“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 Amazon.com 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.

LiveWell Lawrence

LiveWell Lawrence reflects on 2015-16 Policy Platform progress

LiveWell Lawrence work groups recently provided progress reports on their 2015-16 Policy Platform priorities. In November 2015, the LiveWell Leadership Team adopted the Policy Platform, ...

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When deciding whether to prescribe pain meds, doctors wrestle with mixed messages

Steve Diaz, an emergency medicine doctor at Augusta’s MaineGeneral Health, says he knows what patients want when they come to him in pain. Drugs. And preferably strong ones. “The only thing they think of is, ‘Do I get a pill?’” he said.

Max Trejo working in West Middle School's garden. Photograph by Malka Hampton

Sunrise Project

Sunrise Project's Summer of Service Program Connects Youth to School Gardens!

Written by Luna Stephens, Sunrise Project's Youth Journalist Intern More than just doing weeding, the school gardens week of Summer of Service got youth exploring ...

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Fact or fad? Controversial fasting diets boost weight loss, beat 'plateaus'

A concept that was once primarily restricted to religious practices has infiltrated the diet world and is rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S. Though research thus far is mostly inconclusive and experts hold conflicting opinions, intermittent fasting — abstaining from all or some kinds of food for a duration — may be beneficial for weight loss.

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Beyond ‘nightmare bacteria’: New strain resists all drugs

State and federal health officials are investigating a possible “patient zero” in New York who may have been infected with bacteria that ferried genes resistant to the final drugs on pharmacy shelves, health department officials confirmed last week.

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Zika vaccine almost here? Scientists are getting closer

Just five months after the Zika virus was declared a global public health emergency, a scientific team’s feverish efforts to create a vaccine against the viral threat have borne promising fruit: With a single shot of two different types of vaccine, experimental mice gained near-total immunity to Zika for at least two months.

Medicare weighs changes to controversial plan on cancer meds

Trying to salvage a controversial experiment to confront rising drug costs, the Obama administration this week hinted at modifications to an ambitious plan that would revamp Medicare payments.

Butter is neither good nor bad for you, study finds

Low-fat turkey meat, a bagel, cornflakes, margarine and soda are all worse for you than butter, according to a new study.

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one ...

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Full-fat dairy makes a comeback among the health conscious

Once snubbed, whole-fat milk, yogurt and other dairy products are finding their way back into our refrigerators, thanks to a growing interest in "whole foods" diets and new evidence that full-fat dairy products can be good for us, experts say.

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After pins-and-needles wait, acupuncture finally will be regulated in Kansas

The consequences of getting acupuncture from someone who is untrained could be serious, but soon the risk of encountering that situation in Kansas soon will diminish. Lawrence acupuncturist Gina Halsey has been working since 2009 to remove Kansas from the list of five remaining states that do not license the profession. It’s been a long process with a lot of red tape, but in the recent legislative session, the Acupuncture Practice Act finally was approved.

Free program helps you learn more about Kansas while staying healthy this summer

Did you know that Dodge City is listed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as the windiest city in the United States, with an average daily wind speed of 13.9 miles per hour?

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department offering free HIV testing today in conjunction with National HIV Testing Day

In conjunction with National HIV Testing Day, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The ...

New Kansas bicycle map available

Whether you want to see designated bike routes in 19 cities in Kansas, traffic volumes along state routes or which county routes are paved, the new 2016-17 Kansas bicycle map will help bicycle riders plan their trips.

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Using your smartphone in the dark? It might cause temporary blindness, doctors warn

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision. Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon.