At A Glance

Noteworthy Characteristics

  • Designed specifically to assess childhood obesity.
  • Provides state-level data on height, weight, diet, physical activity, and sedentary behaviors for children and adolescents.
  • Provides measured height and weight.



To collect data about overweight, obesity, and related factors for school-age children and adolescents in Kansas.

Target Population

Children attending kindergarten through 12th grade at public and private schools in Kansas.


Began in 2005. Conducted annually for 3 years. Most recent year conducted and year that survey ended was 2008.


Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans

Special Note(s)

The study had inadequate statewide participation of schools for estimating state representative statistics. The data provided are not weighted to be representative of the entire child and adolescent population in Kansas. However, the data provide a wealth of knowledge related to clinical height and weight and possible contributing factors on a large sample of children and adolescents for use in ongoing obesity research.

K-CHAMP is not associated with the North Carolina Child Health Assessment Program (NC-CHAMP). K-CHAMP focused on students (grades kindergarten through 12th grade) to better inform the state on the status of childhood obesity and related risk factors. N-CHAMP is an ongoing surveillance system focused on a broader set of indicators among children ages 0 to 17 years.

Brandon Skidmore
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Tel: +1 (785) 368-8264


Sample Design

Cross-sectional survey.

Schools were sampled, and children were sampled from the selected schools using a stratified two-stage cluster sampling design. Learn more.

Sample Size

Thirty-two schools and 958 children and adolescents in 2005.

Key Variables


NameMethods of Assessment
Child date of birthInterview/questionnaire
Child race/ethnicityInterview/questionnaire
Child sexInterview/questionnaire
Enrollment in food assistance programs (food stamps [now called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP] and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children [WIC])Interview/questionnaire
Participation in free or reduced-price lunchInterview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Average daily consumption of sweetened beverages, including soda Interview/questionnaire
Estimated level of fat in dietInterview/questionnaire
Frequency and type of purchases from school vending machinesInterview/questionnaire
Frequency of family mealsInterview/questionnaire
Frequency of fast food consumptionInterview/questionnaire
Serving sizes at schoolInterview/questionnaire
Weekly consumption of 100% fruit juiceInterview/questionnaire
Weekly consumption of chips and french friesInterview/questionnaire
Weekly consumption of fruit Interview/questionnaire
Weekly consumption of milk (including type of milk)Interview/questionnaire
Weekly consumption of vegetables Interview/questionnaire
Weekly frequency of water consumptionInterview/questionnaire

Physical Activity-Related

NameMethods of Assessment
Frequency and distance of walking or bicycling to schoolInterview/questionnaire
Frequency of intense physical activityInterview/questionnaire
Household rules/practices regarding television/DVD viewing (e.g., television in child’s bedroom) and video gamesInterview/questionnaire
Number of days child attends physical education (PE) class and time spent in physical activity during PE classInterview/questionnaire
Sports activity participation during and outside of school (including type of sport/activity)Interview/questionnaire
Time spent in television/DVD viewing or playing video gamesInterview/questionnaire
Time spent on Internet (weekends)Interview/questionnaire


NameMethods of Assessment
Actions taken by respondent to improve child’s diet and physical activityInterview/questionnaire
Respondent’s perception of child’s weightInterview/questionnaire
Weight and heightMeasured


NameMethods of Assessment

Data Access and Cost

Data Availability

Data may be obtained by contacting:
Brandon Skidmore
Kansas Department of Health & Environment E-mail:
Tel: +1 (785) 368-8264


Free of charge.


Geocode Variable(s)


Existing Linkages

None noted.

Selected Publications

None noted.