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‘Tis the Season: Be on the Lookout for Brown Recluse Spiders

‘Tis the season – for creepy, crawly things that seemingly come from nowhere. And one to watch for is the brown recluse spider.  Video available

4/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas State Professor Leads Group Making Recommendations on Climate Change Mitigation

The latest assessment of global climate change is out and scientists from around the world have recommended changes including some in agriculture, forestry and other land use designed to mitigate their effects on climate change. 

Video Interview  and  Audio Interview available

4/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Food Safety: Grilling No Different Than Kitchen Cooking

As spring brings warmer temperatures, the smells of barbecue more frequently fill the air. Although the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day top the list of the most popular grilling holidays, there has been an increase in grilling meals year-round, including for Easter and Thanksgiving, according to the Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association.
4/16/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansas Profile - Now That's Rural - Dennis Vanderpool - Associated Youth Services

A young woman is going through nurses’ training. As she prepares for a career helping others, it is cause to reflect on a time when she needed help herself. She is “giving back” for the care she received as a child. This is one of the success stories of the foster care provided across Kansas by Associated Youth Services
4/9/2014 8:00:00 AM

Childhood Obesity Research: Lessons from the Field

Turn on the TV or open the morning newspaper—news of the U.S. obesity rate and the health problems associated with being obese or overweight are everywhere. A recent study reported in the media said that the obesity rate for young children, ages 2 to 5, has dropped 43 percent in the last decade. Still, other reports have said the rate has declined but not that much, has stayed the same or might even be up in different age groups.

3/31/2014 8:00:00 AM


In an effort to reduce obesity in four-year-old children, Kansas State University Research and Extension is leading a seven-state research effort to improve children’s food choices and their health. Funding for the five-year, 4-point-5 million dollar project was awarded in 2011 by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. K-State has teamed up with land grant institutions in North and South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin to determine the impact of community coaching as a way to reduce obesity in young children. K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences assistant director Paula Peters and nutrition educator and Extension specialist Sandy Procter have lead roles in the project.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM


For the experts looking ahead to feeding an ever-growing world population, there is concern about problems that could lead to a global shortfall of food between now and 2050. According to one expert their fears are based in part on the projected growth in global population, the impact of improved wealth, and the impact of urbanization on the available land and labor to produce crops.

3/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Brown Recluse Research Results

K-State entomologist, Jeff Whitworth, talks about his research findings on how effective household sprays and sticky traps are on brown recluse spiders. See video

3/25/2014 8:00:00 AM

Grants Awarded for Kansas Community Gardens

Kansans in 26 communities – urban to rural – will have greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to nearly $123,000 in community garden grants awarded by a partnership between the Kansas Health Foundation and K-State Research and Extension.
3/24/2014 8:00:00 AM

K-State To Host Engagement Symposium

The breadth of knowledge and expertise within the walls and buildings of a university might be difficult to fathom, unless you have attended that particular university or have personally witnessed or benefited from an area of research or service that institution provides.
3/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Still Uninsured? Affordable Care Act Heads Toward March 31 Deadline

The U.S. government’s deadline for Americans to purchase health insurance is March 31. And while many of those previously uninsured in Kansas and across the country have already purchased a health plan, there are still those who don’t quite understand how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affects them.
3/17/2014 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming ‘Aging with Attitude’ Regional Expo in Parsons

In 1988, in San Antonio, Texas, Mark Johnson gave a presentation to 350 students from across the state. Prior to the presentation, Johnson got to know the students and where they were from. Later, during his presentation, he had each student stand as he listed off each of their names—all 350 of them.
3/7/2014 8:00:00 AM

Upcoming ‘Full Circle…an Aging Expo’ in Hays

An estimated 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older family member, and of that number, 15 percent live one or more hours away from their loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.
3/7/2014 8:00:00 AM


The United States does not do well when ranked against other developed countries for its standard of living. In fact, the Human Poverty Index ranks the U.S.  17th out of 22 countries. Defining poverty in the United States utilizes two different elements…one defines poverty by looking at a family and the resources and income available to that family.

2/27/2014 6:00:00 PM


Walk Kansas, an annual K-State Research and Extension health initiative to move more and eat better, begins March 16th and runs through May 10th. The minimum goal for each six-member team is to be physically active enough to cover 423 miles – equivalent to walking across Kansas. State coordinator of the Walk Kansas program, Sharolyn Jackson, discusses the benefits of Walk Kansas and some of the changes being implemented for this year’s event.

2/27/2014 6:00:00 PM

Walk Kansas Kicks off March 16

MANHATTAN, Kan. – One of the most successful programs developed by K-State Research and Extension is about to start its 13th year.

2/27/2014 8:00:00 AM


The many provisions of the Affordable Care Act create new protections for those dealing with insurance companies.  But, it also mandates that everyone who can afford it must get health insurance – and the coverage must begin by April 1st of this year. The Affordable Care Act makes some important changes to healthcare in this country…changes that Kansans need to know and understand.

2/6/2014 6:00:00 PM


An estimated 34 million Americans are caregivers for an older parent – and of that number – 15% live one or more hours away. In many instances, the caregiving is being arranged for parents who live in other states. Fortunately, K-State Research and Extension adult development and aging specialist Bradford Wiles says there are strategies long-distance caregivers can follow to make the process easier. On today’s Sound Living: managing long-distance caregiving.

1/30/2014 6:00:00 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