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.
For 27 years, America’s Health Rankings® Annual Report has served as the nation’s source for trends in nationwide public health and state-by-state rankings.
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.