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LouisvilleKY researchers earn $16.4 million to explore impact of environment on diabetes, obesity

Story from www.uoflnews.com Louisville, KY., – A team of researchers at the University of Louisville has garnered $16.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to explore several angles related to how different aspects of our environment contribute to the development or health impacts of diabetes and obesity. “More than 90 million adults in the United States are obese and more than 30 million adults suffer from diabetes. Our faculty, staff and students work every day to understand the causes and impacts of both so that we can develop the next generation of preventions, cures and treatments,” said UofL President…


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Is Your Shampoo Making You Fat?

Louisville ranks one the best cities in the country for its filtration system. The air might not be the greatest, but the water sure is clean and refreshing. However, what they didn’t take in consideration is what apparently ranks, “Head and Shoulders” above the water that is contributing to being over weight! I thought I heard it all until… Paula Baillie-Hamilton, an expert on metabolism and environmental toxins, was one of the first to make a link between the obesity epidemic and the increase in environmental chemicals. Baillie-Hamilton argued that exposure to chemicals can damage your body’s natural weight-control mechanisms….


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Fixing Kentucky’s Obesity Problem – “FOOD” Stamps! REALLY?

Americans love fast food. (We spent $165 billion on it in 2010.) But we don’t all love it equally. Like the obesity rate, fast-food consumption varies widely by region. Residents of some states disproportionately choose fast food over other options when they go out to eat, with consequences for the state’s collective health. Using government data on the percentage of restaurants in each state that serve fast food and the percentage of dining-out dollars the average resident spends in them each year, Health.com identified the 10 states where fast-food consumption is most prevalent. Kentucky is in the top five! Colonel…


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Exercising Smart Not Hard- The Pulse of Getting in Better Shape!

I will be the first to tell you I did not become a professional athlete at a very young age because of my G.P.A. (even though it was 3.8) but from something I discovered outside the walls of institutional education; you class room elites just have to grin and bare this one. I became great at my craft not for my ability to pronounce a Latin word like Latissimus Dorsi, but for my keen sense of exercising smart; I incorporated some common sense into it all. I want to share with you the smartest thing I have ever done over…


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Diabetes Prevention – The “Silent” Killer!

Diabetes will be the next health epidemic in the United States. In some populations, it already is. Some call it the “Silent Killer.” Why? Diabetes is similar to cancer in the fact that you can’t see it. It sneaks up on you, and by the time you find out you have it, it’s almost too late to do anything about it. Diabetes is hereditary, but it is mostly behavior induced. We can blame it on our grandma or great aunt, but at the end of the day, it’s really on us. There are different levels of diabetes, but the worst case is extremity amputations;…


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Overweight and Out-of-Shape: NOT Louisville’s Finest Hour!

Kentucky Upset about their weight! Upsetting to many- REALLY? Some how I’m not convinced enough people are upset, or I should say, upset enough. It always amazes me if people want something bad enough the excuses fly out the window real fast! “Many experts believe poverty and obesity are linked. Kentucky ranks fifth in poverty…. Poverty, poor people can walk, can’t they? Rich or poor is no excuse for laziness, it’s just that simple! We all have hang ups in losing weight TRUTH OR CONSEQUNCES?, but when you get to the core issue it comes down to laziness and self…


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No Simple Solution to Louisville’s Fitness Failure? I Disagree.

I believe Louisville, Kentucky can rapidly become a more prosperous, active and healthy place to live, work and play. A few policy changes and buy-in from public and private leadership can transform our city and surrounding counties. It starts with rolling out the red carpet for pedestrians, cyclists and transit users, instead of throwing up roadblocks. Without spending a dime on infrastructure, we can get healthier and wealthier. In six months we can make a measurable difference. It takes action at the top, incentives, education, leadership, belief, positivity, connectedness, and the conviction that you can woo people away from the intoxication of gasoline fumes.


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KIPDA Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition Names Board; Meeting Tomorrow

The KIPDA Tri-County Rural Diabetes Coalition announced its core formation members this month, which bodes well for a creative plan to combat diabetes in the Kentucky region.  The next coalition meeting will be held tomorrow, on April 21st, at the Henry County Extension office, 2151 Campbellsburg Road (Hwy 421) from 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM. The KIPDA Rural Diabetes Coalition, under a $2.5 Million Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant, expects to impact the diabetes prevalence statistics seen from Shelby, Bullitt, and Henry within the next five years.  These counties have been identified in the Bluegrass State as…



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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…