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So far Lacey McNary has created 12 blog entries.

“Kentucky High School Students Have the Worst Obesity Rate in the US at 18%”

Child advocates were disappointed, but not surprised, to see the statistic above.  We are also 5th in the nation for adult obesity, according to a new report, The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America. Advocates have been working tirelessly to reverse the childhood obesity trend in Kentucky – which is why the recent report was disheartening to hear. But several recent childhood obesity efforts that have emerged in Kentucky are encouraging, including: [...]

By |2014-09-18T10:22:31-04:00September 18th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Results Based Leadership Challenge

I heard a great quote that has stuck with me for a couple years: “All a leader has to stand on is her results." This, to me, was so powerful and resonates with me when I think about my role as a child advocate. As you well know – children are waiting for us adults to get things right for them. They may not know it, but they are waiting for dentists and doctors to [...]

You as a Results-Based Advocate

Child advocates in Kentucky are entering the annual policy prioritization process by working together to develop the 2015 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children agenda. By now you have likely participated in the annual policy survey, debated with fellow advocates about what priorities should be included, served on a workgroup, helped to fund the efforts, passed information on to your colleagues, and/or shared your ideas about what we need to focus on to make Kentucky the best place to grow up. It is an [...]

Unlock the Doors and Keep Us Healthy

“Shared-use” agreements are one of the main childhood obesity policies that Kentucky Youth Advocates believes has traction in the state right now. Children with access to recreational facilities close to home have shown to be more physically active and have lower obesity rates than those without access. A “shared use” policy can be a formal agreement between two entities, typically a school and another agency such as a city government or a YMCA, to share [...]

By |2014-06-23T13:00:20-04:00June 23rd, 2014|Blog, Education, Health|

Quick Action Needed for Children’s Health in Kentucky!

Childhood obesity is an issue in Kentucky – we are currently in the top 5 states in obesity rates. You have an exciting opportunity to influence a state level plan to improve this indicator of health. Please take a moment to add your voice in this quick turnaround opportunity in include health issues in the KY Transportation long range plan. The public comment period is open until June 23. 2014. The website is:  Here is a [...]

By |2014-06-05T09:25:31-04:00June 5th, 2014|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety, Health|

Let’s Smile About Oral Health Opportunities in Kentucky

The legislative session wrapped up in April and there are great opportunities to report for children’s oral health - on the state budget front, a piece of new legislation, and a new Governor’s initiative. We want to take a minute to highlight just one of the exciting wins for kids’ oral health during the 2014 legislative session. On April 9th the Governor signed into law SB 159. This bill allows a school district or a Head Start program to contract with a licensed, not-for-profit primary care [...]

By |2014-05-12T11:31:04-04:00May 12th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Don’t Sugarcoat Our Future

Voices for Healthy Kids releases a new toolkit on sugar-sweetened beverages entitled “Don't Sugarcoat Our Future.”  To receive access to the toolkit, click here. This toolkit is a compilation of facts, sample materials, and guidance on how to build, engage, and mobilize a social change movement in your state or community on this critical issue.  The toolkit is wrapped together by a unique theme designed to maximize interest and action to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened [...]

By |2014-04-14T08:00:56-04:00April 14th, 2014|Health|

Smiles for Life in Kentucky: A National Oral Health Curriculum

Has your child’s pediatrician ever looked at your child’s teeth or gums? If you have ever been pregnant, did your OB/GYN talk to you about your oral health? If you are a physician, do you shy away from talking about oral health with your patients, because it is not your role? School nurses, do you include oral health in your continuum of care in your school? As a part of Kentucky’s 2014 Oral Health Literacy [...]

By |2014-03-06T09:24:27-05:00March 6th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Connecting Kentucky’s Food System: Webinar Friday, November 22

An online workshop exploring the potential of a statewide food policy network is scheduled for this Friday, November 22 at 1:00pm EST. The workshop, sponsored by Community Farm Alliance is a great opportunity to participate in statewide collaboration to improve our food system. Register here.  

By |2013-11-20T14:12:05-05:00November 20th, 2013|Blog, Health|

trans-par-ent [trans-pair-uh nt, -par-], adjective

trans·par·ent [trans-pair-uh nt, -par-] , adjective Having the property of transmitting rays of light through its substance so that bodies situated beyond or behind can be distinctly seen. Admitting the passage of light through interstices. So sheer as to permit light to pass through; diaphanous. “Transparency” is the word of the year in the world of child welfare in Kentucky. The word gets tossed around so easily among advocates and others interested in improving the “system”, especially [...]

By |2012-12-20T11:39:36-05:00December 20th, 2012|Blog, Child Welfare & Safety|
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