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Aug 28, 2023

Civic health is the way communities are organized to define and address public problems. The Robert Wood Foundation has been collecting research for years that shows a little over 50% of our health is related to places that we live, learn, work, play and pray. Elaine Johannes, the Kansas Health Foundation’s Distinguished Professor of Community Health at Kansas State University, says civic health provides opportunities for people to participate in their communities, and can be summed up in three areas: places, processes and people. She explains how those three areas can strengthen a community and improve personal health.

Sound Living is a weekly public affairs program addressing issues related to families and consumers. It is hosted by Jeff Wichman. Each episode shares the expertise of K-State specialists in fields such as child nutrition, food safety, adult development and aging, youth development, family resource management, physical fitness and more.

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