Fitness index gives insight into Louisville’s health

Louisville shows up near the bottom of the 2019 American Fitness Index, which ranks the nation’s 100 largest cities.

The index, which is published by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, is a result of the cities being evaluated on 33 indicators, including health behaviors; health outcomes, from obesity to pedestrian fatalities; and various community and environmental factors.

Arlington, Va., earned the No. 1 spot and the title “America’s Fittest City” for its balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure while Louisville landed at No. 95 overall.

Louisville was hurt by several factors, including its high smoking rate; too much obesity and chronic disease; people not eating enough veggies; and relatively few residents traveling to work by biking, walking or using public transportation.

By the way, Bike Together Day is Friday, May 17, in Louisville. —Darla Carter

Kentucky moves up one notch in U.S. News & World Report ranking

Kentucky scorecard | Courtesy U.S. News & World Report

The data team at U.S. News released its annual ranking of states Tuesday and in 2018, Kentucky rose to 40th from 41st. Washington State claimed the top spot.

U.S. News evaluated all 50 states across a range of criteria, including education, health care, infrastructure and the economy, to capture how states best serve their citizens.

It also released a survey that aimed to show how effective the residents think the state government is. Kentucky was near the bottom, USN found, with only 25.6% of those surveyed believing the government was effective. Only 9% of Americans strongly agree that their state government is effective, according to a survey  —Mickey Meece 

Passport remains committed to Evolent

Insider reported on Monday that Passport paid nearly $26 million to the consulting firm Evolent in the first quarter for services related to its Medicaid work.

Evolent Health said in its first-quarter filing that Passport accounted for 17.5 percent of its revenue in the quarter, down from 20.1 percent a year earlier.

In a statement this week, the nonprofit Passport underscored its commitment to continuing its relationship with the for-profit Evolent and said that it had amended the Evolent contract and fees.

“Evolent performs an array of critical services and remains a key partner for Passport as we advance our efforts to maximize efficiencies and streamline expenses. We have amended the Evolent contract and fees in the first quarter are below the level we paid in 2018, to the tune of approximately 10%, reflecting Evolent’s willingness to work with us to help restore Passport to a solid base of operations,” the statement said. —Mickey Meece

GE Appliances to outsource IT jobs

GE Appliances confirmed reports that it would lay off about 40 IT workers as it outsources those roles to Infosys, the global IT company. In a statement to Insider, the appliance maker said the move would allow it to “invest time and resources in new technology and product development.”

According to GEA, there are fewer than 40 positions affected, and those employees will have 60 to 90 days to apply for some 100 open positions within GE Appliances or to fill hiring needs at the new managed-service provider Infosys or use its outplacement services and career counseling.

GE Appliances currently employs 6,000 in Louisville and 12,500 in total. —Mickey Meece

Endeavor welcomes Nick Mattingly of Switcher to the fold

Nick Mattingly | Courtesy of Endeavor Louisville

At Endeavor’s recent International Selection Panel in Madrid, Nick Mattingly, co-founder and CEO of the video creation platform Switcher Studio, was selected into the Endeavor Global network, the organization said.

Endeavor describes itself as the leading high-impact global entrepreneurship movement.

Mattingly was selected by a panel of global business leaders including John Farrell (Mexico), Alejandro Jaimes (USA), Fersen Lambranho (Brazil), Giro Chiavari (Italy), Steve Ciesinski (USA), and Maria Fanjul (Spain), Endeavor said. He becomes the 13th entrepreneur from the regional affiliate, Endeavor Louisville, to join.

In the announcement, Jackson Andrews, managing director of Endeavor Louisville, said “Much like Dropbox is for files and Quickbooks is for accounting, Switcher aims to be a global market leader in the rapidly expanding internet video market. We at Endeavor have full confidence Nick and Switcher will execute on this opportunity.” —Mickey Meece

Bourbon City Cruisers to hit the streets starting May 20

Get ready for the Bourbon City Cruisers. | Courtesy of Bourbon City Cruisers

Yet another new way to get around hits soon as the Bourbon City Cruisers, a new tour concept from Mint Julep Tours, will hold a launch event Monday, May 20, at Omni Louisville Hotel.

The launch will include a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Greg Fischer, an introduction by Omni and Louisville tourism representatives, and free rides around the block in the tuk-tuks, which are three-wheeled, six-seat vehicles first launched by e-Tuk USA in 2015. Think of them as motorized rickshaws.

Three types of tours will be available: the Ultimate City Sightseeing Tour, with stops at local landmarks; the Ultimate Distillery Sightseeing tour, with peeks at various distilleries around town; and the Ultimate Bourbon Cocktail Tour, which includes stops at locations on the Urban Bourbon Trail. Tour prices are $69 and $79 per person, and private tours also are available.

Fun fact: Insider’s own Culture Editor Sara Havens, aka The Bar Belle, will serve as a Bourbon City Cruiser tour guide/captain, so expect lots of bourbon banter and inside baseball. After all, she does carry a key to the city around with her wherever she goes.

Mint Julep Tours announced late last year it would launch the tuk-tuk fleet, which are green and white, festooned with a fleur de lis and have a top speed of 25 miles per hour. —Kevin Gibson

Copper & Kings releases two new liqueurs, and Woodford puts out another Batch Proof

So far Copper & Kings has released brandy, gin and absinthe, among many other experiments, but did you know it had a line of cordials and is now adding two more flavors?

Destillaré Café, a coffee liqueur built with a cold brew foundation, and Destillaré Chocolat, a chocolate liqueur using cocoa nibs steeped in brandy, will join the other Destillaré offerings of orange curaçao and pomegranate. The liqueurs use an aged Copper & Kings American Brandy base, have no added colors or flavors, and are non-chill filtered. They also are bottled at 90 proof and are sweetened with honey.

“Destillaré’s mission is to provide bartenders with exceptional tools to build the most delicious, inventive cocktails that they possibly can,” said Copper & Kings co-founder Joe Heron in a news release. “Bartenders have thirsty imaginations, and we see them as the most inventive alchemists and magicians.”

Heron believes these cordials can be that secret weapon in a bartender’s repertoire.

Fired up!

Destillaré, which comes from the Latin root word for distillation, retail for $35 and often are used in cocktails at the distillery’s bar Alex&nder.

Also new this week is the annual release of the Woodford Reserve Batch Proof Series, which comes in at a whopping 123.2 proof. The bottle is part of the Master’s Collection label, which allows the brand to get a little experimental from time to time.

Releasing the bourbon at batch proof, meaning they add no water to the final batch of Woodford, gives Woodford — and bourbon fans in general — another way to enjoy the spirit.

“Most people do not get to experience the intensity of the aromas and the smoothness of the whiskey at a higher proof point,” explained Woodford Master Distiller Chris Morris in a news release. “With this innovative release, whiskey lovers will have the chance to taste Woodford Reserve the way the masters taste it.”

Insider was able to snag a sample of the high-proof Woodford during Derby week, and we can attest to the richness of the aromas and flavors, and also admit to needing a water chaser quickly after the first sip. This one packs some heat!

The Batch Proof is available now for a suggested retail price of $129.99. —Sara Havens

In Brief

GLI’s signature event for small businesses, the Inc.credible Awards, is Thursday, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at C2 Event Venue, with awards to be presented in categories such as small business of the year, nonprofit of the year and innovation.

The seventh annual Touched Twice clinic is Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. The clinic will provide medical, dental, and vision screenings; a hot meal and a food pantry; clothing for all ages; legal aid; social services; hair cuts and nail polishing; family photos; peer-to-peer counseling and TARC passes.

KFC named Monica Rothgery chief operating officer of KFC U.S., effective immediately. She joined KFC U.S. in August 2018 as chief restaurant productivity officer.