Charla Young’s “Power to Exhale” group brings Empowerment Tour around Kentucky during the month of September

Power to Exhale, a global women’s empowerment organization headquartered in Louisville, is bringing its empowerment tour to the state of Kentucky.

Sponsored by Passport, the Power to Exhale tour will partner with community, education, and entertainment providers in various communities around the Commonwealth.

“This will be an RV empowerment tour rolling from city to city to give people in the community everything from information on controlling their blood pressure to a road map on how to live your best life,” said Power to Exhale Founder Charla Young. “We will also stop to build a Habitat for Humanity Home, volunteer at Dare to Care of Louisville and stand proudly on the platform of empowerment as we march through a community parade. This RV Tour will be All Things Empowerment.”

The RV Tour kicks off Saturday, September 1, at the Big Four Bridge in Downtown Louisville, where more than 200 Power to Exhale members will gather to walk with a platform solidarity, sisterhood and service. Other stops will include Lexington, Bowling Green, Radcliff/Elizabethtown, and Covington. Every stop is free and open to the public.

To see the full list of stops, please click here.

For more information, please contact Charla Young at or by calling (502) 938-9454, or go online to


Passport co-sponsors ‘Live Empowered’ event to teach people about diabetes

ADA-passport-logoPassport Health Plan, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and Charla Young are proud to present a special “Live Empowered” event designed to teach people how to live, thrive, and survive with diabetes.

The event – which takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 5, at St. Stephen Family Life Center, 1508 W. Kentucky St. in Louisville – aims to teach people who work with churches, community centers, and community health workers all about the ADA resources that are available.

Charla Young is an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show. She created the Power to Exhale movement to establish a community of love, support and positivity for all women of all ages, all races and all financial and socio-economic backgrounds, according to its Facebook page.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please RSVP by July 31 to or (859) 268-9129 ext. 3322. Click here for more information. Complimentary lunch will be served for attendees.


Passport partners with American Heart Association to help people control their high blood pressure

Go Red for Women LogoAbout 1 in 3 Americans live with high blood pressure, which comes to nearly 80 million people. Of those with high blood pressure, about half do not have it controlled, which increases risks for stroke and heart attack.

If you or someone you know has high blood pressure, don’t panic – the American Heart Association and Passport Health Plan are here to help. Between American Heart Month (February) and American Stroke Month (May), we will be cohosting a series of Facebook Live sessions – hosted by Charla Young – where you can learn all about the ways to live a heart-healthy lifestyle through the “Check. Change. Control.” program.

The first session, “Understanding Blood Pressure is Why,” will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31. Additional sessions will occur in March (“Eat Better”), April (“Get Active”), and May (“Lose Weight”) at dates still to be determined.

Participants will learn valuable information and then be asked to report 2 blood pressure screenings each month through the American Heart Association’s online tracker.

To take part in these sessions, click here to join the Facebook “Power to Exhale” group, hosted by Charla, or send an email to Jane Merman of the American Heart Association at


Charla Young offers women a message of love, hope, and lemonade

Insider Louisville LogoYou don’t have to be broke, busted or disgusted to get something from Charla Young’s message for women.

Just three years ago, Young was reeling from disappointment and bound into depression. She had started a television show that was carried in 26 cities, and believed she was on track to become an international media star.

“I really thought I would be the next Oprah Winfrey,” she says in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville. “That’s what I had in my head, but it didn’t work out that way. I was in Atlanta for the final meeting where I was supposed to sign a contract and make $7 million a year, and the network said no.”

Young said she’d put 18 months of effort into the deal, and suddenly the dream was gone. She admitted to battling depression. But then she decided to write a book, Life’s Lemons Make Damn Good Lemonade,” and focused her efforts on a movement she called Power to Exhale.

To read more about Charla, please click here. Or to see a special video in which Charla talks about her past, as well as her relationship with Passport, please click here.


Passport co-sponsors Charla Young’s Power Up Summit in Louisville on November 12

power up graphicPassport Health Plan is proud to co-sponsor the Power to Exhale movement’s Power Up Summit on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Canaan Christian Fellowship Center in Louisville.

The Power to Exhale movement was created by Charla Young, an author, blogger, motivational speaker, internet radio show host, and host of an empowerment reality television show. Power to Exhale exists to establish a community of love, support and positivity for all women of all ages, all races and all financial and socio-economic backgrounds, according to its Facebook page.

The event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., will follow the theme of “Why Not Now?” and focus on different ways that attendees can “Power Up” their health, relationships, finances and more so that they can impact their communities in a powerful way and realize their full potential.

Along with the speakers, free health screenings, power breaks, and discussions about topics including mental health, depression, relationships, finances, power, purpose and more, the American Heart Association will also be on hand to provide a “Have Faith in Heart” blood pressure screening and help educate attendees on how to have a healthy heart.

Cost of the event is $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and includes a special T-shirt and lunch. For more information or to buy a ticket, please click here.


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