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Statement by Terry Brooks on House Health and Welfare Committee Passing HB 173 to make Indoor Workplaces Smoke-Free

Jeffersontown, KY - Today, the House Health and Welfare Committee took an important step to protect kids by passing House Bill 173 to make indoor workplaces smoke-free.  The serious and deep impact of secondhand smoke on children is undeniable, and every Kentucky child needs to be protected from that.  Right now, kids with asthma and allergies aren't protected from secondhand smoke that triggers breathing problems when they are in indoor public places. Moreover, secondhand smoke contributes to [...]

By |2014-02-06T13:43:22-05:00February 6th, 2014|News Room|

Ask Your State Representative to Support a Statewide, Smoke-Free Law (HB 173)

Did you know that only 34% of Kentuckians live in a community with a smoke-free law?  Children and pregnant moms need to be protected from the dangers of secondhand smoke. A statewide, comprehensive smoke-free law is part of the 2014 Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children Agenda. House Bill 173 would ensure indoor workplaces and public places are smoke-free. Take Action Please call the message line at 1-800-372-7181 and ask to leave the following message for all state Representatives:  “Please [...]

By |2014-01-14T18:11:36-05:00January 14th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Statement in Response to the Governor’s 2014 State of the Commonwealth Address

It is altogether fitting and proper that a major piece of the Governor’s speech was about kids and families.  The Governor, in fact, took an important first step in protecting children from abuse - he is appropriately touted as a health reformer whose efforts work - and he and the First Lady were pivotal in raising the graduation rate. And much of the vision that he describes is truly aspirational for children.  Once again, his [...]

By |2014-01-07T20:33:03-05:00January 7th, 2014|News Room|

New KIDS COUNT County Level Rankings on Child Well-Being Reveal Need for Smart Investments in KY Kids

Contact: Andrea Bennett 502-381-1178 Jeffersontown, KY – The 2013 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates highlights the need for smart investments to ensure kids in all counties have the best opportunity to thrive in childhood and succeed as adults. This is the 23nd annual release of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, part of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT project. The KIDS COUNT project monitors progress for Kentucky's [...]

By |2013-12-10T00:00:48-05:00December 10th, 2013|News Room|

Thousands of KY Babies Would Benefit from a Comprehensive, Statewide Smoke-Free Law

Jeffersontown, KY - A new Blueprint for Kentucky's Children Issue Brief released today by Kentucky Youth Advocates, reveals that Kentucky has one of the highest rates of smoking during pregnancy in the nation. Clearing the Air for All Kentucky Children highlights the need for a comprehensive, statewide smoke-free law to reduce exposure to harmful secondhand smoke for children and unborn children and reduce smoking during pregnancy. Nearly one in four (23 percent) Kentucky babies born in 2011 had mothers who smoked during [...]

By |2013-11-19T07:00:56-05:00November 19th, 2013|News Room|

My life…with smoking

By: Rebecca Ghent, 2013-2014 KYA Intern Ever since I was a young girl I can remember a good portion of my family as smokers. It didn’t really bother me though. In fact, the idea of my grandpa out on the back porch relaxing with a cigarette was in some ways comforting to me as a young child. That was my grandpa at ease with the world. Fast forward fifteen years and the above description makes [...]

By |2013-08-13T14:39:17-04:00August 13th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Remember the original meaning of “The Pursuit of Happiness” this Independence Day

“The pursuit of happiness.”  That phrase animates an essay by Jon Meacham in the most recent edition of TIME. It made me remember Mary Kay Tachua – the most brilliant professor I ever experienced.  More than forty years ago, an administrative error at the University of Louisville put Dr. Tachua as the professor of an undergraduate section of American History.  Dr. Tachua was renowned as a graduate professor; social activist; and, perhaps on special and [...]

A Sure-Fire Bet for Kentucky Kids

When it comes to March Madness, I think I am an expert.  I look at every rating system known to mankind.  I compare offensive and defensive efficiencies of each team.  I analyze the relative strength of every conference.  And the result?  Well, all four granddaughters beat me (and the two youngest are only three years old!) but I did edge out my four year old grandson in our family bracketology contest!  When it comes to [...]

Annual Rankings Show Where Kentucky Counties do well and Opportunities for Improvement

Health does not exist in a vacuum. Health is impacted by more than having health insurance and going to the doctor. The County Health Rankings and Roadmaps project, a partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, understands this. They work to understand what’s making people sick or healthy and then figure out what communities can do to impact that. According to the newest annual rankings released today, Oldham County has [...]

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