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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


Farmers Market Resource Available



Many of us have wandered through a farmers market and envisioned ourselves selling produce, baked goods or other foods. Farmers markets are a great way for food producers and value-added food processors to directly connect with their customers, increase sales, and get feedback from customers.
5/18/2015 8:00:00 AM


After a Flood, Think Food Safety



Floods can be devastating in a variety of ways. They damage property and can leave lasting effects on communities. With cleaning up and reorganizing on the mind, consumers might not think about the consequences floodwater can have on foods.


5/6/2015 8:00:00 AM


SEXUAL ASSAULT ON COLLEGE CAMPUS Play Audio



According to a report put out in January of last year by the White house Council on Women and Girls and the Office of the U.S. Vice President, nearly 22-million women have been raped in their lifetimes…that’s nearly one in five.  And these are not stranger rapes, most of these women know their assailants.  In addition, over a third of women were also raped as minors.  In looking at the statistics concerning rape, of particular concern is sexual assault on college campuses.  The dynamics of college life seem to fuel the problem, but it is further exacerbated by the fact that many campus assailants are serial offenders.
Guest: David Lisak, a nationally recognized forensic consultant, trainer and lecturer.

4/16/2015 7:00:00 PM


DEVELOP HEALTHY EATING HABITS Play Audio



Research shows that a healthy diet promotes success in life – better concentration and alertness, better physical health that translates into good mental and emotional health. Good eating habits are also a front line defense against obesity, which happens when a child eats more calories than they burn. In the United States, nearly 1 in 4 children between the ages of 2 and 5 Is overweight or obese – making them at risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and sleep apnea. According to two Kansas State University nutrition specialists, teaching a child to make healthy food choices early in life is a key component to better health.

4/16/2015 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