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Kentucky counties find new ways to help kids exercise, eat healthy foods, reduce chronic disease

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service Communities across the state are working to ensure children in Kentucky are exercising and eating healthy foods. In McCracken County, local organizations teamed up with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky to build a new health park — an outdoor fitness and recreation area that also includes a community garden and walking track. Mike Muscarella, executive...

Two Ky. organizations received $100,000 federal grants to fight opioid abuse, childhood obesity

Two Kentucky organizations have received $100,000 grants from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration that will be used to address two different health issues that plague our state: opioids and childhood obesity. The Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center will use its grant money to establish a regional Opioid Crisis Response Network in collaboration with St. Claire HealthCare,...

Kentucky Health Issues Poll: Most Kentuckians say childhood obesity is a serious problem

More than 90 percent of Kentucky adults say childhood obesity is a problem in the Commonwealth, with 56 percent characterizing it as a serious problem, according to the latest report from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP). Only 6 percent say childhood obesity is not a problem. Thirty-four percent of Kentucky children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Data Resource Center...

Obese children over four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with healthy weight

Children who are obese may be four times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those considered to have a healthy weight, according to a British study. “A child with obesity faces a four-fold greater risk of being diagnosed with diabetes by age 25 than a counterpart who is normal weight,” Dr. Ali Abbasi, of King’s College London, one of the study’s authors, said in the Endocrine...

Mike Denham: Finding ways to address childhood obesity biggest public health challenge in U.S. today

To get a better understanding of just how prevalent obesity has become in America, consider that no state had more than 20 percent of its adult population fall in that category in 1996. Today, no state has less. Kentucky has seen its rate for adults double during that timeframe, from about 16 percent to more than 32 percent, putting us 12th highest among the 50 states. Unfortunately, the state rankings...

Childhood obesity rates continue national rise, but Kentucky’s percentage remains level

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Nationally, childhood obesity rates are not declining and severe obesity rates are still rising, especially among minority children. However, in Kentucky, child obesity rates have remained stable and the rates of obesity for minority children are not rising. “Understanding the ongoing trends in obesity is important for public health and policymakers,” lead...

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...

Kentucky has fifth highest adult obesity rate in nation; state’s teenagers have worst rate

  Kentucky now has the fifth highest adult obesity rate in the nation, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Kentucky’s adult obesity rate is 33.2 percent, up from 25.3 percent in 2004 and from 12.7 percent in 1990.   What’s more, Kentucky...

School lunchtime anything but typical at
The Lexington School, thanks to Chef Ryan

The meals in Chef Ryan Laudenschlager’s cafeteria at The Lexington School are made from scratch and contain no processed foods. The students 'think it's all pretty cool,' he says. (Photo provided by The Lexington School)   By Beth Dotson Brown KyForward contributor   Peeling 200 pounds of potatoes requires many hands and a considerable amount of time, but that’s one of the tasks on mashed...