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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has just released the 25th edition of its annual KIDS COUNT Data book.  The yearly effort uses 16 indicators in four areas to examine the trends in how kids in the United States are faring…economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.  The good news is that children continued to show improvement in the areas of education and health.  However, economic progress still lags, even after the end of the recession.

7/23/2014 7:00:00 PM


For some time the stories of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder have filled the news.  For one scholar those stories on P-T-S-D merely haunt the veneer of a much deeper problem for American society.  On today’s Perspective program two experts take different approaches to P-T-S-D, not just in its diagnosis and treatment, but also in what it means to our national self-image.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

School Lunch Program Findings Indicate Success

MANHATTAN, Kan. — A waiver could allow some schools to opt out of increased nutrition standards for the upcoming school year. Proposal of the waiver prompted first lady Michelle Obama to generate an appeal and led to the development a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) fact sheet outlining the benefits of the new nutrition standards.
6/30/2014 8:00:00 AM

Combustible Grain Dust Prevention Workshop Planned

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop teaching advanced mitigation methods on July 31, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. The workshop, which is free of charge, will follow a safety conference co-sponsored by the National Grain and Feed Association and Grain Journal.
6/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

Dislike the Behavior, Love the Child

Nearly every person can recall a time when he or she has witnessed a parent using name-calling, ridiculing or shaming to punish a child in public. While this can be upsetting to witness, imagine the damage this behavior, which might also be occurring at home, has on the child.
6/12/2014 8:00:00 AM

Horticultural Research Focuses on Increasing Antioxidant Content, Decreasing Disease

MANHATTAN, Kan. – According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population age 20 and older is overweight, with more than 35 percent of that population considered obese. Many people who are obese suffer from a number of degenerative health issues that need to be addressed and prevented, said C.B. Rajashekar, professor of food crops and phytochemicals in Kansas State University’s Department of Horticulture, Forestry and Recreation Resources.

6/10/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas State University hosts national summit June 9-10 to improve rural access to healthy food

Local grocery stores are vital to rural America. But as small towns lose population to larger cities, the issue of finding healthy food in rural areas is a growing concern.
6/6/2014 8:00:00 AM

More Nutrient-Dense Foods for Everyone

In today’s electronic age, swiping plastic to make purchases has become more common. A few people still prefer to pay for food using cash, particularly at farmers’ markets, but more markets are accepting electronic purchases to make fresh, local foods available to a wider audience, said Sandy Procter, K-State Research and Extension nutrition specialist and coordinator of Kansas’ Family Nutrition Program (FNP).
6/5/2014 8:00:00 AM

How Do I Get Health Insurance Now?

Starting in 2014, most everyone, with a few exceptions (list of exemptions), must have health insurance, or they could be subject to a penalty fee.

6/4/2014 8:00:00 AM


The first-ever report on the physical activity of America’s children and youth was released last month…and those releasing the document say it is nothing to be proud of.  In fact, according to the report, the physical activity falls far below recommended levels, with only about a fourth of the kids meeting the current guideline of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity each day.

5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM


Research shows local grocery stores are vital to America’s rural communities. These stores help drive the local economy – providing essential jobs and tax revenue. Yet, we continue to hear that another rural grocery store is closing. Kansas State University is working to reverse that trend. As part of that effort, the fourth National Rural Grocery Summit is being held next month in Manhattan. K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development director, David Procter, discusses why they strongly believe grocery stores in rural communities – those of 3,000 people or less – are essential to that community’s survival.

5/15/2014 7:00:00 PM

U.S. Malaria Cases Increase with International Travel

MosquitoThe number of malaria cases in the United States is rising, a trend that can be linked to the increasing amount of international travel and inadequate use of prevention methods.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM

Including Children in Holiday Activities is Best Gift

Oh, the holidays. They can be joyous and warm … or stressful and budget-breaking … or all of the above. Plus they can leave families, particularly children, with unrealistic expectations. To help individuals and families navigate the holidays without breaking the bank and still providing positive experiences, two Kansas State University specialists provided tips.
11/19/2013 8:00:00 AM

K-State Experts Address Ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Meal Costs

Thanksgiving TurkeyTurkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie—all are common Thanksgiving Day foods. The good news for consumers is that the cost of a traditional Thanksgiving meal is slightly down per person this year, compared to last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) recently released data.
11/18/2013 8:00:00 AM

Push Processed Trans Fats Aside

Trans FatsAs the holiday season approaches, many thoughts run through people’s minds, thoughts that might include food, family, gatherings and gift wish lists. Considering the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent news that it plans to phase out the use of trans fats in foods, perhaps the perfect gift for someone this holiday season is a hot air popcorn popper.
11/13/2013 8:00:00 AM

Poor Bone Health

Poor bone health is common and costly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM

Bone Fractures

Caring for bone fractures due to osteoporosis costs America $18 billion yearly.
1/23/2009 8:00:00 AM