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It’s Time for YERT

The whole idea is hard to imagine. Beginning on the Fourth of July in 2007, three friends took a Ford Escape Hybrid on a round-the-U.S. journey, traveling 43,000 miles and coming home with 600 hours of footage, spending nights in places like caves, VW Buses and mud huts, but very few hotel rooms. Their goal — to create a documentary film that explains that state of sustainability — the good, the bad and the weird — all the while living an experiment in which they were taking the sustainability idea to an extreme. The trio — Ben Evans, his wife…

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Being Healthy Starts on the Inside – Where Has All the Laughter Gone?

I love to watch people at airports, malls, parks and church. I wonder what they had done to get them here? What attracted  two people to be together at this time? What makes that one tick or that one over there work so hard? And sadly, I wonder with most of them where has all the laughter gone? Studies show that children laugh approximately 400 times per day while adults laugh as little as 15 times a day. Studies also show that laughter helps lower blood pressure, strengthens immune systems, and helps lower stress hormones. There are no known studies…

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Exercising Smart Not Hard- The Pulse of Getting in Better Shape!

I will be the first to tell you I did not become a professional athlete at a very young age because of my G.P.A. (even though it was 3.8) but from something I discovered outside the walls of institutional education; you class room elites just have to grin and bare this one. I became great at my craft not for my ability to pronounce a Latin word like Latissimus Dorsi, but for my keen sense of exercising smart; I incorporated some common sense into it all. I want to share with you the smartest thing I have ever done over…

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Expect Higher Prices for Restaurant Food & Food in Vending Machines in 2014 under Obamacare’s Mandated Calorie Labeling

  By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the items buried in the 2700 pages of Obamacare is a mandate for chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name and offering for sale the same menu items to disclose certain nutrition information on menu board so that consumers can make more informed choices about the food they purchase. As a registered dietitian, I have to admit this mandate sounds like a great idea. For years, however, as a health educator, I have been educating consumers on the caloric content…

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When Exercising Think Outside the Box- Visit the Hill!

Before I moved to Louisville I never dreamed about taking a run through a cemetery for a workout; how morbid would that be? After experiencing Cave Hill and its majesty beauty, its more like an en-lightening experienced than a feeling of death or darkness. If any cemetery could be one of beauty it would be Cave Hill. If any resting place could be one that gives you a nice challenging walk on a Sunday afternoon it would be Cave Hill! If any cemetery could give you peace in your soul it would be the hill. What I like about going…

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Budget Worries? Tips For Grocery Shopping On A Shoestring

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Americans may find food shopping more challenging when trying to stay on track with their budget, while feeding their family a balance of nutrients each day. According to,  ground beef has gone up 3.7%, bananas up 5.2%, strawberries up 5.9%, bacon up 6.7%, table wine 8%, apples 9.2%, chicken 10.3%, bread 12.6%, broccoli 13.4%, coffee 18.4%, milk 28.8%, tomatoes 31% and eggs 36%. Here’s some suggestions that can help you get more bang for your buck:   Plan your menus and make a list Plan your weekly menus and make a grocery list. …

Living in a “Drug Culture”

I have recently had some experiences that seem so odd for me – especially because others in our culture take it for granted. We live in the environment that believes (almost) everyone is on a (prescription) drug and has a preferred pharmacy. I’ll call it “the drug culture”. First experience with the “Drug Culture” A woman and I were passing a CVS and she asked, where do you go, CVS or Walgreens? I was confused. I responded by saying I rarely go in either and if I need something I just drop in whichever is convenient. She came back with…

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Glutton (y) for Punishment! Obesity is a self for FILLING Prophecy!

America glamorizes gluttony, and we wonder why we are over weight, grossly I may add? When is enough, enough?You gorge your body with anything and everything and then reward yourself for it, or society does; only to surppress it temporarily. What do you do, you do it over, and over again? It’s some form of self inflicting punishment, and in a sick way you seem to enjoy it. You say you are miserable, but are you? At least not enough to change a few habits or get an emotion under control. Read more on behavior change here! In some sick…

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Diabetes Prevention – The “Silent” Killer!

Diabetes will be the next health epidemic in the United States. In some populations, it already is. Some call it the “Silent Killer.” Why? Diabetes is similar to cancer in the fact that you can’t see it. It sneaks up on you, and by the time you find out you have it, it’s almost too late to do anything about it. Diabetes is hereditary, but it is mostly behavior induced. We can blame it on our grandma or great aunt, but at the end of the day, it’s really on us. There are different levels of diabetes, but the worst case is extremity amputations;…

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KIPDA To Address Senators in DC on July 20th

On July 20th, KIPDA representatives will be in Washington, DC to urge policymakers to protect the vital programs that help older adults maintain their health and independence and age in place in their homes and communities for as long as possible.  The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is an association of local governments in a nine-county region of southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. KIPDA Region’s (including Jefferson, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble Counties) aging population is exploding at precisely the time federal policymakers are considering drastic changes to key programs that help older adults age independently….