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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

We've moved!
1006 N. State St.
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645



Health, Nutrition, and Physical Activity

Our overall health is affected by the food we eat and our physical activity.  With proper diet and exercise, we reduce our risks for chronic diseases such as heart disease, many cancers, type 2 diabetes, anemia, and bone loss.  A nutritious diet can also help reduce high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, manage arthritis, and manage diabetes.  Physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, improves cardiovascular health, protects against many health conditions, increases energy, controls weight, and improves mental health and mood. The trick to staying healthy is all about finding a balance of food and physical activity that works for you.

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Kansas citizens want reliable research-based information about their food supply.  Busy families want to prepare quick, easy, nutritious meals.  Helping Kansans eat more healthfully and increase physical activity can improve their quality of life now and in the future, and reduce health care costs.  Learning to eat healthfully can also stretch family food budgets.

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Did you know that the government publishes guidelines for both physical activity and diet?  Because being physically active is one of the most important actions that people of all ages can take to improve their health, the Physical Activities Guidelines outlines the amounts and types of physical activity recommended for different ages and populations.  You can download or read the Physical Activity Guidelines book here.

A healthy diet is just as important, and can yield health benefits in the short term and cumulatively over the years.  The new edition of the Dietary Guidelines includes specific recommendations for all life stages, now including infants and toddlers, and pregnant and lactating women.  Read or download the Dietary Guidelines for Americans book here, to learn how to make food and beverage choices that are rich in nutrition - choices that can become a healthy routine over time that can be enjoyed in good health for many years to come.

MED instead of Meds

Eating like those who live in the Mediterranean region has been shown to promote health and decrease risk of many chronic diseases. K-State Research and Extension family and consumer sciences agents recently learned more about the diet and its benefits from Dr. Carolyn Dunn, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Department Head of Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University. Dr. Dunn is part of a group of nutrition and health professionals that created Med Instead of Meds – an online resource with information and tools to help people transform their eating to the Med Way.  You can watch a video of Dr. Dunn discuss the diet here.


Joy Miller
Southwind District Extension Agent, Adult Development and Aging & Family Resource Management
Fort Scott Office
Phone: 620-223-3720


Barbara Stockebrand

Southwind Extension District Agent, Adult Development and Aging                                  Yates Center Office             Phone: 620-625-8620 bstockeb@ksu.edu


Clara Wicoff

Southwind Extension District Agent, Nutrition, Food and Health Iola Office                              Phone: 620-365-2242            clarawicoff@ksu.edu

Southwind District FCS agents address research based information to teach nutrition, meal planning, food preparation, food budgeting and safe food practices.  We work with community partners in Allen, Bourbon, Neosho, and Woodson counties.