As the end of the year approaches, it's likely there are multiple meals and parties in your future. Carrying food from one location to another and sharing dishes with a crowd means more opportunity for bacteria to grow and cause food poisoning. Whether you're an experienced cook, a first-time party host, or simply adding a dish to the potluck lineup, the holidays can make even the most confident chefs nervous.
The annual America's Health Rankings report today ranked Kansas the 27th healthiest state in the nation, falling from our peak at 8th healthiest in 1991. Kansas' ranking dropped in 19 of the total 30 measures in the report and experienced a double-digit drop in rankings (falling behind 10+ states) in measures such as cancer deaths, children living in poverty, cardiovascular deaths and more.
A Kansas State University psychological sciences professor is using twin studies to understand the nature versus nurture debate of the workplace: Do genetic factors or environmental factors influence employee proactivity?
Have yourself a good laugh when you feel stressed, particularly as you grow older, suggests the Association of Mature American Citizens. It's a well-known stress reducer and now investigators have found that it may minimize those senior moments.
Statisticians report that baby boomers are turning 65 years of age at a rate of 10,000 a day and that by the year 2030, twenty-percent of the U.S. population will be 65 or older, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released the latest estimates on health insurance coverage. The American Community Survey (ACS) reported that 348,097 Kansans - or 12.3 percent of the population - did not have insurance coverage in 2013. This was essentially unchanged from 2012 (12.6 percent). The uninsured rate in Kansas of 12.3 percent is significantly lower than the national uninsured rate of 14.5 percent.
This month, Volunteers In Action/RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) recognizes their over 450 members who serve in this community every day to the tune of 44,000 hours last year an almost 22,000 hours this year so far.
The U.S. Surgeon General released a national Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer today outlining a plan to reduce the toll of skin cancer and save lives. Through a series of achievable goals and strategies focused on public policy and education, the plan will support more Americans in making healthy choices about protecting their skin. Kansas has an opportunity to implement the Call to Action locally by passing a comprehensive law restricting the use of indoor tanning devices by all minors.
During times of economic downturn, there has been an increased interest in home food preservation. Farm families have planted gardens and preserved produce for generations. During World War II, the government urged families to plant "Victory Gardens" and to can their surplus for later use. During the 60's and 70's, young women immersed in the back-to-the-land movement rediscovered home canning. Over the course of much of the past three decades, canning, as the primary method of home food preservation, faced serious competition as freezers became a common household appliance.
Sandy Praeger, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance, is encouraging consumers to check with their health insurance companies or employers regarding coverage for smoking cessation services and the specific benefits included in their policies.