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March 01, 2022 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Understanding Food Insecurity in Shawnee County (March 2022)

Eliminating food insecurity is a priority for many communities across Kansas, as the consequences on society are substantial. The issue of food access has intensified with the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economic well-being of communities. In Shawnee County, data show that approximately 1 in 10 residents and 1 in 6 children were food insecure in 2019. To support and advance community efforts around food security, the Shawnee County Health Department, in collaboration with the Shawnee County Farm and Food Advisory Council and Heartland Healthy Neighborhoods, commissioned the Kansas Health Institute to develop this report, Understanding Food Insecurity in Shawnee County.

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September 06, 2017 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Health Impact Assessment: Healthier Nutrition Standards Benefit Kids

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), provides reimbursement for meals and snacks to a variety of child and adult day care programs. The aim of the program is to ensure that children and the elderly have daily access to nutritious foods. The USDA reviewed CACFP nutrition standards in early 2015 and proposed changes that would make food served in care settings healthier.

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November 01, 2006 | POLICY & RESEARCH

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

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.

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August 01, 1999 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Hunger in Kansas

An analysis of the 1995 Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement data to determine the prevalence of hunger in Kansas and to identify particular sub-groups at risk for experiencing hunger.

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