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Are you at risk for diabetes? LMH fair to focus on awareness

According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes (about 9.3 percent of the population). Most of these have Type 2 diabetes.

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Parks and Rec's 'No Child Left Inside' aims to get kids moving outdoors

Each fall, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department encourages kids to get outdoors — and maybe get a little messy in the process. The goal behind these biweekly hikes is also the name of the annual program, cleverly titled “No Child Left Inside.”

Heartland Community Health Center

Local agencies partner to host candidate forum on mental health and incarceration

Heartland Community Health Center, Bert Nash Community Health Center, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Health Care Access, and Douglas County Dental Clinic are ...

Healthy Body & Mind

Physical Therapy Can Fix THAT?

I did not grow up wanting to be a physical therapist. When I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a doctor, nurse, dentist, or ...

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Take care of your ankles

Trying to maximize your steps each day to reach the enviable 10,000 mark is great for your health. Yet, for some, all those strides may also lead to foot and ankle problems. When you add in other foot and ankle pounding activities like running and jumping, it may literally become difficult to stand on your own two feet (and ankles).

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Common illnesses during cold weather and how to avoid them

As temperatures drop over the fall and winter months, our risk for contracting illness only goes up. Here, Dr. Karen Evans, a family medicine specialist at Lawrence’s Mt. Oread Family Practice, identifies a few common cold-weather ailments (turns out, there’s more than just flu on the horizon) and how to best avoid them.

LiveWell Lawrence

Douglas County Food Policy Council launches community survey

The Douglas County Food Policy Council has launched a community survey to gather information for a countywide Food System Plan. The survey is available online ...

Second annual 'Rock the Block' to benefit cancer programs at LMH

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association is inviting community members to “Rock the Block” this Friday during its second annual fundraiser of the same name, featuring live music, food and drinks in a block-party atmosphere.

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Breast cancer: Sussing out facts, falsehoods

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Lawrence Memorial Hospital oncologist Jodie Barr to weigh in on a few of the most commonly held myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.

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Local schools to participate in next week's Walk to School Day

Lawrence-area students are once again dusting off their walking shoes in preparation for this fall’s annual Walk to School Day.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department to offer flu vaccination clinics in area communities in October

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will offer flu shots in Douglas County communities in October. The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age ...

Community Coordinators Cyara Le and Betty Pickerel present the drawings of Lawrence High students that represent youths' everyday experiences of food.

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project’s Food Equity Project Brings New Voices to the Table

Success! Sunrise Project is reaching new people and giving voice to diverse experiences through our Food Plan Equity Project, a collaboration with the County and ...

Parents and their children play a board game during one of the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's "Kids Need To Know" classes. The Health Department is accepting enrollment for a fall co-ed class that begins Oct. 11.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department accepting enrollment for family-based sex education course for preteens

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is accepting enrollment for a co-ed family-based sexuality education course called “Kids Need to Know.” The course assists parents of ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Heartland receives grant for health information technology enhancement

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced on September 16, 2016 that Heartland Community Health Center has been awarded the Delivery System Health Information ...

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Health Department launches 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Families' program

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in the U.S. — that’s one of out every three — are growing up without their biological father living under the same roof.

Sara Volweider leads the Bert Nash TLC group.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash clients benefit from therapeutic lifestyle changes

Everyone could use some TLC. For people who struggle with depression, that is especially true. In this case, TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, rather ...

Sara Godinez is team leader of the Bert Nash SEED program.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

SEED of change: Program supports clients as they enter workforce

Finding that right job can be a challenge. Especially for someone with a mental illness. That’s where the Bert Nash SEED (Supported Employment Education Development) ...

Lawrence Chapman was one of the Van Go student artists who worked on the mural at Bert Nash.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Van Go "Life Changes" mural continues to have impact at Bert Nash Center

It took all of eight weeks to complete the design and painting of the mural on the second floor of the Bert Nash Center. That ...

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For head-to-toe health, load up on these fruits and veggies

Here, two registered dietitians — Linda Rippetoe, of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Mary Jo Mason, who serves as the in-house dietitian at Hy-Vee, 4000 W. Sixth St. — share their expertise on which fruits and veggies to eat for head-to-toe health.

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Step up your walking routine

Last year at about this time, the U.S. surgeon general wrote a prescription for all Americans, especially those who are sedentary. The prescription? Take a walk.

Watch out for injuries related to overuse

Are you looking to be more physically active? If you’re planning to do more exercise or play more sports, beware of overuse injuries.

Healthy Body & Mind

We've Got Your Back: What You Need to Know About Back Pain

Back pain affects millions of individuals every day and can lead to decreased quality of life interfering with your daily activities of work and social ...

Karrey Britt is an advocate for Mental Health First Aid training.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

"My hope is that more people take this class. It could be life-saving."

Mental Health First Aid is life-changing and can be life-saving. I took the course at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center five years ago when ...

"The Listeners" explores the role of crisis phone lines in mental health care as it follows a cohort of new volunteers at Headquarters Counseling Center. "The Listeners" delivers a powerful and uplifting message of acceptance, altruism and empathy. Uploaded

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition to host screening of 'The Listeners,' candlelight vigil Sept. 1

The Douglas County Suicide Prevention Coalition will host a screening of “The Listeners,” a documentary that follows new volunteers at Lawrence-based Headquarters Counseling Center. The ...

On the water or off, rowing offers numerous health benefits

Every year in the early fall, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department offers an introductory class on rowing at the University of Kansas Boathouse in Burcham Park. And every year since the program’s launch in 2010, folks have continued to sign up for the one-time class, which sends would-be rowers in boats down the Kansas River, weather permitting, with coaches and student-athletes from KU’s rowing team guiding them through the ABCs of the sport.

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 ...