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Ky. shows little progress in latest health rankings; we’re getting less exercise, diabetes has increased

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Kentucky again ranks near the bottom in two big health measures: 48th for health behaviors and 46th for health outcomes, according to the America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation. Most of the reasons are familiar, such as a high percentage of Kentuckians with more than one chronic condition — such as diabetes, which has become...

Latest Kentucky health rankings shows varied movement among middle-range counties

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The latest County Health Rankings report for Kentucky shows little change among the top and bottom quarters of the rankings, but a good deal of movement among counties in the middle — in both directions. The rankings look at health outcomes, gauged by life expectancy and measures of quality of life, and health factors, such as access to physicians and areas...

Kentucky moves up slightly in America’s Health Rankings, but there’s little reason to celebrate

Kentucky moved up three notches in the latest America’s Health Rankings, from 45th to 42nd, but its improvement stemmed mainly from gains in the factors that determine health, not the actual health outcomes. The state was 39th in health determinants (clinical care, policy, community and environment) but 46th in outcomes, such as the death rate from cancer, which is the nation’s worst. That...