Grand Challenges: Health
Kansas has one of the highest obesity rates in the nation, and more than 20 percent of Kansas children live in poverty. With a shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural areas, education and prevention are vital. K-State Research and Extension programs address quality of life, healthy development, and health behaviors across all life stages for all socioeconomic groups, and target the diversity of Kansas.
What we are doing
Attracting more than 15,000 Kansans annually to participate in Walk Kansas, the eight-week program to increase exercise and improve nutrition.
Identifying best practices to help prevent childhood obesity.
Saving more than 6,000 Medicare participants an average of $832 per person with Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas.
Sharing unbiased information about the Affordable Care Act. Most Americans don't have adequate information to make the best decision for their situation.
Since 2001, the Food Science Institute coordinates the work of 57 nationally and internationally recognized faculty from five K-State colleges and 13 departments.