Healthy lifestyles and preventative medicine can reduce chronic disease and related healthcare costs. Kentucky Voices for Health is committed to making prevention a priority for Kentucky’s health policies and programs.
Our current work in this area includes:
- Promoting statewide comprehensive tobacco prevention and cessation programs, as well as local efforts to create smoke-free communities.
- Championing prevention initiatives in the Medicaid program, including early health screenings.
- Promoting Worksite and community wellness programs – especially those focused on obesity, physical exercise, injury prevention, stress reduction and personal health habits
Worksite wellness is any employer-supported activity or policy that is designed to promote healthy lifestyles to employees and their families.
Great strides have been made in the area of injury prevention in the last decade; KVH encourages Kentucky to continue this momentum as we still have further to go to reduce injuries and their societal costs to our citizens.
Kentucky Voices for Health has advocated for a 70 cent increase in the state cigarette tax. Research has shown that such increases lead to a reduction in smoking rates. A significant portion of the tobacco tax revenue goes toward cancer research and tobacco prevention and cessation programs.
More than two-thirds of Kentucky adults are overweight or obese and childhood obesity rates have tripled since 1980. Weight-related illnesses like diabetes and heart disease are on the rise - a third of the babies born in Kentucky in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetimes.
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