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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….

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Diabetes and Obesity Prevention – Denial to Desire!

A few days ago I shared with you how Kentucky and Louisville ranked in obesity and it wasn’t pretty. Now I want to follow that up with what I have experienced over my twenty five year career of one reason why the numbers are what they are here! I don’t argue with people, especially if they are potential clients of mine. However, a lady yesterday tested my resolve. Susan stepped into my office, for what reason I’m not sure, but I learned very quickly that she was delirious with denial. A good one hundred pounds overweight and a family history full of diabetes,…

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Overweight and Out-of-Shape: NOT Louisville’s Finest Hour!

Kentucky Upset about their weight! Upsetting to many- REALLY? Some how I’m not convinced enough people are upset, or I should say, upset enough. It always amazes me if people want something bad enough the excuses fly out the window real fast! “Many experts believe poverty and obesity are linked. Kentucky ranks fifth in poverty…. Poverty, poor people can walk, can’t they? Rich or poor is no excuse for laziness, it’s just that simple! We all have hang ups in losing weight TRUTH OR CONSEQUNCES?, but when you get to the core issue it comes down to laziness and self…

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Kentucky State Transportation Lets $41.4 Million Go Wasted!

OUTRAGEOUS! The Kentucky Department of Transportation will give up $41.4 million – even though they could have been using the funds to build better bicycling infrastructure, provide bicyclist education, install bike parking. Now they choose instead to send the money back to Washington. Meanwhile, we live in one of the most dangerous places in the U.S. for walking and cycling. And we rank at the bottom of the national Fitness Index. Let KDOT and Congress know you’re not healthy or wealthy enough to give up $41.4 M. You can do something about it! Join Bicycling for Louisville. We want better…

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Independence Day – And Day 664 Car-Free: Live Free or Drive!

As you and I have the freedom to load a bicycle and roam practically wherever we want – whenever the fancy strikes us – we are free. Would you believe that along the way, you can camp on courthouse lawns and swim in public pools in some generous communities for free? And in many of our National Parks, hikers and bikers can camp for practically nothing, or in wilderness areas for free.

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Ballistic Nurse of the Year

The first weekend in June Louisville was host to the American Holistic Nurses Association’s 31st Annual Conference. A treat for our fair city, and for the nurses. They loved the trolley hop and many local restaurants serving good local food. So after they were fed, how ballistic were they? I don’t know about you but most of my experiences with nurses seems to be in a stressed out situation and they have too many things to do. So I can understand when the waitress thought she heard and then announced over the loudspeaker that they were celebrating the  “Ballistic Nurse…

Hope for People with Brain Disorders and Injuries

Our culture seems to be riddled with people experiencing alzheimers, ADD/ADHD, autism, and other disorders of the brain and nervous system. There seems to be few if any answers or people getting results. One of the few modalities getting results and giving us hope is BodyTalk, specifically results from The Family Hope Center. The Family Hope Center (FHC) located in Pennsylvania has a team of Child Brain Developmentalists that help parents heal their children with special needs. The founder, Matt Newell, is a Certified BodyTalk Practitioner. A statistic from their website: “Family Hope Center Receives Excellent Clinical Outcomes Score An independent…

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The Ruckus about Food Trucks

When Steve Paradis, the owner of Fresh Start Growers Supply downtown, went to Portland, Ore., he went to a food truck lot where about eight food trucks were doing a great business, serving up ready-to-eat gourmet dishes.  A big advocate of healthy food, Paradis brought the idea back with him to Louisville. And Saturday, at his store at Baxter and Jefferson downtown, he’ll host a parking lot party featuring at least four food trucks and the music of local favorite Leigh Ann Yost. It’s from 11 – 3. “What’s easier than driving a truck into a food desert and serving…

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A Desperate Green, Decision for JCPS and Winston’s Women

Two big stories, plus crime, are dominating the news during this respite from weather-related crises — Judy Green and the JCPS superintendent search. This is What Desperation Looks Like: Judy Green “believes racism is involved and that she’s being targeted” after five Metro Council members began the process of removing her. A grand total of 20 people showed up to support her at a rally yesterday. Green says she’s going to fight it and is “disappointed” that her colleagues voted to do this to her. The gutsy Council members were Kevin Kramer, Tina Ward-Pugh, Barbara Shanklin, Madonna Flood and Stuart…