Kentucky’s Health

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

On almost every health measure, Kentuckians receive a poor rating and some doctors say this is largely self-inflected due to smoking, eating fatty foods and lack of exercise.

"When I was growing up going to McDonalds was very special, now it's an everyday thing," Dr. John Gover said.

Kentucky is listed as the worst for, adult smoking, teen tobacco use, recent physical activity and not meeting exercise guidelines.

But Dr. John Gover says while Kentucky is listed in critical condition these trends extend on a global scale.

"Worldwide we're seeing a problem with obesity, which obesity is related to many problems, cardiovascular disease and cancer."

Dr. Gover says poverty, education and unhealthy habits are all factors that play into Kentucky’s poor rating, but not only does poor health threaten our lives it can also put a hole in our wallet, due to taxes and insurance costs.

In order to shape up our rating, Dr. Gover recommends making a list of our priorities to see what each of us value.

"Also, if you haven't exercised in a very long time you don't go out and try to run a marathon, you need to take it easy, start slowly begin walking."

Which Dr. Gover says will put Kentucky in the right step towards a healthier lifestyle.


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