Casey County student smoke-free group receives first Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award

A group of 19 Casey County High School Students are the first recipients of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s new Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion award for their work to change the smoking culture on their school campus. The Casey Youth Coalition’s (CYC) campaign has helped reduce smoking, leading to a 10 percent decrease in 30-day tobacco use among 10th graders in 2016, for example....

Study finds more than a quarter of insured adults are under-insured due high-deductible health plans

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More than one-fourth of U.S. adults with health insurance were under-insured in 2016, including 44 percent who got their coverage from the federal marketplace and almost 25 percent who got their coverage from employer plans, according to a recent study. Using data from The Commonwealth Fund’s 2016 Biennial Health Insurance Survey, a report from the fund...

Most Lexington adults physically active, but not getting enough fruits and vegetables, poll shows

About eight in 10 adults in the Greater Lexington area are physically active, which puts them on par with state average, but only 24 percent eat the recommended amount of both fruits and vegetables, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) special report on the region. KHIP is funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health. The findings have...

KHIP: After three years of holding steady, support for statewide smoke-free law surges to 71 percent

After three years of holding steady at about 66 percent, support for a comprehensive statewide smoke-free law among adults queried in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) jumped five points over the past year to 71 percent. That’s an upsurge of 17 points since 2011, when KHIP first asked this question. Opposition to such a measure fell 6 points in just the last year, from 31 percent to 25...

Heroin use continues to increase in Kentucky; all regions affected by opioid abuse, KHIP report shows

Heroin use has increased in Kentucky and opioid abuse remains high, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report, released Tuesday. Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky adults say they know someone who has abused prescription pain medication; 17 percent know someone who is using heroin, up from 9 percent in 2013. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that...

Half of Kentucky adults support syringe exchanges because of decrease of risk of HIV outbreaks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News More Kentucky adults favor syringe exchanges than oppose them, and the more they know about them, the more likely they are to support them, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Kentucky’s legislature approved syringe exchanges in 2015 to decrease the spread of HIV and hepatitis C, which are commonly spread by the sharing of needles among...

With support for statewide smoking ban increasing, foundation may increase lobbying effort

As more Kentuckians favor a statewide smoking ban — but the state legislature won’t even ban smoking at schools — the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky says it may become more active in lobbying against tobacco and for tobacco taxes because of the damage it does to the state’s health. “We are looking at the possibility of really getting involved in a big way,” foundation...

KHIP: Poll shows Kentuckians need to be more physically active to achieve good health

Being physically active is one of the most valuable things a person can do to maintain good health. The 2016 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, asked Kentucky adults about neighborhood conditions and physical activity. Eight in 10 Kentucky adults (79 percent) said they were either very physically active (30 percent) or somewhat...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Health insurance still uncertain for two in 10 state adults age 18-64

The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) shows that, despite big gains in getting Kentuckians covered by health insurance, 21 percent of Kentucky adults still don’t have stable coverage. According to the poll, 12 percent of Kentucky adults 18-64 remain uninsured and another 9 percent who currently have insurance said they had been without it sometime in the prior 12 months. KHIP is an annual...

Younger and low-income adults most likely to sample e-cigarettes, Kentucky Health Issues poll shows

Despite federal government and health professional’s warnings that e-cigarettes, or “e-smoking,” can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of adults ages 18-45 in Kentucky have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried vaping than those with higher incomes. More than 60 percent...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Obesity, insurance, cancer among top concerns for all ages in 2016

Obesity, cancer and problems with health insurance or health care comprise three of the top four issues Kentucky adults think are the most important health concerns facing men, women and children in the Commonwealth, according to the first report of the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) to be released this year. Hunger and malnutrition was the other top-four issue for children, while heart disease...

More have health insurance, but significant number still can’t afford coverage, KHIP report shows

Policy efforts that lead to decreased smoking rates engender strong support among Kentucky adults, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) series of regional reports, which found that a majority Kentucky adults in every region of the Commonwealth support smoke-free campuses, a statewide smoke-free law and raising the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21. Such policies could...

Studies show many Americans having trouble affording high out-of-pocket medical costs

The United States has entered the era of high out-of-pocket medical cost as a way to keep insurance premiums low, but recent studies have found that many Americans are having trouble paying them, and the presidential candidates are hardly talking about this issue, Harris Meyer reports for Modern Healthcare. Nearly 25 percent of Americans surveyed last September who had coverage through employer plans,...

Health Issues Poll shows two in ten Kentuckians delay or go without medical care due to costs

Even with health insurance, medical care can be expensive. According to information released by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, in 2015 two in 10 Kentucky adults (20 percent) had delayed or gone without medical care in the previous year due to cost. This is about the same as in 2014 (22 percent). However, it is much lower than in 2009, when 32 percent of adults said...

KHIP study shows when it comes to keeping healthy — we are our own problem

There are many ways to assess a person’s health. One way is to ask people to evaluate their own health. In 2015, 4 in 10 Kentucky adults (43 percent) reported that their health was excellent or very good. Fewer than 3 in 10 (26 percent) said that their health was good. However, 31 percent of adults said their health was fair or poor. These percentages are about the same as in 2014. Research has...

Majority of Kentuckians favor raising legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, divided on tax

When it comes to state policies to discourage smoking, Kentuckians are evenly divided on whether to increase the state’s tax on a pack of cigarettes by $1, but support raising the minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21, according to a recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll. The poll, taken Sept. 17-Oct. 7, found that 60 percent of Kentucky adults favor raising the legal age to buy tobacco...

For fifth straight year, poll shows Kentucky adults overwhelmingly favor a state smoke-free law

For the fifth year in a row, the 2015 Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) has found that Kentucky adults continue to support a comprehensive smoke-free law in the state. Support has remained steady at nearly 7 in 10 adults for the past three years. Over 70 percent of those polled in Lexington and Louisville support a smoke-free law while Northern Kentucky adults are similar to the state with 68 percent...

Poll offers ‘regional snapshot’ of Kentuckians’ views on smoke-free law, other health issues

A random sample of 1,597 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed about a variety of health topics affecting the state. This included 1,086 landline interviews and 511 cell phone interviews.   The Kentucky Health Issues Poll regional findings are now available, offering a snapshot of Kentuckians’ views on a variety of health issues.   The data, compiled by the Foundation for...

A fourth of Kentucky adults say they have tried e-cigarettes, Health Issues Poll finds

  Kentucky Health News   More than four in 10 Kentucky adults under age 30 have tried electronic cigarettes, and the older and better off economically Kentuckians are, the less likely they are to have tried them. Overall, one-fourth of Kentucky adults and 60 percent of current smokers have tried the devices.   Those are major findings of the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll, which...

Two-thirds of Kentuckians want statewide smoking ban; Stumbo says it’s time for vote

Kentucky Health News   Kentuckians have remained steady in their support for a comprehensive statewide smoking ban with two-thirds supporting it, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll. Hours after the poll was released, state House Speaker Greg Stumbo said it is time for a House floor vote on the proposal.   The poll, taken Oct. 8 through Nov. 6, found that 66 percent of adults...