Healthy Body & Mind

Why do my feet hurt?

Thank you to everyone who attended the event at TherapyWorks last week and a big thank you to Dr. Waterman from OrthoKansas for presenting! There ...

LiveWell Lawrence

Spring LiveWell event set for April 20

LiveWell Lawrence will host a spring program from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, ...

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Swelling may be cause for concern

This month’s Senior Seminar program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital will focus on edema in older adults.

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Ban on trans fat linked with fewer heart attacks and strokes

Local bans on artery-clogging trans fats in restaurant foods led to fewer heart attacks and strokes in several New York counties, a new study suggests.

"I feel very fortunate to be joining such a highly respected organization," said new Bert Nash Center CEO Patrick Schmitz.

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Community partners, search committee members: New CEO obvious choice to carry on Bert Nash Center tradition

Patrick Schmitz knows he is joining some select company. Schmitz, 51, will become just the third CEO of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center ...

LiveWell Lawrence

Join the National Bike Challenge!

You can represent Douglas County in the National Bike Challenge! The Challenge is a logging center for you to record the miles you ride while ...

Forum to focus on end of life

Lawrence Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Lawrence Public Library, on April 17, will host a 90-minute discussion on a topic that most people would rather not talk about: how they prefer to die.

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Designing parks for older adults

As America grays, healthy aging becomes essential. Physical activity or exercise is an important piece of this. Getting regular exercise of just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has been linked to a reduction in heart disease, cancer, falls and cognitive impairment due to dementia, including Alzheimer-type dementia.

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Parkinson's disease: Know the symptoms and get the facts

Its cause is unknown; there is no specific test to diagnose it; and there is no cure. Parkinson’s disease, a nervous system disorder that affects movement, impacts about 1 million people who are currently living with the condition in the United States.

“I can’t come up with the words to describe how flattered I am. And, frankly, how undeserving. I look at the list of previous winners, and these are folks I have admired for so many years.” — Bill Beedles

Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Longtime KU business school professor to receive Bert Nash Pioneer Award

When his friend and mentor Maurice Joy asked him to join the Bert Nash Investment Committee in 1996, Bill Beedles didn’t hesitate to serve. “There ...

LiveWell Lawrence

Tobacco-free coalition launches on Baker University’s campus

A tobacco-free coalition has launched on Baker University’s campus. The #BTIDtobaccofree campus initiative is committed to creating a healthy and sustainable tobacco-free environment for all ...

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Health Champions celebrated: County to recognize residents who enriched community

This year’s Douglas County Health Champions Evan Jorn and Adam and Rachel Rolf enjoy helping residents of all ages and abilities be active.

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Slam-dunk snacking: Sate your March Madness appetite with some of these elite treats

It’s basketball tournament time once again. And for many of us, that means watching hoops on television — and perhaps snacking while doing so.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers battling dementia

Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia.

Indulge in a little ‘spring cleaning’ for your body

As you begin the annual spring cleaning of your home and environment, it’s not a bad idea to begin ‘spring cleaning’ your body as well. For many of us, the winter months mean less exposure to sun (low vitamin D), less movement and more consumption of heavier foods.

Food & Nutrition

Tasty Food Fast - "Flash in a Pan"

When you’re in a rush, forget fast food. K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County is excited to offer a class on delicious, healthy food ...

Food & Nutrition

2017 WALK KANSAS - Still Time to Register!

Welcome to Walk Kansas, a health initiative presented by K-State Research and Extension. Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will inspire you to lead ...

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Understanding the complexity of pain

Pain is complex. We usually think of pain as being simple; for example, you sprain your ankle and now you have pain. It makes sense to assume if you hurt or damage your body, then you will have pain. But what about those times you have pain without a cause?

Experts: less bacon, more nuts

Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

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Preventing colorectal cancer

Diet, exercise, weight are key

In 2017, the American Cancer Society predicts the number of deaths in the United States related to colorectal cancer to be approximately 50,260. That would be similar to 51 percent of the entire population of Lawrence passing away from what is often considered one of the most preventable cancers.

Fitbit tracks your steps; now it wants to chart your Zs, too

Fitbit, whose devices encourage people to walk 10,000 steps each day, now wants to put them to sleep as well.

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10 small ways to improve your nutrition

March is annually recognized as National Nutrition Month. Created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this month is an opportunity to learn more about the importance of making informed food choices and developing and maintaining healthy eating and physical activity practices.

Healthy Body & Mind

Free Gait Analysis This Saturday!

Is there an injury in my future? Where do I have specific muscle weakness that if addressed will prevent a strain or sprain? Saturday morning, ...

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Tips for taking better care of your feet

Consider your feet as the caregivers of your body. Day after day they accept you for who you are, take pounding after pounding and support all of your efforts. They bend to forces applied by weak muscles and bad form, and they ride along in ill-fitting shoes, flip flops and, sometimes, even naked.

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Keep your heart healthy

Most likely, all of us have been affected at some point in our lives by heart disease, also known as cardiovascular disease. If not through a personal experience, then likely by the experience of a friend or loved one.

12.2 million sign up for Obamacare despite its challenges

More than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under the Obama-era health care law even with the uncertainty created by President Donald Trump’s vow to repeal and replace it.

LiveWell Lawrence

Grant funds Fit Club at Lawrence High School

Lawrence High School recently started an after-school Fit Club, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation. So far, the ...

It's not too late to get your flu shot

Late last month, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported widespread influenza activity across the state. Locally, the number of active cases in Lawrence and throughout Douglas County is also on the rise.

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6 tips for avoiding winter doldrums

We are almost halfway through winter and even though the predicted weather the rest of this week looks quite spring-like, it is likely that we have probably not seen the last of Old Man Winter. Here are a few tips to help you get through the remainder of the winter season as healthy and happy as possible.

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain

Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including web-surfing, playing bridge and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says.