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LouisvilleKY’s 2016 Sustainability Summit: It Takes a ‘Ville

Louisville, Ky., – The Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Sustainability Council (LSC) are hosting the third annual Sustainability Summit on Saturday, October 29, 2016. Highlights will include innovative speakers from across the U.S. and a focus on opportunities for residents to actively engage in creating a more sustainable Louisville. “Making Louisville more sustainable is an ambitious goal that we can achieve if everyone does their part,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “Individual contributions towards this effort are becoming ever more urgent in the face of local and global challenges. The Summit’s focus on action is more relevant than ever.”…


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Compassionate Schools Project announces LouisvilleKY program fully under way

Most comprehensive study of 21st-century health & wellness curriculum involves 25 JCPS schools LOUISVILLE, Ky.  – Mayor Greg Fischer, Superintendent Donna M. Hargens, Patrick H. Tolan, Ph. D. of the University of Virginia, and Owsley Brown III today announced the launch of full implementation of the Compassionate Schools Project in the Jefferson County Public Schools, as well as four major supporting investments in the effort, totaling $4.4 million. The announcement came during a press conference at Rutherford Elementary School, where students and an instructor demonstrated exercises from the curriculum. The Compassionate Schools Project is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken…


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LouisvilleKY-based Papa John’s CEO writes open letter Moms and Dads of America

LOUISVILLE, Ky.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In June of 2015, Papa John’s International Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) announced that it was working to remove 14 unwanted ingredients from its menu. Today, the pizza-making organization marked another Clean Label milestone with the fulfillment of that promise through a letter from Founder, Chairman and CEO “Papa John” Schnatter. Dear Fellow Pizza Lovers – Last June, I made a promise in an open letter in USA Today to the Moms and Dads of America that we would remove 14 unwanted ingredients from Papa John’s pizzas by the end of 2016. Those ingredients included: Artificial Colors (Synthetic and Certified…


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LouisvilleKY Community invited to discuss expanding city’s Smoke-free law to include e-cigs and hookah

LOUISVILLE (September 21, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer is inviting the public to participate in a community educational forum next week to discuss the possibility of expanding Louisville’s Smoke-free ordinance to include electronic-cigarettes and hookah products. The Department of Public Health and Wellness will host the event from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at its headquarters, 400 E. Gray St. The public will have the opportunity to hear from local experts, ask questions and share comments. Panelists include: Aruni Bhatnagar, PhD, FAHA, professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine; Robert Jacobs, PhD, professor at the University…


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REimage program expands to give more LouisvilleKY youth a second chance, help prevent violence

Initiative targets third west Louisville neighborhood, Park Hill LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, director of the city’s Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, today announced the expansion of REImage, an initiative that helps stop the cycle of crime and violence by intervening with youth who have been charged with a crime or are at high risk of criminal behavior. Over the next year, the program will work with up to 250 youth, ages 16-24, helping them stay in school, further their education, get a job, navigate the court system and address drug and…


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WellCare donates to LouisvilleKY food program

WellCare Builds on Commitments to Strengthen Food Security Nearly 70 Percent of SNAP Participants Are in Families with Children   LOUISVILLE, Ky. and TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Hunger isn’t just a developing-world problem. In Kentucky, more than 21 percent of children live in food-insecure households. To help reduce food insecurity and support sustainable communities, WellCare of Kentucky, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), donated $2,400 to Louisville Grows, an urban agriculture and education nonprofit, to support its urban farming outreach efforts. Food insecurity is defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a lack of…


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LouisvilleKY offering support to help prevent infant deaths

Healthy Babies Louisville Advises Parents How to Help Prevent Infant Deaths Mayor Greg Fischer: “As a community, we must do everything possible to help all Louisville babies celebrate their first birthday” Photos from Mayor Fischer’s Twitter page LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and officials from 13 local health and social service institutions today reminded parents how to help prevent infant death and pointed to community resources to assist.  September is Infant Mortality Awareness month. “The path to a successful career and a fulfilling life starts before children take their first steps,” the Mayor said.  “That’s why we have…


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Double Dollars launched at four LouisvilleKY farmers’ markets

The Double Dollars program is funded by the Community Farm Alliance and is currently available at these farmers’ markets: Bardstown Road, Gray Street, Phoenix Hill and the newly opened South Pointe farmers’ market. Photos from Louisville Foward’s Twitter page Louisville,KY., – A new, food program is now underway at several LouisvilleKY farmers’ markets. Double Dollars launched last week with funding secured by the Community Farm Alliance. The program matches SNAP customers’ spending, dollar for dollar, up to $20, and aims to make shopping at farmers’ market more affordable for residents receiving government assistance. For example, if a resident uses a…


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Talk Zika and mosquitos in LouisvilleKY over some beers

Story from Kentucky Science Center’s website. Zika and Malaria: Updates and Research Innovations: Two prominent mosquito-borne illnesses will be explored in a public forum. Louisville, Ky., – Ruth Carrico, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor of infectious disease at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, clinical director of the Vaccine and International Travel Center, and founding associate director of the Global Health Initiative, and Dr. Hoon Chung, a Zika expert and professor in Microbiology/Immunology at the University of Louisville will lead the discussion on the Zika virus and its potential impact in the United States and Louisville. The event is scheduled for August 9…


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Schwinn donates 100 kids’ bikes to LouisvilleKY youth in Ali’s memory

  Children will earn their bike by completing the Bike Sense program LOUISVILLE  – Mayor Greg Fischer announced this week that in memory of Muhammad Ali, the city and Schwinn Bicycle Co. will provide free bicycles to 100 children who earn the opportunity by completing Bike Louisville’s Bike Sense program at 12 Metro Parks and Recreation community centers. Several hundred children are participating this summer in the Bike Sense program, which teaches safety skills, including how to avoid hazards on the road.  Representatives of Bike Louisville will select 100 of those children for the free bikes, from among those who’ve…