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Give me more of the good fat

Many people know that omega-3 fatty acids have considerable health benefits, including aiding in heart health. Heart disease accounts for roughly 600,000 deaths every year in the United States, according to Sean Fox, agricultural economist at Kansas State University.

9/23/2015 8:00:00 AM


September is National Food Safety Education Month, a perfect time to remind families about the importance of food safety and the steps they can take to reduce the risk of food borne illness. On today’s Sound Living: K-State Research and Extension food scientist Karen Blakeslee offers some easy-to-follow food safety tips to protect your family’s health every time you prepare food.

9/17/2015 7:00:00 PM


A recent survey from the Kansas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & dance found that most elementary and middle schools offer less than 20 minutes of total recess time each day. According to recommendations from the American Academy of pediatrics, recess time is a necessary break for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. David Dzewaltowski, a professor of physical activity and public health in the Kansas State University College of Human Ecology, says this latest survey supports what many people believe – that kids do not get enough recess time at school.

9/10/2015 7:00:00 PM


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the direct medical costs of older adult falls, adjusted for inflation, were $34 billion in 2013. The CDC also reports one in three adults age 65 and older falls each year. With the population aging, both the number of falls and costs to treat injuries from falls are likely to increase. K-State Research and Extension has programming aimed at reducing the fear of falling and giving people the tools to understand ways they can prevent falls. Adult development and aging specialist Erin Yellend says Extension has adopted the Falling Less in Kansas program to serve local communities. The program focuses on identifying vision problems, making the home safer, assessing medications and exercising to improve strength, balance and mobility.

9/3/2015 7:00:00 PM

Making Better Bacon—Yes, it’s Possible

Just when you thought it couldn't get any better, improved bacon could soon be on its way. Bacon is one of the most popular cuts of pork, and finding a way to deliver restaurants and consumers an even better product is the focus of research at Kansas State University.
9/3/2015 8:00:00 AM

Energy Savings Through the Seasons

About 3 percent of the U.S. population is using a tablet or smartphone elsewhere to manage “smart” thermostats at home, according to Nielson’s recent Consumer Energy Sentiments report.
9/3/2015 8:00:00 AM

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


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

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