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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


Keep Your Barbecue Safe for Everyone to Enjoy



BBQ Food Safety Video

For many people, summer holidays such as the Fourth of July mean enjoying time outdoors and firing up the grill. Elizabeth Boyle, meat safety and quality specialist for K-State Research and Extension, said barbecuing requires some safety practices to ensure everyone enjoys the food and the holiday.


6/30/2015 8:00:00 AM


Supreme Court Health Care Subsidies Decision: What Kansans Should Know



The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday on the case King v. Burwell in favor of Burwell, which confirmed the use of advance premium tax credits for health insurance consumers in all states, including Kansas. The premium tax credits provide financial assistance to consumers, based on their income, to make health insurance more affordable.
6/26/2015 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


Health Insurance Options Outside Open Enrollment



According to the Kansas Health Institute, more than 96,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace, established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), before the 2015 deadline.
6/4/2015 8:00:00 AM


INCLUDE PETS IN SAFETY PLANS Play Audio



A home emergency plan should include safety measures for the entire family – including family pets. In fact, preparing a storm shelter and an emergency kit for pets is very similar to preparing one for the rest of the family: at least three days of fresh water and food, blankets, medications, medical records and identification. You may also want a pet carrier, newspapers, rubber gloves and baggies. Susan Nelson, a doctor of veterinary medicine and an associate professor at the Kansas State University Pet Health Center, says they want to make pet owners more aware that they need to be included in the disaster plan.
 

5/31/2015 7:00:00 PM


4-H Programming in Foods, Nutrition and Health Play Audio



K-State 4-H/Family and Consumer Sciences liaison Andrea Feldkamp talks about the opportunities 4-H offers for young people in the areas of foods and nutrition as well as health and wellness.

5/25/2015 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