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What is the Obamacare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was very cleverly buried in the 2700 pages of Obamacare that NO ONE especially the Democrats who forced this legislation through Congress actually read. According to an article by Daily Caller writer Matthew Boyle, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., a Tennessee Republican, the IPAB is the “real death panel” in the health care law for seniors. Cuts to Medicare are already happening and by 2014 more will be implemented for current Medicare recipients. According to National Review’s, Stanley Kurtz, “as IPAB caps Medicare payments for various services, the elderly…


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KIPDA Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition Names Board; Meeting Tomorrow

The KIPDA Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition announced its core formation members this month, which bodes well for a creative plan to combat diabetes in the Kentucky region.  The next coalition meeting will be held tomorrow, on April 21st, at the Henry County Extension office, 2151 Campbellsburg Road (Hwy 421) from 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM. The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition, under a $2.5 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant, expects to impact the diabetes prevalence statistics seen from Shelby, Bullitt, and Henry within the next five years.  These counties have been identified in the Bluegrass State as…


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Springtime Is Here! Beware of More Cyclists: Watch Out- Cyclists Should Obey the Rule of the Road.

Compiled by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Here are the Rules of the Road. Be Courteous and that recommendation goes both ways! Safety should be your first concern. Respect right of way of motorists. Obey traffic signals like from green to yellow light. Stop unless safety is a concern – wet pavement. Obey stop signs and stop lights. (My personal downfall is when riding in my own neighborhood – but am forcing myself to adhere to law. This makes motorists mad if you don’t obey the rules of the road). If riding with a group, look behind for another bike…


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Day 581 of My Car-Free Experiment – Meet Jeromy Edwards

It was a Vista Duchess – an obscure brand and model to be sure. I couldn’t recall ever seeing a Vista. This bike looked like it was straight from the carton, but clearly had all the signs of its 1960s vintage – large chrome headlight and taillight with generator, matching yellow handle grips, gum-walled tires, a kickstand, a Pletscher-style rear cargo rack. And everything about the bike was immaculate. I mean, not a scratch!


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Video: Canadian Stops for Thunder on Cross-Country Trek

Evan Graham, 21, is in Kentucky today, enjoying Thunder over Louisville, and taking a break from his solo 3,000-mile bicycle trek from San Diego to Washington, D.C. I met Evan during a stay at the Southern Grace Bed & Breakfast in Brandenburg, Ky.  He had biked his way to Mammoth Cave, where his Mom picked him up and brought him for a respite from the road at the wonderful  Southern Grace. He’s a recent graduate of the University of Manitoba, and has raised an amazing $10,000 through his Cycling for Schizophrenia website. Amazingly, he’s been doing 90 miles a day…


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Implementing The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act: Improving Milk and Water Requirements in Schools

Presented by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. USDA  guidance on improving water and milk requirements to states on: Making water available during school lunch, and Offering a variety of milk consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Summary of Changes to the Water Availability during School Lunch Meal Service Free water must be made readily available to children during lunch. Schools are given flexibility in how to implement this change. The memo reads: “For example, schools can offer water pitchers and cups on lunch tables, a water fountain, or a faucet that allows students to fill their own bottles or cups…


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Less is More in Latest Footwear Trends

Barefoot running, toning shoes among the top five footwear trends Presented by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The  hottest footwear trends are leaning toward minimalism, according to an expert presenting at the American College of Sports Medicine‘s 15th-annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Matt Werd, D.P.M., FACSM identified the five hottest trends in athletic footwear: Barefoot running. Some runners believe running sans shoes forces a more natural running pattern. Research shows that barefoot runners do land more on the midfoot and forefoot versus shod runners; however, it is unclear which foot-landing pattern, if any, is best for avoiding injuries. Minimalist athletic shoes. These…


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KIPDA Is Helping Qualified Kentucky Medicare Beneficiaries Save Up to $4,000 on Prescription Drug Costs

 The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA), through its Social Services Division, announced this week the open enrollment period for a community outreach program covering qualified Medicare beneficiaries under the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs.”  The program, covering subsidies for Medicare Part D, is administered by the Social Security Administration using new 2011 Federal higher income levels. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration have confirmed a higher income level amount.  “This means that more Medicare recipients may qualify for the “Extra Help with Prescription Drug Costs” program than last year,”…


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Bike, Walk or TARC to Louisville’s Car-Free Happy Hour

Rain or shine, one night each month Louisville’s active transportation advocates get together for food and beverages wherever they can find enough bicycle parking. You should come, even if you need to drive. You’ll meet people from all walks of life. No pun intended. The thing we have in common is some measure of independence from automobiles. Come see. Thursday, April 14 at 5:30 p.m. Can you believe I posted this bit of shameless promotion from my phone! This is crazy for a guy who started out as a printer setting lead type by hand. By the way, folks, here’s…


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Life Is Grand (Again) for Hal Heiner

Congratulations are in order for Hal and Sheila Heiner as their third grandchild, Samuel Louis Keyes, arrived March 20, 2011. Weighing in at 7lb, 6oz and  20 inches long, Samuel was born under this year’s “Super Moon” at 3:24 a.m.–pretty much bringing the season of Spring with him– if not one of the most anticipated lunar tides in years. Big brothers Daniel (turning four in May) and Noah (celebrating his second birthday on April 16), are thrilled with the new addition to the family. Even though the new bundle who’s got friends and family humming the “My Three Sons” theme…