Electric cooperatives’ monthly magazine looks at the poor health of our state’s children

Courtney Cagle, 14, of Clinton learns
how to cook healthy spaghetti in UK’s
Cooperative Extension nutrition program

The November issue of Kentucky Living magazine, published monthly for member-customers of the state’s electric cooperatives, focuses on children’s health. Editor Paul Wesslund writes that the stories and statistics on the current state of the state’s kids are “scary.”

Reporter James Nold Jr. writes that when experts were asked about their concerns for the state, childhood obesity was front and center. The state ties Georgia and Arkansas for the second highest share of children (37 percent) who are obese, and it trails only Mississippi among children 10 to 17. That’s more than one in three kids who are grossly unfit.

Also of concern are Kentucky children’s high rates of asthma, abuse, neglect, and cigarette smoking. The numbers for these are so bad and so seemingly out of control now that health professionals would be happy just to see them remain stable in the future, instead of continuously rising.

Nold writes that the experts’ urgency on these matters was palpable. A lot of them talked about the way poor nutrition can harm children now and throughout the rest of their lives.  They also expressed deep concern for the lack of dental education and care, the need for more exercise and for more parent involvement in all of their children’s choices.

The magazine, which has a Health Club for children, notes that the University of Kentucky‘s Cooperative Extension Service provides nutrition education to students in all 120 counties. For more information on the club, or to join, go to www.KentuckyLiving.com and click on “KL Health Club.” (Read more)

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