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

Campaign announced to exempt food from Kansas sales tax

0 | Dec. 18, 2014 | Foundations, Legislature, Health Disparities, Nutrition

Kansas is one of only 14 states that levies a sales tax on food. And its 6.15 percent per dollar is the second highest in the nation, trailing only Mississippi’s 7 percent rate.

Healthier Kansas requires healthier built environment, community design expert says

0 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Community Health, Obesity

The keynote speaker at the Kansas Obesity Summit said roads, sidewalks, buildings and other community elements influence our travel choices and physical activity.

Kansas groups receive CDC funding for projects to fight chronic disease

0 | Sep. 25, 2014 | Health Disparities, Nutrition, Obesity, Public Health

Five Kansas organizations received more than $5 million in 2014 funding for their projects to combat chronic disease.

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.

DCF to delay computer upgrade as part of budget cuts

0 | Dec. 12, 2014 | Budget, DCF, KDADS

The delay is one result of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut $3.9 million from the Department for Children and Families budget this fiscal year.

ACA plays a role in Brownback budget fix

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Budget, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Among the short-term budget fixes announced by Gov. Sam Brownback this week is a $55 million sweep from a Medicaid drug rebate program that is made possible in part by the federal Affordable Care Act.

New effort to tighten regulation of mental health drugs concerns advocates

0 | Nov. 24, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

Kansas law currently bars state officials from placing restrictions on mental health drugs prescribed to Medicaid recipients. A legislative committee recommended repealing that law last week, saying the state needs to step in to prevent inappropriate uses of such drugs.

SRS official predicts Rainbow will reopen with 50 beds

0 | Apr. 04, 2012 | SRS, Legislature, Hospitals, Mental Health

The state welfare official who oversees the state hospitals said Rainbow Mental Health Facility would resume full operations in about a year. And he predicted it would have restored capacity for 50 patients.

No target date for final KEES rollout

0 | Nov. 19, 2014 | KDHE, HIE-HIT

A $135 million computer system meant to streamline applications for Kansas social services, including Medicaid, remains without a final "go-live" date more than a year after the rollout was originally scheduled to be completed.

Governor selects Mosier for permanent KDHE post

0 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

Susan Mosier, an ophthalmologist and former Republican legislator, also has been serving as head of the Kansas Medicaid program and KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance.

KDADS finds contacting Kansans on waiting list for disability services a challenge

1 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett said during 2014 the agency had offered so-called waiver services to 1,627 people with physical disabilities on its waiting list.

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

Salina dentists rally to halt anti-fluoride momentum

10 | Nov. 03, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Child Health, Oral Health

Dozens of dentists in Salina rallied opposition to a ballot measure to remove fluoride from the city's water supply, and voters rejected the measure by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday.

KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital

3 | Dec. 03, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital.

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.

Merrick re-elected speaker, vows to cut spending

2 | Dec. 01, 2014 | Legislature

Rep. Tom Burroughs of Kansas City, the newly elected leader of the 28-member Democratic minority in the House, said the state’s budget problems will be “the challenge” of the upcoming session.

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