For Immediate Release
Barbara Hersh, KDHE, 785-368-8053
TOPEKA, Kan. - On Wednesday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Capital City Wellness (CCW) is scheduled to host a community-wide health and wellness fair in downtown Topeka. The fair will be held on the south lawn of the Capitol and is open to the public.
The fair will feature more than 40 groups displaying health and wellness educational resources and interactive screenings and demonstrations. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive free screenings or assessments for the following: strength, blood pressure, brain fitness, percentage of body fat, body mass index, vision, hearing, blood sugar, balance and asthma and lung function. The fair will highlight workplace wellness practices including health education, chronic disease management techniques, increased physical activity and access to healthy foods during the workday.
“I encourage the community and State employees to participate in this fair,” said Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “It’s encouraging to see many people in Topeka taking walks during their lunch breaks and taking advantage of the Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market. This is due in large part to the support from employers. Thank you, and I hope you’ll join KDHE and Capital City Wellness at the fair on Wednesday.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, obesity and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. Chronic diseases account for 70 percent of all deaths in the U.S. and more than 75 percent of health care costs are due to chronic conditions. According to the 2009 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) the prevalence of adult obesity in Kansas has doubled in the last 17 years, rising from 13 percent in 1992 to 29 percent in 2009. Also, it is estimated that approximately 180,000 adult Kansans have been diagnosed with diabetes.
Because many adult Kansans spend one-third of each day in the workplace, KDHE and CCW support downtown Topeka employers in their efforts to create work environments that make the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees during the workday.
The partnership between KDHE and Capital City Wellness is founded on a unified mission to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods for all members of the downtown Topeka community. CCW is a coalition of over 35 downtown Topeka employers. CCW offers free fitness events in various downtown Topeka locations. CCW also facilitates the Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from May 18 to October 12 in front of the Capitol on the north side of 10th Avenue. For more information about free fitness events or the Capitol Midweek Farmers’ Market please visit: www.capitalcitywellness.org.
In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather, the health and wellness fair will be rescheduled at the same time and location for Wednesday, June 15.