Want to know more about LiveWell Lawrence? Join one of our LiveWell 101 learning sessions

Five years ago, LiveWell Lawrence was founded with a mission to make it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco free. Over the years, it has grown from a Steering Committee of 16 people to a coalition of more than 150 people.

Among its successes: School marathon clubs, school gardens, WorkWell Lawrence, increased Kansas Tobacco Quitline referrals and passage of a Complete Streets Policy.

“LiveWell has come so incredibly far. In the beginning, we barely had a vision of what we were setting out to do or how we would do it. Now, I look at the many initiatives that have taken hold, and how the group has grown in numbers and strength and I am so in awe of the collective work we are doing to make our community healthier.”

— Nancy O’Connor, founding Steering Committee member

Because the coalition has changed considerably during the past five years, it will be hosting LiveWell 101 learning sessions this fall that are open to the public. Whether residents are new to the coalition or just curious about this effort to create a healthier community, they are welcome to attend. The one-hour session will cover what LiveWell is about and leadership and volunteer opportunities that are available. LiveWell is coordinated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

The LiveWell 101 learning sessions will be in the first-floor meeting room of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St., at the following times:

• 8-9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 5

• 8-9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 17

• 8-9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 14

Please reserve a seat, by contacting Charlie Bryan, Community Health planner at the Health Department, at cbryan@ldchealth.org or 785-856-7357.

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