• Welcome UK Extension Agents

  • As part of UK HealthCare’s mission, we are called to promote better health for the people of Kentucky through creative leadership and quality initiatives in patient care, health education and medical research.

    We are proud to collaborate with the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service to provide research-based materials to help you educate and empower the citizens of the Commonwealth for better health.

    To request educational materials, use UK HealthCare's new Cooperative Extension Service Order Form. Once you submit your order, it will be processed and taken to the Ag Distribution Center.

    For more information on the UK HealthCare's Cooperative Extension Resources website, contact Linda Young.


    Do you have specific dietary needs or just trying to be healthier? Then we can help. Our recipe resource organizes your choices into two main categories: dietary consideration like vegetarian options or low-sodium meals and by food category like beef, fish and poultry.

    View nutritious recipes  

    Monthly Health Awareness Observances

    View our Featured Content tabs below to find information about this month's national health observances.

  • Blogs

    Join the conversation and get up-the-minute news and health information from UK HealthCare by reading our blogs.

    HealthMatters: Health and wellness blogs from the experts at UK HealthCare.

    Markey Menu blog is hosted by Rachel C. Miller, MS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian at the Markey Cancer Center. She has experience in long-term and transitional care involving diverse nutritional needs. Her blog offers recipes, nutritional tips and answers to your questions about what and what not to consume while going through medical treatment.

  • Publications

    Stay up-to-date with health and news information for a better quality of life by reading our publications. Like what you see? Subscribe to our publications.

    Health News and Information

    HealthSmart! - UK HealthCare offers tips and advice from the experts in each issue of HealthSmart!. Topics include dynamic health care subjects that will allow you to take charge of your health.

    Fact Sheets - Find answers to your health-related questions on a variety of topics, from allergies to surgery. Our UK HealthCare fact sheets contain helpful information and a list of related resources on the topic.

    HealthMatters - UK HealthCare delivers timely information to your inbox through our email newsletter. Subscribe here, and we’ll send health and wellness tips and other information to help you and your family stay healthy.

    In the community

    Making a Difference - features stories from patients who have overcome adversity with the aid of UK HealthCare physicians.

    Saddle Up Safely - Saddle Up Safely is a rider safety awareness program sponsored by UK HealthCare, UK College of Agriculture and many community organizations. Through our publication, we seek to educate current and future riders about the simple steps that can be taken to prevent accidents.

    Secondhand smoke (PDF, 809 KB) - Most people know that smoking tobacco is very risky for the smoker. But did you know that tobacco smoke is dangerous for nonsmokers too? Our publication educates and informs the public of the dangers associated with secondhand smoke.

  • March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in both men and women. The American Cancer Society estimates that about 140,000 colorectal cancer cases and about 50,000 deaths from colorectal cancer occur each year. 

    Perhaps most important to the prevention of colorectal cancer is having screening tests at appropriate ages. Screening may find some colorectal polyps that can be removed before they have a chance to become cancerous. Because some colorectal cancers cannot be prevented, finding them early is the best way to improve the chance of successful treatment, and reduce the number of deaths caused by colorectal cancer.

    UK HealthCare Resources

    HealthMatters blog - Should you be screened for colon cancer?
    Fact Sheet - Colorectal Cancer

    Markey Menu

    Weight Management
    Snack wisely. Fiber helps keep us full and curbs our appetite, not to mention helps lower cholesterol and decreases risk of colorectal cancer.

    Get In Your Greens!
    Spinach is high in one particular B vitamin, folate, which is essential for proper cell division, brain development/function and has been studied in relation to the risk of colorectal, lung, pancreatic, esophageal, stomach, cervical, ovarian, breast and other cancers.

    Pep Up Your Pasta
    Whole grains are rich in fiber, a nutrient important for lowering risk of certain cancers, particularly colorectal.

    To drink (alcohol) or not to drink…
    According to the American Institute of Cancer Research, studies show evidence that alcohol consumption increases the risk of head and neck cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx (throat) and larynx, as well as colorectal cancer.

    Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onions
    Fiber, vitamin C, folate and carotenoids have been studied in cancer prevention. Research shows that a diet high in fiber may decrease the risk of colorectal cancers, while adding vitamin C and carotenoids to your diet is associated with a lower risk of other cancers.

    Find more recipes from the Markey Menu blog.