Physical Activity is Especially Important During the Cold Winter Months

Insider Louisville LogoIt’s cold outside. The streets might be covered in ice. There’s a good movie on TV, and plenty of food in the fridge. So why would anyone want to go out and get some exercise?

That’s the dilemma many of us face in the winter months, and some of us have the extra pounds to show for it. In terms of our overall physical and mental health, getting moving is the antidote to the winter blahs. Even a little bit of exercise can make a big difference in our outlook on life.

“Activity is the new wonder drug,” Steve Tarver, CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville, says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “Physical activity is important all year long, but in particular during the winter when we’re indoors more, things move a little more slowly. That can infringe on our physical health, but also on our mental and social health as well.”

To hear more from Steve, please click here.


Passport plans second ‘Community Conversation’ to talk about Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoPassport Health Plan will be hosting another “Community Conversation” on November 28 to discuss the progress of the Passport Health and Well-Being campus being planned for West Louisville.

The event, which is being co-hosted by the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA, will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Chestnut Street Family YMCA, 930 W. Chestnut Street, Louisville. A light meal will be served and free child care will be provided by the YMCA.

During the event, updates will be given about the two major projects in development for the intersection of 18th Street and Broadway – the Passport Health and Well-Being campus and the Republic Bank Foundation YMCA – we’ll review feedback from the June 1 neighborhood meeting, we’ll share how this input has shaped the projects, and we’ll continue gathering input from community members.

There will also be leaders from the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) to provide information on happenings that are bringing additional programs and services to the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information, please click here. To RSVP for this free event, please click here.


YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps Kentuckians cut risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half

YMCAIf you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, there’s a program that can help you make small, measurable changes to reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a group-based lifestyle change program that provides education and support to help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Over the course of a year, participants attend an orientation session and 25 one-hour sessions in a classroom setting led by a trained lifestyle coach. Participants support and motivate each other while learning about healthier eating, increasing physical activity, and losing weight.

Financial assistance is available for anyone who is interested in this program – which is offered around Kentucky – and people who haven’t been a YMCA member in the last 2 years can get a FREE 12-week trial membership to the YMCA.

Passport Health Plan and the YMCA share a common passion of improving the health and quality of life of all Kentuckians.

For more information and to complete a pre-screening, click here.