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Keep up with all the latest health news, trends and developments locally, state wide and nationally.
Be Well University
Health education builds knowledge, skills, and positive attitudes about health. Health education teaches about physical, mental, emotional and social health. It motivates individuals to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease and reduce risky behaviors. Welcome to Be Well University. Our community and its citizen's health is our priority. Get involved by choosing between a variety of programs and workshops that will educate and inspire you to learn much, live well and be healthy. With community support, you will engage with professionals and neighbors to build a culture of health. Join us in a health revolution to be your best self while supporting others.
Oftentimes, people don’t seek help for their mental health and/or addiction issues because they don’t have the necessary funds in their budget. Thus, they have to make the choice to bypass treatment in order to take care of other expenses that meet their immediate needs—paying for housing, keeping utilities on, and feeding their families.
This is especially true these days, when studies have found that more than half of all Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings and checking combined. Additionally, almost two-thirds are unable to pay their credit card balances every month, which means they’re borrowing more than they can pay and leaving no room for recovery-related expenses.
Fortunately, there are mental health and addiction resources available at no cost at all. Some are informative, meant to educate you about the illness or addiction so you know exactly what it is and how others have successfully overcome it. Others are action-based, supplying you with the tools or exercises necessary to begin to live a better life.
Regardless of which type you choose to access, remember that help is available and that it doesn’t have to cost a thing. Click here to learn more.
2017 County Health Rankings
The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program brings actionable data and strategies to communities to make it easier for people to be healthy in their homes, schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods. Ranking the health of nearly every county in the nation, the County Health Rankings illustrate what we know when it comes to what is making people sick or healthy. The Roadmaps show what we can do to create healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) collaborates with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) to bring this program to cities, counties, and states across the nation.
Kansas Health Rankings
Stop Food Waste
40% of all produced food in the United States ends up wasted and in a landfill. That is an alarming number considering the environmental impact of food waste in landfills and the number of Americans that are "food insecure". It is time for us to come together to solve this social and environmental crisis.
Watch Love Letter to Food
Free Safe Sleep Clinics
New guidelines have come out of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Learn how to keep your baby safe and prevent SIDS. Contact Debbie Williams or call 316/788-3781
Check out Healthy Babies
Education before, during and after pregnancy is vitally important. The Healthy Babies Programis a free program to Sedgwick County residents who are pregnant and those with babies less than 3 months of age. To learn more about healthy babies, healthy moms and a healthy community call 315-660-7433 or
Healthy Babies Program
Safe Sleep Kansas
Safe Kids Kansas
Pregnant? Check out Baby Talk
High School Students Drinking Less Soda
The number of high school students who drink soda at least once per day dropped from 27 percent in 2013 to 20 percent in 2015, according to the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), a biannual measure of self-reported health behaviors among U.S. high school students released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among other YRBS findings, the percentage of students reporting they are physically active for at least 60 minutes per day held steady at 27 percent, while the percentage of students who attend daily physical education classes remained at nearly 30 percent. The survey also found that nearly 30 percent of high school students are obese or overweight.
Long-Awaited Ruling Brings Electronic Cigarettes Under Federal Authority
Healthy communities don't happen by accident. The Derby Health Collaborative asked the community to complete the Derby Community Health Survey in the fall of 2015. The purpose of the survey was to get the communities' opinion about community health problems in the Derby USD#260 area. The Derby Health Collaborative will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing problems which can be addressed through community action.
Every 5 years since 1980, a new edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published. Its goal is to make recommendations about the components of a healthy and nutritionally adequate diet to help promote health and prevent chronic disease for current and future generations.
Healthy Eating Patterns: Dietary Principles
The Science Behind Healthy Eating
Kansas Action for Children is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to improving the lives of Kansas children and families by providing comprehensive data, advocating for sound public policy and collaborating with lawmakers. Through support from individuals and private foundations, KAC has worked for more than 30 years to make our state the best place to live, work and raise a family.
Tobacco Free Wichita Coalition reveal the facts
Tobacco Free Wichita Position Paper On Electronic Cigarettes
Tobacco Free Wichita Speaking Points on Electronic Cigarettes
Kansas Tobacco Quitline: FREE
By Steve Coen, KHF President and CEO
Local Health Departments are crucial for Kansas Communities. The efforts of public health still have the greatest impact on keeping Kansans healthy. Far too often, discussions of health and wellness begin and end with a focus on healthcare. We talk about changes in health insurance, advances in healthcare technology and new patient care models. Yet, for all the dynamic breakthroughs or shifts in funding streams in healthcare, one truth remains the same: No amount of caring for the sick or injured can equal the benefit of preventing health problems before they occur. Read more.
Kansas improved its ranking in child health but dropped in child poverty in the latest data released by a national nonprofit that advocates for children. The state retained its No. 15 overall ranking from the Annie E. Casey Foundation in 2015 Kids Count data published Tuesday. - Read more.
“Class size. Standardized testing. The three Rs. When most people talk about how to improve education, they tend to focus only on what happens in the classroom. But the most unexpected opportunity to boost learning lies outside the classroom: on the playground at recess.”
From the “State of Play”, a Gallup survey of principals on school recess .
The Kansas Health Foundation provided grant funding designed to obtain data on recess in Kansas schools. The web-based survey was completed by 487 schools out of 951, a 51% response rate.
Recess Survey Findings
Recommendation for Lunch Recess
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Department of Agriculture support the concept of scheduling recess before lunch as part of a school’s wellness policy. Schools that schedule recess before lunch report that students eat more fruits and vegetables, drink more milk, waste less food, and are better behaved on the playground, in the lunchroom, and in the classroom, according to an article in the Journal of Child Nutrition and Management.
Just a few seconds—not a very long amount of time. Yet, when you’re behind a steering wheel and your eyes leave the road—that one single second can change your life and the lives of countless others. One second is all it takes to be distracted.
When you are driving—it should not be a secondary task, it should be the only task. EndDD.org(End Distracted Driving) was established to raise awareness and generate action against the epidemic of distracted driving. It was created by the parents of Casey Feldman, Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson, after the death of their daughter, Casey Feldman in 2009.
Safe Kids Wichita AreaSafe Kids Wichita Area is led by Via Christi Regional Medical Center, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe. Based on the needs of the community, this coalition implements evidence-based programs, such as car-seat checkups, safety workshops and sports clinics, that help parents and caregivers prevent childhood injuries.
Improving the health of all Kansans
KHF wants Kansas to be the healthiest, most productive, most livable state in the nation. Their mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To achieve this, they promote health and wellness in our schools, neighborhoods and workplaces. Grow leaders in the communities. Inspire decision makers. Act as a voice for healthy public policy. And start and foster community philanthropy that will see our mission thrive for generations. Learn more about KHF.
Kansas Health Matters
Resources and Data
The Kansas Health Matters website brings community health-related statistical data, local resources and a wealth of information to one, accessible, user-friendly location. The intent is to give communities the tools they need to read and understand the public health indicators that affect the quality of our residents’ lives. The tools help the community set goals and evaluate progress. KHM is your one stop shop for health data and information.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health
RWJF believes that good health and health care are essential to the well-being and stability of our society and the vitality of our families and communities. Their work is guided by a fundamental premise: We are stewards of private funds that must be used in the public’s interest. Learn more about RWJF.