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Health and Wellness

Kansans strive to maintain their health and wellness by finding balance in their physical, mental, emotional, and social needs.  Health is not only influenced by genetics, but also by the choices people make and the available options they have as it relates to healthy lifestyles.  For example, in Kansas about 71% of all deaths each year are due to chronic diseases.   Chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, arthritis, cancer, and diabetes are defined by their long duration.  The top four chronic diseases in Kansas are cancer, coronary heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.  Some of these diseases are directly tied to an individual’s lifelong health and wellness choices. 

K-State Research and Extension strives to provide knowledge for life that helps Kansans enjoy a longer, more productive and healthy life.

Heart Healthy Living

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. Of the 10 factors that can increase the risk of heart disease, all but 3 can be addressed by making healthy lifestyle choices. Click HERE to download this helpful article outlining how to make these changes.

Sitting Too Long?

The current challenges with COVID-19 have disrupted if not completely derailed normal exercise routines. Sitting for long periods of time at your computer or in your home can have a negative impact on your physical health. It can cause back pain, stiff joints, and tight muscles. Keep your body limber and reduce body aches and pains by exercising right where you are. Check out these resources to stretch your physical activity options:

Deskercise: Unfold, Extend and Relax Fact Sheet

Deskercise: Unfold, Extend and Relax Poster

Fall Prevention

The best approach to preventing falls as you age is to stay physically active and do exercises that build your strength. The Keys to Embracing Aging publication series includes fact sheet on Physical Activity for Seniors. To download and read this informative publication, click HERE. As with any lifestyle change you are encouraged to consult with your physician before you begin a new routine.

Exercise for Seniors

You’ve probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you.  For those who are already very active, keep up the good work.  For those who are concerned that they are not active enough, there is no time like the present to change that!  Here are some exercises recommended by the National Institute of Health to help you achieve a higher level of activity in your daily life.  As with any lifestyle change, consult with your physician before you begin any exercise program.  They can discuss with you the limitations or the latitude that you can take with a daily exercise regimen.

Move Into Health : Lesson 1


Wall Pushups

Overhead Arm Raise

Hand Grip

Back Leg Raise

Side Leg Raise

Toe Stand

Stand on One Foot

Heel-to-Toe Walk

Balance Walk

Back of Leg Stretch

Ankle Stretch

Shoulder and Arm Stretch

Back Stretch

Inner Thigh Stretch

Chair Dip

Resources for Good Health

My Food Diary

Beverages and Healthy Drinks

Nutrition and Physical Activity

Contact Information

Deb Andres
Phone | 785.238.4161
Fax | 785.238.7166