As recently as 1991, Kansas ranked as the eighth-healthiest state in rankings compiled by the United Health Foundation. In the current rankings, Kansas is 27th. “That is a huge drop in 23 years,” Kansas Health Foundation president Steve Coen said at a symposium his foundation held last week. Factors contributing to the decline include that Kansans are getting heavier (the state’s 30 percent obesity rate is one of the highest in the nation), fewer Kansas children are being fully immunized, and smoking rates have decreased less in Kansas than in many other states. As Coen said: “Something has gone seriously wrong in the state of Kansas, and we’ve got to do something to get it back on track.”
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