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 ...

LiveWell Lawrence

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.

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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 ...