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Kentucky Enters Cooperative Agreement to Combat Obesity

Researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Public Health have joined with colleagues in the UK College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, as well as extension and health department personnel, on a project that focuses on lowering obesity rates in six Kentucky counties that suffer the most from the issue. Through a cooperative agreement with the UK Department of Health and Human Services, the collaborative effort was recently awarded $1.8 Million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to implement programs that decrease obesity rates and improve the overall health of residents in six Kentucky counties.

Assistant dean for research, Dr. Margaret McGladrey, acts as the community coalition leader on the project.  Other Kentucky College of Public Health faculty working on the effort are Dr. Kathryn Cardarelli, associate dean of academic and student affairs and associate professor of health behavior, and Dr. Angela Carman, clinical assistant professor of health management and policy.

The project, titled “Collaborative Environmental Approaches to Reduce Obesity Disparities in Kentucky”, involves extension agents, state extension professionals, local public health departments, University of Kentucky public health specialists, and community health coalition members in work that strengthens collaboration and fights against the obesity problem in the region.

“This cooperative agreement is a unique opportunity for local health department personnel, extension agents and community health coalitions to partner and implement community-based solutions to this important issue,” Dr. McGladrey noted.

For more on the cooperative agreement, please see