Nutrition, Health, and Wellness
Goal: To provide education that improves health, reduces the risk of chronic disease and improves quality of life for Sedgwick County residents.
Why is this important? Poor nutrition and physical inactivity is linked to obesity which increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, mental health issues and many types of cancer. In Sedgwick County:
31% of adults and 14% of children (6-17 years of age) are obese
1 in 10 adults have been diagnosed with type II diabetes
25% of adults are physically inactive
68% of adults consume less than one fruit and vegetable per day
K-State Research and Extension Sedgwick County's Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Department focuses on behavior changes to improve overall health and wellness.
Programs we offer:
Dining with Diabetes - Participants will learn how to manage diabetes through proper nutrition and physical activity while taste testing healthy recipes. Classes are offered at the Extension Office and other sites in Sedgwick County at various times throughout the year.
Choosing a Healthy Plate - One hour interactive presentation on basic nutrition.
Preserve it Fresh, Preserve it Safe - This day long hands on class covers pressure canning, water bath canning, dehydrating and freezing garden produce for future use. This class is offered twice per year, usually in June.
Meat Preservation - This hands on class covers canning, dehydrating, freezing, and storing chicken and beef for future use. This class is offered once a year in the fall.
Walk Kansas - This springtime program encourages participants to get active and take a virtual walk around our great state.