Louisville Grows Brings Healthy-Eating Practices to Residents All Over Region

Insider Louisville LogoThe phrase “eat your vegetables” can refer to any responsible choice you make, whether in work, school, or life. Taken literally, it’s good advice when it comes to your diet.

Healthy eating can mean different things to different people, but almost everyone is making a conscious effort to improve their health by paying attention to what they put in their mouths. And vegetables are among the healthiest items anyone can choose.

Ked Stanfield, executive director of Louisville Grows, organizes programs and activities to encourage a healthy diet at the organization’s headquarters in the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville.

“Something that’s missing from a lot of American diets are vegetables,” he says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.  “Vegetables have a lot of nutrients and they don’t have a lot of calories. Those micro- and macro-nutrients that are found in vegetables are things that we lack in our diet.”

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Passport joins with American Diabetes Association to help kids eat healthier

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created a “Healthy Habits” placemat to help kids understand what they should be eating at school and home to live healthier lives.

The placemats, which are available here, will be shared at schools all across the Commonwealth this month in advance of National Healthy Lunch Day, which takes place on Tuesday, September 19.

According to the ADA, there is lots of confusion about what to eat, including what’s healthful and what’s not. Often the food choices people make are full of calories yet lack the nutritional value the body needs. The result is expanding waistlines, low energy and rising rates of type 2 diabetes and obesity-related illnesses.

The goal of Healthy Lunch Day is to help inspire, encourage and empower people of all ages to eat healthy lunches as much as possible.


Passport partners with Kentucky chapter of the American Diabetes Association to reduce diabetes and improve health outcomes

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan has signed on as a Kentucky sponsor of the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Through this partnership, Passport and the ADA will partner on multiple community events and programs across the state that will benefit close to 600,000 Kentuckians affected by diabetes and over 1.1 million at risk for diabetes. The community events and programs address the seriousness of diabetes prevention and management, as well as teaching the importance of healthy eating and exercise. Events to raise awareness include:

  • “Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes,” on September 24 in Louisville
  • “I Decided To Stop Diabetes,” in Lexington on November 19
  • “National Healthy Lunch Day,” on November 15
  • And many other events all around the Commonwealth

“Kentucky is currently ranked near the bottom nationally among residents who have diabetes,” said Mark B. Carter, CEO of Passport Health Plan. “Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about good nutrition, exercise and other steps Kentuckians can take to avoid the onset of this disease. We will also be working to assist the ADA in promoting preventive care for those already diagnosed. For instance, annual eye exams and foot care are critical in maintaining health and quality of life for people who have diabetes.”

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Latest dietary guidelines offer recommendations to help Americans maintain good health and reduce risk of disease

dietary guidelinesThe U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-2020,” described by publishers as “an essential resource for health professionals and policymakers as they design and implement food and nutrition programs that feed the American people.”

Recommendations from “The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines”  are ultimately intended to help individuals improve and maintain overall health and reduce the risk of chronic disease, with a specific emphasis on prevention, not treatment. They are designed for professionals to help all individuals ages 2 years and older and their families consume a healthy, nutritionally adequate diet.

The five key points in “The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines” are:

  1. Follow a healthy eating pattern across the lifespan
  2. Focus on variety, nutrient density, and amount
  3. Limit calories from added sugars and saturated fats and reduce sodium intake
  4. Shift to healthier food and beverage choices
  5. Support healthy eating patterns for all

The guidelines and recommendations included in this report are guided by a large body of evidence that shows how healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity can help people achieve and maintain good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout all stages of the lifespan.

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