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The Weight of the Nation DVDs are available for checkout through the Newton Public Library and Hesston Public Library.

Chronic Disease Risk Reduction

The Chronic Disease Risk Reduction (CDRR) program operates within the Harvey County Health Department.  The CDRR grant supports the development and implementation of a comprehensive plan for the reduction of health-risk behaviors.  Funded by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, CDRR grants focus on improving policies, systems and environments to reduce the risk of individuals developing chronic diseases.

Chronic diseases account for roughly 75% of health care costs each year, more than $10 billion per year in Kansas.  As states struggle to meet the staggering costs of health care, the most cost-effective interventions are frequently overlooked.  Impressive achievements in population health are possible by reducing the prevalence of risk factors that underlie chronic disease and injury. 

Tobacco Use... the Numbers

  • 3800. . . Kansans that die every year because of cigarette use (CDC)
  • $1.2 billion . . . money spent on health care in KS every year due to cigarette use (CDC)
  • $906 million . . . money Kansas businesses lose in productivity every year (CDC)
  • 1 out of 5 . . . adults that smoke in Harvey County (BRFSS 2011)
  • 37.7% . . . of all litter on US roads is from tobacco products (KAP 2009 National Visible Litter Survey)


From 1992 to 2007, the prevalence of obesity in Kansas more than doubled from 13% to 29%. Currently, two-thirds (65%) of Kansas adults are either overweight or obese (KS BRFSS, 2010). More than 30% of the 700,000 children living in Kansas are overweight or at risk for becoming overweight. Healthcare costs related to obesity are excessive. In Kansas, an estimated $657 million is spent per year in total direct medical costs with Medicare and Medicaid expenditures of $138 million and $143 million, respectively (Finkelstein E. A, et al. Obesity Research. 2004:12(1):18-24). In 2005, obesity contributed to the deaths of 3,700 Kansans.

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) results from 2009 indicate that 24.8% of adults in Harvey Country are currently obese and 41.8% are overweight.  

More information is available at The Weight of the Nation, Confronting America's Obesity Epidemic.

Resource:   Prevent Obesity

Physical Activity

Obese Kansans are less likely to participate in leisure time physical activity (61%) than normal weight or under-weight Kansans (44%), highlighting the relationship between obesity and physical activity (KS BRFSS, 2009). Fewer than 50% of Kansans in 2009 attained the recommended amount of physical activity per week (KS BRFSS, 2009).   In Harvey County 56.1% of adults are not participating in the recommended amount of physical activity (KS BRFSS, 2009).


Achieving healthy nutrition remains elusive for Kansans. In 2005-2006, 27% of Kansans reported that they never eat breakfast, a habit associated with poor nutritional intake (KDHE), and 81% fail to consume five or more fruits and vegetables each day (KS BRFSS, 2009).

Harvey County received its first Chronic Disease Risk Reduction (CDRR) grant for fiscal year 2008 and has received funding every year since the first grant. 

The Healthy Harvey Coalition meets the first Wednesday of every even month at Noon.  Call us to learn the location.  316-283-1637.  Join us!