New data shows Kentucky children are healthier on average than children across the nation. Numbers released last week by the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health show over 85% of children in the Commonwealth were in very good or excellent health for a period covering 2011-2012.
Nationwide, that number was just over 84 percent. However, the percentage of children in the state who received preventive dental care came in below the national average. The data also shows that just 41% of Kentucky’s children live in neighborhoods with a park, sidewalks, a library and a community center. That compares with 54% of children nationwide. The Data Resource Center gathers information for the National Center for Health Statistics.