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New coalition encourages healthy eating, supports local farms

This recent University of Kentucky press release highlights some of CEDIK’s research and how it is making an impact on local farmers and food systems here in the Bluegrass: By Carol Lea Spence, University of Kentucky Agricultural Communication Specialist A successful coalition in Madison, Wisconsin, has sparked the interest of a group of local food … Continue reading

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Kentucky Schools Fight Obesity

By Karyn Loughrin, former CEDIK GIS Associate, and Karen Fawcett Many schools are taking a stand against childhood obesity through different avenues such as implementing nationwide, state or local policies to provide healthier food and promote physical activity for students.The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires schools to raise their nutrition standards during school … Continue reading

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What is demand for local foods in Lexington KY?

By Jairus Rossi and James Allen IV Demand for local farm products is on the rise in Fayette County, Kentucky, according to an new assessment by researchers from the University of Kentucky’s Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK). The study conducted 49 in-depth interviews with buyers and producers in the local food system … Continue reading

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What’s valued in a rural health care facility?

By James Allen IV, CEDIK Research Director This year, members of our CEDIK Research Team published a thought-provoking article in the The Journal of Rural Health: Residents’ Willingness-to-Pay for Attributes of Rural Health Care Facilities. Here is a short preview of our results: “Table 5 displays the willingness-to-pay (labeled as WTP) associated with each attribute. The … Continue reading

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Education: Where does Kentucky rank & why does it matter?

By Simona Balazs, CEDIK Research Associate September is the time of year when our children sharpen their pencils, throw on their backpacks, and run to catch the bus that takes them back to school. Staying in school is important not only for your child’s personal development, but also for fostering economic growth within your community. … Continue reading