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