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Adult obesity reaches all-time high of 36.6% in Ky.; Docter calls on insurance to cover obesity prevention

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky adults just keep getting larger, reaching an all-time high for the number of obese adults in the state, ranking it fifth in the nation. “As a society, as a whole, we’re not quite convinced yet what a major problem this is,” said Dr. Barbara Fleming-Phillips, an internist who helps run the weight management clinic at UK Healthcare’s...

Healthy Headlines: To improve your long-term health, how many steps a day do you really need?

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Everyone likes a number to work towards to help track their health and wellness goals — an apple a day, eight glasses of water, 2,000 calories, eight hours of sleep. And of course, you have your Fitbit or your wearable device to track that magic number of 10,000 steps a day. But do you need that many steps?
 A recent study by a Harvard University professor tested the...

Doctor offers tips for aging optimally; good advice for Kentuckians, who rank 49th in senior health

As life expectancy for both men and women keeps rising, it’s important to adopt a handful of healthy habits that include things like exercising and staying social to ensure that you “age optimally.” That was the main message of Dr. Christian Furman, a geriatric physician from Louisville, on an episode of “Kentucky Health” with Dr. Wayne Tuckson on Kentucky Educational...

Healthy Headlines: High cholesterol increases health risks, can often be managed with diet, exercise

You’ve got high cholesterol. Now what? What’s the best option to lower it? According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 102 million American adults have total cholesterol above healthy levels. This statistic should be concerning, especially if you have other risk factors for heart disease including obesity, type 2 diabetes, family history of heart disease or you use tobacco. Your healthcare...

Ky. ranks next to last in exercise, the closest thing to a wonder drug, say Centers for Disease Control

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky adults rank next to last for getting the recommended amount of exercise, followed only by Mississippi, according to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, based on CDC polling that asks people about their exercise habits and health. The poll found that only 14.6 percent of Kentucky adults reported getting the amount of...

Stretching, diet, foam rolling can help speed recovery from muscle soreness after exercise

By Laurie Blunk Special to KyForward When you try a new exercise, lift heavier weights or run steeper hills, muscles experience strain and micro-tearing at the cellular level. This leaves your muscles sore. Foam rolling, stretching and foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce soreness, alleviate discomfort and get you back to your favorite exercise. Stretching is an important recovery...

Study examines relationship between exercise and slowing the progression of early Alzheimer’s

By Allison Caban-Holt Special to KyForward Experts at the World Health Organization say that a sedentary lifestyle is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. We all know that being active can reduce our risk for diabetes, heart disease or even stress. But might it also help ward off dementia? Lately, researchers have been studying the relationship between exercise and cognitive performance,...

Organized sports not the answer as CDC says children need an hour of exercise each day

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News We live in a world where children are more likely to participate in organized sports and activities than to spend time running and playing outside. Most parents seem to think this is a pretty good substitute for exercise, but a new study says otherwise. The study, published in the Journal of Sports Sciences and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, found...

Exercise cuts the risk of heart damage, even among Kentuckians struggling with obesity, report says

Exercise not only lowers the risk of heart damage in middle-aged adults and seniors, but can also reduce the levels of heart damage in those who are obese, according to a new study. “The protective association of physical activity against [heart] damage may have implications for heart failure risk reduction, particularly among the high-risk group of individuals with excess weight,” lead...

Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but particularly for parents with young children

By Christina Studts Special to KyForward For many parents, it’s understandably difficult to find time to exercise. This can be especially true for parents with young children, all of whom have behavior problems from time to time. At the beginning or end of a long day, exercising often feels like the last thing we want to do. But, as parents, taking care of ourselves is necessary in order to...

Hour of daily activity counters effects of inactive lifestyles, studies show

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Most of us spend too many hours sitting, and research says it’s slowly killing us, but a new study says that just one hour of physical activity a day could eliminate the risk of early death that comes from sitting eight hours a day — a level of activity 29 percent of Kentucky adults fail to achieve. “There has been a lot of concern about the...

Don McNay: Health and exercise require same time commitment as creating wealth

“Feel the city breaking and everybody shaking and we’re staying alive, staying alive.”   – The Bee Gees   I’m 50 pounds lighter than I was last Christmas. I’ll be down another 50 by Christmas 2013.   It took me until this year to realize that health and exercise require the same time and resource commitment as creating wealth. People who become wealthy...