Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Use Caution With the Little Hearts: Ideas for Helping Your Kid’s Heart and If You Should Be Concerned

By Carrie Vittitoe

Today’s Woman Goes Red for heart each year to raise awareness of how heart disease impacts women in our community. In many cases, heart disease doesn’t just pop up when a woman is in her 40s, 50s, and beyond. The habits we develop as children are the foundations that can either lead to heart disease or prevent heart disease when we are adults. Going red is really something that needs to begin in childhood.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Why She Might Be Stalking Your Social Media for Her Job, and Other Things She is Reading

By Keri Foy

Kristina Johns is young, successful, and funny. She is director of social media marketing at Vest Advertising. Find out what makes her laugh, keeps her balanced, and how she stays informed about the social media marketing industry.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Best Bodies: Belinda Haynes

NAME Belinda Haynes
AGE 47
JOB Market Recruiter, Trueblue, Inc.
WORKOUT SPOT I have some favorite neighborhoods I run in. I also love doing a downtown run, over the bridge to the Indiana side and back.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Changes: “I am at a Big Question Mark in my Life." - Michelle Freiberger

By Brigid Morrissey

“I’m a travel nurse, so I stopped working in February to hike the Appalachian Trail. I got 300 miles into it, got bored, met someone, we got off the trail and went to Singapore. Then we went to Bali, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and then we parted ways. I went to Italy, Croatia, and Germany. Then I went back to work.”

Changes: Processed through a long-term relationship - Becca Washer

By Brigid Morrissey

“Last year I had just finished training for a marathon, the Chicago marathon in October. I have ‘retired’ from long distance running.”

Changes: “My children are on their own…” - Trisha Zeller

By Brigid Morrissey

“I decided to exercise every day. Half an hour on the treadmill, half an hour of weights.”

Changes: “I am going back to school.” - Amira Karaoud

By Brigid Morrissey

“I feel very tired all the time now. I’m turning 40 soon. This is the first time I feel myself getting tired. It might be the weather, too.“

Changes: Connecting with Different Faiths - Marcia Texler Segal

By Brigid Morrissey

“My body slows down and I can’t do as much as I used to be able to do. But one thing I started to do is take an introductory Tai Chi class.”

Changes: “I pray an order goes out.” - Sally Lawler

By Brigid Morrissey

“I’m more secure with what we’re doing with our company, Skootys [a company that sells a comfort insole for walking in ski boots]. We get a lot of help from U.S. Commercial Service and more countries. I rely on their help when things go wrong in another country so it relieves a lot of pressure.”

Friday, February 23, 2018

What I Wore This Month: Classic with a Whimsical Twist

By Aubrey Hillis

Whether she’s attending a Louisville Orchestra performance or walking through 21C Museum Hotel, Patty Johnson knows the art of dressing well for any situation or season. When the temperature drops, Patty creates fashionable outfits that keep her warm. Here’s what she’s wearing this month.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend, there are lots of fun activities to do with the little ones in your life, or you can enjoy some laughs at a comedy show, tempt your tastebuds at a local festival or fundraising chef's dinner, or enjoy some live music.

See below for some enticing ways to fill your weekend:

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Serving with a Compassionate Heart

By Carrie Vittitoe
Brenda Frank, special assistant to Mayor Greg Fischer, has seen Louisvillians give their hearts in service since 2011 when the mayor adopted the goal to make the city more compassionate. At first, people were confused by the concept of a compassionate city. “People shook their heads and said, ‘What do you mean?’” Brenda says. One of the primary ideas in making Louisville more compassionate was to ask residents to engage in acts of service.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The One Clothing Staple We All Need — And Why it is the Year of the Woman at The Speed

By Marie Bradby

Even before the Speed Museum opened its modern $60 million renovation and addition in 2016, Laura Ross and the marketing team at this venerable Louisville institution were hopping, helping to plan new exhibits and programs, and tying events and activities to them.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Three Products This Stylist Swears By

By Lucy M. Pritchett

It takes more than scissors and a shampoo cape to make a hairstylist.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

A Bride With a Handy Husband

Haley White and James Matheny married in an outdoor fall ceremony at Woodhaven Country Club before 144 guests. The couple pulled together a combination of a few DIY decor items, including a birch arch and entrance doors for their wedding.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Just Ask Joyce: How Can I Tell My Husband I Cheated 10 Years Ago? Maybe it’s Best You Don’t

“How can I tell my husband I cheated on him 10 years ago? After a rocky beginning in our marriage, we enjoy a wonderful relationship and I would never want to disrupt what we share together. We now have two children. I certainly don’t want a divorce, but I’m not sure how he would receive the news. I know it would devastate me if the shoe was on the other foot. I don’t know why it continues to bother me, so I suppose it’s because I need to cleanse. What should I do?"

Friday, February 16, 2018

What We Love About Her Lashes

By Miranda Popp

Micaela Skura hated taking off mascara and the time it took to put it on again every day. One spring, she found herself looking toward a full Derby and wedding season, and to her it made sense to get lash extensions rather than pay for a makeup artist.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

What To Do This Weekend

This weekend offers opportunities for education, music, theater, fitness, food, and fun. Take advantage of special February offers to get in shape and explore locally.

Check out these worthwhile weekend activities below:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What Makes Your Heart Pound (in a good way)

By Carrie Vittitoe

“There are benefits of romance to heart health,” says advice columnist and speaker Joyce Oglesby, and the research supports this statement. Studies have shown that people in satisfying relationships have lower risks of heart disease. Love seems to make people feel more at peace and balanced, which has a positive impact on blood pressure.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Where to Go Next? “I decided what I want are experiences. I want to live my life right now, not waiting until I retire or have the next thing.”

By Megan M. Seckman
Michelle is with her brother Kirk who took her to the Appalachian Trail trailhead. 

Five years ago Michelle Freiberger, a nurse practitioner, found herself in an existential crisis. Standing in her closet, flipping through mountains of clothes, she felt completely suffocated. She was locked into her 9-to-5 career — where she had to be granted permission to take a week’s vacation — and was feeling dissatisfied with her life. She had done everything “right”: she bought a house, paid her bills on time, and amassed a plethora of possessions. But her things did not bring her joy, and she needed a change.

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Heart in Emotional Recovery: “You don’t get wisdom from a pill…”

By Carrie Vittitoe

Many of us think of heart health as being purely physical, but emotions also play a role. Depression and anxiety may put us at risk of damaging our hearts due to poor sleep, poor eating, lack of exercise, and isolation. Recovery Inc. of Kentucky, located in the Highlands, opened in 1952 and offers anonymous support groups for people who are struggling with their mental health.

A Doctor Who Has Followed Her Calling and Climbed Mountains: How Does She Get Her Power?

By Holly Hinson

With both of her parents employed as practicing physicians, Dr. Valerie Briones-Pryor realized by the time she was in high school that she was destined to follow in their footsteps. But what she never imagined for herself was one day climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Baby Love: How it Protects

By Carrie Vittitoe

The heart palpitations a new mother feels when falling in love with her newborn baby rest a great deal on hormones. Beth Quinkert, a certified nurse midwife with WomanCare in Southern Indiana, says there are four hormone systems involved during labor and childbirth: prolactin, oxytocin, endorphins, and adrenaline/noradrenaline.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

YUM! Sugar Cookie Bars

By Paige Rhodes
There are two types of people on Valentine’s Day — those who embrace every aspect of the holiday, and those who refuse to log in to Facebook for fear of seeing too many flower bouquets and teddy bears. If you’re a part of the first category, these festive small-batch cookies are for you. Whether you’re preparing a romantic dinner for your significant other or you’re having a Netflix Galentine’s party with your besties, this easy dessert will be the star.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Living Beautifully with What Others Discard

By Megan M. Seckman

Tracy Heightchew comes from a long line of junk collectors. Her grandfather was fond of salvaging scrap metal and took young Tracy out to sift through his heap for a hidden treasure. Her grandmother was an extreme yard saler who stockpiled a potpourri of Depression-era oddities. They loved old things, and their amassed collections left a forever mark on young Tracy.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What To Do This Weekend

Make your final tweaks to your Valentine's Day plans, and do something for your heart this weekend. Party at the Heart Ball, learn how to save a life, see a play, and more.

See below for some fun activities this weekend:

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Heart Stress: And Abnormal Heart Beat

By Carrie Vittitoe

The loss of a loved one is a stress on the heart, emotionally and physically. “Physical or emotional stress can trigger a stress response in the body that leads to atrial fibrillation. As adrenaline, cortisol, or noradrenaline increase in the body, they can increase the likelihood of a heart rhythm disorder,” Dr. Morris says.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

When Stress Hits Your Heart: How Beth Stone’s Heart Attack Surprised Her

By Carrie Vittitoe

Like many of us, Beth Stone tries to exercise when she can, but she is the first to admit she isn’t perfect when it comes to fitness. Her small frame might give others the impression she exercises all the time, but she really prefers walking in the park to hitting the gym regularly. Because she “looks” healthy, it may come as a surprise that she suffered a mild heart attack on Christmas Eve 2016 at the age of 51.

How She Eats to Fuel Up

By Ashli Findley

Amanda Hiner is a fitness enthusiast whose everyday life consists of advocating for health and wellness. The 38-year-old is the owner of and an instructor at The Barre Code Middletown, a franchise of the Chicago-based women’s fitness studio. She and her husband Ben also own all of the Edible Arrangements franchises in Louisville as well as two in Lexington.

Monday, February 5, 2018

As School Nurse, She Pays Attention to the Whole Child

By Lucy M. Pritchett

Julie Collings discovered that being a school nurse involves much more than taking temperatures and dispensing bandages.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Heart and Mind Connection: Why Yoga Does Help the Heart

By Carrie Vittitoe
There is no doubt that participating in a yoga session can make you feel relaxed. Slow-tempo music, stillness, and stretching can help a person regain a sense of inner calm. However, Shelli Carpenter, co-owner of Eternal Health Yoga, says consistency is the key to making yoga have long-term health benefits, such as reductions in blood pressure, improved flexibility, and increased lung capacity. “Having a consistent yoga practice is where the benefits come in,” she says.

Take the Fear Out of Being a First Time Caregiver

By Torie Temple

We play many roles within our lives, but when we’re cast as a caregiver for a loved one, it may take more preparation than just switching hats. Evelyn Hunter, facilitator for the Floyd Memorial caregiver support group, and Terry Graham, registered nurse at Helping Hands Companion Services, give recommendations to consider when stepping into a new caregiver role.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

By Carrie Vittitoe

Being a sensitive person has many benefits. Therapist Brittani Hoyer says sensitive people tend to be more empathetic. “They understand others’ feelings and typically have a lot more compassion for others,” she says. However, there are times when being sensitive displays itself in ways you might not like. Sensitive people might feel embarrassed if they cry at work or at school. They may worry that others think they are babies or can’t handle a job or responsibility.

Dealing with Heart Break: Can it Heal?

By Carrie Vittitoe

Loss is a part of life, but experiencing an emotional loss can make one’s heart feel like it is physically hurting. Licensed marriage and family therapist Brittani Hoyer says any kind of loss can lead to feelings of grief or heartbreak, including the loss of a loved one through divorce or death, the loss of a lifestyle as a result of an illness, or even the end of an addiction. Parents frequently go through little valleys of grief as their children leave one stage of life behind.

An individual who experiences the breakup of a marriage or long-term friendship may feel anger or a sense of abandonment. Brittani says while a person who loses a loved one through death may also experience anger or abandonment, they may direct their feelings at God or life or luck rather than the individual who died.

Whether a loss results from a breakup, a death, or a dramatic life change, Brittani says “support is essential, whether it be friends or family, a counselor, or medication. That’s the first thing I focus on with clients.” Someone who has experienced the death of someone close might find comfort in doing some reminiscing exercises to bring up happy memories. A person who has experienced a breakup may need to work on rebuilding her self-esteem, taking time to find out what she likes and values about herself. Eventually, individuals will work to start new traditions in their lives, and their hearts will begin to heal.

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash 

Friday, February 2, 2018

How She Exercises Caution

By Tiffany White

Ashley Dones, 26, handles her heart cautiously but doesn’t miss out on the rhythm of life. She was born with congenital heart disease and has to be careful about her level of physical activity.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What To Do This Weekend

You may have heard that there's a little football game taking place this Sunday. The New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will battle it out to see who will be the champions of Super Bowl LII. Fill your weekend with football, parties, and food!

This weekend you can also get your disco on, catch a play, skate on the ice with the UofL Hockey team, and more. 

See below for fun weekend ideas:

Watch Your Spider Veins Fade Away

Post Sponsored by Clark Memorial Hospital Vein Center 

Concealing your spider veins may be a pain, but permanently removing them is simple and painless. Marla Beeler, APRN with the Clark Physician Group Thoracic and Vascular Surgery Center, talks about the benefits of sclerotherapy — a vein removal treatment she uses on her clients.

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