WorkWell Lawrence Symposium scheduled for May 4

Dr. Roy Jensen

Dr. Roy Jensen by Jenalea Myers

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 University of Kansas Cancer Center, who will present environmental and behavioral factors related to cancer and make the economic case for why employers should want healthy employees.

“The symposium addresses the strategies employers can use to empower their employees with opportunities to initiate and support healthy lifestyles in the workplace environment,” said WorkWell Lawrence Coordinator Ethan Wilms, of K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County.

Cost is $40 until May 2 and then it will be $50. To register, visit

Symposium schedule:

  • 7:30-8 a.m. — Registration.
  • 8-8:10 a.m. — Welcome by Megan Stuke, WorkWell Lawrence chair.
  • 8:10-8:50 a.m. — Keynote address by Dr. Roy Jensen, University of Kansas Cancer Center director.
  • 8:50-9:40 a.m. — KU Healing Foods Kitchen, Leigh Wagner, KU Integrative Medicine nutritionist.
  • 9:40-9:50 a.m. — Exercise moment led by Patricia Middaugh, Lawrence Parks and Recreation fitness instructor.
  • 9:50-10:10 a.m. — Break and exhibitor displays.
  • 10:10-11:40 a.m. — Panel discussion about “Creating a Healthy Foods and Beverage Environment through Celebrations/Potlucks.” Panelists include Mary Jo Mason, Hy-Vee Food Store; Janna Traver, KU catering; and Mike Cox, Treat America/Company Kitchen.
  • 11:40 a.m.–noon — Closing remarks.

WorkWell Lawrence is a work group of LiveWell Lawrence, a coalition of more than 150 people who are working to make it easier for Douglas County residents to eat healthy foods, be physically active and live tobacco-free. The coalition is coordinated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.


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