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…


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…


2016 Voyageur Canoe World Championship kicks off in LouisvilleKY Saturday

PRESENTED BY YUM! BRANDS AND MAYOR GREG FISCHER, SET FOR JULY 30 First Race-Media Race 2PM Canoe race on the Ohio River will benefit Dare to Care Food Bank   Louisville, KY, June 9, 2016 – The 2016 Voyageur Canoe World Championship, presented by Yum! Brands and Mayor Greg Fischer, will be held July 30, 2016, at Louisville’s Waterfront Park.  The event will feature over 30 Voyageur Canoes racing on the Ohio River to claim the 2016 World Championship featuring a picnic atmosphere!  Yum! Brands is presenting the event with supporting sponsorship from Gordon Food Service, Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions, and…


Wage Hope Against Pancreatic Cancer at Inaugural PurpleStride LouisvilleKY

  5K event at Waterfront Park to raise awareness, funds supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network   LOUISVILLE, Ky., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — More patients will die from pancreatic cancer than breast cancer this year, moving pancreatic cancer from the fourth to the third-leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. To change the course of this disease, the Louisville Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is inviting the community to attend its inaugural PurpleStride Louisville event. The volunteer-led community celebration taking place on Saturday, Aug. 6, at Waterfront Park will raise much…


LouisvilleKY to be home to new alcohol abuse research center

UofL opens NIH-designated Alcohol Research Center Program receives nation’s best score to earn grant funding LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Alcohol abuse exacts a major toll on health and health costs in the United States and is the 3rd leading preventable cause of death. Researchers at the University of Louisville have received a nearly $8 million grant from the NIH that designates them as an NIAAA Alcohol Research Center. The UofL Center is one of only 20 in the nation. It’s funding score for the grant was the best in the nation. It is the only center with a nutrition focus. “We…

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LouisvilleKY’s zoo and water company team up to teach

Meet and Greet Angry Birds™ Characters Red and Chuck   Louisville, Ky., – The heat of the summer is the perfect time to make a splash with “Water Wows!” and the Louisville Water Company!  Families can learn about the importance of water on our planet with hands-on activities and information from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. Water Wows is free with Zoo admission. Louisville Water Company mascot Tapper will be making appearances throughout the day. Guests will also want to meet and snap a photo with characters Red and Chuck from Angry Birds.