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2011 Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Course Changes

By Barbara Day, a runner for 34+ years The Derby Festival announced some major changes to the race courses for the 2011 Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon. For the first time, both races will start and finish in downtown Louisville. Runners will start the races on Main Street, alongside Louisville Slugger Field, and will finish just outside the entrance to Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville venue at Preston and Witherspoon streets. Both races will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. From One Runner’s Perspective I have to say, I don’t really like the new course. I love running through Iroquois Park…


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2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Deals with Obesity Epidemic*

Compiled by Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. Because more than 1/3 of children and more than 2/3 of adults in the US are overweight or obese, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines places a stronger emphasis on reducing calorie consumption and increasing physical activity. There were four major action steps for Americans in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) from Executive Summary*: 1.       Reduce the incidence and prevalence of overweight and obesity of the US population by reducing overall caloric intake and increasing physical activity. 2.       Shift food intake patterns to a diet that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans…


Good Vibrations

We have in our culture and language examples such as “we resonated”, “the vibe was bad”, “good vibrations”, “on the same wavelength”, “in sync”… All suggest our recognition that vibrations and frequencies are visceral, they influence how you feel and who you spend time with – or not, including yourself! My intentions are: • To remind you that you already know that vibrations have an impact on you • To introduce you to the many local Sound Healing practices and practitioners • To get you to experiment with Sound Healing – you truly only “get it” through the sensory experience…


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Amazing Grace in Highlands Closing Soon

Grace Carswell is still Amazing after all these years, although she has not been part of the Amazing Grace  Whole Foods market since 2006. After splitting with husband and business partner, Paul Koenig, both the store and its creators have gone through some changes. When they opened the store at 10:30 a.m. on June 17, 1995, Grace may have had thoughts about the positive impact such a business would have on the city; but I doubt she ever thought it would close its doors this soon. The latest news is the store will shut down by the end of the…


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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…