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Welcome to the Healthy Kansas Schools Website!

The goal of Healthy Kansas Schools is to promote school health policies, procedures, and programs that improve health behaviors. Healthy Kansas Schools (HKS) operates from the premise that healthy children are more capable of learning and, thus, better students. The logical extension is that better students help create healthy communities. Healthy Kansas Schools emphasizes the connection between recommended health practices, academic achievement, and lifelong healthy behaviors. Healthy Kansas Schools is multi-faceted; providing technical assistance, health policy and standards guidance, training opportunities, direction on funding opportunities, and on-going communication. Healthy Kansas Schools utilizes a broad network of partners and resources to help create healthier schools and, in turn, healthier communities.

HKS Objectives:

  1. Facilitate a school culture that values and emphasizes physical activity.
  2. Facilitate a school culture that enhances healthy dietary choices.
  3. Facilitate a school culture that continues to promote tobacco-free lifestyles.
  4. Facilitate the removal of barriers that impede progress toward developing healthy students.
  5. Facilitate partnerships between school personnel, families, and communities to emphasize health within and outside the school setting.

K-FIT Login: Click this link to access the Fitnessgram Web Application Login


K-FIT Report: Year 1

During the 2011-2012 school year, 152 schools representing 40 school districts across Kansas submitted FITNESSGRAM data on more than 17,000 students. The findings of the study highlight aggregate, de-identified data from more than 13,000 students in grades 4-9. Key findings from the study include:

  • On average, students who are physically fit score above standard on Kansas state assessments in reading and math.
  • Students who met all five fitness standards were absent from school significantly less than students who met two or fewer fitness standards.

To access the full report, click on the following: K-FIT Report - Year 1


Kansas Student Health Behaviors Newsletter!

Healthy Kansas Schools, in collaboration with KDHE's Chronic Disease Risk Reduction staff have developed a newsletter focused on the health behaviors of Kansas students. Click on the following links to access the newsletters! The focus of these newsletters are to share findings from youth behavior surveys conducted by KSDE and KDHE, such as the Youth Risk Behavior (YRBS), the Youth Tobacco Survey (YTS), and the School Health Profiles (SHP). We would appreciate feedback and suggestions for topics to address in future issues.

Latest Issue: November 2013 "Kansas Student Health Behaviors" newsletter


YRBS Booklet!

The YRBS booklet highlighting results and implications stemming from the 2011 Kansas Youth Risk Behavior Survey, "Taking a Look: Take 3" was developed to give insight into health behaviors of Kansas high school students, address emerging trends, and help put these trends into perspective. Please contact us if you have questions or wish to receive a hard copy of the booklet.

"Taking A Look: Take 3" - 2011 Kansas High School YRBS booklet


Primary HKS projects:

  • Kansas Fitness Information Tracking project (K-FIT) is an initiative funded by the Kansas Health Foundation to provide fitness assessment tools and trainings to 900 schools across the state. Physical Educators are able to use this high-quality assessment tool to improve their physical education programs and provide valuable feedback on fitness levels to students, parents, and school administrators. In addition, fitness data gathered from participating teachers will be shared with KSDE to assist with understanding the critical relationship between fitness levels and academic indicators. For more information on K-FIT navigate to the K-FIT page on this website.

  • Let's Move! Active Kansas Schools (LMAKS) is a project funded by the Kansas Health Founcation (KHF) to provide training for 200+ physical educators to become Certified Directors of Physical Activity at their schools. HKS and KHF are collaborating with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance and the Kansas Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance on this project. LMAKS emphasizes enhancing existing physical education programs, coordinating physical activity opportunities across the curriculum, offering ideas on how to promote the importance of physical activity, and providing support for planning physical activity events. An over-arching goal is for every school to provide a comprehensive school physical activity program with quality physical education as the foundation so that youth will develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be physically active for a lifetime. For more information on LMAKS navigate to the LMAKS page on this website. 

  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is a bi-annual survey of health behaviors of Kansas high school students. Six categories of health behaviors are assessed, consisting of: Dietary Behaviors, Physical Activity Behaviors, Tobacco Use, Alcohol or Other Drug Use, Sexual Behaviors that Contribute to STDs and Unintended Pregnancy, and Unintentional Injuries and Violence. 2013 YRBS data has been collected and reports will be developed once analyses have been completed. Previous-years' survey results can be found on the Survey Data page on this website.

  • School Health Profiles (SHP) is a bi-annual assessment of health education policies and practices of middle and high schools in Kansas. Building principals and lead health educators are surveyed to determine the current status of health education in Kansas schools. HKS is currently preparing to conduct the 2014 SHP survey. Previous-years' survey results can be found on the Survey Data page on this website.

  • Local School Wellness Policies guidance and monitoring are assisted by Healthy Kansas Schools. The link below will provide an overview of the changes seen in reported school wellness policies practices for Kansas between 2006 and 2010. HKS will be assisting with technical assistance and future trainings on upcoming changes to school wellness policies guidelines as outlined by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

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Wellness Policies - Progress from 2006 to 2010

Warning:  Opens in new windowWellness Policies 2006 - 2010

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If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Mark Thompson, Project Director at 785-296-1473 or email him at mathompson@ksde.org.


 
 
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