Healthy Body & Mind

How to Mitigate the Effects of Backpacks and Keyboards

As summer is coming to an end, and school is back in session, here are a few tips to help you transition back into the ...

'Connections' event to encourage discussion in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week

When a person commits suicide, his or her death will create a ripple effect throughout that person's circle of friends and family members. Each suicide, according to estimates from the World Health Organization, intimately affects at least six people.

Community Coordinators visit Global Cafe

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project’s Community Coordinators Learn about the Local Food System on Field Trips

While the concept of a field trip might conjure up images of packed school buses full of kids headed to the state capitol, zoo or ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland receives Quality Improvement Award from HRSA for second consecutive year

For the second year in a row Heartland Community Health Center has received an award for Health Center Quality Improvement from the Health Resources and ...


KanCare rate reduction forums canceled

The KanCare rate reduction forums have been canceled, and we need your help now more than ever! Payments to KanCare providers are being reduced by ...

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A parent's guide to easing back-to-school anxiety

For some students, the arrival of a new school year holds the kind of hope and promise associated with turning over a new leaf. For others, it’s an occasion marked with dread, anxiety and sometimes fear. Back-to-school jitters are common among kids of all ages, explains Janice Storey, director of children and family services at Lawrence’s Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. In fact, most experience it on some level when returning to school, oftentimes juggling worries alongside excitement, she says.

Have hip pain? Review your options

The hip is the largest joint in the body and, when working properly, it’s a thing of wonder — able to support forces equal to three times a person’s body weight and to allow the leg to swing backward and forward, to flex and twist, to bend and to pivot. As a ball and socket joint, the hip provides flexibility, power and the ability to propel us from a sitting position, to stand, walk, run and climb stairs.

Community Coordinators touring Moon on the Meadow Farm

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project engages new voices in food system planning

Join us for a series on the Food Plan Equity Project, a partnership between Sunrise Project, Douglas County Food Policy Council, Douglas County and Lawrence-Douglas ...

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Lifestyle changes can assist in managing high blood pressure

Although there is no cure for hypertension, it can usually be managed by leading a healthy lifestyle and by taking prescription medications. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is offering a “Lifestyle Changes to Help Prevent and Assist in Managing Hypertension” program to share information with the community.

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Flour recall prompts new warning: Don’t eat dough or batter

The most basic of baking ingredients, flour, is at the center of a complicated question: How did it become contaminated with bacteria normally found in animal feces? The E. coli-tainted flour from General Mills has sickened 46 people in 21 states and prompted about 45 million pounds of it to be recalled. And, the Food and Drug Administration is cautioning raw cookie dough and cake batter aficionados not to indulge.

Youth took to the streets with their hand-drawn flyers with anti-harassment messages & art.

Sunrise Project

"We are Making a Difference:" Summer of Service 2016 Culminates with Advocacy Week

Written in partnership with Luna Stephens Sunrise Project’s Summer of Service 2016 culminated with Advocacy Week (July 18-22), a week-long project dedicated to learning about ...

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Teen smoking prevention progresses in KC metro

Officials say a campaign to prevent teen smoking in Kansas City is progressing faster than expected.

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Back-to-school time means more than crayons — are your kids' shots up-to-date?

As school supplies begin to fill seasonal aisles of most major retailers, parents know the time is nigh. With all the essential items to take into account, it’s easy to overlook the items that most teachers don’t include on their supply lists: shots.

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Daddy Rules: Sometimes parents need to be a buzzkill

It wasn’t the white suit he wore, or the Ferrari he drove, or the sailboat he lived in. It wasn’t even the fact that the actor who played him, Don Johnson, was a former Jayhawk. Simply put, when I was 12, there was something I couldn’t explain about the magic of Detective Sonny Crockett, and the show he starred in, Miami Vice.It wasn’t the white suit he wore, or the Ferrari he drove, or the sailboat he lived in. It wasn’t even the fact that the actor who played him, Don Johnson, was a former Jayhawk. Simply put, when I was 12, there was something I couldn’t explain about the magic of Det. Sonny Crockett, and the show he starred in, "Miami Vice."

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Douglas County coalition supports breastfeeding

To recognize World Breastfeeding Week on Aug. 1 through 7, the Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County has planned an event to increase support for breastfeeding families and help them celebrate.

“Family to Family” is a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help people understand and support a family member or friend who is dealing with a mental illness while maintaining their own well-being.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Mental illness educational class offered for family members

If you have a family member or friend who deals with a mental illness, and you would like to have a better understanding of their ...

Oscar and Isaac playing with one of the Shelter's dogs.

Sunrise Project

Youth Connect to their Passion through Sunrise Project's Summer of Service Program

Article written by Luna Stephens, Sunrise Project Youth Journalist Animal-loving youth got the chance to get an inside look at the Humane Society July 11 ...

At Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Mario's Closet marks five years of comforting cancer patients

Five years ago this week, a group of community leaders, hospital volunteers and staff, and other supporters came together with an NBA basketball player to participate in a ribbon cutting for a new venture for Lawrence Memorial Hospital: Mario’s Closet.

Healthy Body & Mind

Why Do My Feet Hurt?

Your feet are made to last a lifetime, which is why maintaining proper foot care is so important for overall health and well-being. Your feet ...

Obesity costs you three years of life, scientists say

Being too heavy may cost you your life — literally. Scientists say overweight people die one year earlier than expected and that moderately obese people die up to three years prematurely.

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project Connects Youth to Good Food, Community and Environment through Summer of Service

Written in partnership with Luna Stephens, Sunrise Project's Youth Journalist Intern. Last week, Sunrise Project hosted youth for a Summer of Service project and gave ...

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'A1C 4 Free' event offering free Lawrence diabetes screenings through July

Family Medicine Associates, of Lawrence, is hosting a free diabetic screening program for the remainder of the month as part of an ongoing effort to help the community stay healthy, according to a news release from the group.

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Partnership aims to expand primary care in Lawrence, Douglas County

Lawrence and Douglas County residents should have more convenient access to primary care services as the result of a partnership between two community health organizations.

Healthy Body & Mind

Block Party for Health

Food truck, fire truck, ice cream truck OH MY! Enjoy some food and drink while the kids play games, do fitness testing, and visit with ...

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Running legend Jeff Galloway is coming to Lawrence, and he wants you to get off the couch

Run-walk-run pioneer turns 71 today

Jeff Galloway’s everyday life revolves mainly around two things: running, and helping others to experience the same benefits he feels from running. This weekend, he'll be in Lawrence to do just that.

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Get your family in gear for Saturday's Lawrence Community Bike Ride

The Lawrence Community Bike Ride is Saturday, and it’s an opportunity for casual and beginning bicyclists to ride together along a scenic trail. There are three rides to choose from, and they start at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St., near the Youth Sports Complex. They travel along a concrete path that is in a car-free environment.

Eating well for older adults: Knowing the essential vitamins and minerals is key

What we eat can affect overall health and well-being. It is especially important for older adults, who often have special nutritional needs due to the changes of aging. Lawrence Memorial Hospital is offering a free educational program about the “Nutritional Concerns of Older Adults” on July 19. LMH Registered Dietitian Barbara Hermreck will share information at the monthly Senior Supper and Seminar event.

Is vaping bad for your heart? Separating truth from smokescreen

Chemicals in e-cigarette vapor produce short-term signs of potential cardiovascular harm, according to a recently published study that opens up a new front in the vaping debate.

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Forget the gym: National landmarks the new playground for workout buffs

When college rowing buddies Bojan Mandaric and Brogan Graham vowed to stay in shape post-graduation, they didn't want to shovel out hundreds to join a gym or even drop $20 for a yoga class. So they returned to one of their most grueling college workouts: the stairs at Harvard Stadium.

40 percent of top-selling sunscreens don't meet dermatologists' standards, study finds

If you want to know which headphones will stay in your ears when you go for a run or which books you should bring to the beach, the customer reviews on can offer helpful advice. But if you’d like to know which sunscreens are best equipped to reduce your risk of skin cancer, you might want to check with a doctor instead.