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Health

  • Friends aim to inspire

    It’s not about winning for a local group that has trained nearly half a year to participate in one of the most physically grueling competitions in the sports world.

    “We like to challenge our bodies to try and push ourselves beyond our limits,” Elliot Mattingly, a physical therapist with KORT, said of the decision to compete in an upcoming Ironman. Mattingly and his wife, Amanda, are joined by friends Liz Mattingly, Brett Martin and Kyle Newton in training for the triathlon event in Louisville Oct. 9.

  • Steps to help organize personal care

    By Carol Marak

    Aging Advocate

    When planning a loved one’s care, the best advice to receive is “prepare in advance” long before you need help. By waiting to the last minute puts you and the loved one at risk of stress and potentially, not finding the best care.

  • ‘Runnin’ for Randy’

    Prior to firing the gun, participants in Monday’s Labor Day 5K/10K event bowed their heads and closed their eyes in prayer.

    “We gather on behalf of our friend Randy, whose body is not going the way that it is supposed to go,” said Nelson County High School track and cross country coach Dan Bradley, leading the prayer from atop a ladder.

    The event is something NCHS started hosting five years ago as a way to support the team and students. Over the years, guests of honor have received recognition at the race, but this year was different.

  • Flaget Memorial Hospital foundation announces new board members

    Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, is pleased to announce the appointment of five new board members. The new additions to the board are William Pike Conway Jr., William Edelen, Thomas Hamilton, Dr. Dave Hicks and Robbie Polin.

  • State health officials warn of possible overdose crisis

    Kentucky’s top health officials are warning state medical providers and community leaders of a pending public health crisis involving dangerous drugs.

    Kentucky Department for Public Health Commissioner Dr. Hiram Polk said officials wanted to issue the warning before the holiday weekend, when they expect a rise in recreational drug use.

  • ACL tears are all too common

    By Dr. Mark Duber

    Most people have heard of an ACL tear, even if they are fortunate enough to have never experienced one. We have seen many professional sports careers sidelined by these injuries, or many high school athletes hobbling around on crutches because of them. Tears of the ACL are more common than with any other ligament – it’s estimated that 200,000 ACL injuries happen each year. So what exactly is the ACL, and why does it sideline so many athletes?

  • Communities can better serve seniors at home

    By Carol Marak

    If you’re like me, you want to stay at home as long as you can while growing older. However, if you live alone without a companion or adult child nearby, it’s particularly difficult to manage; to remain safe, and continue being independent.

    For local leaders, there are mounting concerns about the older folks living in rural areas and suburbia because many go without needed services. Identifying the needs will ultimately keep aging residents out of hospitals and nursing homes.

  • New guidelines address kids’ sugar intake

    By Melissa Patrick

    Kentucky Health News

    Children and teens should consume no more than six teaspoons of added sugars a day and drink no more than one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage per week, according to new advice from the American Heart Association.

  • Sports physicals encouraged as student athletes head back to school

    Students are heading back to class, and many back to the field or court. If your children are involved in athletics, a sports physical is likely required to ensure they’re safely able to participate in physically demanding activities. More than 38 million teenagers and children in the United States play at least one sport.

    A sports physical is similar to an exam that most children experience before heading back to class, but it also addresses injuries, training, nutrition and exercise programs.

  • August is Immunization Awareness Month

    August not only marks the beginning of school in Kentucky, but also National Immunization Awareness Month, highlighting the importance and benefits of immunizations.

    “Vaccines are a requirement for school entry and help protect the health of children and that of their classmates and their community,” said Dr. Hiram Polk, commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health. “When children are not vaccinated, they could be at risk of disease and can possibly spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community.”