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All’s FAIR in Love and Weight! The Making of the “BIG KAHUNA, YOU!”

I’m not sure if it is where I am right now, but I swear I can smell the grease coming off this page as I write. I’ve never blown chunks while writing a blog, but this one came close to making me hurl. America’s state fairs can be counted on to provide foods featuring offbeat ingredient combinations. Here are the Top Ten New Foods this year offered at State Fairs: Hash Brown Hot Dog Deep Fried Klondike Bar Corn Dog Pizza Fried Beer Deep-Fried Cheesesteak on a Stick Deep-Fried Cheddar-Bacon Mashed Potatoes Deep-Fried Frito Pie Sweet Potato Dog This one…


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Fear the disease not the cure! Why most don’t exercise!

A gentleman stumbled into my office last week almost in tears. Come to find out he was more terrified that he might have to change his lifestyle than acknowledge the fact that his foot might have to be amputated. No kidding! This guy was obese and had severe diabetes from being so overweight, but still could not come to grips with the consequences of his disease and wanted to put off exercising.  As much as I wanted not to hurt his feelings I had to be straight forward with him so he may not be hurt later when he loses…


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Losing Weight – A Matter of “Just One!”

Twenty-five years ago I started a weight loss company with a single thought in mind; if I could help just one. As I wrote down my mission on a piece of paper and thought; if I could encourage others and hold them responsible for their behaviors I could just possible help another live a healthier life and might save one in the process. From the beginning I realized it would not be easy, I knew most would resist the idea, but what I did not realize until years later is how much pride, denial and laziness people really had inside…


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Archbishop Delivers Hospital Merger Another Blow

The general public has been hearing about this hospital merger for a while now, and most of the noise-making has been done by individuals opposed to it. For good reason. The idea that the city’s public hospital (University Hospital), the one that is the last resort for the poor and the one supported by millions of state and city tax dollars, would operate under directives established by a religious organization, is just not acceptable. Yesterday, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the highest-ranking local Catholic official, said in a speech at the Rotary Club that he expects any merged health care organization under…


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Dehydration, Desperation and Dry as a Bone- Handling the Heat!

Last Thursday morning I awoke in a state of shock, not from a bad dream, but what turned out as a serious case of dehydration and electrolyte deficiency. My body had shut down and was on the verge of needing hospital attention. Thankfully I have friends in medicine that makes  house calls during the wee hours of the morning! Needless to say, this scared the you know what out of me. I’m the fitness guru, this stuff isn’t suppose to happen to me, I should know better; these were the first things that came to mind. However, I just didn’t…


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Has the School Lunch Program Failed our Kids?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N.        In the early 80s, I was a USDA School Lunch & Child Nutrition program reviewer for the Alaska Department of Education. I traveled all over Alaska to Indian & Eskimo villages and also to Anchorage and Fairbanks to review the School Lunch Program to ensure the children were getting a healthy meal, met the Federal Guidelines to qualify them for the USDA Federal reimbursements. In some cases, it was a shock how the food was prepared, how the serving plates & cooking utensils were cleaned, and how thankful some of the children were…


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Can health coaches help fix our healthcare system?

Simply put, habits are hard to break and bad habits like smoking, drinking, sedentary lifestyle and overeating are making our population sick. Who in the healthcare system can tackle these issues before they manifest into chronic disease? Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat, but they aren’t trained to help people change their behavior, nor should they be since most physicians, particularly general practitioners, are already severely overloaded. Nurses provide support and information but their assistance is limited to office visits or hospitalizations. Until recently, there has been an unmet need in the healthcare system for a provider who works…


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What a cool idea! Evening bike ride to benefit a good cause

In these dog days of summer Prevent Blindness has come up with a very cool idea. It’s America’s first Night Rider. A light, evening bike ride followed by music from Gene Brock & The Hasselhoffs and The Hard Luck.  The event starts at Saints Pizza and Pub, 131 Breckenridge Lane, in the heart of St. Matthews. Sign in and late registration begins at 7:30 p.m. The ride begins at about 9. Music begins at 10:30.  The $25 registration includes the ride, a Night Rider t-shirt, and admission to the show. All proceeds benefit Prevent Blindness America. For details on early…


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Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?

Louisville ranks one the best cities in the country for its filtration system. The air might not be the greatest, but the water sure is clean and refreshing. However, what they didn’t take in consideration is what apparently ranks, “Head and Shoulders” above the water that is contributing to being over weight! I thought I heard it all until… Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert on metabolism and environmental toxins, was one of the first to make a link between the obesity epidemic and the increase in environmental chemicals. Baillie-Hamilton argued that exposure to chemicals can damage your body’s natural weight-control mechanisms….


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Why Medicine and Religion Don’t Mix

The Courier-Journal editorial board is never going to get on board with the proposed merger that would put U of L Hospital under the jurisdiction of an owner whose policies on medicine are determined by the Catholic Church. I’m not, either. The story is a big deal in the paper, as it should be, the latest being an editorial this morning applauding Jack Conway for stepping into the fray. He announced yesterday that the state would have something to say about the proposed merger. Mayor Fischer is expressing concern on behalf of Metro Government. As a public hospital funded in…