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 ...

Health Department grateful for donation of children's books from women educators group

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/28/256134/ The Omicron Chapter of [Delta Kappa Gamma Society International][1], an honorary society of women educators, recently donated 74 children’s books to the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s clinic waiting area. The Health Department’s clinic serves about 80 clients daily. Among the donated books were “Spotted Yellow Frogs,” “The Button Box,” ...

Health Department's Healthy Families program provides support as teenage couple grow into parents

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/24/255980/ When Emily Radar and Zach Walker learned they were going to have a baby, they say their lives were turned upside down. Emily was a junior attending Lawrence High School. Zach had just graduated from Perry-Lecompton High School and was working part-time in a neighborhood bar. He planned to ...

Safe to Sleep

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

The *Eunice Kennedy Shriver* National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has launched the Safe to Sleep campaign to reduce Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Check out the new [campaign][1] to gain the most up-to-date information on creating a safe sleep environment ...

Third graders get moving at Kansas Kids Fitness Day

Janelle Martin

Anschutz Sports Pavilion on the University of Kansas campus was bursting with energy last Friday morning as 620 third-graders from Northeast Kansas filled it as part of ***Kansas Kids Fitness and Safety Day*** in Douglas County. An especially impressive feat this year was the fact that students from three Lawrence ...

Week of the Young Child, April 14-20

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The purpose is to focus attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. ...

Walking The Walk for Clean Water

Brenda Brown

My family and I have the best neighbors. We all get along, watch each other kids, borrow the proverbial cup of sugar and watch each others houses when someone goes on vacation. We all get together to celebrate a new baby, and we gathered in mourning when the matriarch of ...

How YOU can support Farm to Preschool

Healthy Sprouts

Did you know there is a growing national Farm to Preschool movement? Douglas County is a part of the movement and you can be involved in a number of ways! But first, you might be wondering, "What is Farm to Preschool?" Farm to Preschool (or Child Care) has many of ...

Kids Summer Fun Fair celebrates Lawrence youth

Beth McKeon

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/06/252631/ The 3rd Annual Kids Summer Fun Fair brings together over 30 local organizations to highlight camps, classes, and special programs for kids over the summer. This free community event takes place on April 20, 2013 from 10am to 2pm at the Community Building at 115 W. 11th. St. Part ...

Ambassadors to reward positive child-adult interactions in Douglas County throughout April

Karrey Britt

What do you do to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community? Nearly 100 residents have been trained to be “Strengthening Family Ambassadors." These ambassadors are nonprofit leaders, child-care surveyors, AmeriCorps members, care managers and volunteers, and they will be taking to the streets this month throughout Douglas County ...

These kids reflect on life - did I do this kind of thing when I was younger?

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/02/252438/ **Kids reflect on the meaning of life** I wonder - when I was a kid did I have these kinds of thoughts? Could it be that I had them, but there was no way to express them? For example, there was no one to listen to my thoughts - ...

The Five-Second Rule

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/02/252388/ **Five-Second rule - child throws food on floor: is it then safe to eat?** Some parents believe that, if the food has been on the floor for five seconds or less, it is safe to eat. Even students at the university sometimes believe this is true. I know that ...

Strengthening Families Classes

Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas

We are excited to announce a series of classes this spring as part of the Strengthening Families Network in the Douglas County Community! All classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p. m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, Mayflower Room, 925 Vermont in Lawrence. There will be four ...

Douglas County family wins $200 prize through state immunization project

Karrey Britt

Kudos to Dana LeRow for making sure her son, Dillon Guy, had ALL of his immunizations done by age 2. She recently was selected as the Douglas County winner of the 2012 [Immunize Win A Prize Project][1]. She won $200 toward the utility bill of her choice! The [Lawrence-Douglas County ...

Health Department offering orientation training March 12 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

Douglas County residents interested in learning more about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]’s child care licensing orientation training. The three-hour training will begin at 1 p.m. March 12 in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. ...

2 Afghan brothers with donkeys, looking for firewood - and a helicopter that kills them

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/04/250634/ **2 Afghan brothers - a helicopter that kills them - Our life - and mindful living** It actually seems incredible. Two boys, brothers, out seeking firewood with a donkey - in Afghanistan. They probably have never heard of the internet. They're just going out for firewood, and back to ...

Health Department offers orientation training to prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

Douglas County residents interested in learning more about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]’s Child Care Licensing orientation training. The three-hour training will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine. ...

Get you and your school interested in the Google Science Fair

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/feb/02/248737/ **Google Science Fair Starts Today** If you are ages 13-18, get your ideas down on paper and enter the contest. You will never forget it, and after a lot of hard work, you might just win a prize. National Geographic and Google are behind this contest. http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/30/google-science-fair-2013-launches-today/ This is ...

Healthy Families Douglas County supervisor passionate about helping at-risk families

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/29/248437/ Jenn Preston is a familiar face, but new employee of the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]. She joined the staff this month after working for the Kansas Children’s Service League for six years. Preston's work with the [Kansas Children's Service League][2], commonly called KCSL, began in Topeka as a family ...

For pets that feel loved - St. Anthony's Day

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/20/248042/ **St. Anthony's Day** When the pets are happy and being blessed, then kids and adults are feel much better and are happier too. Enjoy these pictures from St. Anthony's day in Spain and elsewhere. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/jan/18/san-anton-day-pet-blessings-spain Here is another wonderful set of photographs. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/17/st-anthonys-day-celebration-spain-blessing_n_1210595.html#s617739&title=St_Anthonys_Day And here is St. Anthony's Day ...

Risk to all ages: 100 kids die of flu each year

Adam Strunk

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2013/jan/15/247823/ **By The Associated Press** NEW YORK — How bad is this flu season, exactly? Look to the children. Twenty flu-related deaths have been reported in kids so far this winter, one of the worst tolls this early in the year since the government started keeping track in 2004. But ...

Event draws one million children - Mindfulness meditation research - a nurse shares the last days of her life - Swami Vivekananda's 150th Anniversary

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/15/247815/ **Million children meditating in Thailand** V-Star believes that when a milliion chlildren are meditating, it can change them and therefore the world. It certainly seems to me that people of all ages, when they really start meditating (and there are many different paths to that) see their actions from ...

McDonald's in Great Britain will give a free book with a children's meal, instead of a toy

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/14/247735/ **Free children's book instead of a toy at McDonald's in Great Britain** I'm amazed. Although I personally don't like McDonald's for adult meal use, many families and adults use McDonald's constantly. So here is an anazing thing to behold: Starting in two days, McDonald's will give a free book ...

DCCDA earns $77,500 to continue Families, Farmers and Educators United

Healthy Sprouts

The new year has started off on an exciting note for the Douglas County Child Development Association’s program, Families, Farmers and Educators United (FFEU). The Farm to Child Care program has been awarded multiple grants for continuation through 2013 that will allow for greater community collaboration and targeted family outreach. ...

Happy New Year to All Dads, Moms and Kids!

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/dec/31/247022/ *The April 2012 Pez Gathering in Orange, CT* **Dads and Kids** When I found this article and video, I immediately had to save it on my computer. What is even more significant is that Emio Tomeoni, 30, is from Kansas City, MO. I would love to meet him, and ...

Double Take: Tech gifts may require ethics manual

Katie Bean

**BY DR. WES CRENSHAW AND KATIE GUYOT** http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/aug/06/238874/ **Dr. Wes:** Holiday shopping for kids often means high-tech gifts. But there’s one accessory you won’t find in among the chargers and quick-start guides — the ethics manual. That one you have to write yourself and then guide your kids in its ...

2012-2013 Hy-Vee One Mile At A Time Informational Packet

Kylene Etzel, RD, LD

Join the club and start your journey today! You'll also receive a FREE 2012-2013 OMAAT t-shirt! ---------------------------------------- **What to do:** 1) Fill out the registration form (*see our earlier post) and drop it by either Lawrence Hy-Vee Pharmacy. Don't forget to pickup your free t-shirt as well! 2) Print off ...

2012-2013 Hy-Vee One Mile At A Time Registration Form

Kylene Etzel, RD, LD

Please print both pages and turn them in completed to your local Lawrence Hy-Vee Pharmacy (Clinton Parkway or 6th Street). This will begin your "One Mile at a Time" journey. Good luck! : ) ***For questions, please contact:*** Kylene Etzel, RD, LD :: Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee Dietitian :: ketzel@hy-vee.com :: ...

Health Department, Safe Kids Kansas remind residents to deck the halls safely for holidays

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/dec/12/246170/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] along with [Safe Kids Kansas][2] reminds parents and caregivers to take a few precautions during the holidays. Decorations, especially candles and electrical lighting, can be a fire hazard. The [National Fire Protection Agency][3] estimates that decorations, excluding Christmas trees, are the item first ignited ...

Sleepless nights with a newborn

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/dec/11/246133/ I just saw my latest happy, but tired mom of a newborn. I work with the [Supplemental food program for women, infants, and children,][1] commonly known as WIC. Whenever I see a new mom it brings back memories of my own sleepless nights, even though my kids are now ...

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