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  • Small changes make a big difference: Tips for a successful 2016

    With the new year approaching, many are looking to lose weight and/or start at a gym or fitness program. If this is you, here are some helpful tips that may help you be successful reaching your goals:

    *Start slow! If you have never exercised before or it has been years since you have exercised, you will want to start slow and eventually work your way up with time. If you have always been a walker and want to become a runner, start slow and slowly build up those miles or minutes.

  • Heed a simple message: Don’t mix holiday sauce and sleigh this year

    Kentucky New Era

    Many newspapers, including this one, typically devote space to a New Year’s Eve editorial that encourages readers to avoid drunken driving. The message arrives right at the end of the year because it’s often assumed booze will be part of the celebration when many toast the end of one year and the start of another.

  • Kentucky offers many venues for families to enjoy holidays

    If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Don't let Christmas challenges take over

    Kentucky New Era

    In its truest form, Christmas time is gracious. We make more time for family. We take stock of what we’ve gained and lost during the year. We count our blessings and seek connection to people who matter the most in our lives. We tell people we are grateful, and we tell them why. We say, “I love you” more. We share gifts, food and money with strangers.

    All of these experiences happen because religious rituals and secular traditions combine to bring out a lot of kindness in people.

  • Tobacco settlement monies beneficial to agriculture

    About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.

    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • Tobacco settlement monies beneficial to agriculture

    About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.

    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • Don't let Christmas challenges take over

    Kentucky New Era

    In its truest form, Christmas time is gracious. We make more time for family. We take stock of what we’ve gained and lost during the year. We count our blessings and seek connection to people who matter the most in our lives. We tell people we are grateful, and we tell them why. We say, “I love you” more. We share gifts, food and money with strangers.

    All of these experiences happen because religious rituals and secular traditions combine to bring out a lot of kindness in people.

  • Control the burn: Tame the fire of inflammation, improve your health, physique

    Inflammation has been tied to everything from heart disease and cancer to lingering muscle soreness that lasts for days after an intense workout, a phenomenon known as delayed onset muscle soreness. Though many people see inflammation as a cumbersome roadblock to good health and a better body, it has its own Jekyll-and-Hyde personality. A little acute inflammation is good, but too much chronic inflammation is a huge red flag letting you know that something is wrong.

  • Legislature prepares for new session

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5, and last for 60 working days.

    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • Deadline upcoming for Congress

    Will Dec. 11, mark another déjà vu moment for Congress?  This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.