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Should I buy 100 calorie packets to help me lose weight?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. When you are trying to lose or maintain weight, knowing how many calories you are eating each day is important. The 100-calorie packets are convenient but expensive. Many of these are junk food. Here’s some 100 calorie food suggestions for you: 29 pistachios, 12 Quaker® Quakes Cheddar Rice Snacks, 40 Rold Gold® Classic Pretzels Sticks, 1 hard boiled egg & 1 slice of Melba Toast, 2 cups of raspberries, 28 grapes, 1 cup blueberries, 45 steamed edamame, ½ red bell pepper dipped in 3 tablespoons of hummus, ½ cup low fat cottage cheese with…


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Pump It Up!

It’s not every day or every city that one can Google the name of their mayor + breastfeeding and get such great news! Kudos to Mayor Greg Fischer and Dr. Matt Zahn with the Dept. of Public Health and Wellness for making life a little easier for moms and a lot healthier for the youngest constituents of the Louisville Metro! This should have an impact on information passed on to postpartum moms at the four area birthing hospitals–Baptist Hospital East, Norton, Norton Suburban and University–where women will be encouraged to choose breastfeeding for nourishment and bonding in the crucial hours…


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David Redmon Celebrates Life After Innovative Life-Saving Procedure

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. When David Redmon was born in 1962, his physician realized that David was no ordinary little boy.  He had a congenital heart problem that at the time had virtually no treatment that could fix the defect. No one knew how long he would be able to survive.  In 1970, Dr. Alan Lansing performed a pulmonary stenosis on 8 year old David which alleviated some of the heart’s stress.  He’s been followed carefully for the last 18 years. Fast forward, David, who owns Redmon’s Lawn Service manages our yard for us. David’s love for the…


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American’s Heart Association’s Circle of Red Society

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. The American Heart Association (AHA) Louisville Chapter’s Circle of Red Society is a dynamic, committed and passionate group of women who have the influence and resources to significantly impact the fight against heart disease. Members are asked to donate a minimum annual gift of $1,500.  In addition, new this year is also something special for the men. It’s called the Red Tie Society. For the specifics on the Circle of Red Society contact jane.merman@heart.org or 502.371.6023. Lots of people may not know but before I started publishing my health magazines, Kentuckiana HealthFitness and Kentuckiana…


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Put Your Red Dress on Friday and Celebrate Life.

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N February is American Heart Month.  The American Heart Association (AHA) has designated Friday, February 4 as National Wear Red Day—part of Go Red For Women. In 2004, AHA along with First Lady, Laura Bush, launched Go Red For Women, a campaign to alert women to the fact that heart disease is their number-one health threat. Now, many more know that heart disease is not only a man’s disease; indeed, it actually kills more women than men, almost 422,000 per year, about one per minute, more than the next four leading causes of death, including…


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What is Hummus?

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. One of the participants in my weight loss program called Waist Watcher’s Guide to Waist Management at my church ask if anyone has any suggestions on good tasting hummus. So, I decided to investigate some recipe ideas and here’s what I came up with. Hummus is a creamy paste typically made from a combination garbanzo beans (chickpeas), garlic, lemon juice and tahini. Tahini is sesame paste made from toasted sesame seeds.  Hummus is an excellent source of protein, dietary fiber and vitamins.  There are many variations of traditional hummus. Some recipes include different types…


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Will Kentucky Lawmakers Let You Trust Your Nurse?

Did you realize that state lawmakers are digging in for a battle over whether you can get drugs from a licensed nurse practitioner? The controversy, detailed in Steve Shaw’s LEO cover story this week, sounds more like a bunch of physicians protecting their turf than anything involving the safety of patients and their access to quality health services. There’s a shortage of family practitioners, especially out in the state, where the void for basic needs could be filled by licensed nurses. But the law provides a catch — the nurses have to sign a collaborative agreement with a physician —…


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$2.5 Million KIPDA Grant: Fighting Diabetes at the Community Level in Bullitt, Henry and Shelby

Most people would rather pop a pill to feel better, than look at the big picture of their overall healthy living options.  But, that is about to change for our nearby rural counties of Bullitt, Henry and Shelby based on a new grant from the Center for Disease Control that targets community involvement in the fight against diabetes in older adults, particularly minorities, a vulnerable population group nationally. All of us with TV sets, cell phones, and internet access hear messaging from various sources about getting “out there” and exercising, but the barriers to doing just that may be so…


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Super Bowl Chili Cook-Off

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. With the Super Bowl just around the corner and teams battling on the field, here are some chili recipes that can make your super bowl party huge a success. Whether your team wins or lose,  you can’t lose serving any or all of these yummy chili recipes to your hungry football fan guests. Enjoy. Southwestern Chili Cornmeal is used in this recipe, both for texture and taste. Nutritional Information Per Serving: 144 calories, 10 grams protein, 2 grams of fat,  19 grams of CHO, 6 grams of fiber,  807 mg sodium. Serves: 8 Preparation…


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Louisville Bike Move

It’s about 1.4 miles from from the home they rented on Camp Street to the one they just bought on Fetter Ave., but the miles aren’t the problem when moving locally. It’s all about renting or hiring a truck and crew, loading and unloading the truck, and sifting through the endless odds and ends. Beat me with a rubber hose first! I hate everything about moving. Don’t ask me to help – unless you’re doing it by bicycle. When Andy Dyson and Moira O’Keefe moved to Louisville from Philadelphia last year they rented and easily filled a 26-ft. truck. They…