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 ...

Un(der)Insured

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 ...