Health Department offering orientation class Feb. 9 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

Douglas County residents, who are interested in learning about operating a child care home or center, are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During ...

Young Parents Group offers opportunities for support, playtime

Karrey Britt

Young Parents Group meets twice a month in the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]'s clinic waiting room, 200 Maine St., to socialize, share ideas, support one another and simply have fun. The group is for Douglas County residents who are 21 and younger and who are expecting a child or are ...

Health Department offering orientation class Jan. 12 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/oct/08/297673/ Douglas County residents, who are interested in learning about operating a child care home or center, are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing orientation class.][1] The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic conditions

Karrey Britt

Do you have a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure or depression? Do you have a New Year's resolution to improve your health? If you answered yes, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department encourages you to consider enrolling in an upcoming “Tools for Better Health” workshop. “Tools for ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic illnesses

Karrey Britt

Do you have a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis or high blood pressure? Do you have a New Year's resolution to improve your health? If you answered yes, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages you to consider enrolling in an upcoming [“Tools for Better Health”][2] workshop. “Tools for Better ...

Market Match offers holiday bonus for food stamp recipients at farmers' markets

Karrey Britt

[Market Match][1], the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dollar-for-dollar matching program, will be doubling its commitment to SNAP shoppers this holiday season. All season long, participants in SNAP, commonly known as food stamps, received up to $25 in matching funds to spend on fresh produce, meats, eggs, and dairy at ...

Public encouraged to provide input on statewide tobacco control plan during listening sessions

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will facilitate two one-hour listening sessions next week to get public input on a statewide tobacco control plan. Douglas County residents are encouraged to attend one of the following sessions: • **Monday, Dec. 14** — 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Community Health Facility, first floor meeting room, ...

Health Department offering orientation class Dec. 8 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Kansas Health Department trains health care providers to help patients quit tobacco

Karrey Britt

The [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][1] (KDHE) offers a free online training for health care providers on ways to help their patients quit tobacco. The course, which can be found on [www.kstobaccointervention.org][2], follows best practice guidelines for health care providers to help patients quit tobacco and can be used ...

Breastfeeding support group to celebrate Halloween during tonight's meeting at Health Department

Karrey Britt

The Douglas County breastfeeding support group, called [Breast Is Best Social or B.I.B.S.,][1] meets at 6:30 p.m. today, Oct. 28, at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. The meeting will have a Halloween theme and parents are encouraged to bring their children in costumes. B.I.B.S. is open to ...

Health Department offering orientation class Oct. 13 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/oct/08/297673/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

'Tools for Better Health' workshops available for residents with chronic illnesses

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/16/296687/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering a new seven-week workshop called “Tools For Better Health.” The workshop helps residents who have chronic illnesses manage their health and get back to living a more fulfilling lifestyle. One in four U.S. adults have two or more chronic diseases such as ...

Health Department accepting enrollment for fall family-based sex education classes for preteens

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/13/296606/ Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not know how to discuss it at age-appropriate levels. [“Kids Need to Know,”][1] the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s family-based sexuality education program, is geared for fifth- and sixth-graders. Reproductive body parts and ...

Health agencies to host Dunk Tank fundraiser Sept. 9 for United Way

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/sep/08/296379/ A handful of Lawrence community health agencies have organized a Dunk Tank fundraiser Wednesday, Sept. 9, to raise money for United Way of Douglas County, which mobilizes community resources and builds partnerships to address the human service needs of Douglas County. The fundraiser will be from 11:30 a.m. to ...

Local WIC program earns national recognition for its efforts to support breastfeeding mothers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/aug/06/295075/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department's WIC program][1] earned a Loving Support Award of Excellence from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its efforts to educate and support breastfeeding mothers. “There is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. ...

Health Department offering orientation class Aug. 11 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Community invited to celebrate breastfeeding designation Saturday at library

Karrey Britt

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas County invites the community to celebrate [World Breastfeeding Week][1] from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont Street. The coalition also will celebrate Lawrence’s new designation as a “[Community Supporting Breastfeeding][2]” from the [Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition][3]. Lawrence was ...

Health Department seeking community members to lead ‘Tools for Better Health’ workshops

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is looking for community members to lead “Tools for Better Health” workshops. The workshops help Douglas County residents who have one or more chronic diseases such as heart disease, asthma or diabetes live a healthier life. “Chronic disease is a long-lasting condition that can be ...

11-year-old Lawrence boy living healthier lifestyle thanks to participation in bicycle rodeo

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jul/19/294505/ Eleven-year-old Jafiya Birdling earned a bicycle about one month ago and it has been life changing for him. He is exercising every day and spending more time outdoors with neighborhood friends. “It’s really fun riding the bike. I ride it every single day,” he said, enthusiastically. “It’s really easy ...

Health Department offering orientation class July 14 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s Child Care Licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Health Department reminds boaters, swimmers to practice safety to prevent drownings

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/30/293633/ As the Fourth of July weekend approaches, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to practice safety while boating and swimming in area lakes. “The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of close supervision and failure to wear life jackets,” Environmental Health Specialist ...

Health Department urges swimmers to help prevent illnesses at pools, water parks

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/26/293431/ Summer is officially under way and that means families will be hitting swimming pools and water parks more often for recreation, fun, and to simply cool off. While these are great places to be active, they’re also places where germs can be spread. Contrary to popular belief, chlorine and ...

Health Department offering free HIV testing Friday at Lawrence Public Library

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will be offering free, confidential HIV testing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., in conjunction with [National HIV Testing Day][2]. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of ...

Breastfeeding support group meets tonight at Health Department

Karrey Britt

Breast Is Best Social, or B.I.B.S., meets at 6:30 p.m. today, June 24, at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], 200 Maine St. The group is open to anyone who is pregnant and considering breastfeeding or is breastfeeding. “It’s a great social network,” said Tiara Greenwood, who attends the meetings. She ...

Video — Health Department working in nontraditional ways to address today's health issues

Karrey Britt

**BY DAN PARTRIDGE** | Director Traditionally the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] has protected the public from acute diseases whose genesis are environmental or communicable in nature. Today, however, chronic diseases — rooted in our behaviors rather than biology — represent our most significant health problems. To effectively address chronic diseases, ...

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against heat

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/22/293245/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to take extra precautions against the heat. Children, the elderly and people with chronic conditions are usually the first to suffer from heat-related illness. Heat exhaustion, cramps or, in extreme cases, heat stroke can result from prolonged exposure to hot temperatures. Director ...

Community invited to celebrate national accreditation designation June 18

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/15/292941/ The City of Lawrence and Douglas County invite the public to join them in recognizing the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] in achieving national accreditation status from the Public Health Accreditation Board. “The City of Lawrence is incredibly proud of its partnership with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department,” Lawrence Mayor ...

Health Department offering orientation class June 9 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/08/292576/ Douglas County residents interested in learning about operating a child care home are encouraged to attend the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s child care licensing][1] orientation class. The three-hour class will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/jun/01/292333/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes when outdoors. The recent rainy conditions have the potential to make mosquito populations flourish this summer. Mosquito bites can be more than itchy — they can spread disease, like West Nile virus. Symptoms of West Nile virus ...

Health Departments urge residents to quit on World No Tobacco Day

Karrey Britt

In recognition of [World No Tobacco Day][1] on Sunday, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2] in collaboration with the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][3] remind Douglas County tobacco users that help is available when they are ready to quit. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at [www.ksquit.org][4] or ...

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