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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KCK mayor pushes plan for ‘healthy campus’ downtown

0 | Mar. 19, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Nutrition

A plan from Mayor Mark Holland that would transform a park near downtown Kansas City, Kan., into a healthy campus.

Bill to create local foods task force alive but altered

0 | Mar. 04, 2014 | Community Health, Legislature, Nutrition

Supporters of a proposed task force to promote and accommodate the demand for locally grown foods said they were pleased the Legislature is still considering the idea but that they are concerned about the ways the panel’s members might be picked.

Kansas senators consider local foods task force

1 | Feb. 19, 2014 | Community Health, Legislature, Nutrition

Kansas lawmakers are looking at creating a task force focused on increasing demand for locally grown foods and lowering market barriers for the farmers who produce them.

Enrollment falling in nutrition program for pregnant mothers and children

0 | Jan. 08, 2014 | Early Childhood, Nutrition

For officials in Johnson County and across the country, it’s plain to see that enrollment is down in a federal nutrition program for low-income pregnant women and their children. Less clear, though, is why.

New KC metro program stresses healthy options in corner stores

0 | Nov. 20, 2013 | Nutrition, Social Determinants of Health

Shayan’s EZ Shop stocks the typical convenience store fare of chips, soft drinks, and alcohol. But on Saturday, customers could sample something healthier: skillet-fried corn prepared by Teri Tillman, a nutrition program associate with the University of Missouri Extension.

Managed care program for elderly to expand in Kansas

0 | Apr. 14, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP

Programs for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly - a Medicare- and Medicaid-funded managed care program for people who are 55 or older, low-income and close to being admitted to a nursing home - will expand in the next few years to provide service in 59 Kansas counties. Currently the program known as PACE only is available in eight counties.

Mental health task force report released

0 | Apr. 15, 2014 | Mental Health

A 16-member task force that spent much of the past year looking for ways to improve the state’s mental health system released its findings.

Governor announces new mental health initiative

2 | Jan. 10, 2013 | Budget, Mental Health

Gov. Sam Brownback outlined a new mental health initiative that he said would focus on the development of regional hubs to target services toward mentally ill persons who resist treatment until a crisis forces them into a mental hospital or prison.

Cut threatens nursing facilities for mentally ill

0 | Jan. 25, 2010 | SRS, Mental Health

The average stay in one of the state’s three hospitals for the mentally ill is between two and four weeks.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

1 | Apr. 04, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace.

Regional mental health hubs poised to begin services

0 | Aug. 28, 2013 | Advocacy, KDADS, Mental Health

A new "regional" approach to averting jail time or hospitalization for the state's seriously mentally ill is expected to begin operating perhaps as soon as next month, according to a state official.

Number of Kansas children in foster care continues to grow

4 | Aug. 12, 2013 | Children, DCF

Over the last two years, near-record numbers of children have entered the state’s foster care system. At the same time, fewer children have exited and the number of adoptions involving children in state custody has fallen to a six-year low. State officials say the economy and drug abuse are behind the increase. But children's advocates point to declining services for needy families.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

1 | Apr. 04, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace. poll shows most Kansans support Medicaid expansion

1 | Apr. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Medicaid-CHIP

Poll results released today indicate that the Medicaid expansion issue could be a factor in the Kansas governor’s race. The poll, done last week for Political Action, a left-leaning group dedicated to “progressive change,” showed that 52 percent of Kansans favored expanding the health care program to more low-income adults. But a spokesman for Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election said the poll results were dubious and intended to favor Democrat opponent Paul Davis.

Kansas HIA Report: Potential Health Effects of Casino Development in Southeast Kansas

5 | Oct. 23, 2012 | Community Health, Health Impact Assessment, Public Health Systems and Services

The Kansas Health Institute recently completed its first health impact assessment, which examined the potential health effects associated with casino development in Southeast Kansas. This new report features findings of the health impact assessment and outlines recommendations to maximize the positive health benefits of a proposed casino and mitigate its potential negative effects on health.

Big Tent Coalition complains of waiting list and KanCare problems

2 | Mar. 20, 2014 | Advocacy, KanCare

Advocates for the physically and mentally disabled today accused the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services of enacting policies aimed at restricting access to state’s Medicaid-funded in-home services. But KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said the complaints were based on misconstrued numbers and that the agency is having trouble contacting the people on its waiting list for services.

State officials trying to clean up waiting lists for home-based Medicaid services

2 | Mar. 14, 2014 | KDADS

State officials are trying to update their lists of disabled people waiting to get home-based Medicaid services. People with physical disabilities must contact the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services no later than June 30 to get the services or remain on the list.

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