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Ohio Valley childhood obesity rates have increased, putting kids at greater risk of severe COVID-19 illness

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Ohio Valley ReSource · Childhood obesity & covid FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — In October, University of Kentucky Children’s hospital reported a substantial rise in children hospitalized for COVID-19. The escalation began in July. Dr. Sean McTigue, medical director for pediatric infection prevention and control said all hospitalized children had one thing in common. “So our… Read More

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Childhood obesity rates in the Ohio Valley are higher than the national average

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RICHMOND, Ky. (OVR) — For the second year in a row, Kentucky has the highest rate of childhood obesity among kids ages 10-to-17 at 23.8%. That’s according to a new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released this week. Senior Program Officer Jamie Bussel said rates are too high across the country. “They’ve been exacerbated by COVID,… Read More