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Think about your eyes first before you wear those costume contact lenses with that Halloween outfit

Creepy costume lenses might add a spine-tingling thrill to your Halloween costume, but wearing costume contact lenses without a prescription can lead to serious eye infections or permanent vision loss. Decorative lenses are medical devices, not costume jewelry. They must be prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional, just like regular contact lenses. That’s why the Kentucky Academy of...

Objective of St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s partnership with doTerra International is integrative cancer care

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s partnership with Utah-based doTERRA International will allow the Northern Kentucky health care provider to further its objective to provide integrative cancer care for its patients. doTERRA has donated $5 million to the St. Elizabeth Foundation Cancer Center Community Campaign to support the development of a new facility focused...

New data shows Kentucky has 93,000 young people who are considered obese, third highest in nation

In Kentucky, 93,600 young people ages 10 to 17 have obesity, according to new data included in the State of Childhood Obesity by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The obesity rate in Kentucky for this age group, 20.8 percent, has held steady in recent years and ranks as the third-highest in the nation. The obesity rate in Kentucky is significantly higher than the national rate. Click to enlarge The...

Whayne Herriford: How do I know if my mental health is OK? Consider four general areas to test yourself

How do I know if my mental health is OK? This is a question I frequently hear when people learn that I am a licensed counselor. And the simple answer is that there is no standard answer. Just like physical health describes our body’s ability to adjust to environmental stimuli or events which challenge its functioning, mental health describes how well we respond to events in our life that challenge...

Healthy Headlines: Looking to shed some pounds or just feel better; small changes can be positive

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Are you looking to shed a few pounds, or just feel better about yourself? A recent study found that cutting as few as 300 calories a day for an extended period of time can have significant benefits, including weight loss and improved health. “This study is important because it shows that even small changes can have positive results,” says Rachel Wagner, MS, LD, a Licensed...

Sports of all Sorts hosted special ‘Harvest Tea’ event for seniors committed to ‘living a healthy lifestyle’

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter Inspiration comes from many places and all shapes and sizes. At Sports of All Sorts Fitness Center (SOAS) in Florence, sparks regularly fly from those least expected. This week, SOAS hosted a very special event, “The Harvest Tea,” which honored seniors who have committed themselves to “living a healthy lifestyle.” Angi Harreld, Fitness and Wellness Coordinator...

Mental health: Online screening may tell you if depression is playing a role in your health

By Nadia Ramiagan Public News Service More Americans are using online screening tests to gauge whether depression is playing a role in their health, and mental health experts say that’s a good thing. Just as people might screen for diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure, a depression screening provides a quick way to spot the first signs of what might be a serious mental-health issue. Nearly...

U.S. Court of Appeals hearing oral arguments today related to Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirements

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service The U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., will hear oral arguments today in a case concerning Gov. Matt Bevin’s changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program, known as Kentucky HEALTH. Earlier this year, a federal judge blocked the new rules, which would have required Medicaid recipients to work or volunteer for 80 hours a month in order to receive...

Kentucky Health officials urge caution regarding vaping as reported cases of severe lung injury rise

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) continues to monitor and investigate a growing number of cases of severe pulmonary disease related to e-cigarette use or vaping. DPH is working closely with healthcare providers, local health departments, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the Food & Drug Administration and other states to gather information about this outbreak. “As...

City of Dayton, NKY Health Department partner to help make the city a more active community

In its desire to improve the health of its residents and create a more vibrant and sustainable community, the City of Dayton is working with the Northern Kentucky Health Department to encourage walking and active transportation throughout the community. The City of Dayton has received over $1.5 million to create a more active community, funding projects including the Arhens’ Way Riverfront Trail...

New Imagine Health and St. Elizabeth partnership offers employers savings on healthcare

In a new partnership, Imagine Health is expanding access to healthcare and reducing costs by 15-20 percent for employers and employees across Northern Kentucky. Imagine Health offers self-funded employers an alternative to traditional healthcare plans. Through partnerships with quality health systems, built-in cost controls and advanced member advocacy services, Imagine Health delivers immediate...

New beverage recommendations for kids say avoid all drinks with sugar — and plant-based milks

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Health experts from four of the nation’s most prominent health organizations have created a new set of beverage recommendations for children under the age of 5 that basically recommends breast milk and infant formula for infants under the age of 1 and water and cows’ milk for older children. The experts strongly caution against drinks with added sugar,...

91% of Kentucky’s school districts are tobacco-free; foundation expects remainder to soon follow

Kentucky Health News Only 15 of Kentucky’s 172 school districts, or 8.7 percent, have not passed a tobacco-free policy to match a state law that will take effect July 1, 2020, according to the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, which says it expects nearly all of districts to enact the policy before they have to. The law, for which the foundation campaigned, will ban use of all tobacco products,...

Youth mental health: Keep discussing suicide prevention efforts with children, teens, young adults

By Mahak Kalra| Kentucky Youth Advocates We believe it’s important to discuss suicide prevention efforts for children, teens, and young adults throughout the year. One way we’re committed to doing just that is through ongoing advocacy that emphasizes the mental health needs of Kentucky youth. The School Safety and Resiliency Act of 2019 (SB 1), developed in response to the tragic 2018 Marshall...

LiveWell Newport hosts annual Health Expo, to cut ribbon on new outdoor gym in Buena Vista Park

LiveWell Newport will host its 4th Annual Health Expo Saturday, Oct. 5, by cutting the ribbon on the new outdoor gym at Buena Vista Park, which is located on 12th Street between Columbia Street and Central Avenue. The outdoor gym – known as The St. Elizabeth Fitness Court – was provided by the National Fitness Campaign and sponsored by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, the Newport Foundation...