Author: Chad Rose

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!

Regional Stakeholders Discuss Future of Regional Land Use Partnership

Seventy-seven regional stakeholders, elected officials, planning commissioners and planning directors met at the Regional Land Use Partnership Summit at the U.K. Hilary J. Boone Center on December 5 and the take-away was a myriad of strategies and action items to begin to develop a strategic plan for the partnership focusing on communication and collaboration between cities, counties, agencies and organizations.

A Vision Statement for the Plan was also thoroughly vetted at the summit and will be released early in 2020.

The Regional Land Use Partnership (RLUP) which was organized and is managed by a collaboration through Bluegrass Tomorrow, the Bluegrass Area Development District, the Bluegrass Land Conservancy, Fayette Alliance, Woodford Forward and Farm Bureau, has created great momentum in a the form of a mutually agreed upon resolution, which contains land use principles of agreement, and has been passed by LFUCG, Bourbon County Fiscal Court, the Lexington/Jessamine Metropolitan Planning Organization, the City of Midway, the Scott County Planning Commission, and a myriad of others in the works.

The Strategic Plan will be discussed, vetted and drafted by the RLUP committee in the first quarter of 2020.

Mary Berry founder and CEO of the Berry Center, and daughter of Wendell Berry, was the keynote speaker, and focused on advocating for farmers, land-conserving communities, and healthy regional economies.  A series of TED talks on Advocacy, Food, Growth and Housing featured David Tomes developer of the Norton Commons, Ashton Potter Wright of Bluegrass Farm to Table and Brittany Rothemeier of the Fayette Alliance.

Local, State and National Perspectives on land use planning were provide by Billy Van Pelt of American Farmland Trust, Tom Hutchenson from Atalo Holdings on the hemp industry, and Chris Woodall of LFUCG Division of Planning.

2017 Josephine Abercrombie Award for Lifelong Dedication to the Bluegrass Region

Mr. Herbert Miller – Columbia Gas

The Josephine Abercrombie Vision Award is a top honor for Bluegrass Tomorrow. It is not only presented to one who has made a great impact on the region, but also one who improves the quality of life in the Central Kentucky, Bluegrass Region.

Herb Miller of Columbia Gas has been one of the great leaders in the Bluegrass Region over the last two decades, working in everthing from the Partnership for Workforce Development where he won that organization’s first Legacy Award, to his work on the preservation of the Old Fayette County Courthouse, and if you look at all of the great names that have won the Abercrombie Award, and our Legacy Award, you would agree we’re entering Herb into the Bluegrass Tomorrow Hall of Fame.

Herb has had such a profound impact on workforce development, low income families, K-12 and higher education, historic preservation, transportation, economic development, farmland preservation, and human services.  He has touched all of the values of Bluegrass tomorrow.