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Fischer Finallly Fills Sustainability Post

Mayor Fischer has finally filled one of the most talked-about spots in his administration — at least it was talked about a lot during last year’s election. Rival candidate Jackie Green had pushed for the office to be created, and many thought he would be a candidate for the job. Instead, Fischer hired Maria Koetter as the city’s new Director of Sustainability. She’s been involved in environmental programs as a consultant. It will be interesting to see what gets accomplished through this new office, and if it justifies the $78K salary. Here’s the official release from the city: Mayor Greg…


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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….


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Morris’ Deli for Cold Cuts and Hot Soups

It’s almost been a year since I started posting lunch suggestions via Facebook. How it happened was an accident.  Our newly-elected mayor had a very active Facebook page that quickly became an open forum for praise or problems. Visitors to the page could also find  suggestions, nostalgia and local event promotion. One Friday morning, I was feeling good about the approaching weekend and looking forward to purchasing a to-go lunch from my favorite place, Morris’ Liquor & Deli in the lower Highlands on Taylorsville at Bardstown. During my morning online ritual, I had moved from my Facebook page over to…


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Don’t Join the Exercise Resolution Crowd, Make it a Lifestyle

I noticed the crowds at Urban Active and Louisville Athletic Club are picking up, as they do every year, with newly-resolutioned people vowing that this is the year they’ll stick with it, lose the weight, quit smoking, eat right, etc. And most, of course, won’t stick with it, and about March they’ll be back to their old lifestyle. That’s right, it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been struggling a bit lately because of a knee injury, and considering how I might replace the fitness and mental boost I get from playing racquetball 3-4 times a week. For the last several weeks, I’ve…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Feed Your Dreams for the Holidays!

I hope you’ve all stocked up on your favorite foods to share over the holidays. Today will mean travel or shopping for many – just remember to keep your water bottle near and fuel yourself with some green goodness right alongside savory and sweet treats of the season. Perhaps there are a few office gatherings to go or you may have some Christmas cookies for your lunch pail. A big cheeseburger might offset some of the traditional meals that await. Is there someone in your building that channels Paula Deen? Casserole dishes need to be emptied and taken home. Enjoy…


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Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare: Ahead of the Curve Winner of Business First’s Healthiest Employers Award

Jewish Hospital Team members. By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Strolling Down Memory Lane Business First held it’s Healthiest Employers Award Luncheon on November 17. But many of the people at the luncheon may not have realized that in the early 90’s Louisville businesses were buying into corporate wellness. As part of a corporate wellness company, I actually taught nutrition & health classes for every bank in Louisville, most have which changed their names today, at Anthem, Ford, Brown Williamson, a number of churches and plus at Fort Knox. When the economy went south, so did the funds for corporate wellness…


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MSD Corruption Detailed in Audit; Schardein Out

No local government organization involves more money and more accusations of mismanagement than the Metropolitan Sewer District. And now Mayor Greg Fischer, in receipt of a scathing audit about MSD business practices, has given director Bud Schardein the boot and is making sweeping changes. Here’s the official release from Metro: Citing significant management problems at the Metropolitan Sewer District ranging from conflicts of interest to questionable business practices, Mayor Greg Fischer today appointed a director to lead the agency on an interim basis. Fischer also announced that he will create a task force to examine the possibility for shared services…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – It’s Starting to Taste a Lot Like Christmas!

It’s a good time to place orders or pick up those boxes of holiday sweets, so why not create a productive path through Louisville’s chocolate map?   Today is all about combining those sweet spots with great places to dine.  Enjoy a delicious lunch then shop for the sugar, all in the same block. Here are a few suggestions. Do stop by their websites or Facebook pages for details on menus, ordering and photos. I can’t promise that a little bell will tinkle when you visit on the internet but  maybe they’ll have one at their establishment. For as much…


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TGIF Local Lunch Post – Go Fishing!

With both Lent and warm picnic weather behind us, there is still the call and craving for fish on Friday. In a bowl, on a platter, between bread or chopsticks, the humble fish gives its all in the name of nourishment and taste. A few suggestions for the best lunchtime catches are captured in the following menu items: Napa River Grill – Venture to northern California and the Pacific Rim for soups, salads and entrees. A simple sandwich gets the spotlight -Bass Ale Battered Cod Sandwich – Ciabatta bread, house-made tartar sauce, chiffonade of leaf lettuce, Hill Street Fish Fry…


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‘OCCUPY BIKE SEATS’ Could Give Movement Needed Traction

The world looks on and wonders aloud, “Where is the Occupy movement headed?” It might help first to know what the heck the Occupy movement is – beyond the collective frustration of 99 percent of the population feeling ripped off by the ruling one percent. Here’s an answer that could give Occupy some momentum.