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New beverage recommendations for kids say avoid all drinks with sugar — and all plant-based milks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Health experts from four of the nation’s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage recommendations for children under the age of 5 that basically recommends breast milk and infant formula for infants under the age of 1 and water and cows’ milk for older children. The experts strongly caution against drinks with added sugar,...

Don Franklin Family of Dealerships presented check to American Heart Association’s campaign

Don Franklin Family of Dealerships has joined the fight against heart disease and stroke by supporting the American Heart Association (AHA), the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health. During American Heart Month (February) Don Franklin Family of Dealerships participated in the AHA’s fundraising campaign, “Life Is Why We Give™.”  The company...

New poll shows support for state cigarette tax of $1 pack for addressing budget shortfall, health benefits

A new poll shows a significant majority of Kentucky voters of all party affiliations support raising the state’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack as a smart solution to addressing the state’s budget shortfall and other revenue needs, while saving lives and health care dollars. The poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., found that 69 percent of registered voters...

Poll shows voters support increase in Kentucky’s cigarette tax to support healthcare, budget shortfall

A new poll shows a majority of Kentucky voters support raising the state’s cigarette tax by $1 a pack to address healthcare and state budget issues, regardless of party affiliation. The poll, conducted in mid-December by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research, Inc., found that 69 percent of registered voters support a $1 cigarette tax increase. Overall support increased to 73 percent when respondents...

Report finds Kentucky spends just 4.6 percent of 1998 settlement funds on tobacco prevention

“Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-by-State Look at the 1998 Tobacco Settlement 19 Years Later,” released Tuesday, finds that states continue to spend only a small percentage of the revenues from the 1998 settlement and tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco use. According to the authors, no state currently funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the CDC-recommended level. Kentucky...

The Good and Bad of Fats: Here are some home cooking oils you should avoid, others you should try

By Siddhi Shroff Special to KyForward While eating too much fat can lead to weight gain and associated health problems, a moderate amount of fat is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Adding a little fat to your food — such as cooking oil — can help fill you up, become the body’s source of energy once carbohydrates are used up, and helps with absorption of several fat-soluble vitamins. Recently,...

Commentary: New state law makes it easier than ever to quit smoking — get help now

By Erica Palmer Smith Special to KyForward For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.   During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access...

UK HealthCare Hospitals earn American Heart Association Stroke Gold Plus designation

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently honored UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (KNI) with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. This achievement recognizes UK HealthCare’s commitment and success in adhering to the most current evidence-based stroke treatment guidelines...

SmartHealthToday: When it really matters, you have to control your stress — here are some tips

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday The nurse was blunt. Forceful. “Calm down. Settle down. Or we’ll have two patients to care for.” While a doctor pressed a stethoscope against her husband’s chest and a second nurse lifted the thin elastic strap over his head to hold the oxygen cannula in place, the wife took a step back. Like the theatrical slap – a staple in movies of the 1950s...

New guidelines recommend maximum 6 teaspoons of sugar a day, one sweet drink a week for youth

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Children and teens should consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugars a day and drink no more than one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage per week, according to new advice from the American Heart Association. “The typical American child consumes about triple the recommended amount of added sugars,” Dr. Miriam Vos, lead author, nutrition scientist...

Two Lexington firefighters use CPR skills to save heart attack victim at conference

Two Lexington firefighters who were attending an American Heart Association training conference recently ended up putting their CPR skills to use to save a heart attack victim who was also attending the conference. Now, firefighters are again urging everyone to take advantage of CPR training classes offered by the Lexington Fire Department. Lexington Fire Department Captain Les Fryman and Lexington...

Saint Joseph’s Hospital earns national recognition for delivery of critical stroke care

Saint Joseph Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification. Saint Joseph Hospital was recognized after The Joint Commission experts evaluated the center’s compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including...

The Sodium Pledge: AHA wants sodium reduction on National Eating Healthy Day

  National Eating Healthy Day is upon us. It’s today, Nov. 5, and the American Heart Association wants people to pledge to reduce their sodium intake in two easy steps: take the sodium pledge and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables.   The AHA reports that Americans consume about half of the recommended number of fruits and vegetables and twice the recommended amount of salt...

UK Coach Mark Stoops walks for his fatherat Central Kentucky Heart Walk on Saturday

UK Coach Mark Stoops leads the Catwalk in April. He will lead the Central Kentucky Heart Walk in May. (Photo from UK)   University of Kentucky head football coach, Mark Stoops, will lead more than 5,000 American Heart Association supporters at for the Central Kentucky Heart Walk at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday, May 10. The annual event aims to raise a record $440,000 to fight heart disease...

Local Girl Scouts create new ‘Go Red’ patch with Saint Joseph, American Heart Assoc.

Saint Joseph Heart Institute, part of KentuckyOne Health, and the American Heart Association have partnered with the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council to educate young girls about their hearts and how to keep them healthy.   The three have teamed up to create the Go Red Girl Scout Patch program to raise awareness of heart disease and the risks that it poses for women.   ...

Lexington Legends join heart associationand Saint Joseph to Go Red for Women

The Lexington Legends partners with the American Heart Association and Saint Joseph Heart Institute to paint the stadium red in honor of the Go Red For Women movement June 21.   Fans are encouraged to wear red to the ballpark to help raise awareness that heart disease is a woman’s No. 1 health threat. The goal of the event is to empower women with the knowledge they need to take charge of their...