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Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville Metro Health and Wellness (#736)

Dr. Nesbitt previously worked for the District of Columbia Department of Health, focusing on improving health outcomes for targeted populations.

The 2012 Louisville Metro Health Status Report, published by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, highlights the major health conditions and key health behaviors of Louisville adults, identifying disparities that impact quality of life.

The report shows that Louisville's population is getting older and more ethnically diverse. Between 2000 and 2010 there was an over 50 percent increase in the 55-64 age group. In the same period, growth among the Hispanic population increased by 163.1 percent, and the black population increased from 17.3 percent in 2000 to 21 percent in 2010.

According to the report, as of 2009, about 65 percent of Louisville adults were either obese or overweight. The number of Louisville adults who reported having diabetes increased from 6.9 percent in 2004 to 13.2 percent in 2009. However, the percentage of Louisville adults who reported they smoke tobacco decreased from 25.5 percent in 2004 to 23.9 percent in 2009.

The report says that in 2009, the age-adjusted mortality rate from homicide in Louisville was 11 deaths per 100,000 population. This rate was more than double the rate for the state as a whole (5) and the nation (5.5) for the same year. The homicide death rate for blacks was almost seven times that of whites.

Learn more: Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness

Air Dates

Friday, June 22, 2012 at 5:00/4:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET

Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 7:30/6:30 am CT on KET2