2:51 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

JCPS Students Heading to the Farm to Combat Childhood Obesity

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Two Jefferson County Public Schools are getting some help in the fight against childhood obesity.

A $200,000 grant announced Wednesday will help local nonprofit groups The Food Literacy Project and New Roots establish programs in Wellington Elementary and Hazelwood Elementary to educate students and their families about the benefits of a healthy diet,  said Alice Bridges, vice president of Healthy Communities for KentuckyOne Health.

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7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

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More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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2:06 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Kentucky Tops U.S. In Obesity Among High Schoolers, Report Says

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Kentucky had the highest percentage of obese high school students in the U.S. in 2013, according to a report released this week  by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and nonprofit group Trust for Americans Health.

The State of Obesity report said 18 percent of Kentucky high school students were obese.  That places Kentucky just one spot behind the all-time highest high school obesity rate, which was in Mississippi (18.3) in 2009.

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11:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ja'Nel Johnson to Cover Community Health for WFPL News

Ja'Nel Johnson
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Ja'Nel Johnson has been hired as WFPL News' community health reporter, a new position that will expand the organization's coverage of health and healthcare issues.

Johnson comes to Louisville from KVNO News in Omaha, Neb., where she's been the news director for the last 16 months. She also serves as executive producer of "The Omaha News," a student-produced television show on the Omaha PBS affiliate.

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6:53 am
Tue September 2, 2014

New Program Prescribes Veggies Over Medicine to Combat Childhood Obesity in Louisville

Fresh produce waiting for customers at the Shawnee Fresh Stop.
Credit Erica Peterson / WFPL

A new program underway in Louisville is working to combat childhood obesity and related diseases by providing prescriptions for fresh produce, rather than medicine.

The first “Veggie Rx” class started last month, and nine families are taking part. The six-week program includes hands-on cooking classes, discussions on nutrition and food justice and physical fitness. And every participant gets six weeks of free produce.

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3:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Inaccurate Data Leads Louisville to Revise Neighborhood Health Equity Breakdown

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Metro Louisville has revised its 2014 Health Equity Report  to correct information that falsely declared some neighborhoods as having worse health outcomes than they actually did.

The Health Equity Report was initially released in April, but—as The Courier-Journal reported—data misalignments lead to inaccurate findings in categories such as life expectancy and death rates.

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Local News
8:37 am
Sat July 26, 2014

Louisville Red Cross Chapter Hosting Blood Drives to Help With National Shortage

It's often said that donating blood just one time can save three lives.  What is rarely heard is how one blood drive can be just enough to save a single life.

But it’s true, said Lindsay English, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross in Louisville.

“In a serious car accident, you can use 30 or more units,” English said.  “If you think about it, that is a successful blood drive right there—just one.”

And right now, blood donations from across the U.S. are dwindling.

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8:31 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Report: Kentucky Ranks 10th in U.S. For Lowest Rate of Uninsured

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Kentucky’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act has dramatically reduced the number of uninsured people in the state, according to a report release Wednesday.

The report by the consumer advice website WalletHub said Kentucky now ranks 10th in the U.S. for the lowest rate of uninsured people—just under nine percent of the population. That number was over 17 percent before the ACA became law, reflecting an 8 percent drop in the rate in a year.

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8:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New Face-To-Face Exams Aim To End Medicare Fraud, But Not All in Louisville Think It'll Work

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Jean Lonergan has been a Medicare beneficiary since 1998.  She had knee surgery about a decade ago.  She’s also had back surgery and suffers from a spinal disease.

The 71-year-old Louisville resident said she is “fairly savvy” when it comes to dealing with salespeople—but a few weeks ago she invited a medical supplies salesman into her home.

When the salesman left, Lonergan was the new owner of a back brace she didn’t need.

“I knew the thing wasn’t going to work,” she said. 

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4:53 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Increased Police Planned for Dirt Bowl, But Organizers Say Community Stems Violence Better


The Dirt Bowl street basketball tournament begins this weekend—and despite organizers predictions of a violence-free affair, Louisville Metro Police are planning an increased presence around Shawnee Park.

Police plan to have more than 20 patrol officers,  mounted police and VIPER Unit members at the park during the tournament’s opening weekend, said Major Bill Kristofeck, commander of LMPD's Second Division.  A group of volunteer ambassadors will also be present, he added.

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