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Celebrating (and Practicing!) Good Dental Hygiene in October and Beyond

By Alicia Whatley October is National Dental Hygiene Month. This is a great time to celebrate the critical work dental hygienists do and to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health. It’s especially important as we near Halloween and the endless amounts of candy that never seem to disappear. Practicing good oral hygiene is important for everyone at every age. Engaging in daily dental hygiene practices helps to prevent gum disease, cavities, [...]

By |2019-10-10T15:54:24-04:00October 10th, 2019|Blog, Health|

#BeThe1To

As National Suicide Prevention Month wraps up, we believe it’s important to discuss prevention efforts for children, teens, and young adults throughout the year. One way we’re committed to doing just that is through ongoing advocacy that emphasizes the mental health needs of Kentucky youth. The School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019 (SB 1), developed in response to the tragic 2018 Marshall County High School shooting, ensures all students are able to learn in a [...]

By |2019-09-30T17:59:41-04:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids

By Alicia Whatley Research shows that kids’ beverage choices are just as important as food choices for healthy growth and development. Teaching healthy beverage choices at a young age can help ensure healthy choices in the future. To guide healthy beverage choices for children, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, America’s Pediatric Dentists, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association have formed a campaign called Healthy Drinks, Healthy Kids outlining the consensus [...]

By |2019-10-01T11:05:01-04:00September 30th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Why Not Kids? Honoring September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

By Jamie Bloyd Kentucky is known for its basketball, bourbon, horses….and high cancer rates. Most Kentuckians are familiar with the high rates of lung cancer in our state. I was too, my grandmother having been diagnosed in my early 20’s. Most Kentuckians also know that we consistently rank at the very top of overall cancer incidence in the country. What I’ve found is that most Kentuckians don’t know that kids get cancer too and in [...]

By |2019-09-26T15:00:40-04:00September 26th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Health Insurance Coverage for Kentucky Children Has Stagnated but Remains High

Contact: Mara Powell mpowell@kyyouth.org 502-895-8167 *122 Louisville, KY – New health insurance data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau revealed the percent of Kentucky children under 19 with health coverage remained unchanged from 2017 to 2018, at 96.2 percent. This compares with 93.6 percent in 2013 – the year prior to full implementation of the expansion of Kentucky’s Medicaid program. “We’re in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign in which the divisive healthcare policy [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:00:17-04:00September 26th, 2019|Health, News Room|

UPDATE: 86 percent of Kentucky school districts are now tobacco-free!

Schools, policymakers, students, parents, and health advocates celebrated a big win for student health in the 2019 Kentucky legislative session with passage of House Bill 11, which established a statewide tobacco-free school campus policy. All are celebrating again at the start of the school year as school districts are acting early to comply with HB 11. When the bill became law, only 72 of the state's 173 school districts, or 42 percent, were tobacco-free [...]

By |2019-08-29T11:19:04-04:00August 29th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

The Need for Complete Streets Through the Eyes of a 6th Grader

By Noa Weiss Noa testifying before the Louisville Metro Planning Commission. My name is Noa, I am 10 years old and live in the city of Hurstbourne, District 18. I attended Lowe elementary and I’m now a 6th grader at Meyzeek middle school in the MST Program which stands for Math Science Technology. I am also doing Meyzeek Field hockey, orchestra and Cross Country , and in the future, I plan to do Lacrosse, [...]

By |2019-08-26T12:48:57-04:00August 26th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Free Care: What Is It and How Will It Address Student Health Needs?

This school year, pending federal Centers of Medicaid and Medicare approval, local school districts will have the opportunity to expand health and behavioral health services already offered to students in schools by leveraging federal Medicaid dollars. By expanding health services to all students and billing services for Medicaid-eligible students, schools can help address immediate health care needs, connect students to quality health providers, and keep students learning. Additionally, this opportunity, called free care, creates a [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:04:52-04:00August 22nd, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|

Complete Streets Make Roads Safe and Comfortable for Everyone

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on August 14, 2019. By Emilee McCubbins When I made the decision to go out of state for college, I knew that my heart would always pull me back to this place — Beechmont. Louisville is my hometown, but the steps of Iroquois Library is where I think of when I think of home. Traversing Woodlawn Avenue, popping into the corner store by the gazebo, and [...]

By |2019-08-14T16:51:02-04:00August 14th, 2019|Blog, Health|

Going Back to School Healthy and Ready to Learn

As summer break winds down for many Kentucky students, parents and caregivers are preparing to get school supplies together, health forms filled out, after-school care figured out, and more for the new school year. Whether your little one is off to kindergarten or senior year, below are helpful tips your family can utilize to ensure your child’s health will be in good shape as they head back to school and settle into their school routine. [...]

By |2019-08-08T15:24:56-04:00August 8th, 2019|Blog, Education, Health|