Nutrition & Health
Kansas | K-State Research and Extension | North Central Region
Nutrition education classes are helping Kansans eat more healthfully and lower their risk for chronic disease.
Poor dietary habits — low intake of fruits and vegetables, increased portion sizes, or increased consumption of sweetened beverages — have been linked to conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, certain cancers, respiratory disorders, joint problems, and osteoporosis. Nutrition education is important for the overall health of Kansans of all ages.
K-State Research and Extension agents and Master Food Volunteers provided educational programs and workshops using a variety of curricula. Programs included a series of classes, such as * Emotional Eating, * Cook Once — Eat for a Month, and * Dining with Diabetes. The programs focus on nutrition and cooking, providing participants with knowledge and skills to improve their health, reduce or manage chronic disease, and manage resources.
In a survey of 516 participants in a nutrition education class, 97% indicated they had gained knowledge for improving their health, eating healthfully, managing chronic disease, and managing food-related resources.