May 21, 2013

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Health and Wellness Fair May 22 on South Grounds of Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. – The annual, community-wide health and wellness fair in downtown Topeka is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the south lawn of the Statehouse. This is a public event, and the activities are free.  

"This fair each year is a great demonstration of local health experts and wellness seekers coming together for a healthier community. The exhibitors can provide you with additional resources for a lifelong nutritious diet and fitness plan," said Robert Moser, M.D., Secretary and State Health Officer, Kansas Department of Health and Environment 

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 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, from 1995 to 2010, the prevalence of obesity among Kansas adults nearly doubled, and in 2011, almost two-thirds of Kansas adults were overweight or obese. Also, in 2010 it was estimated that nearly 180,000 adult Kansans have been diagnosed with diabetes. 

The partnership between KDHE and Capital City Wellness is founded on a unified mission to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods for members of the downtown Topeka community. CCW is a coalition of more than 30 downtown Topeka employers. CCW offers free fitness events in various downtown Topeka locations. CCW also facilitates the Capitol Midweek Farmers' Market every Wednesday from mid-May to mid-October 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 visit: .