Today's Woman February 2014

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Girlfriends! How these two women forged a business and a friendship

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Changing Their Lives

6 In Our Issue


8 What Works


12 Turning Point BY LUCY M. PRITCHETT GO RED FOR WOMEN 2 0 1 4 sponsored by

14 Survival Skills BY MARIE BRADBY

16 22 Things BY ANITA OLDHAM


22 The Agenda BY CATHY ZION

23 The Hard Reality BY BOB MUELLER

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26 Be Brave, Do Your Thing BY HOLLY GREGOR

28 Best Bite



30 Wellness Watch BY MALI ANDERSON

32 Ready To Change Your Life?



36 ARTS INSIDER: Kristin Chenoweth: A Master Class BY GIOIA PATTON








Ramey Deats (left) and Maggie Jones are mixing up something sweet and gluten-free in the kitchen. Find out what delicious treats these Sugar Mamas have in store for you on page 26. MAKEUP: MARIE FULKERSON PHOTO: MELISSA DONALD




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LOVE HIGH BREAK A SWEAT Maybe you need a little motivation to exercise. Keep up with our Ready to Change Your Life participants and see if you can incorporate healthier changes into your life (page 32).


hen you love your heart, you are loving yourself — and this month, we’re showing you how to be your own sweetheart so you can live a longer, healthier life. Just follow this heart-shaped map and you’ll be in good shape.

EAT A SWEET TREAT Being healthy doesn’t mean you can’t indulge sometimes. Learn where to find the delicious red velvet cake featured on page 28.

START HERE GET UP AND DANCE! Whether you are in the club or your living room, dancing is a great way to de-stress while having fun. Get some inspiration from the dancers we feature in our heart supplement (after page 22). SHOW SOME LOVE Give kudos to the ones you love by entering our Show the Love photo contest. Find out more details on page 22.


You made it! —Tiffany White





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EDITOR Tiffany White






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As VP of spirituality, Dianne attends to 15,000 employees, 90 chaplains, and 9,000 residents of Signature HealthCare. The program she administers, she said, is built upon the foundation of respect and offers individuals the freedom to celebrate one’s own faith tradition and discovery of purpose. Here, Dianne strikes a yoga pose in her office.


vice president of spirituality at Signature HealthCare, a provider of longterm care services HOMETOWN: born

in Washington D.C. and grew up in Oldham County, Ky.


Husband, George Timmering, Jr. NEIGHBORHOOD:








“Yoga is my personal elixir. I practice hot yoga and Ashtanga yoga. I have been doing this for 13 years. Yoga is powerful both for my insides and my outsides. I start with about seven minutes of yoga in the mornings. Then, I listen to part of a book on tape or scripture. I don’t like to listen to the morning news. I like quiet. I practice a bit of yoga in my office at work sometimes, too.”

Dianne admits to being a voracious reader and writer. “Writing is my greatest relief. Even if I don’t write for a long time every day, I conceive a couple of sentences or ideas.” Sometimes she writes at her computer. Other times she writes freestyle by hand in a notebook. “Sometimes I only have time to capture an idea on a sticky note. Or, I may sit down at the computer and my hands fly across the keyboard.” She received her MFA from Spalding University. In 2009, she co-authored with E. Joseph Steier (President & CEO, Signature HealthCARE) her first work of non-fiction entitled My God! Our God?. She hopes to publish Guardian Moon, her first work of fiction, in 2014.

GIVING PEOPLE WHAT THEY NEED “I love to work. I like business and contributing to a company’s culture. I like creating programs that bring spirituality to the workplace and to the care continuum as it relates to patient health. “I meet people at a point of need…when they need a boost or injection of hope. Patients are dealing with issues of mortality. I want to develop opportunities to uplift the spirit. To reduce anxiety. To reduce hopelessness.”

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A catalyst for change doesn’t always show up in a timely manner. By LUCY M. PRITCHETT Photo by MELISSA DONALD

MELISSA AMOS-JONES, 41, executive director of

Star Physical Therapy Clinic, 6610 Bardstown Road, Fern Creek Household: Husband,

Michael Jones, son Bradley Scarbrough, 19, and daughters Kasey Scarbrough, 17, and Ally Scarbrough, 14. Neighborhood:





It might not have seemed to be a good time to quit her job. Her husband had been diagnosed with chronic renal disease, she had three teenagers at home, and she had no job prospects. Melissa had earned a doctorate in physical therapy from Bellarmine and established a women’s health program at UofL Hospital, where she was assistant director of the Outpatient Physical Therapy Department for six years. She then went to work for a home health agency, but after three years concluded that it was not the right setting for her. “I had just accepted that I was not going to be happy at work and would have to make it through 30 years until I could retire,” she said. But her desire to be happy overcame her acceptance of her current situation. “I told myself that I am smart, I work hard, I have an education. I don’t have to be unhappy.” She quit her job and took three months off. During that time, she helped organize a holiday show for The Little Loomhouse, and she drew up a business plan with the idea of opening a women’s clinic, focusing on bladder retraining and pelvic-floor rehabilitation. That’s when the opportunity to become executive director of Star Clinic appeared. “I am back doing what I love to do. I love problem-solving and looking at ways to put the pieces together. I enjoy educating the patient on how to correct a problem or at least help make it tremendously better. “Quitting my job. The time off. The volunteer work. Creating the business plan. All that gave me direction. I just didn’t know where it would take me.” TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow





Dayna’s Enterpreneurial Survival Tips:

1. Remove fear from

your vocabulary for 2014. “I try to channel the energy that I would put toward being scared toward being excited. It’s the same adrenaline. Fear is the mirror opposite of the excitement of opportunity.

2. Organize your life so

you can focus on priorities. Dayna downsized to a modest house and car, and she now has the freedom to focus on her business and travel with her children. “I simplified my life and that has afforded me options.”

Dayna Neumann is the president of Exsellerator, her newly created company.

The Heart To Start Something New


n October, Dayna Neumann helped phase out her own job as executive vice president for marketing and strategy at the FetterGroup, the 125-year-old printing and manufacturing company that wound down operations last year. “I helped grow it,” says Dayna about the company that became a national leader in personalized smartphone cases for Apple and Samsung and other highquality printed products. “I also helped to sell off those assets. It was important to see it to the end.” But then the high-energy marketing specialist — a divorcée and mother of two young children — wondered what to do next. While others assumed she would start her own business, she wasn’t sure at first. She had interviews, but she turned down all the job offers. “I was interviewing with these companies, and I was (thinking), ‘I don’t want to work for you, I want to work with you.’ I wanted them to hire my company,” she says, though it was non-existent at the time.




So, in December, Dayna started Exsellerator, a management consulting firm that helps manufacturing companies expedite sales. Instead of taking a job as vice president of sales marketing for a local company, she negotiated a contract with them to be her first client. “I recognized the demand in the marketplace with manufacturing companies that needed to put digital marketing strategies in place,” she says. “It can be similar to having a website, but it can work harder for you. How are you telling your story in social media? How are you capitalizing on your digital marketing being a tool for you so you don’t have to rely on fulltime employees? Sometimes it can be adding software platforms to take orders, to fulfill orders, or communicating electronically rather than relying solely on emails. I’ll set it up, and you won’t need a full-time person dedicated to that. “Hire me for six to 12 months to get it ready to go, train the sales people, and prove that the marketplace wants it.”


Listen to your inner voice. She told herself, “You’ve been preparing for this your whole professional career. You are ready. I couldn’t talk myself out of it. I always had the drive to start my own business.”

4. Cultivate your

network; it’s your most valuable asset. Dayna’s first contract job came by way of her network.

5. Hire the most talented people. Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than yourself. Your company will thrive and you will attract more smart people.

6. Listen to your

customers. Dayna lives to delight customers by knowing what they want. Exceeding expectations is the goal.




Why 22? Because we are 22 years old!

Happenings, news, celebrations, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month. BY ANITA OLDHAM


Karen started feeling lightheaded, her left arm feeling tingly, nauseous, her mouth became dry and then her jaw began to feel tight and painful. Women have a wide variety of symptoms when they are having a heart attack.


I tried these make-ahead frozen daiquiris for a party. Keep them in the freezer in a simple ball jar for a quick taste of summer anytime. You can make them with or without alcohol. (Recipe from Find it on TodaysWoman Pinterest page.)


pringdale Automotive owners Kurt and Karen Shelton know how important it is that you understand women and heart disease. At age 49, Karen had a heart attack even though she was exercising regularly and had low cholesterol. They are even giving $3 for every oil change to the American Heart Association when you bring in their ad (page H-23).


START YOUR OVEN REMOTELY A new update makes it possible for consumers to preheat, set the timer, check cooking status, receive timely notifications and more from outside the home.

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hether facing a longer-thanexpected errand or plagued with the question “Did I leave the oven on?” from outside the home, owners of GE Profile wall ovens can take control of the oven using an app on their mobile phone.




4: The Book of Mormon You can now buy tickets to the musical comedy that will be at The Kentucky Center starting May 27.

The 2014 poster artists, Janeen Barnhart and Doreen BarnhartDeHart, will be on hand to sign copies of the official poster.



t’s Derby Festival time! Festival Unveiled kicks off February 20 at the Ice House, in downtown Louisville. Elements of the 2014 Festival will be revealed, including the 2014 Official Poster and merchandise line.

Downton Abbey Finale Party will be held at The Brennan House Historic Home on February 23, from 8-11 p.m. $25. TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow




Wine, Women and Shoes to benefit Family Scholar House



orton Hospital’s Go Confidently women’s speaker series features Martha Gulati, M.D., associate professor of medicine, division of cardiology, at The Ohio State University on February 26, 6-8pm at The Olmsted.


Dr. Gulati will speak about fitness, heart disease prevention and the effects of stress on the heart. She has been featured on Oprah, and the Today Show.




“My husband is controlling. I knew that when I married him last year, so I guess I bought my own trouble. He has gotten worse since we married. We have already had an argument over my Facebook account, and I had to close it. Now, he wants me to give up my two long-time friends. He says it’s only because we should spend all of our time together and get adjusted in our marriage. He has mentioned me quitting my job now and start trying to have a baby. We had agreed to wait five years to begin a family. How can I convince him that I need a life outside of marriage?



BE BRAVE with Today’s Woman writer Holly Gregor, February 15. She shares her experiences on being brave as well as interviewing others. Sign up today at

10 Beautiful Baby voting starts February 10 at


Publisher Cathy Zion wrote about her aunt’s heart disease on page 20. We are glad Aunt Jean is doing well.

Cathy’s Aunt Jean (far left) with Cathy’s grandmother and mother several years ago wearing red.

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We will miss Cheryl Suhr as she retires from the Today’s family of publications after 10 years as sales director. During her next mission, Cheryl will be traveling and operating her marketing consulting business, The Suhr Group.




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14 Two sales representatives — Suzy Hillebrand and Joyce Inman — have been hired by Zion Publications to work with clients for Today’s Woman, Today’s Family, and Today’s Transitions magazines.

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f you need some people to do something with outside, try the Louisville Hiking club at


Want to stop the bad dates? Here are three tips Kim Greenwood, author of The Bad Date Book, gives for getting rid of the frogs. 17. S TOP BEING HIS MOM!


know it is winter, and you are tired of the cold. But you need to live through this February, not just get through it. So, find a way to walk a bit or play in the cold. (You also burn off more fat when it’s cold and the sunlight can make you feel better.) Just buy some underlayers — the bonus is that they might be on sale now — at Quest Outdoors. The fresh outside air will be exhilarating!

If you are constantly scolding your boyfriend for bad behavior, you are not being their girlfriend. You are being their mom. If the gentleman you are dating is a childish immature jerk by nature, chances are he is always going to be one.

18. Y OU ARE NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND’S THERAPIST You cannot make the negative emotions such as jealousy and possessiveness that are the result of low self-esteem go away.


Do you deserve to be called names? Do you deserved to be yelled at? Do you deserved to be disrespected? Do you deserve to be lied to or cheated on?

20 Hosparus Southern Indiana will host a “Luck” Monte Carlo Night fundraiser on March 15, 6:30-10pm at Kye’s, 500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, Ind.


Show Us the Love!

Send your photo and win prizes! See page 21. 20



Learn more at Kimberly’s No More Frogs Seminar on February 8 from 10-11am. Contact 502.386.7038.

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“A person’s name is the greatest connection to their own identity and individuality. It is

the one way we can easily get someone’s attention. When someone remembers our name after meeting us, we feel respected and more important. To not remember a name, especially when someone has had to repeat it several times, is to make that person feel slighted.” said Joyce E. A. Russell in a recent article in the Washington Post

Here is one of Joyce Russell’s tips to help you remember names: It is okay to say, “Your name is Chuck, right?” They will correct you if you are wrong, and will be flattered if you are right. Colleagues often ask me how I learn names so quickly. I work at it and I practice. I ask them to say their names the way they want them pronounced, and then I try to use their names every time I see them.” Joyce E. A. Russell is the vice dean and the director of the Executive Coaching and Leadership Development Program at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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Ha e a Heart



Wear your best red on the American Heart Association’s Wear Red Day Feb 7 #GoRedforWomen #TWWearsRed Show the love send a photo to @TodaysWomanNow Center for Women and Families Celebration of Service Feb 13, honoring #greatwomen Dance the heart attack away at the @American_Heart Heart Ball Feb 15 @GuardiaCare Chocolate Dreams Feb 24 So much chocolate! Honoring Caregivers @TodaysTransitions Baby Voting @TodaysFamilyNow until March 10 #beautifulbaby

TWEET AT US @TodaysWomanNow if you are also at these events or other events we should let our readers know about.

ou’ve heard the statistics — one out of every three women will die from heart disease. But have you heard the stories? Like my incredible grandmother who suffered a heart attack at 100 years of age, was out shopping four weeks later, and went on to live a full life until she passed away approaching her 104th birthday. Or my mother who was busy running her own business when she was suddenly diagnosed with congestive heart failure, despite the fact that she ate right, exercised, and maintained a healthy weight. She survived heart disease only to succumb to cancer many years later. And then there’s my amazing Aunt Jean. As a mother of 6 and grandmother to 15, Aunt Jean was always the energizer bunny of the family. So when she was diagnosed with severe cardiomyopathy about 25 years ago, we were all shocked. She loves to tell the story of her cardiologist who looked at the test results, looked at her, and proclaimed “Good God, woman…how are you even walking??!!” Because of the amazing research of the American Heart Association, Aunt Jean benefited from advanced treatment protocols and will celebrate her 93rd birthday next month. She lives very independently in Brentwood, Tenn., helping to care for her husband of nearly 70 years who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and has recently welcomed her 11th great-grandchild into the world. It’s because of these wonderful women that I support the Go Red for Women movement. Join me! Cathy Zion Publisher Today’s Woman

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Complaining doesn’t make problems go away.


he problem with too many people, regardless of age, is they either don’t understand or don’t accept the fact that life involves a certain amount of hardship and unfairness. They fight against it instead of adjusting to it. They grumble and complain, both to themselves and others, about the magnitude of their problems. They talk as if their difficulties are unique and seem to feel that life is easier for everyone else. Complaining doesn’t make problems go away. It only makes them worse because it has a magnifying effect. Complaining is an attempt to unload our problems on others, a way of refusing to accept them as necessary conditions of life. Recently I ran into a former student who’s now in her 30s. She told me about what she had been doing and then added, “I’m glad I had you as a teacher.” Of course, I was flattered, but I was also curious. I asked her why. She said, with a knowing smile on her face, “Because life is hard, and it’s not fair.” She said that simple truth had helped her work through some rough spots in her life since finishing high school. Then she reminded me of the time when she first heard that concept in my class.

When she was a sophomore in one of my World Religions classes, I had given a particularly challenging assignment. I warned the students in advance that I was going to make them do two things teachers weren’t supposed to make their students do: think and work. About halfway through, someone said, “This is hard.” We then proceeded to have a wonderful discussion about philosophy, life, work, pain, joy, and success. Now, years later, this former student probably doesn’t know the assignment, but she does know that life is hard. More importantly, she accepted it. Once we accept the fact that life is hard, we begin to grow. We begin to understand

that every problem is also an opportunity. It is then that we dig down and discover what we’re made of. We begin to accept the challenges of life. Instead of letting our hardships defeat us, we welcome them as a test of character. Unfortunately, society bombards us daily with messages that are quite the opposite. Technology has provided us with push-button living. We’re told over and over that there’s a quick and easy way to do just about everything. Almost every day we hear that you can lose 100 pounds, learn to speak a foreign language fluently, become a hot new TV personality, and become a millionaire in real estate in a matter of days, and with

little or no effort. And pigs can fly. Successful people accept life as it is. Part of that is that we understand things worth achieving don’t come quickly or easily. They come with a price. They come as the result of time, effort, sacrifice, and pain. Why? Because life is hard. Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair. It’s probably the most painful truth we have to learn and the hardest to accept. Bad things do happen to good people — sometimes to others, sometimes to us. And it seems all too often that they happen when least deserved. In addition, we see good things happen to people who don’t deserve it, either. Sometimes it’s hard to make sense out of the world. It’s the hard world of reality. We live in an imperfect world with other imperfect people. No one can promise us lives free from pain or disappointment. Nor can anyone promise us safety or total control. But we’re not alone. Every living person shares the same predicament. Every living person encounters unfairness and suffers the hurt and loss which come with it. The people who succeed in life don’t escape unfairness. They just learn to accept it and manage it more constructively.

BOB MUELLER is senior director of mission & stewardship at Hosparus, the community hospices of Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Central Kentucky. He has three books available: Look Forward Hopefully, The Gentle Art of Caring, and his latest, Create a Better World. Find Bob online at and email him at / / @todayswomannow




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MLWPC - Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus Every 4th Mon. • 5:30 p.m. Olmsted Bistro at Masonic Homes 3701 Frankfort Avenue Sherry Conner 502.776.2051

BPW- Business & Professional Women- River City Every 2nd Wed. • Noon Lunch and Program noon-1pm The Bristol-Downtown 614 West Main Street 502.499.4420,

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CBPW - Christian Business & Professional Women Every Second Thursday (Odd months only) • Noon Hurstbourne Country Club 9000 Hurstbourne Club Lane Cathy Scrivner 502.664.4565 EWI - Executive Women International- Kentuckiana Every 3rd Tues. • 5:30 p.m. Contact for information & reservation Dotty Wettig The Heart Link Network Every 1st Wed. • 6:30 p.m. Inverness at Hurstbourne Condos 1200 Club House Drive Barbara Madore 502.377.8625 IAAP - International Association of Administrative ProfessionalsLouisville Every 2nd Thurs. • 6 p.m. Location Varies – See Website for Details. League of Women Voters Every 3rd Mon. • 6 p.m. Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Ave. Pat Murrell 502.895.5218 Legal Secretaries of Louisville Every 3rd Tues. • 11:30 a.m. Bristol Bar & Grille 614 West Main Street Elizabeth Harbolt 502.568.5446

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Sugar Mamas

Interview by HOLLY GREGOR Photography by MELISSA DONALD


hile doing my weekly shopping at Paul’s Market, I was stopped by an eager woman handing out samples of beautifully iced sugar cookies, both gluten-free and regular. I taste-tested both and actually preferred the gluten-free. So I bought Sugar Mama’s all natural, it’s-so-good-you-won’tknow-it’s-gluten-free sugar cookie mix. Ramey Deats, who was the woman handing out the samples, is one of the owners of Sugar Mamas. She teamed up with Maggie Jones in September 2010. The two women met three years ago at a playdate with their children. Ramey is divorced with two girls, ages 8 and 4. Maggie is married with two children, a boy, 7, and a girl, 4. “We both took time off from our corporate jobs when we had our babies,” Ramey says. “Like many mothers, we had to decide how to earn a living as well as have a flexible schedule to be with the kids. Our corporate jobs gave us the sales, marketing, and business experience we needed to start our own company.” “At first our thought was to have a bakery storefront,” Maggie explains. “But when we found a commercial kitchen, we discovered that our niche is in custom cakes and cookies. We still do make custom cakes and cookies, but in addition, we sell dry mixes for the regular and glutenfree sugar cookies.” They’re working on a chocolate cake mix too, but lately, “our their biggest seller is bourbon Bourmint Balls, since we partnered with Pappy & Co. of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon.” Bourmint balls consist of chocolate mint




Celebrate the little steps along the way. Don’t be afraid of the hard work. cake dipped in white chocolate bourbon ganache. “They are so good!” Ramey says. “As for the Bourbon Balls, we rolled over 3,000 balls in one week last Christmas! That was a challenge.”

What is your passion? MAGGIE: I love art! I

got my undergraduate degree from Miami of Ohio University in art. I had been searching for an outlet for my creativity when I met Ramey. Even though I had my degree to teach art and participated in St. James and the Cherokee Art Fair, I still wasn’t satisfied. Finally, I discovered that my true passion is in the design and creation of edible art. RAMEY: Ever since

I can remember, I have loved baking. Some of my fondest childhood memories are baking alongside my mother with my

tiny baking utensils. My grandmother loved to bake, too. It’s my grandmother’s recipes and techniques that are the basis for Sugar Mamas’ recipes. As I got older, I realized the jobs I liked the most were in food. I found the people more colorful.

pay attention to what we’re good at and let that one take the lead. We both are direct, but kind in how we talk to each other. We learned how each of us works. That took about a year, and now it’s a lot easier.

How are the job responsibilities working?

MAGGIE: A web store

MAGGIE: Ramey is the

baker, and I am the decorator. Or, Ramey is the big picture, and I’m the operations, figure-itout person.

Why do you make good partners? MAGGIE: We’re very

different. Ramey is fullsteam-ahead, and I have to figure out how to get there. She pushes me to keep moving, and I push her to slow down and think about the steps we need to take. We both

What are you working on now?

(thesugarmamas that sells high-end specialty bakery items. In addition to food, we are going to sell Sugar Mamas aprons, T-shirts, and baking utensils. Right now, we sell products at Rainbow Blossom, Paul’s, and for the bourbon balls. We are coming soon to Whole Foods.

Are you having fun? RAMEY: Yes! I’ve never

been more challenged. This year has been the hardest year of my life,

and Maggie has been a rock. I don’t know where I would be if it hadn’t been for her, and I’m willing to take the valleys because the peaks are so high.

What advice do you have for people who are going to be brave and do their thing? MAGGIE: Celebrate the

little steps along the way. Don’t be afraid of the hard work.

Are you scared?

RAMEY: I worry about

how I’m going to survive: how am I going to take care of my girls. There are certain things I can’t control, but I have certain inalienable gifts. I’ve given my blood, sweat, and tears to this company, and if I keep following those talents and I try my hardest, I truly believe we can make it. For a video of the interview with Holly Gregor, go to BeBraveDoYourThing


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Heather Collier has been a personal trainer for four years and has been with Fitness 19 for six years. Heather will be reviewing Debbie’s daily food journal throughout the program and will be guiding her as to what needs to be eliminated or added to her diet.

Stephanie Bristow is co-owner of B. You Fitness, a barre fitness studio that combines stretching, cardiovascular, sculpting, and interval training utilizing barres and suspended silques. Stephanie is a registered nurse and was inspired to open her own fitness studio when she became involved in barre fitness.

Dr. Louis Heuser will be overseeing Julie’s progress throughout the entire program. Everyone who enters Heuser Clinic begins with a wellness evaluation before starting their fitness and nutrition programs. Julie is enrolled in group fitness classes led by an exercise physiologist. She will also be attending nutrition classes once a month, which is part of her wellness and fitness program at Heuser Clinic.

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view myself as an athlete,” declares Kristin Chenoweth, the Emmy- and Tony Award-winning singer/ actress who, in the 17 years since arriving in New York City armed with a master’s degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University, has become a very familiar face from her roles on television (Pushing Daisies, The Good Wife, The West Wing, Glee) and in feature films (Bewitched, RV, Running With Scissors). To connoisseurs of Broadway musicals, though, Chenoweth is a household name — i.e., You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which she earned a Tony Award in 1999 for her performance as Sally; and a 2004 leading actress Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Glinda the Good Witch in the juggernaut Wicked. Chenoweth’s most recent Broadway musical role was alongside Sean Hayes in the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises. She has also recorded four albums to date, her most recent being 2011’s Some Lessons Learned. Chenoweth’s ‘athlete’ remark occurred during the portion of her Today’s Woman phone interview when she talked about her backstage vocal warm up process. “My music director and I have a ritual of warm-ups and scales that I do with my backup singers,” begins the vivacious





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“New York and Los Angeles will always be there, but the training that I had at my University cannot be replaced. I cannot express how happy I am that my father made me go and get that masters degree!”

artist, before adding, “I view myself as an athlete. If (Olympic gold medalists) figure skater Tara Lipinski or decathlon athlete Bruce Jenner or any other famous athletes went out to compete without having warmed up first, they would be injured immediately. And I feel like that’s actually irresponsible for me not to have warmed up. I vocalize every day, I exercise every day… because I can. And

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because I do movies, TV, Broadway, and concert roles, I’ve always got to be ready. It’s like any muscle…I work it out!” On February 12, Chenoweth will be in concert at the Kentucky Center “with a selection of songs from everything that my voice can do,”

she reveals. “Everything from Rogers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, and Dolly Parton songs to some Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand disco music. It’s all over the mat, which is what I love to do.” I tell Chenoweth I have a feeling she’s

as passionate about bringing music education awareness to the masses as she is about her career. Is that true? “I’m very passionate about it,” she answers quickly, “and here’s why. I’m occasionally on a television show called Glee, and we do a lot of songs that have been done. I remember on the first episode I did, I sang Kander & Ebb’s Maybe This Time (featured in the 1972 film Cabaret.) And I got a bunch of tweets afterward from young fans who wrote: ‘I LOVE that song! Who wrote it?’ They thought it was a current song. “And, I thought, I can at least show this next generation that there’s music out there that they don’t know about, that they will love…and that is not just Pink and Britney Spears. And though I appreciate those artists and what they do,” Chenoweth mentions, “there are other artists like Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, Amy Grant, Barbara Cook, Sandi Patty, Julie Andrews, and Dolly Parton. “What Glee creator Ryan Murphy has done is open up musical theater and other current music artists of today like Bruno Mars and Adele to the masses. And that’s what I feel is our responsibility as an artist to do well.” — Gioia Patton is an Arts & Entertainment celebrity profiler and inconcert photographer. TODAY’S WOMAN / / @todayswomannow




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what’s going on in the month of February. By TIFFANY WHITE and GIOIA PATTON

La Sylphide



Choreography by Auguste Bournonville Music by Hermann Løvenskjold

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The plot of La Sylphide was inspired by a romantic fairy tale written by Charles Nodier following his visit to Scotland. A Scottish farmer is wooed by an ethereal sprite, despite his pledge to be married to another woman. Last performed by the Louisville Ballet in 2003, two facts about this ballet deserve special mention: La Sylphide was the first of the major Romantic-era ballets (circa 1832), and it is the first ballet in which a lady danced en pointe.

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The cold weather is an ideal excuse for staying in and reading a few good books. But if you’ve read everything on your shelf, stop by the Spring Used Book Sale at Locust Grove. They’ll have over 12,000 new and used books for no more than $2. ebruary 28-March 2, WHEN ~ F

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In the few years this quartet has been together, they’ve already been hailed as Canada’s “national treasures” and have two jaw-dropping performances on their résumé: the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee at Windsor Castle. The Tenors’ music is considered operatic pop — a mixture of classical and pop, i.e. The Prayer and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. They released their latest album, Lead With Your Heart, in 2012. WHEN ~ February 9 @ 7pm WHERE ~ Kentucky Center TICKETS ~ $31-$50 CONTACT ~ box office walk

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Who is the beloved person or animal in your life? Enter our Show the Love contest for a chance to let everyone else see who matters most to you. Send us a photo through email, Instagram, or Twitter that shows the special bond you share with the one you love. Go to for more details! / / @todayswomannow




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Today’s Transitions will be announcing their Caregiver of the Year Award winner at the GuardiaCare Chocolate Dreams event. Find out who we’ll be honoring and fill up your plate with good food and your choice of chocolatey desserts. Also, don’t forget to nominate someone for the Care Package for the Caregiver Award. Go to to enter. WHEN ~ February 24, 6-9pm WHERE ~ L ouisville Marriott



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Can you make any Derby hat look even better when you wear it? We’re announcing our annual Derby Model Call, and if you fit the criteria, let us know! Send a recent photograph of yourself to Tiffany@ for a chance to be featured in our upcoming Derby issue for April. Include your clothing size, shoe size, and height. DEADLINE: February 3 @ noon. Good luck!


This multi-platinumselling, two-time Emmyand five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer has been dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook.” Feinstein says his lifelong mission is to keep the Great American Songbook alive by championing the lyrics and melodies of songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Irving Berlin. Feinstein’s fifth Grammy Award nomination was in 2009 for The Sinatra Project, his Concord Records CD celebrating the music of ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes.’ The Sinatra Project, Volume II: The Good Life was released last year. Feinstein’s Emmynominated TV special, Michael Feinstein – The Sinatra Legacy (taped live in Carmel, Ind.,) is currently airing across the country. WHEN ~ February 15

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NAME: Tracy Varga AGE: 52 JOB: Job stylist and wardrobe consultant, Tracy Varga Image consulting LIVES IN: St. Matthews “Making the outside reflect the inside” is how Tracy Varga defines style, but it is also her business philosophy. As a wardrobe consultant, Tracy teaches her clients the basic elements of piecing together an outfit so they can become better shoppers. She helps her clients look through their closets to create outfits with clothing they already have and determine what should be kept or discarded. Afterward, Tracy suggests a few items her clients can add to their wardrobe to give them versatility for creating outfits. “I try to help them maximize what they have and give them that unbiased eye,” she says. Tracy begins her day with an hour-long workout that jumpstarts her creativity and mood. Bonding with her family is another important aspect of Tracy’s life. She and her son Jack, 13, travel with friends to Chicago as part of an annual mother-son trip the group started.

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