(LOUISVILLE, Ky – March 21, 2017) The latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) found that adults who consider themselves in good health are more physically active than those who are in fair or poor health. Additionally, the report found that those who earn less are less likely to be physically active.
KHIP is an annual poll of Kentucky adults about health issues and is funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health. The latest report found that nine in 10 adults with excellent, very good or good health said they were very or somewhat physically active. However, only five in 10 adults in fair or poor health reported such activity.
“One of the things policy makers and communities can do is make it easier for residents to get exercise in their own neighborhoods,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “The U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion says all adults should avoid inactivity, and those who participate in any amount of physical activity will gain at least some health benefits. The Foundation is funding demonstration projects to improve neighborhood conditions, such as the health park in Paducah that includes a walking trail, playground and community garden. Kids who learn good physical activity habits will grow up to be healthier adults.”
Most Kentuckians agree that increasing their level of exercise would improve their overall health. Safety, however, is a concern. Only half of Kentuckians feel it is very safe to walk, bike, or jog in their neighborhoods, while two in 10 feel their neighborhoods are unsafe for exercise.
A copy of the poll is available here.
About the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Since the Foundation opened its doors in 2001, it has invested nearly $26.7 million in health policy research and demonstration project grants across the Commonwealth. Funded by an endowment, the mission of the nonpartisan Foundation is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. Follow the Foundation on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, and visit our website at www.healthy-ky.org.
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Bonnie J. Hackbarth