Sep
8

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My Healthy Day: 10,000 steps, socializing, and a crossword

Father William B. Hammer

Name: Rev. William D. Hammer
Organization: St. Margaret Mary
How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
As a pastor of a parish with a large grade school (726 students), and a congregation of nearly 1,900 families, there are many opportunities to role model and speak to the Catholic faith’s commitment to the goodness of God’s creation. More recently, Pope Francis in his encyclical Laudato Si has called for all people of goodwill to seek an “integral ecology” that expresses the close connection between the gift of human life and the gift of creation. All human life and our world, from the moment of its origin, is to be treated with reverence, care, and good stewardship. With the “Green for Good Project” in conjunction with the Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil, the University of Louisville, the Office of Sustainability (Louisville Metro) and other sponsoring agencies, I hope that this Project will inspire our students and their families. I believe that over the long run, it will have ongoing ripple effect in the greening of our parish, students’ homes, parents’ places of business, homes of grandparents and extended families, Louisville’s neighborhoods, our Commonwealth, our nation, and the world. The results of the Green For Good show the scientifically measured positive impact of increasing the green canopy in our community and in individual’s health, thus a healthier Louisville already.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
One area that we struggle with is the amount of waste we generate between parish activities and an elementary school with over 720+ students and 50+ staff. We used to recycle aluminum cans, but the company that would collect them has gone out of business. At present we do very little recycling beyond cardboard and that is inconsistent on our part. I wish our carbon footprint was smaller and would welcome some concrete suggestions, especially on large scale recycling.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
It begins after a good night’s rest and some time for prayer. A light healthy breakfast and walk to work, my residence is not far from the office. I try to get in as much walking as possible during the day, always a goal of 10,000 steps. Being an extrovert, the day also includes time socializing with students in our elementary school, and a time for non-work related conversation during lunch. The evening meal is the main meal of the day and it is one that is one filled with fresh produce and heart healthy protein in the meat selection. Evenings involve relaxing for at least an hour before going to bed, working the crossword puzzle to relax the mind and prayer before sleeping.

Aug
28

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My Healthy Day: Everyone is positive

Sadia Abdirahman

Name: Sadia Abdirahaman
Organization: PACT in Action
How does your work support a healthier Louisville?

The work I do supports a healthier Louisville because I work with a teen dating violence prevention group called PACT In Action, we work around all types of violence. We also go into our community to help and educate other teens on teen dating violence. We hope they join us to help support Louisville become healthier.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
People can always contact us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Search PACTINACTION to find us.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
A healthy day to me looks like a day where everything around me is positive. Everyone is on the same page where I don’t have go on the news and all I hear is about violence and hate. A Healthy Day is when everyone around me is having a good day where certain people don’t have to worry about anything going outside. A Healthy Day to me is when everyone is POSITIVE.

Aug
25

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My Healthy Day: Peace, love, no hate, and no racism

Name: Hannah Drake

Hannah Drake

Organization: IDEAS xLab

How does your work support a healthier Louisville?
IDEAS xLab is working to create equitable spaces for underserved communities using arts and culture strategies.

How can individuals or companies contribute to your work or get involved?
We are always open to collaborations and seeing how we can work together to bring arts strategy to new work or current work. Please check out our website or contact us for an appointment to stop in and see where our work can intersect.

What does a Healthy Day look like for you?
Peaceful, rest, love, no hate, no racism. Needless to say, I have not seen a healthy day in a long time.


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