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Pathways to a Healthy Kansas

What is Pathways to a Healthy Kansas?
Pathways to a Healthy Kansas is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas initiative that provides 16 Kansas communities
with the tools and resources needed to remove barriers and engage residents in ways that enable healthy eating, and
tobacco-free, active living to become a way of life. Both now, and for future generations.

What sectors of a community are being addressed?  
Community policy

  • Resident/community well-being
  • Food retail
  • Health care providers
  • Restaurants
  • Schools
  • Worksites

What does Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas aim to achieve?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas recognizes that increasing physical activity, eating healthy and avoiding tobacco are among the best ways to lower risk for developing chronic diseases. Also, these are great ways to live longer, healthier lives. Through Pathways grant funding and resources, Blue Cross expects communities will:

       •  Increase awareness and community engagement in leading healthy lifestyles.
  • Make the healthy choice the first choice across sectors of the community through both policy and practice.
  • Increase consumption of and access to healthy foods.
  • Increase access to and use of safe environments for physical activity.
  • Support tobacco-free living.

Survey Results Guide Action Towards Healthy Options 
In late 2017, the Live Healthy Franklin County coalition conducted a survey to examine the perceptions of Franklin County community members about the issues of healthy eating, active living, and tobacco-free living. The survey was a part of the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas grant that was received by the Franklin County Health Department. Pathways is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas initiative. Here are a few key findings from the survey, which had 288 respondents.  Pathways survey key findings.
How do I lean more about the Pathways to a Healthy Kansas communities?
Visit bcbsks.com/pathways to learn how to connect with these16 Pathways funded communities:

2016-2019 Grantees

Atchison County

Bourbon County

Crawford County

Franklin County

Hoisington & Northern

Barton County

Kearny County

Reno County

Wichita County


2017-2020 Grantees

Atwood, Bird City, Colby

and St. Francis


Cowley County

Dickinson County

Geary County

Harvey County

Lyon County

Seward County