Kentucky receives $1.7 million health grant

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has received a nearly $2 million federal grant aimed at reducing the most serious risk factors leading to obesity and chronic disease.

Gov. Steve Beshear said Monday the grant will promote improved physical activity and nutrition. Another focus will be preventing diabetes, heart disease and stroke by focusing on high blood pressure.

The $1.7 million grant comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The governor’s office says Kentucky was among 32 states to receive enhanced funding.

Rankings from the United Health Foundation show Kentucky is near or at the bottom of nearly every major health indicator in the country. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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