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

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.

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.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Lawsuit against KanCare company puts program in spotlight again

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Courts, KanCare

In a lawsuit filed this week, the former Sunflower State Health Plan official claimed she was fired after she objected to a directive to shift KanCare members away from high-cost providers.

Solving the puzzling mental health issues of Bhutanese refugees

0 | Oct. 28, 2014 | Health Disparities, Mental Health

Yoga - an ancient practice - has helped Bhutanese refugees lower their levels of pain, anxiety and depression.

Businesses challenge smoking ban

1 | Jun. 22, 2010 | Government, Legislature, Tobacco

Several businesses have joined a lawsuit against the state, asserting that the statewide public smoking ban that becomes effective July 1 is unconstitutional.

State income tax cuts putting pressure on local communities

1 | Oct. 24, 2013 | Budget, Legislature, University of Kansas

A University of Kansas conference in its 37th year had record turnout today for a discussion of the "Kansas Fiscal Experiment" enacted by the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback. Local officials said more of the burden of sustaining public services now falls on them.

Pharmacy dispute settled

0 | Jun. 18, 2010 | KHPA, Health Care Delivery

A day after the Kansas Health Policy Authority was asked to review its upcoming contract extension with CVS Caremark for state employee pharmacy benefits, CVS and Walgreens announced they had settled their problems.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Governor launches first of three childhood-poverty forums

1 | Nov. 14, 2011 | Children, Social Determinants of Health

Reducing the number of children born to single mothers is the most effective way to combat childhood poverty. That's according to Robert Rector, the Heritage Foundation fellow picked by Gov. Sam Brownback to keynote the first of his administration's three planned meetings this week on the topic of childhood poverty. Rector's remarks angered some in the audience of about 250 people.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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.

Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

1 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

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