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Several Kentucky counties get funds to fight obesity and inactivity; $54,000 made available by CDC

Multiple counties across the state have been awarded federally funded grants from the state Department for Public Health to help fight obesity and inactivity in their communities, according to a DPH news release. “To build a healthier state, Kentuckians must have access to healthy food and exercise,” DPH Commissioner Dr. Stephanie Mayfield said in the release. “A healthy lifestyle starts with...

As flu activity increases, state public health officials say it’s still not too late to get vaccine

The Kentucky Department for Public Health continues to emphasize the importance of flu vaccine following a recent increase in flu activity attributed to influenza B viruses. While influenza A has accounted for most of the flu activity so far this season, it is not uncommon for influenza B types to become more predominant in the latter half of a flu season.   According to DPH, an upswing in flu...

World TB Day shines light on ongoing efforts to eliminate disease in Kentucky, across U.S.

The LFCHD TB team, from left: Dr. Malkanthie McCormick, Yvonne Beatty, Katie Myatt, Jessica Cobb, Sandy Breeding, Trenna Vandergrift, Dr. Rice Leach, Brittany Dominick, Cristina Hiten, Sara Zagaruyka and Laura Collins. (Photo provided)   Think tuberculosis – TB – is no longer a threat?   Think again. New cases continue to be identified each year – in Kentucky and around...

Kentucky public health officials report ‘widespread’ flu activity; vaccination urged

Kentucky Department for Public Health officials reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week that the influenza activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”     Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The...

Ebola outbreak unlikely in Kentucky, but DPH officials say they are prepared to act

Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials say they are coordinating multiple efforts related to Ebola preparedness to increase the level of readiness for hospitals, local health departments, other health providers and partners to deal with any potential cases of Ebola in the state in the unlikely event of such an occurrence.   There have been no cases of Ebola reported in Kentucky.   Ebola...

Kentuckians urged to get vaccinated against the flu as officials confirm state’s first case

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is reporting the first positive lab-confirmed influenza case this week, indicating the presence of flu circulating in Kentucky. The case was in Jefferson County.   DPH officials are reporting the results to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of statewide flu surveillance efforts. Kentucky’s flu activity will be classified as “sporadic,”...

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...

Women leading Kentucky health: Haynes’ aim is to get reform ‘baked in’ before end of term

This is the last in a series if stories about four high-ranking female state officials who have guided the state’s embrace of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.   By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   How does a person create lasting change in an ever-changing political environment? “Bake it in,” says Audrey Tayse Haynes.   As secretary for the Cabinet for...

Officials say state poised to make ‘remarkable progress’ in improving Kentuckians’ health

  Kentucky’s health is “in dire need of improvement,” yet the state is poised to make remarkable progress in the coming years by building on its recent efforts to make all Kentuckians healthier. That was the diagnosis from the state’s public health commissioner to members of the “kyhealthnow” Oversight Team during its first meeting.   Kyhealthnow was created last month to reduce...

Citizen input sought as Department of Public Health aims to ‘build a healthier Kentucky’

If you have thoughts and insights into ways to improve the health of Kentucky’s citizens, the Kentucky Department for Public Health wants to hear from you.   DPH has created an online survey, available here, to enable Kentuckians to have input into creating a state health improvement plan.   Kentucky citizens have until Aug. 1 to complete the assessment, which will then be used to examine...

Grants will help nonprofits, educational institutions, agencies fight breast cancer

Fourteen Kentucky agencies promoting breast cancer awareness, screening and access to services are this year’s recipients of grants from the Kentucky Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund. The trust fund, administered by the Department for Public Health (DPH) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, recently announced the grant awards, totaling over $278,000.   “Breast cancer...