Around $5 million in nutrition education funding is changing oversight agency. The Pennyrile Allied Community Services Executive Director Judy Peterson says state officials informed the office in July that as of October 1 funding for that program would go to local health departments.

State Nutrition Services Branch Manager Fran Hawkins says the state’s 59 local health departments will teach young children healthy eating habits. Hawkins says it makes sense to run the program through the health departments, rather than PACS.

Beshear Appoints Team to Evaluate Veteran Health Policies

Aug 29, 2012
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Over the past three years, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has reported a dramatic jump in the number of veterans in search of mental health services. In Kentucky, the outbreak of prescription drug abuse is also taking a toll. To better coordinate local, state, and federal agencies that deal with veteran’s health, Governor Beshear has appointed a team of health and military specialists to reevaluate the state’s policies. Retired Col. David Thompson heads up the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

Indiana Cantaloupes Linked to Ky. Salmonella Outbreak

Aug 17, 2012

State health officials have traced a strain of salmonella that’s affected many people in western Kentucky to Indiana-grown cantaloupes. State laboratory tests found a match between the strain and melons grown in southwestern Indiana and sold in Kentucky grocery stores.

A study of more than 800 western Kentucky children shows 25 percent are obese, and another 18 percent are overweight. The national average of obese children is 17 percent. Murray State University nursing professor Dr. Dana Manley was part of a team of researchers who compiled the data, based on 2008 and 2009 cardiovascular fitness tests.

Hopkins County school clinics may be the latest casualty in a series of budget cuts to the County Health Department.

A just released document called ‘A Community Guide to Reducing Obesity’ details local projects in 17 areas of the Commonwealth.  

Afternoon Round-Up 5/11/12

May 11, 2012
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Today on NPR: FDA may back pill to prevent HIV.

Four Rivers Region:

Afternoon Update 5-9

May 9, 2012

From NPR: In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

From the Four Rivers Region:

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Hopkinsville’s mayor says he thinks it’s time to join other major Kentucky cities in banning smoking indoors in public bulidings. Mayor Dan Kemp says he’ll introduce his proposal at tomorrow’s city council meeting. He says he wants to give time for people to voice their opposition to the ban, but so far residents’ opinions have been overwhelmingly positive. He says,

“Our health department ran a survey and our chamber of commerce ran a survey of businesses and about 80% of those responding to the surveys thought we needed a smoke-free law in Hopkinsville.”

Tennessee Tattoo Bill Headed for House Floor Vote

Apr 11, 2012

A proposal to crack down on the tattooing of minors is headed for a vote on the Tennessee House floor.  The measure sponsored by Democratic Representative Antonio Parkinson was unanimously approved in the House Finance Committee Tuesday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote by the full Senate.  The proposal makes it illegal for anyone without a license to possess tattooing paraphernalia. The measure also encourages underage tattooing incidents be reported to the Health Department.