HelenGold5k

Jeffstebbins

This Saturday (Sept. 14th) at 8am the HelenGold5k will be taking place. It will be taking place at The Fountains shopping center in Overland Park, KS near 119th and Glenwood. All the money raised from the race will go to KU-Med and it's Parkinson's research efforts. Please come show your ...

Visiting Nurses Provides School Supplies

Lori  McSorley

This is the 4th year that Visiting Nurses has done an employee school supply drive. This year's donations will be presented to the Ballard Center to benefit children in the area. Pictured here are some of the employees who donated to the drive. From left to right, Mitzie Gimblet, Pat ...

WellCommons editor accepts job at Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/apr/04/211544/ Today is a bittersweet day. I am leaving the Lawrence Journal-World after 16 years in various jobs. I have worked with amazing, talented people who have enriched my journalism experience. I also have had the honor and privilege to tell the stories of people in our community and across ...

WellCommons honors individuals, LMH for contributions to community's health

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/feb/06/229550/ About 50 people attended our WellCommons awards celebration and open house Friday at the News Center, 645 N.H. Since its inception in April 2010, [WellCommons][1], which is owned by The World Company, has become a trusted community health resource not only as a news site but as a social ...

Please join us for a WellCommons celebration, open house!

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/feb/03/229370/ Please join us for a [WellCommons][1] celebration and open house from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the News Center, 645 N.H. Since its inception in April 2010, WellCommons, which is owned by The World Company, has become a trusted community health resource not only as ...

Please join us for a WellCommons celebration, open house!

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/feb/03/229370/ Please join us for a [WellCommons][1] celebration and open house from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, at the News Center, 645 N.H. Since its inception in April 2010, WellCommons, which is owned by The World Company, has become a trusted community health resource not only as ...

Top stories on WellCommons in 2011 — a year of growth thanks to you

Karrey Britt

We'd like to thank you for making 2011 — WellCommons' first full year of operations — successful. [WellCommons][1] has become a trusted community resource where individuals, businesses and organizations can educate the public on important health issues. More people joined the website's groups, many posted personal stories and events, and ...

Our super group names have changed but the content has stayed the same

Christine Metz

WellCommons has been around for awhile now and with anything that matures, we are still figuring out what works and what doesn't. Over the past year, we've heard from our community that the categories housing our content (we call them super groups) isn't very intuitive. To make our site easier ...

WellCommons wins national Web award

Christine Metz

Congratulations are in order for you — our WellCommons community. Last week, the international EPPY Awards, which are presented by Editor & Publisher, honored the best media-affiliated websites in the country. WellCommons won for Best Community Service on a Media-Affiliated Website with fewer than 250,000 unique monthly visitors. Websites were ...

Thank you for a wonderful couple of years!

Jane Stevens

Yesterday was my last day at the The World Company. I will be forever grateful to Dolph Simons Jr. and the company for allowing us to create WellCommons, and to you, the community of Lawrence and Douglas County, for being so willing to try something new. We launched WellCommons 18 ...

Want to learn more about how to use WellCommons? Drop-in training hours this week.

Jane Stevens

For those interested in learning more about how to use WellCommons, we'll have two drop-in training hours this week: - Noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 31 - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, September 2 We'll cover anything you want -- the basics, advanced shortcuts, best practices, etc. If ...

How to find your draft posts

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/aug/29/219799/ One of the useful parts about using WellCommons is that you can start a post, then come back to it later. Once you've saved your post as a draft, this is how to find it: - Make sure you're signed in, then click on your name, which is in ...

We're trying another approach to engage our anonymous commenters

Jane Stevens

Our policy on WellCommons requires people who post content or who leave a comment on a post to use their real name. That's what our advisory group wanted. And it was part of our promise to create a safe place and a trusted source for health news and information. That ...

We're making some under the hood changes here at WellCommons

Jonathan Kealing

We're doing some under the hood changes over here at [WellCommons][1] and you're going to start seeing progress here today. Over the next few weeks, you'll see upvoting buttons begin appearing around the site. First they'll show up on chats (in fact [they're already there][2]) and then you'll begin seeing ...

WellCommons grows to 120K+ page views, receives award -- thanks to all of you!

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/jul/18/217292/ It takes a community to grow a site like WellCommons. We're 15 months old now, and we're really starting to take off. In the last 30 days, according to Google Analytics, the site's seen more than 120,000 page views, with 35,000 unique visitors. And that means, on average, every ...

Website maintenance planned for Monday night, may lead to service outage

Jonathan Kealing

Planned maintenance of our web servers may lead to some brief down time for this website Monday night. In order to change some settings and configurations on our servers, we'll be taking down this website for about 15 minutes around midnight. All access should be restored by 12:30 Tuesday morning. ...

Hands-on training session offered for WellCommons, Sunflower Horizons

Karrey Britt

We are hosting a hands-on training session for [WellCommons][1] and [Sunflower Horizons][2] — two new community-based websites. The session is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 26, at The News Center, 645 N.H., which is the northwest corner of Seventh and New Hampshire streets. You can stop by ...

Welcome to WellCommons 2.0!

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/kbritt/photos/2011/feb/28/208945/ Since this community health website launched last April, we’ve watched how you use the site and listened to your requests to make a few nips, tucks and tweaks. But, today it received a complete makeover. I am excited about it, and I hope you like it as much as ...

WellCommons is changing, thanks to you and some terrific developers

Jane Stevens

http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2011/feb/17/208221/ Since we officially launched our ground-breaking local health site last April, we've been watching how you use WellCommons 1.0, listening to your requests, and making small modifications. In the last few weeks, we've embarked a list of hefty changes to create WellCommons 2.0. The biggest upgrades on the list ...

Heart disease in women...and women affected by heart disease

Jane Stevens

This month is American Heart Month. Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day, to raise awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. Today, two women share very personal stories of their experience with heart disease, and how it's affecting their lives. Cindy Hart, who works at the ...

Top 5 stories from the WellCommons community in 2010

Karrey Britt

Jonathan Kealing recently posted [a story about WellCommons’ usage and the most-clicked stories of 2010][1]. His story piqued my interest. I was curious about which stories by the WellCommons community — not from The News Center — were most viewed. **They are:** http://www.flickr.com/photos/48124680@N06/4615208283/ **5.** [Welcome to dads of Douglas County’s ...

Closing the books on WellCommons 2010

Jonathan Kealing

It's not quite the end of the year, but we're close. And with the calendar about to turn from 2010 to 2011, it's as good a time as any to look back at this, our first year, at WellCommons. It's become a tradition at our other sites to do an ...

Anonymous comments on WellCommons

Jane Stevens

You may have noticed a few lately. In an effort to make this site easier to use and more welcoming, new people who've just discovered this community can drop in and test the waters, so to speak. As soon as we see an anonymous comment, we send a message to ...

November WellCommons traffic report

Jonathan Kealing

As I hope you've noticed by now, we rolled out some major changes to WellCommons late last month, and we've got a few more in the works coming soon. Part of the reason was because of feedback from people like you. But another part of the reason was our dissatisfaction ...

Top 5 posts of November

Karrey Britt

**The most-viewed posts in November on WellCommons were:** http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/nov/20/203056/ 1. [Lawrence resident talks][1] about her husband's suicide after 23 years of marriage. 2. [Bedbugs are crawling into Lawrence][2]: Experts offer tips on prevention, treatment. 3. Longtime Lawrence resident coping with [life-threatening 'hardening' disease][3]. 4. 21-year-old [JennyRay McGee][4] isn't giving up ...

The first of big changes to WellCommons!

Jane Stevens

Today, you'll notice a few changes on WellCommons. Based on the feedback we've had from you, we've made groups and participating in groups easier to use. The basic "ones": - **One page for all the action.** In each group, we've collapsed the "Home", "News" and "Commons" sections into one Home ...

WellCommons now linked from Marketplace!

Jessica Schilling

Now there's one more way in which local businesses and organizations can carry on the WellCommons conversation: The Lawrence Journal-World's [Marketplace][1], sibling site to WellCommons and the go-to source for business information in Douglas County and beyond, now includes links to WellCommons groups for businesses and organizations with a presence ...

New on WellCommons - national health news

Jane Stevens

In case you haven't noticed, we've added a new feature to the WellCommons home page. It's national health news from [Kaiser Health News][1]. http://wellcommons.com/users/jestevens/photos/2010/oct/10/200176/ We've been looking for a good way to include national health news into the site, because we want to make WellCommons your go-to place for anything ...

Overnight maintenance may cause brief outages, slowness on WellCommons.com

Whitney Mathews

Night owls — this note is for you. We're doing some heavy maintenance across all of our websites tonight that may affect your ability to use [LJWorld.com][1], [Lawrence.com][2], [KUSports.com][3] and [WellCommons.com][4] for a short period of time. Late Thursday night into Friday morning, **message boards on KUSports.com will be unavailable ...

How my own *Eat, Pray, Love* moment in Bali led to WellCommons

Jane Stevens

I was reluctant to see the movie *Eat, Pray, Love*, because I thought I'd wilt in the sadness that comes from missing a place, a home. But all it did was bring back sweet memories, especially the one that knocked me off one life track smack dab onto another. During ...

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