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School Lunches

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and tater tots for lunch? That’s the question author Janet Poppendieck poses in her book “Free for All: Fixing School Food in America.” In it she explores what goes into the making of school lunches – not just ingredients, but policy decisions, nutrition requirements, and of course, budgetary restrictions. We’ll talk about it all on Wednesday with Poppendieck, along with Dr. Adewale Troutman and a member of the Health & Nutrition Division of the KY Department of Education. Join us with your questions and thoughts.

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New Mobile Dental Health Unit Unveiled

The Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness has unveiled a new, 40-foot mobile dental health unit.

Department Director Dr. Adewale Troutman says the unit will make stops at at clinics on Dixie Highway, in Middletown and Newburg, and a still undetermined location in west Louisville.                 Mobile1

It comes equipped with two dental chairs and digital imaging capability and will be staffed with one dentist, two dental assistants and a driver who will double as a dental clerk.

“During its first year of operation, we expect to serve approximately 25-hundred patients with this new unit,”  Troutman said at a Monday press conference.  

The health department already has another mobile unit that offers services such as immunizations and dental screenings.

Mobile2The vehicle was purchased with federal funds secured by Congressman John Yarmuth.

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Health Department Director Says 'Public Option' Not Enough

The Director of Louisville’s Department of Public Health and Wellness says a so-called ‘public option’ for the nation’s health care system isn’t a wise choice.

As Congress wrestles with the details of a proposed overhaul of the nation’s health care system, one option being tossed around is a so-called ‘public option’, which would keep most of the current system, but offer a government-sponsored health care plan people could choose. Dr Adewale Troutman says it isn’t an adequate solution to a problem that requires radical change.

“If part of the problem is that we have a fragmented, non-system of lack-of-coordinated-care,” he says, “how do we add one more fragment and feel that’s going to solve the problem?”

Troutman made his comments on Wednesday’s ‘State of Affairs’. He supports the extension of health benefits to the uninsured, but feels only offering a public option doesn’t go far enough.

President Barack Obama has a press conference set for tonight that is expected to deal mainly with the health care debate. You can hear it live at 8pm on WFPL.

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Troutman Discusses Swine Flu Outbreak

Local health officials continue to urge people to practice good hygiene to prevent the spread of the H1N1, or swine flu virus.

Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Adewale Troutman says a vaccine for the virus has not been developed.

“This is a brand new virus, this H1N1.    When and if a vaccine is produced for it, as was pointed out earlier, you would actually have to get two vaccines this coming year,”  Troutman said today on WFPL’s  State of Affairs program.   “One for the normal seasonal flu, and one for this vaccine.”

There have been one confirmed and six probable cases of the illness in Kentucky and three confirmed cases in Indiana.

Troutman says regional health districts across Kentucky have received their allotment of medical supplies that would be needed in the event of a public health emergency.