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Public News Service - KY: Health Issues

This placemat has a message for Kentucky kids: eat healthily. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Diabetes is increasing among Kentucky children, prompting health experts and educators to join forces to help kids and their parents understand the importance of eating healthy. On National Healthy Lunch Day, placemats full of nutrition tips will be given to elementary stude

Over the past four years, an additional 37,000 Kentucky children have been covered by medical insurance  leaving very few children in the state without coverage. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – New U.S. Census Bureau figures show that health insurance coverage is at an all time high in Kentucky and across the country. Nearly 95 percent of Kentuckians now are covered, including all but 3 percent of the state's under-19 population. Terry Brooks, executive director

Coal is burned to provide most of Kentucky's energy, but the call for sustainable sources is mounting. (Greg Stotelmyer)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – With Kentucky lagging behind most states in the production of sustainable energy, the Sierra Club is making a push at the community level to spike interest in solar and other renewable sources. Lexington resident and Sierra Club member Judy Humble says with renewable energy

An empty plate and an empty stomach lead to increased health risks. (Greg Stotelmyer)

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. – September is Hunger Action Month and this year those on the front lines, those who work to help keep Kentuckians from going hungry, are focusing on the problem's link to health. Gary Miles sees up close how hunger gets in the way of a healthy lifestyle. He is executive d

A Kentucky senior leaves a food bank, where the fight against hunger often serves those 60 and older. (Kentucky Assn. of Food Banks)

BEREA, Ky. – A new report finds that nearly one out of every 10 seniors in Kentucky is food insecure, meaning that those seniors are unable to consistently access or afford adequate amounts of food. The just-released "The State of Senior Hunger in America" study is from 2015, and it focuses

Speakers at a weekend rally in Pikeville had a message for Congress: Everybody deserves health care. (Jerry Hardt)

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- In Pikeville, a city in the far eastern part of Sen. Mitch McConnell's home state, more than 100 people rallied on Saturday, renewing their call for health care for all. Irony perhaps that the previously-scheduled event, part of a national day of action, came barely 24 hours afte

During an online event, dozens of Kentuckians said Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are not listening to their concerns about the GOP health care plan. (Kentuckians for the Commonwealth)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Folks from around Kentucky say they want their voices to be heard when it comes to health care reform. A 25-hour online hearing wrapped up Monday afternoon featuring more than 100 Kentuckians who say Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are not listening to their concerns abo

Experts say oral health care is more than a pretty smile; it's a critical part of overall health. (Pixabay)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A new initiative is taking a personalized approach to addressing the unmet oral health-care needs of Kentucky kids. The 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth found that while the state has made strides in improving dental care for children, more progress is needed. De

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