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.
Since its inception in 1995, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has provided policymakers in Kansas with high-quality, objective research and data to help inform important policy decisions throughout Kansas.
GROW I (Giving Resources to Our World) Healthy Kansas was designed to build the capacity of community foundations.
Across the state, dedicated individuals, organizations and communities are working to create better futures for Kansas children, fill gaps in services and care, and reach out to diverse populations to share information about health and wellness. To learn more about these remarkable grantees, we invite you to read this year’s Recognition Grant report.
Every month, our electronic newsletter, Health Happenings, features a story about a focus area, grant, partnership or program involving the Foundation.