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Foundation for a Healthy Ky. webinar to feature solutions to promoting nutrition, physical activity

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will host a free webinar on Friday, November 13, to share a creative solution developed by the community of Whitesburg to promote good nutrition and physical activity, while also supporting their local agriculture community. The webinar is part of the Foundation’s Health for a Change capacity-building training series, created to support nonprofit leaders...

UK kinesiology professor writes own textbook to help students; encourages physical activity for all

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky Students majoring in kinesiology-exercise science at the University of Kentucky often begin their program with a course that provides a brief history of physical activity and an introduction to modern issues in sport. In the years Jill Day has been teaching it, she has never found a textbook spanning the variety of topics she covers, so she has written her own. “I...

Nicole Koontz: Don’t let exercising take a back seat — get moving, at least 150 minutes a week

It’s that time of year again when we will strive to wear the perfect outfit, select a perfect gift and host the perfect holiday party. While it’s a festive time, many of us get perfectly stressed out. And the thought of exercising goes right out the window. Instead, we promise to start or restart the first day of the new year. In that instant, we surrender to mounds of food and drink, fail to get...

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...

Most women with heart disease just don’t get enough exercise; it’s the #1 killer of women in the U.S.

More than half of women in the United States with heart disease aren’t getting enough physical activity, and that number has increased over the past decade, a study says. In Kentucky, 4.9% of women reported they had been told by a health care provider that they had heart disease, compared to 3.2% of women nationwide, according to America’s Health Rankings. “Physical activity is a known,...

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...

Commentary: Passport Health Plan, Bluegrass Harvest partnership increasing food access

Health care is more than going to your doctor and taking medicine. When we take a closer look beginning in the home, and extending to the workplace, our schools, and our neighborhoods, we see that the social determinants of health play a major role in overall health and well-being. Research on the social determinants of health is fairly new, but there’s no question that access to food, income, education,...

‘Dangers’ of physical inactivity focus of UK conference; experts say daily walk still best

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Obesity worsens the damage that arthritis does to joints, but simply telling patients to go home and diet and exercise is not working, and health care providers must proactively monitor their patients and help them find affordable solutions to succeed. And daily walking is still the best exercise.   “Fitness always trumps fatness.” —...