Healthy Hoops Kentucky to celebrate 10th annual event at a new location: Central High School

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is an event where asthmatic children and their families can learn more about having asthma and other asthma-related conditions, in addition to learning some great ways to get exercise and stay healthy with Louisville basketball legend Darrell Griffith!

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is FREE for all asthmatic children ages 7 to 14 and their families. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 9, and will be held at a new location this year: Central High School, 1130 West Chestnut Street. Families can register by going online to healthyhoopsky.com or by calling (502) 585-8429.

Event features include:

  • In the morning, children and their families will receive a comprehensive clinical screening to evaluate their asthma, a free consultation with an asthma health professional, and nutrition counseling. They will also learn how to lead active lives while managing their breathing, how to use medications appropriately, how to monitor exercise, and how to keep asthma under control. Each family will leave the screening with an “Asthma Action Plan” and tools to keep their asthma under control.
  • Then, after a free lunch, the children will head to the basketball court, where on-court legend Darrell Griffith will lead a team of celebrity basketball coaches in a series of workshops designed to teach the children how they can play the game even if they have breathing issues.

“I’m so excited to be involved in the Healthy Hoops Kentucky event to help these kids and their families,” said Griffith. “The work that we do to help these young people manage their asthma and learn how they can stay physically active has changed their lives.”

Healthy Hoops Kentucky is sponsored by Passport Health Plan, the University of Louisville, the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the American Lung Association, and other local organizations. It is not a requirement to be a Passport Health Plan member to participate in Healthy Hoops Kentucky. For more information, please click here.

 

Passport sponsors National Healthy Lunch Day around Kentucky to encourage healthy eating

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan and the American Diabetes Association are celebrating National Healthy Lunch Day on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to highlight the importance of good nutrition as part of a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the event, which encourages and motivates Kentucky residents to commit to eating a healthy lunch every day, organizations are encouraged to inform and empower their employees or members to eat right with every bite.

“There is quite a bit of confusion about what to eat because many options are full of calories yet lack nutritional value,” says Lisa Bellafato, health educator for Passport Health Plan. “This can contribute to rising rates of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity-related illnesses. Passport Health Plan is proud to sponsor National Healthy Lunch Day and partner with the American Diabetes Association all around the Commonwealth because we feel that this event will help inform and empower our fellow Kentuckians to make smarter food choices and live healthier lives.”

For more information about National Healthy Lunch Day and how you can participate, please click here.

 

Free annual Healthy Hoops Kentucky event helps teach asthmatic children how to manage their condition and stay physically active

HHKYColorlogo2Playing basketball, or participating in any athletic activity, can be a real challenge for young people with asthma. Many aren’t able to participate in sports because the disease stops them cold, making it difficult to catch their breath.

For the ninth year, Healthy Hoops Kentucky is holding an event for children with asthma and their families, providing important health screenings, advice on nutrition and medicine, and a little bit of basketball with a Louisville legend.

Healthy Hoops Kentucky moves this year to Assumption High School on Bardstown Road, where participants will receive health education to help them deal with the disease during the first half of the event. Then, in the afternoon, they’ll be treated to basketball skills lessons with former U of L All-American and NBA star Darrell Griffith, along with several other notable local basketball heroes. Among those expected this year are Bellarmine men’s basketball coach Scotty Davenport, along with a number of other men’s and women’s players and coaches from around the region.

“I’m so excited to be involved in the Healthy Hoops Kentucky event to help these kids and their families,” Griffith said in a Passport-sponsored article. “The work that we do to help these young people manage their asthma and learn how they can stay physically active has changed their lives.”

The event is free, thanks to the generous support of Passport Health Plan, The Kroger Co., the University of Louisville, the AmeriHealth Caritas Partnership, the American Lung Association, and other local organizations. Doctors and other local health professionals volunteer their time to the event.

For more information, please go online to healthyhoopsky.com or call (502) 585-8429.

 

Passport sponsors Healthy Family Training Camp in Louisville

American Heart AssoicationLace up your tennis shoes and join the American Heart Association for a fun-filled afternoon of games and activities to learn how to live a heart healthy life-style as a family.

Passport Health Plan is a proud sponsor of the Healthy Family Training Camp on Sunday, November 15, at the KFC Yum! Center in Downtown Louisville. The event – which starts at noon – includes cooking demonstrations, nutrition information, sports demonstrations, health screenings, CPR education, games, prizes, and much more.

This free event is open to the public, but people need to register – go online to getfit2015.org or call (502) 371-6016. As a bonus, all registered participants will receive complimentary tickets to the University of Louisville women’s basketball game at 2 p.m.!