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 ...

Health agencies offering free 8-week cooking course that begins May 14

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/may/06/291079/ Douglas County AmeriCorps members will be teaching “Project Strength,” an eight-week cooking and nutrition course that starts May 14. The cooking course is free, available to anyone, and provided through the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], [Heartland Community Health Center][2] and [Harvesters: The Community Food Network][3]. The class will meet ...

Health Department offering orientation class May 12 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/may/05/291037/ 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, May 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Health Department announces new clinic hours

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/apr/12/289926/ The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department will have new clinic hours starting Monday, April 13. They will be: • **Monday** — 10 a.m.-7 p.m. • **Tuesday** — 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. • **Wednesday** — 10 a.m.-6 p.m. • **Thursday** — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. • **Friday** — 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277368/ 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, April 14, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Free State High School student Di Xie describes experience with garden project as life-changing

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** *Di Xie will be recognized as the 2015 Youth Douglas County Health Champion by the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] during a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 10 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is open to the public.* http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/apr/05/289556/ [Free ...

Lawrence Chef Rick Martin passionate about helping youth, low-income residents eat healthier

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** *Rick Martin will be recognized by the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] as the 2015 Adult Douglas County Health Champion during a community breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 10 at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is free and open to the public.* ...

Public invited to Lawrence City Commission candidate forum March 30

Karrey Britt

The public is invited to a Lawrence City Commission candidate forum 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt. The forum will focus on the community health plan, “[Roadmap to a Healthier Douglas County][1],” that has been adopted by the City of Lawrence as ...

Health Department offering orientation class March 10 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ 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, March 10, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, providers ...

Health Department seeks nominations for Douglas County Health Champion Awards

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will recognize a youth and adult resident for their exceptional efforts to model, encourage and promote health in the community during [National Public Health Week][2], April 6-10. Director Dan Partridge encourages residents to take the opportunity to nominate their favorite Douglas County Health Champions for ...

High school graduation rate rising among all students in Lawrence school district

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This is one of five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical activity ...

Health agencies offering free 8-week cooking course that begins March 3

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/22/287351/ Douglas County AmeriCorps members will be teaching “Project Strength,” an eight-week cooking and nutrition course that starts March 3. The cooking course is free, available to anyone, and provided through the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], [Heartland Community Health Center][2] and [Harvesters: The Community Food Network][3]. The class will meet ...

New Eudora trail offers safe route for schoolchildren to walk, bike

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This is the fourth in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical ...

71-year-old Lawrence resident's health improves thanks to care coordination through Project LIVELY

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/20/287196/ During the past year, Lawrence resident Bill Commings, 71, has moved from a nursing home to an apartment with the help of Susan Ridenour, Project LIVELY care coordinator. He said his health has improved significantly and he’s happier because he feels more in control of his own life. “Kudos ...

Health Department offering measles vaccination at community clinics

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/feb/18/287107/ The United States is experiencing a large, multi-state outbreak of measles. Between Jan. 1 and Feb. 13, 141 people from 17 states, including Nebraska and Colorado, were reported to have measles. No cases have been reported in Kansas. [Measles is a serious respiratory disease][1] caused by a virus and ...

Child advocate recommends Mental Health First Aid course focusing on youth

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This is the third in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical ...

Partnership enables uninsured Douglas County residents to get needed physical therapy

Karrey Britt

**Note:** This is the second in five stories featured in the Community Health Plan progress report, ["On the Road to a Healthier Douglas County."][1] Collectively, agencies, businesses and individuals are working on the five health priorities in the plan: access to healthy foods, access to health care, mental health, physical ...

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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 ...

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