The Kansas Human Health
Coordinator: Dan Nagengast, email@example.com
The Human Health and the Environment Task Force works to assist the Governor on her Healthy Kansans initiative, addressing such issues as childhood obesity, school nutrition issues, and agricultural production practices as they relate to the nutritional density of foods, freshness and other desirable food qualities, and the environment. This task force seeks to connect with communities, research universities, producer groups, and health and nutrition professionals to insure a climate of healthy food production in a healthy environment. The Task Force tracks scientific research on issues such as decline in the nutritional density and palatability of foods, processing-related nutritional issues, antibiotic resistance linked to livestock production, food production related air and water pollution, and other food and health related topics. It strives to undertake Farm to Cafeteria projects which provide fresh local food to institutional food service operations.
Increasingly, in this society, many of our chronic health issues are based on poor nutrition. Issues such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity all have their origins in food and eating habits.
We are what we eat, and there is increased concern over early childhood obesity due to overconsumption of sugar, and general inadequate nutrition. Food Policy Councils have sought to address this issue with nutritional education intervention in homes, schools and recreational settings. Research also plays a strong role here, especially in the interdisciplinary areas of food qualities and nutrition.
An exciting area of investigation concerns health problems related to how food is produced and whether this effects its functional nutritional worth. A related issue is the possible incidental ingestion of carcinogens related to an historical switch to prepared and preserved foods instead of home-prepared whole foods. Finally there are human health questions arising from water and air pollution brought about by agricultural practices and the possible overuse of antibiotics.
Stakeholders/Task Force Members include non-profit organizations concerned with human nutrition and health; medical researchers; KSU extension personnel involved in pollution prevention; academic programs and centers at state universities; federal agencies; KDHE personnel; schools and school lunch programs; and agencies concerned with ethnic predisposition towards nutritionally related diseases.
For more information, contact: Dan Nagengast 785/748-0959 firstname.lastname@example.org
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