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Polarizing Politics Threatens Public Health in Kansas

The KHI News Service is an independent news agency, largely focused on health policy issues and state government news, based in Topeka.

Kansas was once a national leader in public health.  At the turn of the last century, State Health Director Samuel Crumbine championed a number of efforts to stop the spread of disease.  He even pushed for the law that forces hotels to change bed sheets between guests!  But today's polarized politics are now complicating current public health efforts.

Too Fat to Serve? Retired Army Generals Say Obesity Problem Threatens National Security

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A group of retired generals has been touring the country, talking about health, fitness and nutrition. They're also drawing attention to the problem of obesity in America.  The former officers cite a report which suggests about a third of young Americans are too fat, maing them unfit to serve in the military.  And, they say, that's putting the nation's security at risk. 

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