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Five Communities Receive Access to Healthy Foods Grants

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wichita, Kan. – Five communities throughout Kansas have been awarded $25,000 planning grants through the Kansas Health Foundation’s Access to Healthy Foods Initiative. The initiative is part of a broader effort by the Foundation to improve nutrition and physical activity among Kansans.

The five selected communities were:

  • Douglas County
  • Manhattan
  • Wichita
  • Johnson County
  • Brown County

“Consuming healthy foods and focusing on good nutrition carries benefits throughout a person’s entire life,” said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. “Through this initiative, we’re excited to partner with organizations and communities across Kansas to help develop sustainable plans to better create environments where healthy foods are accessible and affordable.”

While it’s well known that good nutrition and good health are connected, healthy eating can be challenging, especially when healthy foods are limited in availability and accessibility. The places where people live, learn, work and play influence the ability to maintain a healthy diet. The main goal of the Kansas Health Foundation’s Access to Healthy Foods initiative is to help Kansas communities become more actively engaged in pursuing policies and practices that promote access to healthy foods, make it easier for Kansans to eat healthy foods and make it more likely that Kansans will eat healthy foods.

To speak with someone at the Kansas Health Foundation about this initiative, please contact Chase Willhite at (316) 262-7676 or

About the Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. To learn more about the Foundation, please visit


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