The challenges Kentuckians face to improve their health

In Kentucky 4 in 10 adults report excellent or very good health (43%) and about 3 in 10 (26%) report good health. Those are among the findings in the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP) released by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Cincinnati-based Interact for Health.

Research has found a powerful link between people’s self-report of their personal health status and the predicted length and quality of their lives.

KHIP highlights include:
  • Three in 10 Kentucky adults report fair or poor health (31%). These Kentuckians frequently cite a current health problem or access to healthcare as barriers to health improvement.
  • Two thirds of Kentucky adults (65%) report it would be difficult or very difficult to make a positive health change.
  • Kentuckians report time, money and motivation as barriers to health change.
“Kentucky adults understand that more exercise and a healthier diet can help them get healthier,” stated Susan Zepeda, President/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “A majority say making a change to improve their health would be difficult or very difficult. While time, money and motivation were frequently named as barriers to making positive health changes, a few also acknowledged the role that the physical and policy environment can play in supporting healthier living. We can support better health for all Kentuckians by making changes in our built environment to make exercise easier, supporting access to fruits and vegetables, and continuing to offer all Kentuckians health insurance.”

Sponsored annually by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll is a 1,600-household phone survey, polling Kentuckians for their views on key health policy issues likely to come before the legislature or local policymaking bodies. Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is a non-profit philanthropic organization whose mission is to address the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.

The complete report is here.