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    PNS Weekend Update - April 30, 20160 


    We’re covering a wide variety of topics on this weekend’s rundown, including: several U.S. military members are being punished over a deadly airstrike; some human rights groups are holding an anti-hate rally; this weekend, it’s time to celebrate Healthy Kids Day.

Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Nearly one in four Ohio kids lives in food-insecure households. (Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Imagine, on any given day, waking up unsure if there will be enough food to feed your family. That's the situation for one in six Ohioans who is food insecure, according to the findings of the newest Map the Meal Gap report. Nationally, the data released Thursday showed, about 14 p ...Read More

An estimated 15 percent of Indiana residents don't know where their next meal will come from. A new report by Feeding America breaks it down by county. (USDA)

INDIANAPOLIS - Too many Hoosiers still go hungry, according to a new report. The newly released 2016 "Map the Meal Gap" report from the group Feeding America detailed food insecurity rates in every county and congressional district in the country. The study found that 15 percent of Indiana's popula ...Read More

Nearly two out of every 10 Kentuckians face some food insecurity, according to a new report. (Greg Stotelmyer)

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky. – A new report shows nearly 17 percent of Kentuckians are at risk of hunger. The Map the Meal Gap 2016 study by Feeding America, a network of food banks, tracks food insecurity county by county across the country. Betty Hudak is director of the St. Stephens Outreach Pant ...Read More

Anti-poverty groups are urging the Minnesota Senate to consider boosting a monthly cash assistance program for low-income families for the first time in 30 years. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state Senate continues to debate its budget plan today, anti-poverty advocates are urging lawmakers to boost funding for a program aimed at helping low-income families. Supporters of the Minnesota Family Investment Program, or MFIP, say the amount of cash assistance ...Read More

Foods high in Vitamin C can help mitigate lead absorption. (Pixabay)

FLINT, Mich. - Many Flint residents are sticking to bottled water or only drinking filtered water to avoid lead that leached into the city's water system. But federal health leaders say the foods they choose to eat also can make a difference. Dr. Katie Wilson, deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Dep ...Read More

Children in the Bluegrass State have it tough. According to a new report, Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, nearly double the national average. (Greg Stotelmyer)

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - A new report finds that Kentucky has the highest percentage of children who have had a parent incarcerated, which is having a devastating toll on families, especially the kids. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says at 13 percent, Kentucky's rate is nearly double the national aver ...Read More

A new study finds older Americans, especially men, and certain ethnic groups need to drink more water to stay healthy. (Veronica Carter)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has followed up on a study that was done about a decade ago that looks at whether Americans are drinking enough water. In its updated report, released today, CDC researchers say women are better at drinking water than men, and older A ...Read More

New research says women living closer to high levels of green vegetation have lower mortality rates than do women living in

LANSING, Mich. - Eating lots of greens has been known to improve health, but a new report indicates living near green vegetation may help some people live longer lives. Dr. Bonnie Joubert, population health branch scientific program director for the National Institute of Environmental Health Scien ...Read More

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