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Russell County pilot program aims to help support children dealing with adverse childhood experiences

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A pilot program launching in one rural Kentucky school district this summer aims to help schools better support children dealing with the violence, addiction and other trauma known as Adverse Childhood Experiences. Nearly 27% of Kentucky children have experienced two or more so-called “ACEs” by the time they’re 17, according to a 2018 America’s...

Most women with heart disease just don’t get enough exercise; it’s the #1 killer of women in the U.S.

More than half of women in the United States with heart disease aren’t getting enough physical activity, and that number has increased over the past decade, a study says. In Kentucky, 4.9% of women reported they had been told by a health care provider that they had heart disease, compared to 3.2% of women nationwide, according to America’s Health Rankings. “Physical activity is a known,...

KY drops three spots in America’s Health Rankings; big drops in vaccinations follow state rule change

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky dropped three spots in the latest America’s Health Rankings, to 45th from 42nd last year. It marked the third straight year that the state showed a significant increase in the number of years of potential life lost, a broad measure of overall health and life expectancy. Many figures in the report are based on the Behavioral Risk Factor...

Kentucky drops two spots in health rankings to 47; in the bottom five of eight measures

  Kentucky Health News   Kentucky dropped two spots in the 25th annual America’s Health Rankings report this year and finds itself once again as one of the bottom five healthiest (or unhealthiest) states.   Since the rankings were first released in 1990, with the exception of 2008 when it ranked 39th, Kentucky has ranked in the bottom 10 states for health. This year it ranks 47th.   The...