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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 21, 2024

The Community Health Corner

Submitted by Stephanie Gutierrez

Noisy Planey

The National Extension Framework for Health Equity and Well-being recommends using community development strategies and health literacy programs to ensure that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. The following resources help us improve well-being for all, and achieve Healthy Kansas 2030 and Healthy People 2030 objectives.

Get Active Together: Staying active is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being, but sometimes finding the motivation to get moving can be a challenge. That's where social support comes in. Research has consistently shown that connecting with friends, family, or even joining groups dedicated to physical activity can significantly increase our likelihood of staying active. Whether it's through joining exercise classes, participating in walking groups, or connecting with like-minded individuals on social media, the benefits of social support in staying active are undeniable. Regardless of age or ability, incorporating social support into our fitness routines can make a profound difference in our overall health journey. Learn how to “Get Moving with Others” here.

May Is National Speech-Language-Hearing Month: Each May, Noisy Planet joins the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) in observing National Speech-Language-Hearing Month. Noisy Planet celebrates this annual opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing health. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from noise-induced hearing loss here.

Behavior Maintenance Approaches in Clinical and Community Settings: The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and Adherence Research Network at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been hosting a series of workshops entitled “An Action Agenda: Promoting the Science and Practice of Health Behavior Maintenance.” The goal of this workshop series is to develop a more complete understanding of health behavior maintenance to promote and sustain health outcomes. The fourth workshop in this series, “Behavior Maintenance Approaches in Clinical and Community Settings,” will take place virtually on June 4, 2024, from 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. ET. Learn more here.

For more information, contact Elaine Johannes, ejohanne@ksu.edu; and Stephanie Gutierrez, smgutier@k-state.edu