K-State home » K-State Research and Extension »  News  » RSS Feeds » Health and Wellness
K-State Research and Extension News
Health and Wellness

Helping Children Cope After a Disaster



Natural disasters come in a variety of forms and can forever alter the lives of those impacted. As communities and families rebuild, often times those around children do not know how to assist a child in the recovery process.
8/31/2015 8:00:00 AM


Prevent Falls Among Seniors in Four Steps



One of the most important reasons that falls among older adults are so dangerous is the high risk of serious injury. The National Council on Aging has declared Sept. 23 “Falls Prevention Awareness Day,” which aims to raise awareness about how to avoid these injuries.
8/28/2015 8:00:00 AM


Jumping Jiminy Crickets! Rainy Conditions May Have Boosted Kansas Cricket Population



First it’s the racket of 17-year cicadas. Now Kansans in some areas may be facing an influx of chirping crickets, aided by this year’s moisture that favors the insect’s survival and development, according to a Kansas State University specialist.
8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


The International Year of Soils: Soils Support Health



Soils Support Health, International Year of Soils Video

More than a billion different bacteria, fungi, archaea and protists live in a single teaspoon of soil. While it might be difficult to imagine miles and miles of these microscopic organisms, called microbes, in that tiny teaspoon, perhaps even more interesting is scientists only know about 1 percent of them.


8/25/2015 8:00:00 AM


PACKING A SAFE SCHOOL LUNCH Play Audio



The new school year is underway and that means a lot of parents are scrambling to get sack lunches made before the kids head out the door. While most parents worry more about whether the lunch they packed is getting eaten, Kansas State University food scientist, Karen Blakeslee, says they should be more worried about whether the lunch is safe to eat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in six Americans – or about 48 million people – get sick each year from foodborne diseases. Children are the most vulnerable to food poisoning, so it makes sense to take extra precautions when making the lunches they take to school.
 

8/23/2015 7:00:00 PM


Kansas Plays Role in FEEDing Pakistan



Protein is a necessary component of the human diet. While different protein options exist, people who live in areas that border the ocean often rely on fish as a main source of protein.


8/20/2015 8:00:00 AM


Making Connections: K-State Research and Extension Office is Conduit for New Business



Ryan Heyer and Rebecca Eller wanted to grow their Douglas County-based business, Fitness Kitchen, but they knew they faced big costs for equipment and other infrastructure expenses. Fitness Kitchen combines their interest in personal training and healthy eating into a service for their clients.


8/14/2015 8:00:00 AM


Use the Calm before the (Next) Storm: ‘Prepare Kansas 2015’ Registration is Open



K-State Research and Extension has developed a way for Kansans and others to prepare. Prepare Kansas is an online challenge, now in its second year, which focuses on simple activities every week during September. A goal is to make it as easy as possible for individuals or families to complete each activity – and become better prepared.
8/5/2015 8:00:00 AM


Extension Helps Create ‘Strong People’



Marilyn Menzies of Salina, Kansas, is a senior who works three days a week as a hostess for a local auto dealership. In her role greeting potential buyers, she knows many older adults come in with similar questions.
8/3/2015 8:00:00 AM


University Park Celebrates 10 Years as a Recognized Firewise Community/USA



The lakeshore community of University Park, Kansas has been recognized for its standing as a Firewise Community/USA for the past 10 years.
7/22/2015 8:00:00 AM


Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural: Matt Deighton - Molly and the Tornado



When a disaster strikes, what do we need? First aid, emergency help, transportation, supplies, and more. Maybe we also need something to lift our spirits, in the way that only a good dog can do.  Today we’ll meet a remarkable Kansan whose dog’s role in disaster recovery has taken him into print, across the nation and beyond.
7/15/2015 8:00:00 AM


THE IMPACT OF THE FAT LABEL Play Audio



The war we have begun to wage on fat, which is supposed to make us healthy and happy by reducing obesity, may be having the opposite effect.  According to one author and researcher, the effort may be damaging both the physical and the emotional health of many of this nation’s young people, and at the same time, disrupting families and intimate relationships.
 
Guest: Susan Greenhalgh, professor of Anthropology at Harvard University, author of Fat-Talk Nation: the Human Costs of America’s War on Fat and Under the Medical Gaze: Facts and Fictions of chronic Pain.

6/25/2015 7:00:00 PM


KEEP YOUR MARRIAGE FRESH Play Audio



Millions of people walk down the aisle every year to exchange wedding vows. June is the most popular month for weddings, followed by August, May, July and September. However, the “honeymoon” may end sooner for some couples than others. Charlotte Shoup Olsen, a family systems specialist with K-State Research and Extension, says finding ways to stay connected, discovering new things about each other and being a good listener will help keep your marriage fresh.

6/25/2015 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