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Research finds parent’s mental health matters when it comes to childhood obesity, especially in rural areas

As more of the nation’s children become overweight or obese, especially in rural areas, researchers are beginning to look beyond some of the known causes, like inactivity and a poor diet, to other contributors, like the mental health of their parents. One such study, using data from 14,733 children between the ages of 10 and 17 in the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, found that...

Dustin Pugel: Be thankful for SNAP’s role in the state, as food brings us together this Thanksgiving

Food brings us together and creates the conditions to be healthy and happy. As we give thanks this season, let’s ensure all Kentuckians can put food on the table with the help of one of the best hunger-fighting, poverty-reducing, health-improving tools we have. The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, plays a critical role in improving the health...

UK personnel working to implement environmental changes, help lower obesity rates in Martin County

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky personnel are working to implement environmental changes to help lower the obesity rates of residents in the state’s most obese county. Faculty and staff with the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment are collaborating with many community leaders in Martin County to improve the county’s built environment infrastructure, increase...

Regional food banks put spotlight on Ky’s prevalent food insecurity during Hunger Action Month

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service This September, food banks in Kentucky and across the country are taking part in Hunger Action Month, to highlight the fact that 40 million Americans are food insecure. Kentucky has the seventh-highest rate in the nation of people struggling to put meals on the table. Glenn Roberts is the executive director of Tri-State Food Bank in Evansville, Indiana. One out...

Meet and greet with 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman set for Jan. 18

The Lift a Life Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville will host a Breakfast Meet & Greet event on Thursday, Jan. 18, to introduce Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman as their 2018 Hunger Innovation Fellow. The event is free and open to the public, and will be held at Manhattan on Broadway, 716 E. Broadway, in Louisville from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. “In Louisville, Kentucky, there...

Ky Agriculture Commissioner Quarles convenes Hunger Task Force to address food insecurity

The Kentucky Hunger Task Force reviewed the findings of the 10 regional meetings held earlier this year and mapped out an action plan for the next three months at a recent meeting in Frankfort. “The regional meetings produced useful information from the people combating hunger on the ground in Kentucky,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “The next step for the task force is to use this...