Year: 2020

A Conversation With the Region on Healthy Living

Registration is now open for
A Conversation with the Region on Healthy Living
Presented by:

In cooperation with:
Bluegrass Local Food & Beverage Council
October 29-30, Zoom Webinar
Free and Open To the Public
Also available on Facebook Live.
This motivating and interesting webinar will share
important information and raise awareness of key health and wellness
issues in our region and we’ll have some fun too….
  • Former University of Kentucky Basketball Star Ramel Bradley, and investor in
    the AppHarvest $50 million greenhouse project in eastern Kentucky, with a
    healthy living and eating Q&A.
  • For the Kids and Families: A Get Up and Move session by the YMCA, and a Farm Bureau Cooking with the
    Kids segment, both after school on Thursday.
  • CHI Saint Joseph Health will present four important health presentations on heart health,
    diabetes, cancer, and quality of life during and after the Covid 19 crisis.
  • Sullivan University’s Culinary Program will present October Smoke: Grilling Smoking and Preserving the Very Best of Local Fall Ingredients and Baking Healthy: Alternatives to Traditional
  • Fayette County Farm Bureau will also present programs
    on: Farmer’s Markets, Finding Local Food in the Bluegrass, Local Foods
    are Worth It, and Food Insecurity & Healthy Communities.
  • And, so much more.
Conversation with the Region on Healthy Living
Schedule at a Glance
(Full Schedule & Descriptions of each session to be released soon)
Thursday, October 29
  • 3:30 p.m. Former U.K. Basketball player, Ramel Bradley Welcome & Opening Comments
  • 3:35 p.m. Get Up & Move Exercise Session for Kids & Families, presented by YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • 4:00 p.m. Get Outdoors Session, presented by YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • 4:30 p.m. Farmers Markets in the Bluegrass, presented by Fayette County Farm Bureau
  • 5:00 p.m. Cooking with the Kids, presented by Fayette County Farm Bureau
  • 5:30 p.m. Ramel Bradley Q&A on healthy living & eating, presented by AppHarvest
  • 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Heart Health & Beyond, Dr. Michael Wayne Schaeffer) and Q&A, presented by CHI Saint Joseph Health
Friday, October 30
  • 9:00 a.m. Exercise Program, presented by YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • 9:30 a.m. Finding Food in the Bluegrass with Dr. Ashton Potter Wright, LFUCG Local Food Coordinator.
  • 10:30 a.m.
    Quality of Life During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond, Q&A with
    Dana Stephens, Market Director of Infection Prevention and Control at CHI Saint Joseph Health,, and Gladys Cornn, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Saint Joseph London and Berea
  • 11:30 a.m. Break – Grab a lunch and get ready for Chef Foster during your lunch break.
  • 11:45 a.m.
    October Smoke-Grilling Smoking and Preserving the Very Best of Local
    Fall Ingredients with Chef John Foster, presented by Sullivan University
  • 12:15 p.m.
    Local Foods are Worth It, Dr. Allison Davis, Executive Director of the
    Community and Economic Development Initiative at U.K. and Jan Knappage,
    Food System Specialist with the U.K. School of Human Environmental
  • 12:45 p.m. Tomorrow’s
    Cancer Care Today with Dr. Jacqueline Matar, Dr. Jessica Jones Croley
    & Greg Bodager, R.N., presented by CHI Saint Joseph Health
  • 1:45 p.m. Break
  • 2:00 p.m.
    Baking Healthy: Alternatives to Traditional Baking Ingredients and
    Methods… Glueten Free, Dairy Free, and Reduced Fat Choices that Still
    Satisfy with Chef Melissa Armstrong, presented by Sullivan University
  • 2:30 p.m.
    The Cost of Diabetes in Kentucky Today with Claudia Burnett, Registered
    Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, and Dr.
    Jason Hamrick, Pharmaceutical Care Specialist, presented by CHI Saint
    Joseph Health
  • 3:15 p.m. Food Insecurity & Healthy Communities, presented by Farm Bureau.
  • 3:45 Adjourn




Conversation with the Commonwealth—What Does the Future of Kentucky Education Look Like?


This virtual event will examine several key focus areas and topics/issues of discussion:

  • What does the future of Kentucky education look line, from P-12 through higher education considering the pandemic and post-pandemic considerations?
  • Issues in on-line education, the digital divide in Kentucky.  How do we create a level playing field?  How do we engage students on-line, as if they were in the classroom? How do we keep students motivated and deal with barriers such as procrastination, feelings of isolation, and absence of support? — as well as disengaged teachers and professors.
  • Race & Class-socioeconomic issues in education. From Black Lives Matter and minority challenges to socioeconomic class, poverty, household level of education, clothes, food insecurity and more.
  • The goal of this Conversation is to envision significant takeaways and strategies that will  begin to change the narrative on the importance of all forms of education in Kentucky, and create a better synergy and collaboration between K-12 and higher education —  university presidents, superintendents, principals and the business community.

Virtual Event is free and Open to the Public but registration in advance will be required. Please watch your inbox for registration opening information.

University Presidents, K-12 Superintendents, Principals will be able to engage in conversation and questions and answers with panelists.


Jacqueline Coleman

Lt. Governor

Aaron Thompson, President

Council on Postsecondary Education

Kevin Hub, Superintendent

Scott County Public Schools



Jason Glass, Commissioner

Kentucky Department of Education

David McFaddin, President

Eastern Kentucky University





This event is FREE but registration is required!

Stewart Home & School Receives 2019 Vision Award for Human Services

Stewart Home & School occupies the historic campus of the old Kentucky Military Institute and its adjoining 850 acres of serene rural farmland in Frankfort, Kentucky.  The campus provides a beautiful setting for its current and beautiful purpose.  Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the school offers a one-of-a-kind community where those with intellectual disabilities are truly appreciated and respected. Stewart Home currently serves 340 adolescent and adult students who are from 38 different states and 5 different countries. Students have the opportunity to work, go to school, participate in a range of extracurricular and athletic activities, and live life to its fullest! 

When Dr. John Quincy Adams Stewart founded Stewart Home & School in 1893 on the campus of his own school, the Kentucky Military Institute, people with intellectual disabilities were often denied an educational opportunity in the public schools.  He was a pioneer in the field of special education as he set about to institute a school for people of all ages to be given that opportunity.  Over its 126-year history, Stewart Home & School has been owned and directed by five successive generations of the Stewart family.  Dr. John Poague Stewart, of the fourth generation, led the school for over 58 years with love, devotion, service, and the continuation of his families’ legacy.  Today, Dr. John D. Stewart, Jean Ann Stewart Banker, Cathy Stewart Brown, and Charles W. Stewart, continue the tradition of the school’s remarkable past and extend its dynamic mission into the future.  The school continues to provide a campus community for individuals who want to continue to learn and who need a very special educational environment in which to maximize their potential. 

View a Video About Stewart Home & School Here