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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…


How to Announce an Engagement in 2011

David and I were pretty secretive about our engagement. Well, not exactly secretive, but we wanted to be able to share the news with our family and friends before someone unintentionally found out about it on Facebook. For special news like this, we wanted to see our friends’ smiles. The problem with not telling everyone at once is that you have to tell everyone one at a time. Seems simple, yes? Not so much. We got engaged on November 2 and enjoyed our secret for a few days. Then it seemed everyone got really busy. Holidays approached, friends left town,…


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Get on the Bellarmine bandwagon

Eric Crawford’s story in the Courier-Journal this morning was a nice piece about Bellarmine basketball. Scotty Davenport’s job as head coach, however, is more impressive. After several years of mediocrity, Davenport has not only lifted the image of Bellarmine basketball, but the school as a whole.   I’ve been on those early-morning bus rides Crawford spoke of. Traveling anywhere in the Great Lakes Valley Conference is so different than when I played Division I at St. Louis University. There are no planes. There are no nice hotels. There are no manager’s grabbing your bags and taking them to your room. A…


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Now or Never for Berman

Tonight’s Jefferson County Board of Education meeting is the last hope for those in favor of keeping Superintendent Sheldon Berman on the job, and the prospects don’t look good for a reversal in the Board’s 5-2 vote to get somebody new. It’s not that Berman doesn’t have support. Groups and individuals as diverse as GLI’s Joe Reagan, the NAACP’s Raoul Cunningham, business leader David Jones, Jr. and state Rep. Darryl Owens have said that replacing the chief is not the solution to the system’s problems. Mayor Greg Fischer, asked about the issue today by WHAS Radio, says he’s not picking…


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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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Yum..

We have a number of great restaurants in Louisville. I had a lunch meeting last week at P.F. Chang’s on Shelbyville Road. They have one of my favorite dishes (Mongolian Beef with additional scallops) You really have to try this dish. My plan was to take a picture of the dish. That was my plan…buy the next thing I new I was done and the food gone. I promise to publish it again during my next visit! Bob Sokoler is a former Anchor/Reporter turned Louisville Realtor 7 years ago in Louisville Kentucky. You can learn more about Bob, his Team…


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Make it Special, Louisville

OK, the pressure is on. Valentine’s Day.  Get busy, cuz there’s a lot of other stuff going on. I’m with Claudia Coffey on this one — the electronic messaging is fine, for what it is. But alone it’s not getting you anywhere. Live from Whitley City!: Tomorrow night, Karen Sypher will be on the air from the McCreary County Courthouse in Whitley City (Pop. 1,111, SAAA-LUTE). On a local radio station. Wonder what the time cost? She’s going to jail Friday, and this is the oddest, latest, lame attempt to avoid the orange jumpsuit. She says she’s finally going to…


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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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I Love Mountains

Right now, a group of concerned citizens are camping out in Gov. Beshear’s office in hopes of getting his attention on the issue of mountaintop removal, contour mining, strip mining, surface mining – whatever you care to call it – that’s been destroying Eastern Kentucky for half a century.