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Survey: Ky. kids healthier than US average

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2013 at 3:48 am •  Published: March 25, 2013

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 percent of Kentucky children were in very good or excellent health for a period covering 2011-2012. Nationwide, that number was 84.2 percent.

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

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

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