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Meade County

Nutrition, Health, and Wellness

Goal: To provide education that improves health, reduces the risk of chronic disease and improves quality of life for Meade County residents.  

Why is this important? Poor nutrition and physical inactivity is linked to obesity which increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, type II diabetes, stroke, mental health issues and many types of cancer. In Meade County:

  • 31% of adults and 14% of children (6-17 years of age) are obese

  • 1 in 10 adults have been diagnosed with type II diabetes

  • 25% of adults are physically inactive

  • 68% of adults consume less than one fruit and vegetable per day

K-State Research and Extension Meade County's Nutrition, Health, and Wellness Department focuses on behavior changes to improve overall health and wellness.


Key Programs we offer:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers:

Powerful Tools for Caregivers gives you the skills to take care of yourself while caring for someone else. By taking care of your own health and well-being, you become a better caregiver. Six class sessions held once a week are led by experienced class leaders. Class participants are given The Caregiver Help-book to accompany the class and provide additional caregiver resources.


Dining with Diabetes

Diabetes pic

Do you or someone you love have diabetes? Do you need help making the best choices for your health? If so, we can help!

Our Family and Consumer Sciences Agent/Director and Support Team will lead discussions addressing:

  • Planning healthy meals and snacks

  • Healthy food preparation

  • Label reading

  • Portion control

  • Carbohydrate counting

  • Physical Activity

 Classes are offered weekly for four weeks, with a three-month follow-up class. Each class offers:

  • Food demonstrations and tastings

  • Simple tips to begin making healthy lifestyle changes

  • Motivation and support

 Who Is This For?

  • Anyone with type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes

  • Anyone at risk for developing diabetes 

  • Anyone who is a caretaker or loved-one for someone with type 2 diabetes

  • Anyone who wants to learn more about managing and preventing type 2 diabetes

For more information, please call 620-873-8790

Walk Kansas:

This springtime program encourages participants to get active and take a virtual walk around our great state. https://www.walkkansas.org/about/