Working together for a healthier Kansas was the idea behind a news conference Wednesday.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released a health status report. It outlines strategies for reducing infant mortality rates, obesity rates, tobacco use, nutrition, and access to medical care for racial and ethnic communities in Kansas.
Guest speaker from Harvard University, Dr. David Williams, says our behaviors and lifestyles can directly impact our health. He says making progress isn't just about new programs, it's about a new pathway.
Williams is recognized internationally for his authority on social influences on health.
Among other findings, the report says the state's highest category of annual stroke death rates among white men over the age of 35 is lower than the lowest category of those death rates among black men in that same age group. The report also shows the highest risk of high blood pressure among the lowest levels of income and education and, as levels of income and education increase, the chances of being physically inactive and depressed declines.
The entire report is available at the link below.