A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

CDC offers some Tips for Teachers that promotes healthy eating and physical activity in the classroom

The Centers for Disease Control has published some Tips for Teachers that promotes healthy eating and physical activity in the classroom. 1. Allow Access to Drinking Water Access to drinking water throughout the day gives students a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages, says the CDC. Staying hydrated may also improve student cognitive function. Allow students to visit the water fountain...

Baptist Health Paducah cardiologist Pat Withrow named Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky has named cardiologist Dr. Pat Withrow of Paducah a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion. Withrow is the director of outreach for Baptist Health Paducah and the governor-elect of the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. “He is known locally and statewide for his advocacy of improved health. I know firsthand he is a health champion for our area,”...

Chef John Foster: Kentucky weather wavers but there’s plenty of winter to go, so here’s to eating right

It happens every winter, without fail. Kentucky January magically becomes Kentucky April with temperatures in the 60’s, high winds, and plenty of rain. Wait for it though, the ice season is right around the corner. I guess its Mother Nature’s way of getting people to look at their seed catalogs, thinking perhaps that they might be able to get some planting done in March! Please...

52 Weeks of Public Health: Sticking to a healthy diet can be challenging during the holidays, some tips

Eating healthy and sticking to your diet can be especially challenging around the holidays. The Kentucky Department for Public Health is offering some unique tips to help you enjoy all the holiday festivities while maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet. During your meal planning and preparation, choose recipes that can be easily made in bulk. These leftovers make great options for weekday lunches...

Chef Foster: Changing our habits key to eating healthier foods, improving our diets — give it a try

It is a constant struggle I know, between what we want and what we need. I’m not talking mainstream concepts, ideas or trends, but the choices we make when we sit down, (or stand, or drive) to eat. I am after all a chef, and while I may have opinions on other more worldly and important topics, I understand that food and its impact on us is my utmost concern. At this point in my career, both at...

Eating Healthy: When you hit the grocery store, try shopping like you’re a cardiologist

By Susan Smyth Special to KyForward Many of us vowed to eat more healthfully in the new year but don’t know how to begin. Here are some grocery store guidelines to reduce the amount of dietary fat, sugar and salt that is associated with a higher risk for obesity, heart attack, diabetes and other diseases. Make your meal healthier by substituting foods with lots of color from natural sources...

Lauze Volk: Try these five tips to savor the tastes of the holiday season without overindulging

By Lauze R. Volk Special to KyForward A cookie here, a piece of cake there and eggnog and wine to wash it down … the holiday season can easily lead to overindulging. There are simple things you can do to enjoy every bite of holiday goodness without putting on the pounds. Here are five tips for savoring without overdoing it: — Drinking a glass or two of water before parties and big meals to...

Mindless eating habits should be replaced by more contemplative approach to improve health

By Geza Bruckner Special to KyForward Have you ever raised and butchered a chicken or a pig or do you get all your meats in nicely sanitized vacuum packed containers? In the process of nurturing our bodies and nurturing our souls, many of us have lost self-balance, hence our obesity epidemic. We have become detached and unaware of our present moment, of our presence in our environment, of our inter-presence....

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...