Kentucky has the fourth highest incidence of adult obesity in the United States and the prevalence of obese children in Kentucky doubles from the national average of approximately 11.6% at pre-school ages 4-5 to 25.6% at sixth grade, until the incidence of overweight children older than eleven years of age in Kentucky is among the highest in the United States.
The Kentucky Medical Association supports the goal of Kentucky’s Collaborative Initiative for the Prevention of Obesity And other Chronic Diseases to prevent and control obesity by developing, coordinating, and implementing science-based nutrition and physical activity interventions in partnership with public and private leaders in obesity and chronic disease prevention. Use the resources and links below to learn more.
KMA works with the Partnership for a Fit Kentucky in advancing goals for a healthy lifestyle. The 2009 SCORE report documents steps being taken to improve patient health in Kentucky.
The County Health Rankings were developed by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and are the first set of reports to rank the overall health of every county in all 50 states. The report provides Kentuckians with a local snapshot of the overall health of their communities. Counties are ranked by health outcomes and health factors.
New immunization requirements and an updated immunization certificate for Kentucky children entering child day care, Head Start programs, public and private preschool programs and public and private elementary and secondary schools went into effect July 1, 2011.
Children's Activity Booklet
AMAA Children's Activity Book Series
The AMA Alliance has six activity books for children in kindergarten through third grade. A variety of creative exercises teach young readers about nutrition, safety, self-esteem and conflict resolution. The books help kids to focus on making healthy, positive choices. Information on ordering the books, is available on the AMAA Website.
Lets Get Movin'
Pamphlet with fitness tips and physical activity plan developed by the Kentucky Physical Activity Committee with funding from the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Feel free to make copies for patient or personal use.
Obesity Prevention - A Community Approach
Power Point presentation for physicians and other health care providers to make to community groups. This presentation, produced for KMA by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, is also available on CD - contact KMA.
It's Time to Work Your Muscles (large file download 3943 kb)
Power Point presentation for physicians and other health care providers to make to middle school children. This presentation, produced for KMA by the Northern Kentucky Health Department, is also available on CD - contact KMA.
Resources at Local Health Departments in Kentucky
A PDF listing breast feeding coordinators, physical activity coordinators and medical nutrition dietitians in all 120 counties in Kentucky.
Calculate Your Body Mass Index
Adult and Child/Teen BMI Calculators on CDC site
Partnership for a Fit Kentucky
My Pyramid Food Guidance System
Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition
A national program designed as a one-stop resource for parents and caregivers interested in practical tools to help children 8-13 years old stay at a healthy weight.
CDC Health Promotion
News, information and resources from the National Center for Disease Control.