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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.

LiveWell Lawrence

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.

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Diabetics at risk for flu complications

While most people recover from the flu after a few days, people with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, are at greater risk of developing complications from the virus.

LiveWell Lawrence to celebrate eighth anniversary with community breakfast

LiveWell Lawrence is marking its eighth anniversary this year with a community breakfast Friday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. As is the tradition with the annual event, slated for 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., community members are invited to attend free of charge.

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Get help and keep trying to quit tobacco use

The American Cancer Society notes that about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Although cigarette smoking rates have dropped, rates for cigar, pipe and hookah use — other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco — are rising.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash Center, Housing Authority receive HOME award

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have received an award of $80,000 from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation for ...

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Tips for reducing holiday stress

Stress is often a part of our daily lives. For many, the holidays add an extra helping. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association found that close to 40 percent of respondents reported increased stress levels during the holiday season.

Bert Nash Center CEO David Johnson cites this collaboration as the most recent example of a long history of partnership between the Center and the Housing Authority.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Bert Nash, Housing Authority collaborate on housing project for people with mental illness

Bert Nash Center and Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority have a long history of working together. The newest partnership between the two organizations involves plans to ...

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Downtown Grocery Project seeks endorsements

The Downtown Grocery Store Project Committee is seeing endorsements from businesses, organizations and individuals. Nearly 24,400 adults and children in Lawrence live in a food ...

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Strategies for staying healthy, mindful as high-calorie holiday season approaches

With Halloween officially behind us and Thanksgiving on its way, now might be a good time to start strategizing for the long, temptation-laden holiday season ahead. Because nothing can derail a well-meaning dieter quite like Thanksgiving, which each year leads the average American to consume more than 4,500 calories in one meal, according to the Calorie Control Council and registered dietician Rachel Levy. Food for thought: That’s more than twice the suggested daily calorie allotment recommended by health professionals.

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LMH program to help start difficult but necessary conversations about mortality

It is as sure as the rising sun. The reality that we all face aging and death at some point in life is inescapable.

Healthy Body & Mind

Women's Health: It's time to Know your Pelvic Floor

If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times, “I didn’t know you guys treated that”. We do treat “that”. In ...

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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.