List helps consumers make smart choices when purchasing organic produce

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and advocacy group that specializes in human environmental and health issues, has created a “Dirty Dozen” list and a “Clean Fifteen” list meant to help consumers shop smart when purchasing produce.

Our kids have parties for everything. And we mean everything.

Larryville Mom

Parents: Stop Throwing Parties for Everything

I’m a member of what they call the “Entitled Generation.” We got participation trophies, played games where no one kept score, and were showered with ...

Reading with Lily

Daddy Rules


You hear a lot of advice as a new parent. To keep your insanity, you willfully forget most of it. It's the recommendations you hear ...

GaDuGi SafeCenter News

GaDuGi SafeCenter is hiring!

GaDuGi SafeCenter is hiring for the Rural and Underserved Advocate position. This full-time position is pivotal in victim service delivery in Douglas, Franklin and Jefferson ...

Amy Warren is coordinator of the new Bert Nash health home called Health Connections. Joshua Reese will move up to replace Warren as Adult Outpatient Program team leader.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

New Bert Nash health home will coordinate care delivery

When the Bert Nash health home opens Aug. 1, it won’t involve new construction, or a new address. There’s a good reason for that. “A ...

Case manager Sierra Stephens gets a hug on the last day of the Summer Program.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Elementary students who participated in the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center Summer Program receive certificates. Great job, kids. Special thanks to Pinckney School for ...

Some of the members of the IDDT team with team leader George Wanke.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Picnic in the park

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center's IDDT (integrated dual diagnosis treatment) team hosts annual picnic in the park. Photo gallery:

Holiday Homes Tour - First Sunday of December

Health Care Access Clinic

Holiday Homes Tour - 10TH Anniversary Ticket Sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ticket pre-sale for the 10th Anniversary Holiday Homes Tour benefiting Health Care Access Lawrence, Kansas – July 24, 2014 The 10th Annual ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Third annual Heartland Block Party set for Saturday, Aug. 9

Heartland Community Health Center will host its third annual Block Party on Saturday, August 9 from 7pm to 9pm in the Heartland parking lot (7th ...

Heartland Community Health Center

Back to School with Heartland

Heartland Community Health Center is celebrating National Health Center Week by hosting a week of back to school events. Back to School with Heartland will ...

Daddy Rules

Want your parents to love you even more? Make them grandparents

Since this week's WellCommons has a "mature living" theme, I thought I would focus this week's column on two of the more mature people I ...

Brand new HJ (photo by Anna Luckey)

Larryville Mom

5 Things a New Mom REALLY Wants

Going to visit a new mom soon? Put down that gift bag filled with onesies and receiving blankets. For real. The new mom you’re visiting ...

Act of vandalism totals Douglas County Senior Meals vehicle

Douglas County Senior Meals is down a vehicle after an act of vandalism earlier this month totaled a Subaru Outback the program used to deliver meals to local seniors. By Giles Bruce

Meal delivery programs serve hundreds of local homebound residents

Kristie Bowen, of Lawrence, is one of dozens of volunteers for Douglas County's two programs that deliver meals to homebound residents: Douglas County Senior Meals and Lawrence Meals on Wheels. The latter serves residents 60 and older with normal diets, while the latter delivers meals to people of all ages and those with dietary restrictions. By Giles Bruce

Double Take: 'I love you' can pose a dilemma

Saying 'I love you' can create an imbalance for young couples. Learn to break your feelings gently to your partner.

Sign up for blood drive

The American Red Cross is asking blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by making an appointment to roll up a sleeve and help save a life with a blood donation. Please join us for our next community blood drive from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway.

Before doctors check your vitals, check out theirs

Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don’t know how to determine that.

Bicyclists take off during the second annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 21, 2012, at the Rotary Arboretum. About 200 participated in the event, which had three rides: one mile, three miles and 10 miles.

LiveWell Lawrence

Lawrence Community Bike Ride set for Saturday

Lawrence Central Rotary Club is hosting a Lawrence Community Bike Ride at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Lawrence Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th ...

Be an active and fit family

Children learn so much from their first teachers: their parents. Learning to be fit and active is no exception. Studies show that if parents are physically active, their children are likely to be so, too.

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KU Hospital begins offering nonsurgical pacemakers

Kansas University Hospital recently began implanting nonsurgical pacemakers that experts say cut down on procedure and recovery time, leave patients without visible scars or lumps, and reduce the risk of infection. By Giles Bruce

Daddy Rules

Babies don't stay babies for long

Babies grow fast. That point seems pretty apparent, but when you're around your daughter every day, like I am, it can sometimes be difficult to ...

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Caregivers group helps spouses, parents, children through trying times

To deal with the emotional roller coaster of his wife's dementia, Lawrence resident Chuck Kelly has turned to the caregivers support group held twice a month at the Lawrence Senior Center. The group is made up of current and former caregivers who share their experiences about topics like how to take away your loved one's car keys, pick the right nursing home and deal with loneliness. By Giles Bruce

Growing Food, Growing Health

A Day in the Life of a Running for Food Running for Health 5k Volunteer

Are you interested in volunteering for our 5k fundraising race on July 26 but are reluctant because you don’t know what to expect? Let me ...

Aging Well

Welcome to Medicare!

Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. offers a Welcome to Medicare Information Session Douglas County Senior Services, Inc. will offer a Welcome to Medicare information session ...


Baby Health

Hear from local pediatrician, Dr. Chris Koster and our Physical Therapist Audrey Welch about muscle development for babies that improve their progression through their growth ...

Flyer for Free State Brewing event benefiting Health Care Access

Health Care Access Clinic

Free State Brewing Celebrates 25 and 5

Free State Brewing Celebrates 25 and 5. Lawrence, Kansas - July 7, 2014 – In celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Free State Brewery ...

Tick-borne diseases can cause mild symptoms treatable at home with antibiotics to severe infections requiring hospitalization. Uploaded

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, ticks which can cause illness

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes and ticks when outdoors. The hot, humid and wet conditions are ripe for ...

Food & Nutrition

Preserving the Harvest

Are you interested in food preservation? Do you need to brush up on current food preservation methods? Come join us for this training and demonstration ...

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11 ways to beat back chiggers

Summer has arrived in Lawrence, which means that chigger season is upon us. Those annoying little creatures feed on your skin and, in turn, make you itch like crazy. We asked readers and other experts for methods they use to prevent and get rid of the nasty bites. Here are a few. By Giles Bruce

Emergency food supply for Health Care Access patients


Just Food & Health Care Access Collaboration

Health Care Access and Just Food formed a partnership to establish a supply of emergency food for Health Care Access patients in need, and to ...