Healthy Body & Mind

Free Gait Analysis This Saturday!

Is there an injury in my future? Where do I have specific muscle weakness that if addressed will prevent a strain or sprain? Saturday morning, ...

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Tips for taking better care of your feet

Consider your feet as the caregivers of your body. Day after day they accept you for who you are, take pounding after pounding and support all of your efforts. They bend to forces applied by weak muscles and bad form, and they ride along in ill-fitting shoes, flip flops and, sometimes, even naked.

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Keep your heart healthy

Most likely, all of us have been affected at some point in our lives by heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. If not through a personal experience, then likely by the experience of a friend or loved one.

12.2 million sign up for Obamacare despite its challenges

More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace it.

LiveWell Lawrence

Grant funds Fit Club at Lawrence High School

Lawrence High School recently started an after-school Fit Club, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation. So far, the ...

It's not too late to get your flu shot

Late last month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported widespread influenza activity across the state. Locally, the number of active cases in Lawrence and throughout Douglas County is also on the rise.

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6 tips for avoiding winter doldrums

We are almost halfway through winter and even though the predicted weather the rest of this week looks quite spring-like, it is likely that we have probably not seen the last of Old Man Winter. Here are a few tips to help you get through the remainder of the winter season as healthy and happy as possible.

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain

Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says.

Food & Nutrition

Are You Passionate About Food and Education?

The Extension Master Food Volunteer (MFV) program allows individuals who have a passion for education and teaching to share their knowledge with others. Volunteers provide ...

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LMH unveils Destination Health as guide to healthy future

Over the last several months, a Strategic Planning Task Force made up of representatives from the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, medical staff, management staff and employees has engaged in an intensive strategic planning process known as Destination Health. Last week the LMH Board of Trustees approved a new strategic plan that maps the hospital’s journey to a healthy future over the next three to seven years.

Healthy Body & Mind

Running Injuries - Tools to Keep Going!

The race season is almost upon us! For seasoned runners and newcomers alike, now is the time to prepare for those 5K’s and beyond. Most ...

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Virtual Tobacco Workshop set for Lawrence

WorkWell Kansas will sponsor several Virtual Tobacco Workshops across the state from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. During the workshop, participants will learn about the ...

RSV — the common cold that isn't

When it begins — the cough, runny nose, and possibly fever — it seems reasonable to think that your child has the common cold to which everyone is prone at this time of year. However, for some children, especially infants, those symptoms can be the early indications of a more serious virus — respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV.

Healthy Body & Mind

Resolution Re-energizers

As many people begin the new year with resolutions for a healthier lifestyle, it is important to remember frequency and intensity matter for seeing results. ...

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American Public Health Association launches 1 Billion Steps Challenge

To encourage people to walk, the American Public Health Association has launched the 1 Billion Steps Challenge! Through April 9 (the end of National Public ...

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Testing, improving and maintaining your balance

The fear of falling is common as we age. We feel the loss of freedom of movement as our joints become tighter and we need to work harder to maintain strength and balance. How do we balance as we walk and avoid falling? How can we measure the level of our balance skills today? How do we improve our balance when it declines? Physical and occupational therapists work on balance problems and have the tools to help you answer these questions.

Food & Nutrition

Become a Food Master!!!

The K-State Research and Extension Master Food Volunteer program utilizes the expertise of nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts to train volunteers in ...

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Pneumonia vaccine an important defense

Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills thousands of adults — giving it the notorious distinction of being one of the top 10 leading causes of death. However, most pneumococcal infections can be prevented through vaccination.

Healthy Body & Mind

2017 - Maybe Time For A New Approach to your Health Goals

Resolutions come and go, but changing up your health team may be a game changer. We've all heard about alternatives to Western medicine, but it's ...

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LiveWell Lawrence coalition sets 2016-17 Policy Platform

LiveWell Lawrence recently announced its 2016-17 Policy Platform priorities. The platform includes a specific goal for each work group to work toward in the coming ...

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Have SMART resolutions for 2017

Success rate higher with Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-based goals

Research shows that about 50 percent of people make New Year’s resolutions. Unfortunately, only about 10 percent of those actually achieve them. There are multiple reasons for failure, including not developing a well thought out plan about how to achieve the goal or making goals that are too complex or too lofty for success.

Fermented foods a gateway to better health, new adventures

The surge in popularity of fermented foods in recent years — eating them, creating them at home, exploring different cultures and cuisines — is based largely on the idea that this stuff can be really good for you.

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7 strategies to boost your memory

Our brains are constantly bombarded with images and information, and we live in a fast-paced society. With so much stimulation, it is normal to occasionally become “overloaded” and forget small things. However, when forgetfulness and confusion interfere with our daily living, it may be time to visit the doctor.

Denise Johnson accepts the Culture of Health Action Award from Healthy Kids Chair Brian Edie.

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LiveWell selects Culture of Health Action Award winners

LiveWell Lawrence awarded five Culture of Health Action Awards Nov. 18 at its anniversary celebration. The awardees were selected by work groups because of their ...

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Give gifts to support good health

Wondering what to get those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday shopping list? Consider “gifting” them with items or services to improve their health and wellness. Here are some suggestions.

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Low vision therapy makes life more navigable

The three leading causes of irreversible vision loss in adults in the United States are macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma.

Healthy Body & Mind

Physical Therapy: A Non-drug Option for Chronic Pain

The CDC released guidelines earlier this year to assist with the growing opioid addition crisis. These guidelines include recommendations for physical therapy and other non-drug ...

Just Food Executive Director Elizabeth Keever accepts a grant from Chip Blaser, Douglas County Community Foundation executive director.

LiveWell Lawrence

LiveWell Community Wellness Grants awarded

Ten Douglas County organizations received a total of $83,000 in LiveWell Community Wellness Grants Nov. 18. The awards support the work of LiveWell Lawrence, a ...

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In aftermath of stressful election, acupuncturist offering free treatments to those in 'helping professions'

It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, just around lunchtime, and Stephanie Stuhlsatz is letting her friend stick three tiny needles along the ridges of her left ear. The friend is Julie Bear Don’t Walk, a licensed acupuncturist, and in the past two weeks she has been doling out similar treatments, free of charge, to folks like Stuhlsatz, a certified massage therapist, and others in the “helping professions.”

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Parks and Rec to offer stress-relieving yoga workshop this holiday season

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is doing its part to ensure folks breathe a little easier this holiday season. On Dec. 2, the department is hosting its second annual “Yoga Stress Relief for the Holidays” workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the fitness room of Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. And everyone, regardless of skill level, is encouraged to slow down, relax and put aside any post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas (or your December holiday of choice) for an evening of de-stressing yoga.