McLean County http://wkyufm.org en "Kentucky's Future Initiative" Aimed at Reducing Chronic Diseases in Seven Counties http://wkyufm.org/post/kentuckys-future-initiative-aimed-reducing-chronic-diseases-seven-counties <p></p><p>A non-profit, philanthropic group in Kentucky is partnering with seven communities in an effort to reduce the prevalence of chronic diseases. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky hopes the five-year, $3 million effort, known as the Kentucky's Future Initiative, will cut the chances that today's youth will suffer from obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.</p><p>The Clinton County School District and the Green River Area Development District's Partnership for a Healthy McLean County are two of the seven partners selected for the program.</p><p>"What we're trying to do, if you will, is to bend the curve and stop the progression we see starting with our children today," says Susan Zepeda, President and CEO of The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. "We don't want them to develop the kinds of chronic diseases that their parents and grandparents have, that have been holding Kentucky back."</p><p>Zepeda says the Foundation is currently in the planning stage with each of the seven grant recipients about how to best utilize the funding to attack chronic diseases. Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:00:00 +0000 WKU Public Radio News 34271 at http://wkyufm.org "Kentucky's Future Initiative" Aimed at Reducing Chronic Diseases in Seven Counties