• With spring already here, the thought of breathing in clean, fresh air fills our minds. But what if the air around you is not fresh? According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly 40 million U.S. adults still smoke cigarettes, and about 4.7 million middle and high school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes. In the state of Kentucky, 17% of high school students currently smoke- the highest in the nation. In LaRue County, 31% of adults smoke and approximately 24% of youth smoke.

  • Kentucky is the cancer capital of the nation, and while cancer deaths have declined about 20 percent nationwide since 1980, they have increased in LaRue County and in most of Kentucky’s other 119 counties.

  • February is American Heart Month – a good time to talk about your heart. A healthy heart can be the difference between a life well lived and a life not lived at all. It is an important part of living your best life and is fundamental to maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

    Many people neglect their hearts, though. Inactivity, poor eating choices and bad habits all work together to overwork and damage a heart. In fact, simply making a few small changes could have prevented many cases of heart diseases and, in conjunction, many deaths.

  • For LaRue County resident Warren McCandless, getting a low-dose CT scan for lung cancer through Hardin Memorial Health brought a bit of relief.

    McCandless, 65, who said he has smoked for about 50 years, said as a smoker there always is the fear of developing lung cancer. But, thanks to the low-dose scan, he discovered he didn’t have lung cancer.

    McCandless said he picked up smoking when he was younger because it was the “cool thing” to do.

  • Officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH), within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), announce the availability of an online weekly influenza surveillance report used to gauge current flu activity circulating in Kentucky. This new public service is an example of the Cabinet’s priority to strengthen data collection and analytics and then to make the information more easily accessible.

  • It is commonly heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, breakfast can easily be forgotten when rushing out the door to get children to school. Research shows there are several health benefits of a regular breakfast for school-aged children.

  • Winter weather in Kentucky tends to present challenges in the form of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. What isn’t talked about often is the discomfort weather can cause inside the home.

    UK Extension Professor for Environmental Control Systems, Robert Fehr, shares this information about dealing with humidity levels in the home. The itch that plagues many people during winter can be the result of inside air that does not contain adequate moisture. Low humidity levels can cause high levels of discomfort including dry skin and stuffy sinuses.

  • The physical benefits of a healthful diet include increased resistance to illness, faster recuperation times, higher energy levels, and better management of chronic diseases. The mental benefits are just as important and include increased cognitive function, better stress management, and emotional balance.

    Here are some basic guidelines from UK Health & Wellness for healthful eating as you age:

    Choose more whole foods and fewer processed foods. Focus on food that is as close to its natural form as possible.

  • When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on menu labeling in late April, it was the last step in a process to require restaurants, convenience stores, take-out, retail establishments and supermarkets to publish the calorie content of their food on their menus.

    Some chain restaurants are already publishing this information on some items in anticipation of this announcement. Others have until May 2017 to implement the change.