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 ...

Public invited to honor Douglas County Health Champions

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] will recognize Ellen Young and Logan Brown as the 2014 Douglas County Health Champions during a community breakfast from **7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. April 11** at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The event is open to the public and is part of ...

Family Planning nurse urges residents to protect themselves, not to depend on others

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/14/270486/ Public Health Nurse Catherine Bird has seen hundreds of patients during her 15 years at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]. Bird said she enjoys her job because “every day is different.” Bird said she has had many positive experiences from working with clients over the years and some are ...

Health department program helps keep seniors in their homes

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/14/270485/ Lawrence resident Susan Ridenour recently joined the Lawrence-Douglas Health Department as a care manager for [Project LIVELY][1], a program that helps older adults remain independent and in their homes. “I have close ties with this community and I look forward to creating new relationships and providing support for seniors ...

Free assistance with Health Insurance Marketplace available as March 31 deadline nears

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/07/270136/ If you don’t have health insurance, the [Health Insurance Marketplace][1] is a new way to find and buy a health insurance plan. However, the deadline to enroll in a plan is March 31 if you want to receive coverage in 2014. If you have questions about the Health Insurance ...

Health Department offering training March 11 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/05/270000/ 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 training. The three-hour training will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, ...

Deadline for Health Champion Award nominations is Wednesday

Karrey Britt

The deadline to nominate someone for the 2014 Douglas County Health Champion Awards is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. 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 ...

Six-week program offers residents, ages 60 and older, path to healthier lifestyle

Karrey Britt

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2009/mar/11/166399/ There's a six-week program that is unique to Douglas County and helps residents, ages 60 and older, develop healthier lifestyles and retain functions necessary to maintain independence. It's called Personal Actions to Health, or PATH, and it focuses on exercise and nutrition. The program begins April 1 with classes ...

Agencies offering free cooking course, groceries for Douglas County teenagers

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] has teamed up with [Van Go Inc.][2] and [Harvesters Community Food Network][3] to offer a free six-week cooking course for teenagers. The course, Teen EATS, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 25-April 8, at Van Go, 715 New Jersey St. There ...

Health Department accepting nominations for Health Champion awards

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/feb/17/269171/ 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 7-13. Director Dan Partridge encourages residents to take the opportunity to nominate their favorite Douglas County Health Champions ...

Breastfeeding support group to host program about sign language Feb. 12

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/feb/10/268745/ The Douglas County breastfeeding support group — B.I.B.S. — will host a program about sign language during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the clinic waiting room of the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], 200 Maine St. Erin Lawrence, of [Baby Sing and Sign][2], will show parents ...

Health Department offers training Feb. 11 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/feb/06/268593/ 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 training. The three-hour training will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, ...

Efforts to provide healthier food choices gaining momentum locally, statewide

Karrey Britt

**By Chris Tilden**/*Community Health Director* Lawrence Parks and Recreation recently became the first department in city or county government within Douglas County to integrate nutritional standards into their contracts for food and beverage services. Its groundbreaking efforts appear to be timely. A [new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ...

Parents, caregivers urged to participate in TV Safety Day on Feb. 1

Karrey Britt

Every 45 minutes in the United States, a child is rushed to the emergency room for injuries caused by televisions that are not appropriately secured. To help prevent these TV tip-overs, [Safe Kids Kansas][1] and [Consumer Electronics Association][2] are launching National TV Safety Day on Feb. 1, the day before ...

Health Department employee offering free yoga classes in Spanish

Karrey Britt

MariaAna Garza, a certified yoga instructor, is offering free beginning yoga classes in Spanish for women who are at least 18 years old and not pregnant. Classes will be: • 5:30-6:30 p.m. — Mondays (Jan. 27-May 19) • at the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., second floor, room C ...

Douglas County making strides to increase walkability

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jan/14/267365/ **By Chris Tilden**/*Community Health director* A common New Year’s resolution is to get more exercise. That should be a little easier in Douglas County in 2014 thanks to recent and ongoing efforts to increase and improve the trail and sidewalk system in the county. Research shows that where one ...

Health Department offering free 8-week cooking course

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jan/09/267073/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering an eight-week cooking course that starts Jan. 29. 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. Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March19, in the Doud Room of the ...

Health Department offers training Jan. 14 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/jan/09/267069/ 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 training. The three-hour training will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, ...

New Year’s resolutions that can lead to a healthier you in 2014

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/dec/30/266668/ With each New Year, 1 in 3 Americans resolve to better themselves in some way, but few stick to it. So, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] offers five ideas along with local resources to help you achieve success and lead a healthier, happier life. **1. MODERATE** Having a glass ...

Health Department offering free 8-week cooking courses

Karrey Britt

The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is planning to offer an eight-week cooking course this winter and spring. The cooking course is free, available to anyone and sponsored by [Harvesters: Community Food Network][2]. Participants will learn about nutrition basics and food safety. They also will prepare a low-cost, quick-and-easy meal. Each ...

Health Department offering family-based sexuality education courses this winter, spring

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/dec/26/266566/ Parents need and want to be involved in the sexuality education of their children, but often do not how to teach them. “Kids Need to Know,” the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]’s family-based sexuality education program, is now enrolling for the winter and spring sessions. The classes, geared for fifth- ...

Douglas County breastfeeding support group to host holiday party Dec. 18

Karrey Britt

The Douglas County breastfeeding support group — B.I.B.S. — will host its annual holiday party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1], 200 Maine St. There will be refreshments and a drawing for prizes. B.I.B.S., or Breast Is Best Social, is open ...

It’s not too late to vaccinate for flu

Karrey Britt

With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the [Kansas Department of Health and Environment][1] and the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][2] urge all Kansans to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones. [National Influenza Vaccination Week,][3] Dec. 8-14, serves as a ...

Safety tips to avoid common winter-weather problems

Karrey Britt

With temperatures below freezing, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages residents to exercise caution when outdoors. Kim Ens, registered nurse and director of Clinic Services, said serious health problems can result from prolonged exposure to the cold. The most common problems are frostbite and hypothermia. “Winter weather can be extremely ...

Health Department offers training Dec. 10 for prospective child care providers

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/dec/03/265438/ 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 training. The three-hour training will begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the first floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, ...

Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department offers testing, counseling for HIV

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/27/265160/ In conjunction with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages residents to get educated about the disease and to get tested. AIDS is a disease that weakens the immune system, gradually destroying the body’s ability to fight infections and certain cancers. It is caused ...

Health Department employees participating in 'Food Stamp Challenge'

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/nov/18/264787/ One dozen [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] employees are participating in the “[Food Stamp Challenge][2],” Nov. 16-24, as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Week. The challenge is for employees to live on $3.96 per day worth of food — the average food stamp benefit — for two to five ...

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 ...

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