(LOUISVILLE, Ky - February 28, 2019) Eight in 10 Kentucky adults are involved in civic activities of some kind, whether it's volunteer work or engaging in politics, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) report. The report found that about seven in 10 engaged in politics in some way, and more than half were active in their communities.
"Getting involved can actually be a prescription for improving individual health as well as the health of our communities," said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "It's that 'helper's high' that occurs when we're contributing with no expectation of getting paid. Studies show this sense of purpose leads to lower mortality rates, reduced depression and better functionality."
The most commonly reported forms of political activity among Kentucky adults were engaging in political discussions in person and on social media, followed by signing petitions, and contacting or visiting an elected official. Community involvement most often took the form of volunteering with a church or nonprofit organization. One in four also said they worked on a community project and slightly more than one in 10 donated blood.
KHIP posed the same questions in 2010, and found that civic participation was about the same as in 2018.
A copy of the KHIP report is available here.
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About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $28 million in health policy research, advocacy, and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
Bonnie J. Hackbarth