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Kentuckians' Views on Health-Related School Policies

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poll data released today by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, reveal the overwhelming majority of Kentucky adults favor tobacco-free school campuses, new USDA school nutrition standards, and more physical activity for students during the school day.  Support for these children’s health issues was strong among Republicans, Democrats and Independents.

“Poll findings show that support for the health of our children cuts across party lines,” said Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Health Kentucky.  “A tobacco-free campus reduces a young person’s exposure to smoking.  School nutrition standards and physical activity are strategies to reduce childhood obesity and improve health.  KHIP data indicate broad support for these school health-related policies.” 

KHIP offers a snapshot of Kentuckians’ opinions on health-related topics. KHIP highlights on children’s health issues include:

  • More than eight in ten (84%) Kentucky adults favored tobacco-free school campus policies.    Currently, 33 districts have adopted 100% tobacco free campus policies. The complete list of schools is available at:
  • Three in four (78%) Kentucky adults favored the new school nutrition standards; of those, 57% strongly favor the new guidelines.
  • Almost all (97%) Kentucky adults favored a policy to require 30 minutes a day of physical activity for students.
  • Overall, self-identified Republicans had the lowest level of support for school nutrition standards (69%); Democrats had the lowest level of support for required physical activity in school   (96%) and Independents had the lowest level of support for tobacco free campus policies (78%).  

KHIP was funded by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health, formerly the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.  The poll was conducted October 25, 2013—November 26, 2013, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati.  A random sample of 1,551 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones.  The poll has a margin of error of ±2.5%.

See the complete Children's Health Policies at School overview.


About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky

Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested over $26 million in health policy research, advocacy and pilot project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by informing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter and on Facebook, or visit our website at

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