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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.
New Survey Coming November, 2019.
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.
“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.