooseMyPlate.gov

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Last year the United States Department of Agriculture updated the Food Guide Pyramid to the ChooseMyPlate graphic which featured a colorful plate divided into fruits, vegetables, grains and protein with the dairy on the side. The narrative was make half of your plate fruits and vegetables and enjoy your food but eat less. The USDA has introduced a SuperTracker which can help keep you on track. It’s timing consuming but it may be worth the investment to help you maintain your good health over time. Because taxpayers are funding this project, it’s all FREE….