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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more about operating a child care home 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, Nov. 11, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department receives state award for its support of breastfeeding employees

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/nov/02/281577/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] has six certified breastfeeding educators, so it only seemed fitting for the Health Department to go through the process to become officially recognized as a business that supports its breastfeeding employees. In October, the Health Department received a “Breastfeeding Employees Support Award” from the ...

Learn how to respond to children's challenging behaviors during Nov. 8 class

Karrey Britt

The [Douglas County Child Abuse Prevention Task Force][1] is offering a class “Behavior and Guidance” for parents of young children and child care providers from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Lawrence Public Library auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Brenda Hawkins, Child Care Licensing surveyor at the Lawrence-Douglas ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department closely monitoring Ebola virus, answering questions

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is closely monitoring the Ebola virus and is working with partners at the national, state and local level. Although the risk of Ebola spreading in the United States is very low, the Health Department and its partners are taking actions to prevent this from happening. ...

Health Department offering flu vaccine clinics in Stull, Eudora, Baldwin City

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will offer flu shots at community clinics this fall in Stull, Eudora and Baldwin City. The Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine. Getting the vaccination is the most effective way to avoid getting the ...

Families encouraged to participate in Walk to School Day on Oct. 8

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages families to participate in [Walk to School Day][2] on Wednesday, Oct. 8, to promote safe walking and bicycling. Walk to School Day helps reinforce the importance of physical activity and safe transportation, and it provides an opportunity for families to connect with their neighborhood ...

Lawrence Safe Routes to School initiative kicks off with public presentation Sept. 29

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is working in conjunction with [Lawrence Public Schools][2], the [City of Lawrence][3] and the [Lawrence-Douglas County Metropolitan Planning Organization][4] to launch a [Safe Routes to School initiative][5]. The goal is to develop a citywide plan that enables and encourages children to walk and bike to ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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, Sept. 9, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Public invited to Lawrence movie premiere of 'Breastmilk' on Saturday

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277371/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], [Lawrence Memorial Hospital][2] and La Leche League of Lawrence have organized a Lawrence movie premiere of [“Breastmilk”][3] Aug. 9 in recognition of World Breastfeeding Week. “Breastmilk” will be shown at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/aug/08/277368/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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. 12, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department offering orientation class July 8 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276144/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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 8, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Health Department urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes, ticks which can cause illness

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jul/07/276143/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] urges residents to take precautions against mosquitoes and ticks when outdoors. The hot, humid and wet conditions are ripe for these insects, which can cause illness. “We are concerned for the health of Douglas County,” said Kim Ens, director of Clinic Services and public ...

Health Department offers tips to prevent heat-related illness

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/30/275841/ 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 these conditions. Director ...

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day — Get educated, tested

Karrey Britt

In conjunction with [National HIV Testing Day][1] on June 27, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2] encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. The [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention][3] recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV. In the ...

AmeriCorps members help residents of all ages improve their health

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/23/275536/ During the past year as AmeriCorps members at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Amanda Kong and Beeta Kashani have helped Douglas County residents enroll in a health insurance plan, taught cooking classes to all ages, and helped residents with smoking cessation. [AmeriCorps][1] is a program of the federal government ...

Postpartum health topic of June 25 breastfeeding support group meeting

Karrey Britt

A group of health educators will talk about postpartum health at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St., in the clinic waiting room. Topics will include nutrition, exercise and emotional well-being. The [Douglas County breastfeeding support group][1] called B.I.B.S. is hosting the presentation, ...

Healthy Families program brings in expertise on infant mental health with $4,000 grant

Karrey Britt

> Three-month-old Noah is crying because > he doesn’t feel safe. His parents are > attending a get-together at a friend’s > house because they really need a break > from the stress of parenting as well > as not knowing how they will pay next > month’s rent. They ...

Lawrence employees, health leaders tout workplace CSA programs

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/06/274768/ Lawrence Memorial Hospital employee LuAnn Baumchen takes the elevator from the third floor where she works as an educator for the Maternal/Child Department down to the atrium on the first floor. That’s all the farther she needs to travel to pick up a bagful of fresh produce. Baumchen is ...

Income eligibility guidelines for Health Department's WIC program increased June 1

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/06/274762/ The income eligibility guidelines for the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department’s [WIC program][1] increased slightly June 1 in accordance with the 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines. WIC is a federal supplemental nutrition program that provides pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 with checks for healthy ...

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

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jun/05/274713/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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 10, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

As swimming season begins, don’t forget to protect yourself and others from illness, injuries

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/22/274212/ Every Memorial Day weekend, swimming pools across Douglas County open their doors to eager swimmers, including the Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center, 727 Ky., which opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. Swimming is a great way to get regular aerobic physical activity, which decreases the risk of chronic illnesses such as ...

Health Department offers grocery store tours to help families buy nutritious foods on a budget

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/15/273715/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering guided tours of Douglas County grocery stores to help families buy nutritious foods on a budget. The tours are open to anyone and there is no cost to participate. During the one-hour tour, participants will learn how to: • Understand food labels ...

CSA programs help boost fruit, veggie consumption and local economy

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/08/273166/ **By Aundrea Shafer** Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are a great way to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables and help the local economy. There are a handful of programs in Douglas County and now is the time to sign up. What exactly is a CSA and how does ...

Health Department offering orientation class May 13 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/may/06/272941/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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 13, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Pregnancy Care Center director to speak at April 23 breastfeeding support group meeting

Karrey Britt

Bridgit Smith, executive director of [Pregnancy Care Center][1] in Lawrence, will be the guest speaker at the April 23 meeting of the Douglas County breastfeeding support group, called Breast Is Best Social, or B.I.B.S. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the clinic waiting room of the Lawrence-Douglas County ...

Health Department offering free 8-week cooking course that begins May 6

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering an eight-week cooking course that starts May 6. The cooking course is free, available to anyone and sponsored by [Harvesters: Community Food Network][2]. The class will meet from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, May 6-June 24, in the Doud Room of the ...

Public health video shows how we can help improve life for our children

Karrey Britt

**BY DAN PARTRIDGE** / *Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department director* For the first time in decades, the current generation isn’t as healthy as the one that came before. The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] and others in public health are working to reverse this disturbing trend. We want to become the “Healthiest ...

Health Department offers orientation class April 8 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/apr/01/271274/ Douglas County residents interested in learning more 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 8, at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. During the class, ...

Breastfeeding support group to host ‘Clothes Swap’ March 26

Karrey Britt

The Douglas County breastfeeding support group — B.I.B.S. — will host a "Clothes Swap" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the clinic waiting room at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], 200 Maine St. The group plans to swap gently-used maternity, infant and toddler clothes and items such as slings ...

Douglas County agencies seek 'Strengthening Family' ambassadors

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/24/270976/ Douglas County agencies, including the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], [Douglas County CASA][2] and the [United Way of Douglas County][3], are seeking to train residents Wednesday to be “Strengthening Family" ambassadors. During April, the ambassadors will provide random acts of kindness by recognizing adults who are having a positive interaction ...

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