Public Health & School Nutrition

Most of us have memories of lunchtime at school – wondering how to get invited to sit with the popular kids, trying to stay out of trouble with the cafeteria workers, and, of course, those mysterious rectangles of unknown origin passing for food. A lot of thought and planning goes into school lunch menus; nutrition requirements must be met and budgets must be considered. A new $7.9 million health grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, administered by the Metro Department of Health and Wellness, will partially go toward improving access to healthy food – including school lunches. We’ll learn more about the grant and about school nutrition on Tuesday.  Listen to the Show

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Science Center Launches Series with Health Care

This week, the Louisville Science Center is hosting a discussion about health care, and it’s just the beginning of what officials intend to become frequent conversations about science-related issues. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Thursday is the first event of the series the center is calling Scientific Proofs. The center has teamed up with the […]

State Has Hotline for Public's Questions about H1N1 Flu

Today, Gov. Steve Beshear announced the state now has a telephone hotline for people with questions about the H1N1 flu. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. Within its first hour of operation Monday, 10 people had called the hotline, which the public can call and talk to a live person. The number is 877-843-7727. William Hacker […]

They're Back…Bed Bugs on the Rise in Kentucky

With more people traveling more often in and outside the country has come a rise in bed bug infestations. Most cases are in large urban areas, but beg bugs are an increasing problem in this region. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. University of Kentucky professor of entomology Michael Potter says after a nearly 50-year hiatus, […]

Who's Inspecting Our Food?

Surely you’ve heard the joke . . . a customer is dining out, looks down and sees a fly in his soup . . . He says to the server “What’s this fly doing in my soup?” . . . The server responds “It looks like the backstroke”. Okay, so most restaurants would not be so cavalier, but who makes sure restaurants, grocery stores, and those ubiquitous elephant ear trailers are meeting health regulations?

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Series filmed in Louisville wins duPont Award

A public broadcasting series about health and partially filmed in Louisville has won the prestigious duPont-Columbia University Award. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more. “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” won the duPont-Columbia University Award, known as the Pulitzer Prize of broadcast journalism. The series documented health disparities in Louisville between people of different socioeconomic […]