Baby Health

Nikki White

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 stages. Children welcome to attend with their parents! Wednesday, July 23 7:00 p.m. TherapyWorks 1311 Wakarusa Drive - Lawrence, KS More info at 785-749-1300, www.therapyworks.org, ...

Syrian Kids- This really hurts me

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/10/270241/ **Syrian kids in a time of war** This article which appears in tomorrow's New York Times really hurts me. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/10/world/middleeast/report-cites-devastating-toll-on-health-of-syrias-children.html?hp In certain parts of the world today, such as in Syria, or the Central African Republic, it is heartbreaking to think of what has happened and is happening to ...

You are invited to a Sunday Soiree

Healthy Sprouts

You are cordially invited to the Sunday Soiree: A Charity Event for the Healthy Sprouts Farm to Preschool program of Douglas County Child Development Association. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, January 26th, 3-6pm, and invite your friends and colleagues! You can purchase tickets ($30) at the door or through ...

QUAIL RUN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ART SHOW - "Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary"

Constance Whiston

Quail Run Elementary School Art Show will celebrate our 25th anniversary with art from each student in our school. Everyone is invited so please bring the whole family and all your neighbors. Show starts: Saturday, January 11th Show ends: Saturday, February 1st ART SHOW RECEPTION: Saturday, January 25th - 2:00 ...

Get Ready To Hemi Jam!

Brenda Brown

The third annual Hemi Jam, which benefits children and families suffering from radical brain surgery, is planned for Saturday, December 7th at The Granada Theatre in downtown Lawrence, KS. Doors open at 7pm. All proceeds from the Hemi Jam directly benefit The Hemispherectomy Foundation. The Hemi-foundation is an all-volunteer organization ...

Last Healthy Sprouts Highlight #5: Policies and Collaboration

Healthy Sprouts

As we look to the future of Farm to Child Care here in Douglas County, we keep our sights on sustainability. We want the Healthy Sprouts programming to continue on and not phase out like so many grant-funded projects. Not only do we want the efforts of our participants to ...

Breastfeeding support group to host 'Clothes Swap' Nov. 20

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/15/264625/ The [Douglas County breastfeeding support group][1] — B.I.B.S. — will host a clothes swap at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2], 200 Maine St. The group plans to swap maternity, infant and toddler clothes and items such as slings and toys. Elizabeth Sedita-Laufer, breastfeeding ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #4: Food Education

Healthy Sprouts

Just a generation ago, people in our country were much more connected to their food source. In our conversations with people about growing food, most of them have not so distant memories of their parents’ or grandparents’ large garden. Many people were even raised on farms, especially here in the ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #3: Family Engagement

Healthy Sprouts

Family engagement is crucial to Healthy Sprouts’ goal of connecting young children to healthy food. While our focus is on developing healthy habits in children from birth to age 6, we know that a significant component of our work is inspiring parents and caregivers to participate in gardening, cooking, and ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #2: Local Farm Connections

Healthy Sprouts

Healthy Sprouts connects young children, their caregivers and families to local farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), field trips and outreach. CSA is a business arrangement between families and local farmers in which farmers drop off weekly vegetable subscriptions for families who subscribe during the growing season. Through our program, ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #1: Children's Gardens

Healthy Sprouts

One of the most popular and effective parts of the Healthy Sprouts program is gardening with children. This year, a total of eight child care centers and 28 in-home child care providers planted and tended gardens with the children in their care through the Healthy Sprouts program. Children as young ...

A Week of Healthy Sprouts Highlights

Healthy Sprouts

Next week (November 11-15), we will post a series of stories highlighting each part of our Farm to Child Care program. Here are the topics you can look forward to reading about: - Children's gardens - Connections to local farmers - Family Engagement - Education - Policies and collaboration The ...

Top 5 Reasons We Need Farm to Preschool

Healthy Sprouts

Everyone believes that children deserve the healthiest start in life. However, the health of our youngest members of society is in decline. Formerly known as Families, Farmers and Educator United, Healthy Sprouts, our community’s Farm to Preschool program reaches over 1,000 children annually. Without community support, our efforts to connect ...

The Contented Brain and Brainwave Optimization

Lecnetwork

Learn about a non-invasive new technology that is helping Kansas children and adults reduce or eliminate medications while decreasing or eliminating symptoms of depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, and more. Research shows its dramatic effects on PTSD, sleep disorders, and more. Join us at a FREE seminar, "Why It's So Hard to ...

Grief Camp for Children and Teens Offers Unconventional Coping Methods

Lori McSorley

Three local organizations are teaming up to fill a need in the Douglas County community. On Sunday, November 10th from 1-5pm, Keepsake Day will commence at Midland Care Center. Visiting Nurses Hospice, Midland Care and Rumsey Yost Funeral Home have come together to offer a grief day-camp for children, teens ...

"TRICK or TREAT" with Drury Place at Alvamar on Halloween!

Constance Whiston

All families and children are invited to "Trick or Treat" Halloween night at Drury Place at Alvamar. For safe, warm, inside, super fun trick or treating with lot's of treats! Come by: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm 1510 St. Andrews Drive - next to McGrew Real Estate at 15th & ...

Tailgate Fundraiser to Benefit Visiting Nurses- Honoring Coach Don Fambrough

Lori McSorley

Visiting Nurses has served the Douglas County Community for over 44 years. In this time, they have served individuals in areas of Home Health, Rehabilitation, Hospice and Private Duty. Thousands of patients have been helped through these services, many of which have not had the ability to pay. Visiting Nurses ...

Cordley Carnival has Expanded Wellness Expo - this Friday!

Sally Zogry

The Cordley Elementary PTA Carnival is this Friday, September 20th from 5:30-8:00pm. Come enjoy free games and prizes, free inflatables, booger wars (it's fun, not gross!) and hamster balls, face painting, henna tattoos, cake walk, balloon art by Balloonman and more! Global Cafe, AirSummerSnow Shaved Ice, Mass. Street Sweet Shoppe, ...

Families to learn budget-friendly ways to stay active during Sept. 26 ‘Kickin’ It With WIC’ event

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/sep/04/260956/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]’s WIC program and the [Douglas County Community Health Improvement Partnership][2] will host the 10th annual “Kickin’ It With WIC” event Thursday, Sept. 26. The event, for families enrolled in the [Special Supplemental Nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)][3], will be from 3:30 ...

Health Department’s breastfeeding educators provide array of support

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/30/260799/ Jolene Croxell, supervisor of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for [Women, Infants and Children (WIC][1]) at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, earned certification as a breastfeeding educator after completing a three-day workshop this month in Oklahoma City. The Health Department now has six certified breastfeeding educators. The others are ...

Ballard Community Services, Educating My Child and Leveling the Field.

Brenda Brown

Lucy is starting Kindergarten next week, and will be leaving the comforts of The Ballard Community Services Education Program. My first experience with Ballard was way back in 2001 when I was volunteering for The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Ballard was the recipient of the award that year. ...

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 ...

LRN Helps Kits for School

Brenda Brown

The Kits for School Program got a big boost on Tuesday when a local business networking group donated a thousand dollars to the fund that helps provide school supplies for Lawrence students in need. The Lawrence Referral Network donated the money after Kyle Roggenkamp the Human Resources Director for Penn ...

Lawrence mom says Breast Is Best Social offers peer support and much more

Karrey Britt

Babies are being coddled and cooed over. Toddlers are crawling on the floor and playing with toys. Moms are changing diapers and breast-feeding. Moms-to-be are taking it all in and asking questions about what to expect. Conversations range from breast-feeding and baby clothes to the weather and mother-in-laws. Welcome to ...

Rock, Rhyme & Read Event for Families

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

Enjoy a free evening of interactive fun and learning on Wednesday, July 31, at Jump 4 Joy KS on 1035 E 23rd Street in Lawrence! "Rock, Rhyme & Read" is a special musical event sponsored by Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas, Sunflower Music Therapy and Strengthening Families of Douglas ...

On Raising A Non Girly-Girl

Brenda Brown

Our daughter Lucy will be 5 years old very soon and will be off to Kindergarten. Like most parents facing a mile stone in their child's life, it is time to reflect on our daughter's first several years. Lucy is funny, creative, loving, and usually very concerned with other people's ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is one of 38 nationwide to receive Model Practice Award

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/16/258517/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] was honored July 11 at the annual conference of the [National Association of County and City Health Officials][2] (NACCHO) in Dallas for developing and implementing a project that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a public health need. The project, “Developing Tools ...

Kansas Cavity Free Kids offers free training in Lawrence to help promote importance of oral health during pregnancy

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/11/258364/ [Kansas Cavity Free Kids][1] is offering a free training workshop, “Teeth for Two,” July 26 for professionals who work with pregnant women. The workshop will help professionals — health care providers, dental professionals, family educators and social workers — educate women about he importance of oral health care during ...

Family Night Child Safety Check Coming to Eudora June 18

Belinda Rehmer

The Safe Kids Buckle Up Van is making a June stop in Eudora! Eudora Family Care is hosting a special Family Night from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, to share important free safety, health and parenting information. Children’s safety in the car is one of the most important components ...

Families Engage in Farm to Preschool One Bite at a Time

Healthy Sprouts

In late February of this year, we welcomed Melissa Freiburger as the newest addition to Families, Farmers and Educators United (FFEU). Melissa is our Family Engagement Facilitator and has spent the past couple of months creating new and exciting initiatives at all nine of our participating child care centers. In ...

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