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Bicycling for Louisville Tour Explores Local Civil Rights History

Join Bicycling for Louisville on a BICYCLE tour of local civil rights history. That’s right, Bicycling for Louisville is adopting the Anne Braden Institute’s wonderful Civil Rights Tour – by Bicycle! The tour originally was mapped out as a self-guided event for motor vehicles, but the local bike advocacy group decided to encourage bicyclists to give it a spin on Feb. 26. “For a fun, family-friendly day of fresh air, friendly folks, and inspiration, join us by bike,” said Amanda Fuller, one of the Bicycling for Louisville board members who adopted the tour for bikes. “Dress for the weather and…



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Nourishing a Community: Time to go mainstream

There is a lot happening in the local food movement in Louisville these days. More than 30 area farmers markets make seasonal, local food available throughout the year. Dozens of restaurants are now sourcing fruits, meats, dairy, and vegetables  from local farmers. Bellarmine University has a vegetable farm that gives students hands-on experience in a demonstration environment. Jefferson County Public Schools has set a goal of 25% of  meals to be made with local ingredients. And just last weeekend the mayor announced a program that will create incentives for local agricultural entrepreneurs. Seems like everywhere we turn, new seeds of…


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Lifestyle Strategies for the Health of Your Heart and Your Body, Too!

How to Become Heart Smart for Your Heart. Whether you are male or female, heart disease is by far the largest single killer. For every 1,000 people born in the same year, cardiovascular disease would claim 427 lives while all other causes combined would equal 573. In fact, heart disease actually kills more women than men, almost 422,000 per year, that’s about one per minute, more than the next four leading causes of death, including all forms of cancer, combined. Heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are 2 to 3 times higher than pre-menopausal women at the same age. African-American…


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Smoking Ban in the Tobacco State?

There is yet another smoking ban under consideration in the tobacco state; but this time, it is state-wide. Bans of this type are always politically favorable–indeed, you rarely hear a politician, even one that opposes a ban, speaking openly against it. Well, and why would they? Public opinion polls almost always show a majority supports a ban. Newspaper articles and spots on news broadcasts follow the same model: details of the proposition, followed by interviews with public health experts decrying the negative effects of smoking, followed by interviews of citizens railing against those evil, evil smokers. Yet something is missing…


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Very Berry Nutty Chocolate Crisp

By Barbara Day, M.S., R.D., C.N. This yummy dessert will make an excellent Valentine’s Chocolate Dessert for your sweetie and you, too. It’s high in fiber and antioxidants, with lots of flavenoids.  Plus it’s loaded with Vitamin C. But the most important ingredient: DARK CHOCOLATE. Yum! Nutritional Information Per Serving: 368 calories, 9 grams protein, 15 grams of fat, 55 grams of CHO, 10 grams of fiber,  18 mg sodium. Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Cook time: 40 minutes. Serves: 8 Ingredients 2  12-ounce bags frozen unsweetened mixed berries (5 cups) which include strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries or can use…


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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…