Passport joins with ADA to present ‘Super Saturday’ event in Lexington

ADA-passport-logoPassport and the American Diabetes Association are presenting a special event on Saturday, November 18, in Lexington for residents to come out and learn all about eating better and moving more.

The “Super Saturday” event, which runs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will be at the William Wells Brown Community Center at 548 E. Sixth St. in Lexington, is open to the public and will have information for people with diabetes, people with prediabetes, and people who want to help minimize their risk for getting diabetes.

The event will have speakers to provide education and motivation, opportunities for attendees to participate in chair exercises, and a good sampling of healthy food options. There will also be vendors to visit and an opportunity for a free kidney screening, courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation.

To register for the event, please go online to or call (859) 268-9129.


Passport and American Diabetes Association encourage all Kentuckians to take part in Diabetes Alert Day

ADA-passport-logoAre you at risk for developing diabetes? The American Diabetes Association and Passport Health Plan are asking all Kentuckians to take the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test in honor of all the Association’s annual Alert Day set for Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Alert Day is a day to sound the alarm about the prevalence of type 2 diabetes across Kentucky and our country.

Companies and/or organizations interested in participating in Alert Day can download the complete e-toolkit by visiting

The following locations in Lexington will have screenings on Alert Day, March 28, from 10 am to 2 pm:

  • Walmart – 4051 Nicholasville Road
  • Walmart North Park Marketplace – 500 New Circle Road

Paper type 2 diabetes risk tests and other diabetes materials will also be available on Alert Day from 10 am to 2 pm at the following locations:

  • Walmart- 112 Osbourne Way, Georgetown
  • Walmart- 2350 Grey Lag Way, Lexington

The following locations in Louisville will have screenings on Alert Day from 9 am to 2 pm:

  • Neighborhood Place Ujima – 3610 Bohne Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place Charmoli – 200 Juneau Drive, Suite 200
  • Neighborhood Place3 South Central – 4255 Hazelwood Ave.
  • Neighborhood Place South Jefferson/Fairdale – 1000 Neighborhood Place
  • Family Health Centers Portland – 2215 Portland Ave.

For more information, please click here.


Passport brings “Super Saturday” event to Lexington for people to help fight diabetes and live healthier lives

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan is proud to sponsor the American Diabetes Association’s “Super Saturday” event on November 19 in Lexington.

During the free event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at William Wells Brown Community Center in Lexington, attendees can learn about ways to control their diabetes, get recipes and samples of some healthy food options, get some great fitness tips, pick up some fun giveaways, and meet former University of Kentucky and NFL star Derrick Ramsey.

To learn more or to register, please go online to or call (859) 268-9129.


Passport bringing Health and Resource Fair to Lexington on October 15

lex chip logoPassport Health Plan and the Lexington Community Health Improvement Plan (LEX-CHIP) are co-sponsoring a Health and Resource Fair on Saturday, October 15 in Lexington.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., will take place at Consolidated Baptist Church, 1625 Russell Cave Road, in Lexington. It is free of charge and no registration is required.

There will be a number of different vendors at the Health and Resource Fair, offering health screenings and educational information about resources that are available in the community to help people live healthier lives.

There will also be door prizes, entertainment, refreshments, and much more!

Hepatitis takes center stage during annual conference in Lexington and town-hall meeting in Hazard later this month

Soar logoKentucky, which leads the nation in hepatitis C infections, will have its third annual hepatitis conference July 26 in Lexington, followed by a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting in Hazard on July 28, World Hepatitis Day.

The first meeting, “Hepatitis: Breaking the Silence,” is hosted by the Kentucky Rural Health Association, the state Department for Public Health’s Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Program, and the Kentucky Immunization Program, according to Kentucky Health News. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington and will offer continuing education credits for medical professionals. Click here to register and view the draft agenda.

The conference will also look at screening strategies in children and infants, an update on syringe-exchange programs, diagnosis and treatment, barriers to treatment, using telehealth to treat hepatitis in primary care settings, and regional data on addiction and treatment.

“The Kentucky Rural Health Association has fast become the premier organization to educational outreach throughout Kentucky and some nationally,” KRHA Executive Director Tina McCormick said in an e-mail to KHN. “We will have attendees from other states at this year’s conference, which spreads the word across state lines.”

Then, on Thursday, July 28, the state Department for Public Health is partnering with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) to host a Hepatitis C Town Hall Meeting at  Hazard Community and Technical College.

“The meeting aims to increase community awareness, provide best practices on prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C, HIV and substance abuse and engage multi-sector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement,” says a news release.

This meeting is free and open to the public, though registration is required because space is limited. Click here to register.


FDA expands “Real Cost” campaign about smokeless tobacco to focus on rural white male teenagers

real talk graphicThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new campaign on the dangers of smokeless tobacco among rural teens, expanding its “The Real Cost” campaign “to educate rural, white male teenagers about the negative health consequences associated with smokeless tobacco use.”

The FDA’s Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study found that 31.84 percent of rural, white males ages 12 to 17 — about 629,000 total youths — either experiment with smokeless tobacco or are at-risk.

The central message in “The Real Cost” Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Campaign is “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless,” which aims to motivate these teenagers to reconsider what they think they know about smokeless tobacco use.

“For the first time, messages on the dangers of smokeless tobacco use — including nicotine addiction, gum disease, tooth loss, and multiple kinds of cancer — are being highlighted through the placement of advertisements in 35 U.S. markets specifically selected to reach the campaign’s target audience,” according to a news release from the FDA.

“The Real Cost” campaign launched nationally in February 2014 across multiple media platforms including TV, radio, print, digital, and out-of-home sites. It currently airs in 35 markets, including Lexington and Paducah in Kentucky.


American Diabetes Association plans “Step Out” walks around Kentucky

diabetes walkThe American Diabetes Association is planning a number of different “Step Out” walks around Kentucky to raise funds and awareness about diabetes.

Step Out participants commit to walk and raise money not only because nearly 30 million people in the United States have diabetes, but because they more than likely know someone who is living with the everyday challenges of diabetes.

Along with a number of walks around the country, the following walks are currently planned for Kentucky in 2016:

  • June 4 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington – click here for more information
  • September 24 at the Big Four Lawn in Louisville – click here for more information

Passport is proud to work closely with the American Diabetes Association, which is the nation’s leading 501(C)3 nonprofit charity providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. Click here for more information.


Go Red For Women Luncheon aims to raise awareness about heart disease and create a call to action

Go Red for Women LogoHeart disease is the No. 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S.

While both men and women can experience chest pressure that many say feels like an elephant sitting on the chest, women often have symptoms that they don’t connect to heart disease, such as extreme fatigue, irregular back discomfort, pressure or pain in the lower chest or upper abdomen, dizziness, lightheadedness, jaw pain, shortness of breath and nausea, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

Family history, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes are all risk factors for heart disease. In addition, certain lifestyle factors can put people at risk, such as an unhealthy diet that is high in saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium; physical inactivity; obesity; too much alcohol (more than one drink a day for women, more than two for men); and tobacco use.

Passport is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2015 Lexington Go Red For Women Luncheon. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4, at the Lexington Center’s Heritage Hall, 400 W. Vine St. Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. For more information, please go online to or click here.

The Go Red for Women effort focuses on three areas: heightening awareness of the issue, creating a passionate call to action, and generating funds to support education and research. For more information, check out the AHA website at


Passport Sponsors University of Kentucky’s Student-Athlete Community Service Group

CATS in the Community LogoPassport has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the University of Kentucky “CATS in the Community” group of student-athletes who participate in community service events around the Greater Lexington area.

“CATS in the Community” offers student-athletes the opportunity to volunteer their time to help those in the community, according to the official website.

During the 2013-14 academic year, student-athletes volunteered over 4,300 hours of their time to community service in addition to going to class, attending practice, studying, and traveling to tournaments.

And if you’re in Lexington on Friday, October 16, be sure to stop by and say hi to Passport at the Big Blue Madness event for the UK men’s and women’s basketball teams at Rupp Arena! (For those who can’t make it, the SEC Network will air the event, making the first time it will be televised live and in its entirety on a national platform.) The event begins at 7 p.m.


Charla Young Brings Empowerment Event to Lexington in October

Charla Young graphicCharla Young is an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show.

Launched in January 2015, “Power to Change TV” aired initially on a Louisville FOX affiliate, and it connected with more than 150,000 viewers in the first six months. The show, co-sponsored by Passport Health Plan, is now viewed in 13 countries and has outgrown its original taping venue.

Beyond all of this, Charla has also created the “Power To Exhale” movement, also co-sponsored by Passport, to “empower women to do what is most important: take time for themselves,” according to the Power to Exhale website.

Now, she will be kicking off a 50-city tour to promote her book, “Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” on October 17 in Lexington, Kentucky. During the event, Charla says women “will bring their lemons physically and metaphorically, and I will take you through my book chapter by chapter … help you clear your table, get rid of the salt, get past your mixture of mistakes, find a new recipe, etc.”

Admission is free. People interested in attending should send an email to To find out more information, or to order Charla’s book, “Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” go online to