Grant funds Fit Club at Lawrence High School

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/feb/07/314371/ Lawrence High School recently started an after-school Fit Club, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation. So far, the group has 10-12 participants who do workouts twice a week. “With the grant, we were able to buy an array of different portable equipment ...

Virtual Tobacco Workshop set for Lawrence

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/jan/20/313870/ WorkWell Kansas will sponsor several Virtual Tobacco Workshops across the state from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. During the workshop, participants will learn about the impact employee tobacco use has on health, the worksite's bottom line and proven strategies to combat this issue. The Douglas County location will be ...

American Public Health Association launches 1 Billion Steps Challenge

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2017/jan/11/313620/ To encourage people to walk, the American Public Health Association has launched the 1 Billion Steps Challenge! Through April 9 (the end of National Public Health Week), APHA is encouraging people to sign up for the challenge and get out and walk! APHA makes it easy and fun to ...

LiveWell Lawrence coalition sets 2016-17 Policy Platform

Jenalea Myers

LiveWell Lawrence recently announced its 2016-17 Policy Platform priorities. The platform includes a specific goal for each work group to work toward in the coming year. Chair Laurie Comstock said the Policy Platform helps work groups set goals around changes to policies, systems and environments that drive health outcomes. **LiveWell ...

LiveWell selects Culture of Health Action Award winners

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/dec/14/312905/ LiveWell Lawrence awarded five Culture of Health Action Awards Nov. 18 at its anniversary celebration. The awardees were selected by work groups because of their significant contributions to advancing the goals of the coalition. The 2016 winners are: **Sunflower Foundation — Healthy Built Environment** The Sunflower Foundation has invested ...

LiveWell Community Wellness Grants awarded

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/nov/29/312399/ Ten Douglas County organizations received a total of $83,000 in LiveWell Community Wellness Grants Nov. 18. The awards support the work of LiveWell Lawrence, a countywide coalition that aims to make it easier for area residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco-free. The awards were ...

Downtown Grocery Project seeks endorsements

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/nov/01/311541/ The Downtown Grocery Store Project Committee is seeing endorsements from businesses, organizations and individuals. Nearly 24,400 adults and children in Lawrence live in a food desert. A food desert is an area where the majority of people live more than one mile from a grocery store and at least ...

Douglas County Food Policy Council launches community survey

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/oct/07/310837/ The Douglas County Food Policy Council has launched a community survey to gather information for a countywide Food System Plan. The survey is available online through the Lawrence Listens portal and on the Douglas County Food Policy Council website. The survey can be found at [https://lawrenceks.org/cmo/lawrence-listens/][1]. All residents of ...

LiveWell Lawrence reflects on 2015-16 Policy Platform progress

Jenalea Myers

LiveWell Lawrence work groups recently provided progress reports on their 2015-16 Policy Platform priorities. In November 2015, the LiveWell Leadership Team adopted the Policy Platform, which included a specific policy goal for each work group to work toward. The policy goals were developed after much discussion at both the work ...

Just Food adds new commercial coolers

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/21/308596/ [Just Food][1] recently added commercial coolers through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the [Douglas County Community Foundation][2]. Executive Director Elizabeth Keever said larger, higher grade coolers were needed to handle the nearly 2,000 pounds of food recovered each day. Previously, the food pantry used regular refrigerators. “They were ...

Tobacco21 efforts in Douglas County

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jun/08/307984/ The LiveWell Lawrence Tobacco-Free Living Work Group, with support from the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, is working on educating the community about Tobacco21. Nearly 150 municipalities and two states have raised the age to sell and/or purchase tobacco to 21. Many municipalities in the region have passed laws, with ...

Represent Douglas County in National Bike Challenge

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/28/306633/ You can represent Douglas County in the [National Bike Challenge][1]! The Challenge is a logging center for you to record the miles you ride while competing with other riders all over the country. With competition possibilities on the local, state and national level, it is a free and easy ...

WorkWell Lawrence Symposium scheduled for May 4

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/apr/25/306513/ Worksite nutrition will be the theme of the sixth annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium, which will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 4 at the Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Drive. The event is open to the public. The program will feature **Dr. Roy Jensen**, director of the ...

Eudora adds bicycle repair station

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/mar/17/304951/ The City of Eudora recently added a bicycle repair station through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation. The stand is located outside the Eudora Community Center, 1630 Elm St., and offers 24-hour access. The grant application was a partnership between the city and Lawrence ...

WorkWell Lawrence leaders participate in workshop

Jenalea Myers

WorkWell Lawrence Director Susan Johnson and Coordinator Ethan Wilms participated in a WorkWell Kansas Champion Workshop on Feb. 8 in Wichita. They received updates about WorkWell Kansas progress made in 2015, heard from previous champions about their experiences and learned more about workshop structure. The champion workshop also provided an ...

Eudora Middle School starts Read and Ride program

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/feb/08/302926/ Eudora Middle School recently started a Read and Ride program through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the Douglas County Community Foundation and funding from the Eudora Schools Foundation. “The concept of the Read and Ride program is that the kids slowly pedal their stationary bikes while reading their ...

638,157 pounds of food rescued in 2015

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jan/27/302391/ About 638,157 pounds of food was rescued locally in 2015. “This is nearly triple from what we have collected in years past, which has allowed us to provide some of the freshest food possible to our clients,” Elizabeth Keever, Just Food interim executive director, said. “Clients now not only ...

2015 Market Match results for Lawrence

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jan/21/302134/ Market Match is fully funded for the upcoming season, allowing the program to stay at the current markets, while growing to the following community farmers markets: Clinton Parkway, Perry-Lecompton and Baldwin City Optimal Living. Market Match is designed to make healthy foods at farmers markets more accessible and affordable ...

New food bars added to St. John Catholic School

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jan/19/302060/ [St. John Catholic School][1] recently added new food bars to its cafeteria through a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant from the [Douglas County Community Foundation][2]. The new food bars allow cold food to be kept cool and hot food to be kept warm, in addition to having sneeze guards to ...

Video highlights future Lawrence Loop

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2016/jan/13/301803/ Are you a Looper? LiveWell Lawrence and partners continue to advocate for finishing a 20+ mile loop trail around Lawrence everyone could enjoy. To watch a video highlighting recent discussion about the Loop at the Lawrence City Commission and on 6 News Lawrence, click [here][1]. In October, the City ...

KU intern joins WorkWell Lawrence staff

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/31/301285/ Ethan Wilms, a University of Kansas senior from Overland Park, has joined WorkWell Lawrence as a full-time intern during the spring semester. He will help coordinate WorkWell’s efforts in the community. Wilms, a 2012 graduate of Blue Valley North High School, will graduate from KU in May 2016 with ...

Lawrence Farm to School leaders visit Denver

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/18/300836/ Leaders involved with the Lawrence Public School District’s Farm to School program recently visited several school gardens and cafeterias in Denver to see what is working well at other schools and to get ideas that potentially could be implemented locally. Those who attended included Paula Murrish, director of food ...

WorkWell Kansas to recognize healthy worksite environments

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/17/300761/ WorkWell Kansas recently launched a recognition program. The program recognizes worksites that have established a foundation for worksite wellness and have implemented strategies to address healthy food and tobacco. Worksites that qualify will have the opportunity to choose from a number of items that support a healthy worksite environment. ...

New food system assessment planned

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/16/300712/ LiveWell Lawrence will collaborate with the Douglas County Food Policy Council early next year on co-funding a new community food system assessment. The assessment will be geared toward local policymakers and others interested in the links between agriculture and economic development, environmental protection, food security and improved health. The ...

Statistics released on tobacco usage in the workplace

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/11/300525/ The American Cancer Society and Vitality Institute have released statistics related to tobacco usage at the workplace and tips for employers. The report shows how tobacco is not only bad for employees’ health but bad for the employer’s bottom line. Statistics include: • 480,000 people die in US each ...

LiveWell Lawrence sets policy platform for 2015-16

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/dec/10/300471/ The LiveWell Lawrence Leadership Team recently voted to adopt a policy platform for 2015-16, which includes each work group’s top priority. Priorities include: **Healthy Built Environment Work Group** Support allocation of funding for projects that complete the "Lawrence Loop" — a network of trails, streets and roadside routes that ...

LiveWell Lawrence to host celebration breakfast Friday

Jenalea Myers

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/nov/19/299469/ [LiveWell Lawrence][1] will mark its seventh anniversary with a celebration breakfast later this month. The celebration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Eldridge Hotel Ballroom, 701 Massachusetts St. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the [Douglas ...

Registration open for Extension's Cooking 101 course

Susan Johnson

If you’re serious about learning to cook…and you want to get your “hands into it,” then Cooking 101 is for YOU!!!! Registrations are now being accepted for you to participate in the basic cooking course called “Cooking 101" being offered by the Douglas County Extension Master Food Volunteers. This course ...

Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Bob Mikesic

July 26, 2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush in 1990 are taking place across the nation. The public is invited to two local events celebrating the ADA 25th Anniversary. The first takes ...

Protected bike lanes are now officially federal policy

Charlie Bryan

After two years of research into numerous modern protected bike lanes around the country, the Federal Highway Administration has released a new [Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide][1]. http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2015/may/23/291995/ A “separated bike lane” (sometimes referred to as a “cycle track” or “protected bike lane”) is a portion of a ...

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