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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...

Kentucky still ranks near bottom for health according to 2018 America’s Health Rankings report

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Kentucky is facing serious health challenges, according to an annual state-by-state ranking of key health indicators. The America’s Health Rankings 2018 report released on Wednesday places Kentucky 45th among states, down from 42nd in 2017. Health experts say finding a physical activity you enjoy will help you stick to it. (Photo from Pixabay, via PNS) Dr....

United Health Foundation Awards $1m grant to UK College of Dentistry to reduce oral cancer

A $1 million grant from the United Health Foundation will enable the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry (UKCD) to launch its “Eradicate Oral Cancer in Eastern Kentucky” project. The three-year project will raise public awareness of the symptoms of oral cancer and its links to heavy alcohol and tobacco use, provide approximately 1,000 oral cancer screenings at local health departments,...

Kentucky improves three spots in Senior America’s Health Rankings, but still lingers near bottom of list

By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky moved up three spots, from 48th to 45th, in the fourth annual Senior America’s Health Rankings Report, but the state ranked last in health outcomes and 44th in determiners of those outcomes, so it remains one of the least healthy places in the nation for seniors to live. Among negative measures, Kentucky seniors ranked first in preventable...

Kentucky near bottom again of annual ‘America’s Health Rankings Senior Report’

  (Click image for larger view)     Kentucky ranked 48th for senior health this year, according to the third edition of United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.”   Kentucky’s overall health   The America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds that Kentucky has its share of...

Kentucky ranks 45th in country concerning quality of senior health, 2013 report says

  Kentucky is ranked 45 of 50 for quality of senior health, according to the inaugural edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities.   United Health Foundation commissioned the America’s Health Rankings Senior Report to examine the health challenges affecting today’s seniors and to encourage...