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ROI (Return on Investment): Health Enterprises Network Workshop

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Corporate Wellness in the 1990’s now called Employee/Worksite Wellness in 21st Century Before I started Kentuckiana HealthFitness Magazine in 1997, I taught employee wellness programs on weight management, cholesterol management, stress management and exercise at Anthem, Jewish Hospital Healthcare Services, PNC Bank, Bank of Louisville, First National Bank, Citizens Fidelity Bank, Brown Foreman, Ford, and an assortment of smaller businesses. When the stock market dropped, many businesses cut their employee wellness programs as a result. At the time, very little data was collected on outcomes.  As a result, no one knew if the…


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Hard Part Starting For Fischer

I think the P.R. campaign waged by NPR is working. Today I answered phones for a couple of hours down at Louisville Public Media, and plenty of callers expressed anger that the funding for programming might be in danger.  LPM’s “Campaign for Independence” is about halfway to its $650K goal. And it got good news from D.C. today. Honeymoon Now Over: Greg Fischer’s celebrating 100 days in office, and pretty soon he’s going to have to start dealing with a tight budget and maybe actually have to cut some things, and he hasn’t ruled out jobs. I say get to…


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NYT “36 Hours” Scribe Washburn Talks Whiskey Row

One of the best nods to our little/big city by the river in print past was Michael Washburn’s “36 Hours in Louisville, Ky” published March 31, 2011 in the coveted Travel section of the New York Times. This pre-Derby buzz is only a taste of a life enriched by journalism and appreciation of literary culture for the Brooklyn resident.  The Louisville native, Atherton graduate  and former U of L student has thrived after transplanting in New York City. His work has appeared in Washington Post, NPR, The San Francisco Chronicle to name only a few prestigious forums.  The bright city…


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In Defense of Fast Trains

As a citizen of the most prosperous and powerful nation on earth, I can’t even get snail rail service from Louisville to Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Nashville! Yet just about everyone I know gets absolutely giddy whenever the prospect of rail travel gets the least bit of discussion. It’s a fact that Main street America has been yearning for fast rail for decades. That we don’t take it seriously is a national disgrace.


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Cardinal Towne Campus Will Open on Schedule Despite Fire

A fire this afternoon at the Cardinal Towne Leasing Office, which resides near the development, will not affect the opening date of Cardinal Towne, scheduled for August 15, 2011.  The leasing office at 1806 South Third Street, located almost one block north of Cardinal Towne, sustained damage today. There were no injuries.  This event will not affect ongoing Cardinal Towne campus construction. “This was due to a contractor error while performing welding duties on the Cardinal Towne leasing office itself, and is no reflection on our quality control, or construction procedures.  The contractor is taking full responsibility for the damage…


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UConn Win Good for Louisville?

I was glad to be bowling at Ten Pin Lanes last night rather than watching that brick-fest between Connecticut and Butler. I was pulling for the Bulldogs, though it set up something positive for U of L fans to discuss until October. The Cards’ record against the champion Huskies (2-1) vs. UK’s (0-2). And U of L beat Butler. Then there’s the fact that for all the heat the Big East took as 10 of its 11 NCAA Tournament teams got beat, the only team standing at the end was the 9th best team in the league. Expect those arguments…


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Bellarmine Knights – A Few Days Later

First of all, if you missed it, here is the celebration from Knights Hall held on Tuesday evening, March 29, 2011. If you didn’t hear the throb of BTO’s “Takin’ Care of Business” or “I Got a Feeling (Tonight I Gonna Be a Good Night”) from Black Eyed Peas echoing from the campus speakers at dusk, you had to be a couple of zip codes away. A few steps up the concrete ramp and the generator-like hum was revealed as I looked out upon wall to wall bleachers filled with fans. A platform with the NCAA trophy in the center,…


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Mayor Greg Fischer: 79 Days and Counting

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Full disclosure, I did not vote for Louisville Metro Mayor Greg Fischer.  I am conservative.  My voting record is independent, however. I voted for Mayor Abramson & President Clinton. In the mayor election cycle, I helped my friend and fellow Church member, Hal Heiner, in his campaign.  However, I liked what then Candidate Fischer had to say when he was debating Heiner before the election. I have to admit I didn’t even know anything about Greg Fischer at that point except that he was running against Hal Heiner. I remember thinking after the…


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Time to Care about Education

That email headline really caught my attention — “Louisville Turns up the Heat on Education.” It was one of those cheeky emails from the Friend of Lou bunch touting the 55,000 Degree project. It’s a goal set by education leaders last year to increase the number of people with college degrees — the goal is 40,000 bachelors and 15,000 associates degrees by 2020. The logic is simple — the more smart people around, the more money they’ll make and the more prosperous the entire community. It’s a public-private partnership financed by local foundations — they’ve somehow come up with more…


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Meet Another ‘Invisible Bicyclist’ – Alan Sweeny II – car-free and loving it

Alan couldn’t have picked a harder time to go car-free. He admits the past winter’s weather was a big challenge, but he has made a game of it. “It’s really not that bad. In fact, it’s rewarding. Every time I get to work it’s a fun to look back at what I went through to get there,” he said. Overcoming the elements gives him a sense of victory.