After increasing steadily for decades, the national childhood obesity rate has leveled off, but it is still alarmingly high compared with to a generation ago. For this report, Kansas was the only state in the nation to decrease its obesity rate. Learn more!
The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. They provide a starting point for change in communities.
A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States.
For 13 years, the annual report, The State of Obesity (formerly F as in Fat) has raised awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic, encouraged the creation of a national obesity prevention strategy and highlighted promising approaches for reversing the epidemic at the state and local level. In the most recent report, Kansas has the 7th highest obesity rate in the nation.
In Kansas, the adult smoking rate is higher than the national smoking rate, and 16,300 high school students smoke. If current trends continue, 61,200 Kansas youth alive today will ultimately die from smoking.
Every month, our electronic newsletter, Health Happenings, features a story about a focus area, grant, partnership or program involving the Foundation.