The Kansas City of the future would be a place where people have affordable medical care, policymakers work with the community on health issues and residents suffer less from chronic diseases and violence.
That, at any rate, is the consensus that emerged Saturday at a forum in Kansas City, Mo.
And it was just the start of what participants said a vigorous metropolitan area should look like in the next decade.
You know how sometimes you stumble across a word you've never heard before in your entire life, and then suddenly, the word is everywhere? That happened to me with the pawpaw.
I was born and raised in Missouri, so discovering in my thirties that a random fruit with a made-up-sounding name is considered my state's own banana? That came as a shock (though, to be fair, it's also known as the Indiana banana and the West Virginia banana).
Hospital food doesn't tend to conjure images of gourmet cuisine or down-home victuals. In fact, most people tend to turn up their nose at the very thought of the bland meals that hospitals are known for serving.
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Consumers are getting smarter about the food they eat. We know to check labels for the levels of sodium and saturated fat, and that "high fructose corn syrup" is still sugar. Most of us hit a wall though when it comes to ingredients such as malodextrin, flavonoids and silicon dioxide. What are these ingredients found in the foods we eat and drink?