Web site: http://www.ket.org/commonhealth/
This 13-part series explores successful health models around the state-discussing the positive impact on the lives and health of Kentuckians and showing how others can replicate the models in their communities. The programs are hosted by Dr. Wayne Tuckson, a Louisville surgeon and host of Kentucky Health, and also feature panel discussions by health care profesionals. A KET production.
Student Health #106
Spotlights programs that are educating Kentucky's student population, as well as parents and school staff members, in good health habits. Health Promotion Schools of Excellence in Jefferson County is a wide-ranging effort to promote and maintain healthy lifestyles. The Healthy Kids Centers provide free medical, mental health, and oral health services to students at high-poverty schools in Fayette County. The Literacy, Eating and Activity for Preschoolers Health Program in Lexington uses storybooks to teach children about health and nutrition. And Lexington's VERB Summer Scorecard program aims to increase activity among "tweens" (9- to 13-year-olds).
- KETKY Thursday, April 10 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 11 at 10:30 am EDT
Surviving Violence #107
Features community efforts to reduce the incidence of domestic violence, abuse, and neglect; encourage reporting of existing abuse; and support the victims. The Appalachian Violence Outreach Network serves women in Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties who have survived interpersonal violence or traumatic stress. The Advocacy and Support Center in Hardin County offers crisis counseling, referral services, medical support, therapy, and advocacy services for victims of rape and child abuse as well as community education on the issues. And schools throughout Kentucky are trying a variety of ways to eliminate bullying.
- KETKY Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 18 at 10:30 am EDT
Addiction Recovery #108
Drug and alcohol addiction are intricately linked with issues like mental health and poverty, and they often affect wider issues like crime and violence. But the Chrysalis House in Lexington and the Healing Place in Louisville are working to help users kick the habit and to provide a wider network of support through treatment, education, employment and housing services, and much more.
- KETKY Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, April 25 at 10:30 am EDT
Workplace Wellness #109
Wellness plans in some Kentucky workplaces benefit both employees and employers by providing bonuses as well as big savings in health insurance costs. The Lifestyle Enhancement Activity Program, used by school systems and other employers in the Lewis County area, rewards workers who meet individual diet and fitness goals. At Logan Aluminum in Russellville, Logan Alive participants earn cash for their efforts and save money on healthier choices in the company cafeteria. And in Louisville, the mayor's Healthy Hometown initiative aims to show how individual health impacts the entire community.
- KETKY Thursday, May 1 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 2 at 10:30 am EDT
Disease Management #110
Spotlights projects to educate people about healthy lifestyles and encourage them to take responsibility for their own health. The Living Well Workshops: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Louisville is a six-week series of free workshops on how to deal with chronic conditions through diet, exercise, meditation, and other techniques. Staying Alive: How To Be an Effective Caregiver, also in Louisville, is designed to help reduce the mental and physical strain of caregiving and help the elderly safely remain in familiar living environments. And the Healthy Kids Centers provide students in four high-poverty Fayette County schools with free medical, mental health, preventive, and oral health services. Also, how knowing more about your genealogy can improve your family's health.
- KETKY Thursday, May 8 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 9 at 10:30 am EDT
Mental Health #111
Spotlights services that tackle mental-health issues as part of overall health or work to destigmatize mental illness. The Larue County Coordinated School Health Initiative includes mental health topics in its education and fitness efforts. The Healthy Kids Centers, which provide health services to students in four high-poverty Fayette County schools, have established a Student Assistance Team in each school to evaluate students with learning, behavioral, or ADHD problems. The Appalachian Violence Outreach Network helps domestic violence and trauma victims in Breathitt, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe counties overcome depression, eating disorders, and low self-esteem. And Jefferson County's Crisis Intervention Team trains police officers to recognize mental illness and work effectively with mentally ill citizens.
- KETKY Thursday, May 15 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 16 at 10:30 am EDT
Health issues related to aging and caring for the elderly are increasingly critical as the number of Americans living to the age of 85 and beyond continues to skyrocket. Louisville's Staying Alive: How To Be an Effective Caregiver program helps reduce the mental and physical strain of caregiving while also seeking ways to keep the elderly in familiar surroundings. The Living Well Workshops: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, also in Louisville, offers a six-week series of free workshops on diet, exercise, meditation, and other techniques for dealing with chronic conditions and aging. And at the University of Kentucky, Nun Study researchers work to determine the causes of Alzheimer's disease.
- KETKY Thursday, May 22 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 23 at 10:30 am EDT
Learning About Health #113
A round-up of community efforts to improve health literacy among Kentuckians of all ages. Featured projects are Health Access Nurturing Development Services, a voluntary home visitation program for first-time parents based in Lewis County; school health education programs operated by the Lewis County Primary Care Center; the Larue County Coordinated School Health Initiative, which emphasizes fitness and nutrition for children and families; the Living Well Workshops: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program in Louisville; efforts to reach out to Spanish-speaking citizens by Promotores de Salud; the health advocacy services of Kentucky Homeplace; and various programs run by the Council of State Governments.
- KETKY Thursday, May 29 at 5:00 pm EDT
- KETKY Friday, May 30 at 10:30 am EDT
Official web site: http://www.ket.org/commonhealth/