School Boards Association says it will support any legislation to make all schools in state tobacco-free

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Usually opposed to statewide mandates on schools, the Kentucky School Boards Association says it will support any legislation that proposes a statewide tobacco-free school law in the 2018 legislative session, because the majority of its members support such a law. “We really try to protect local decision-making on these things,” Eric Kennedy, director...

Department for Public Health reports a second Kentucky resident has tested positive for Zika

A second Kentucky resident has tested positive for Zika virus disease after traveling in a Caribbean country where the virus is circulating, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reporting. Test results were reported to DPH today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been tracking cases across the United States. The male patient, who experienced Zika-related...

Call to Action: State public health officials call on Kentuckians to help end childhood obesity

Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is challenging the public to join in the fight to end childhood obesity with a call to action, a pledge and a Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville.   A kindergartner with type 2 diabetes became indignant when the school nurse thought he didn’t know how to tie his shoes. “I know how to tie my shoes!” he said. “I just can’t...

Call to Action: State public health officials call on educators to help end childhood obesity

Kentucky’s Department for Public Health is challenging the public to join in the fight to end childhood obesity with a call to action, a pledge and a Southern Obesity Summit in Louisville.   A kindergartner with type 2 diabetes became indignant when the school nurse thought he didn’t know how to tie his shoes. “I know how to tie my shoes!” he said. “I just can’t...