Nutrition and Physical Activity

Obesity within the next 10 years is expected to overtake tobacco as the major cause of preventable death in the United States. The debilitating physical and social effects of obesity are seen at all ages, but they are most alarming when they strike children. KHI researchers and journalists work to describe the implications for social, financial and health care systems and to highlight the most promising means of obesity prevention.

Changes in food system needed to promote healthy eating, advocate says

0 | Advocacy, Community Health, Nutrition

The culture of convenience is compromising Americans' health and making it harder for small farmers to make a living, an advocate for changing the food system said at the opening session of the annual Built Environment and the Outdoors Summit.

Policy and Research

Kansans Not Following Nutrition Guidelines: Findings from the Kansas Health and Nutrition Survey

0 | Mar. 02, 2010 | Nutrition

A look at how well Kansans’ nutritional intake conforms to the national recommended dietary guidelines.

Obesity Prevalence and Risk Factors Among Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Kansas

0 | Nov. 08, 2006 | Community Health, Nutrition

A new statewide survey shows that racial and ethnic minorities in Kansas, particularly blacks and Hispanics, are more likely than their white counterparts, to be overweight or obese.

Kansas Public School Health: Nutrition, Physical Education and Physical Activity Policies and Practices

0 | Nov. 01, 2006 | Child Health, Nutrition

The growing awareness of the social and medical impact of overweight and obesity has encouraged the development of local, state and federal initiatives. These efforts are particularly important when they target youth, because eating and activity patterns established in childhood have been shown to carry into adulthood. To better understand the health environment for Kansas youth, this study examined key policies and practices that affect public school children across the state.

Obesity and Public Policy: A Framework for Intervention

0 | Oct. 18, 2006 | Nutrition, Obesity

Obesity is recognized as a public health problem, but has it also become a public policy problem that demands the attention of policymakers?

Is Obesity a Public Policy Problem?

0 | Aug. 01, 2004 | Nutrition

The epidemic of obesity is one of the greatest risks to Americans' health. Public health experts have projected that 500,000 Americans will die from diseases associated with obesity in 2005.

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News

Report: Kansas, Missouri weigh in on the obese side

0 | Sep. 04, 2014 | Health Disparities, Obesity

The 11th annual report on state obesity rankings by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says adult obesity rates increased in six states in the past year.

Hub key to sustaining local food movement in northeast Kansas

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Nutrition

By the end of the fifth year, hub farmers could be generating up to $2.3 million in additional sales, the report said.

Local food movement thriving on the High Plains of Kansas

0 | Jul. 21, 2014 | Community Health, Nutrition

Direct marketing food to customers is proving to be a boon for members of a western Kansas producers' cooperative that has seen strong sales growth. "For one thing, it has made it possible for my nephew to come back to the farm," said Chris Schmidt, a Rawlins County farmer who grows 2,000 acres of commodity grain but also is selling direct to online customers.

WIC program stresses benefits of breastfeeding

0 | Jul. 14, 2014 | Child Health, Nutrition

Nearly half of the babies born in Kansas are eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Foundation president sounds alarm on state’s drop in health rankings

0 | Jun. 06, 2014 | Child Health, Foundations, Obesity, Tobacco

The 2013 health rankings compiled by the United Health Foundation listed Kansas as the 27th healthiest state in the nation - down from eighth in 1991.

KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference on law enforcement training and mental health crises.

KDADS receives $3.9M grant to expand employment support for mentally ill

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.

Centene awarded most contracts in Florida Medicaid bidding

0 | Sep. 24, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A subsidiary of Centene Corp. won more contracts than any other company in the bidding for a slice of the Florida Medicaid program as it shifts its entire enrollee population into managed-care plans. Centene is the parent company of Sunflower State Health Plan, one of three managed care organizations that administer Kansas' Medicaid program. Centene Corp., won more contracts than any other company in the bidding for a slice of the Florida Medicaid program as it.

Medical PACs boost candidates with health care ties

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the state's ethics board mostly spent campaign dollars on incumbents during the primary season. But occasionally they went outside those parameters to support health care practitioners vying for spots in the Kansas House.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Johnson County considers trauma-informed care model

0 | Aug. 13, 2012 | Community Health, Corrections, Mental Health

Underlying the philosophy of trauma-informed care is the premise that crime, drug use and other deviant behavior are often the byproduct of abuse, neglect, violence or other overwhelming personal experiences.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

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