Survey: Ky. kids healthier than US average - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Survey: Ky. kids healthier than US average

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - New data shows Kentucky children are healthier on average than children across the nation.

Numbers released last week by the Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health show 85.5% of Kentucky children were in very good or excellent health for a period covering 2011-2012. Nationwide, that number was 84.2%.

The percentage of Kentucky children who received preventive dental care came in below the nationwide average, with 75.5%. Nationwide, 77.2% of children received preventive dental health care.

The data also shows that just 41% of Kentucky children live in neighborhoods with a park, sidewalks, a library and a community center. That compares with 54% of children nationwide.

The Data Resource Center gathers data for the National Center for Health Statistics.

Online: www.childhealthdata.org.

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