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Gerald Loeb Award (2004) - awarded by UCLA Anderson School of Management

A 22-part series on health insurance ( lack thereof) in West Virginia. Scroll down on link to "small newspapers" for story samples

Kate Long's Blog

The Shape We’re In, Dennis Hunt fellowship project on West Virginia's obesity rates, was... more »
posted 07/06/12
Journalist Kate Long's home state faces staggering health problems, prompting her project to... more »
posted 07/21/11

Kate Long's Work

Kate Long looks at the laundry list of problems that extra body fat can cause, including Alzheimer's Disease, sleep apnea and incontinence. This story is part of a Charleston Gazette series called "The Shape We're In."

About 125,000 diabetics live in West Virginia, according to Gallup Healthways. Another estimated 125,000 are near-diabetic, but can still head it off. Less than half have ever talked with anyone who could show them how to prevent or control "sugar" through physical activity, what they eat, and medication management, according to a federal Centers for Disease Control survey.

Eighty cooks from 15 West Virginia counties recently packed the Cabell Midland High School kitchen for healthy-cooking boot camp. The state's school superintendent believes serving healthy meals to kids will help with the state's obesity and chronic disease problems.