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Praeger promotes health at farmers’ market

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger visited the Lawrence Farmers' Market Thursday.

May 29, 2009


Shoppers at the Lawrence Farmers’ Market on Thursday got more than hothouse tomatoes and heads of locally grown lettuce.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger visited the farmers’ market in the 1000 block of Vermont Street, handing out reusable shopping bags filled with insurance facts and other helpful information.

It was Praeger’s first stop in a summerlong campaign. She’ll be visiting farmers’ markets across the state to tout the benefits of making healthy choices.

“We’re going around the state to farmers’ markets, advocating that buying local is good for the health of the economy, and eating good, locally produced products is good for your personal health,” Praeger said.

Praeger said eating healthy is just one step we can take to help combat rising health care costs.

“Personal responsibility of taking care of ourselves is really important, and that’s part of the message,” she said, “but the other is just to use this as a way of advocating for making improvements in our health care system and letting folks know that we’re working on it.”

During her brief visit, she heard at least one story of a family struggling to pay the monthly premiums to keep their kids insured.

“Almost everybody has some sort of health insurance story, most of them not great,” Praeger said. “It’s unfortunate, but that’s why it’s one of the No. 1 issues in Congress right now.”

Praeger will make a stop at the farmers’ market Saturday in Topeka. She plans to visit markets in Ottawa, Atchison, Holton and Overland Park throughout June.


gr 8 years, 11 months ago

"we must take charge of our own health by eating better"

..... and your solution is?....

lounger 8 years, 11 months ago

Mmm? I cant tell if this woman is sincere or she is saying "Eat better because if you get sick the state will not help you if you are not Insured".

gr 8 years, 11 months ago

log, I guess I thought you were outlining a problem which needed a solution. No?

sinverguenza 8 years, 11 months ago

Pretty sure the solution is affordable health care for everyone. That's where this is headed.... Catch up!

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 11 months ago

Is this the action of an insurance comptroller, or of a perspective gubernatorial candidate? Doesn't she risk alienating big agri-business by advocating local produce?

The solution, as we all know, is to grow more subsidized corn!!! Corn is King! Corn is King! USA! USA!

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