Health Department leader adds new voice to coalition's efforts to improve community health

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/feb/13/249415/ **By CHRIS TILDEN** I recently moved back to Lawrence — the place I’ve called home for most of my life — after spending several years in Idaho. Like many, I believe Lawrence is a special place because of its diversity, rich history, engaged citizenry and vitality. I hope to ...

‘Culture of health at work’ benefits employees and employers alike

Marilyn Hull

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2013/jan/29/work-well-lawrence-promotes-culture-health-work/?c=2238606

Is your workplace undermining your diet goals?

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jan/25/248260/ Instead of blaming your pathetic willpower for failed diet efforts, take a look at your work environment. It could be a major culprit. You see, we humans are animals. We have instincts that we can't always control with the conscious mind. One reason our species has survived the march ...

City affirms its commitment to Complete Streets

Chris Tilden

On Tuesday night several members of the [Lawrence Complete Streets][1] Committee and [LiveWell Lawrence][2] spoke before the City Commission, expressing their support for a plan that would add bike lanes on Ninth Street near downtown. The City Commission granted preliminary approval to a plan to add a center turn lane ...

Residents continue push for 'Complete Streets' in Douglas County

Chris Tilden

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/29/245533/ In March, Lawrence City commissioners unanimously approved a [Complete Streets Policy][1] designed to promote a city transportation system that encourages walking, bicycling and transit use to improve health, reduce environmental impacts and promote safety for all users of streets. Adoption of the policy was the goal of the Lawrence ...

Locally sourced lunch highlights Lawrence celebration of Farm to School Week

Sara Shepherd

http://www.lawrence.com/photos/2012/oct/23/243459/ The menu for the Lawrence school district’s upcoming farm to school lunch originally called for, among other vegetables, peppers. But unlike produce shipped from distant, always-summer climates, local food is dependent on local weather. And an early October frost means local schools won’t be serving as many peppers as ...

In honor of women who light our way

James Otten, DDS

**A Shining Light in the darkness.** Last week, in the early fog of a Venice morning I came upon the Church of Santa Maria del Giglio. In the stillness and quiet, a devout peacefulness washes over you and it was ideal for the task at hand, that of honoring the ...

A healthier look at Douglas County dining

Bonnie  Erickson

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/08/242419/ The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has set out to uncover which restaurants in Lawrence are offering and promoting healthy foods and helping their patrons make informed meal choices. Many local restaurants have already met the LiveWell EatWell guidelines by offering healthier alternatives, such as, offering to put sauces and ...

Cordley Carnival on Friday Adds Wellness Fun!

Sally Zogry

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/25/241737/ The **Cordley Elementary Carnival** is this Friday, September 28th from 5:30-8:00pm. Come enjoy **free** games and prizes, **free** inflatables, laser tag and hamster balls, silent auction, henna tattoos, cake walk and more! Global Cafe, Iwig Dairy and AirSummerSnow Shaved Ice will be selling local food and drink. New this ...

Over 80 Workplace Employees Participate in Symposium

Susan Johnson

On September 19, over 80 employees participated in the 2nd Annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium held at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center. Keynote Speaker David Hunnicutt, PhD, President of WELCOA, engaged the audience on "Building a World Class Wellness Program". Following, six breakouts sessions were offered which focused on ...

Working Well at the Merc

Bonnie  Erickson

The Merc received a WorkWell Kansas mini-grant to develop a worksite wellness program. The Merc is among other local businesses to receive the grant. “We’re about health,” says Leah Betzen, Human Resources Manager at The Merc in Lawrence, Kansas. Leah Betzen developed the grant proposal after attending a training in ...

New community garden grant opportunity

Marilyn Hull

The Kansas Health Foundation is once again partnering with K-State Research and Extension to offer grants for community gardens. The info is [here][1]. [1]: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/community_garden091812.aspx

The Payoff of Midlife Fitness

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/13/241106/ Great news from the Cooper Institute: DALLAS (Aug. 27, 2012) — A new study from The Cooper Institute in collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center, shows that individuals who are fit at midlife have fewer chronic diseases in their Medicare years and spend less time with these diseases. The ...

Local group starts work on a plan to increase physical activity community-wide

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/charliebryan/photos/2012/mar/22/232000/ LiveWell Lawrence is spearheading work on a community plan to make it easier and more rewarding for people of all ages and abilities to live physically active lifestyles. I reported [here][1] on a similar workgroup that aims to improve access to healthy foods. The physical activity workgroup will build ...

Harvesting for the West Cafeteria by TJ Everett, Student Gardener

Lily Siebert

One of the most special times for me each week is the Sunday night cafeteria harvest. Though it seems simple, it has its own special place in our project. The Sunday night cafeteria harvest symbolizes what our project is about, and what the gardens are grown for - to educate ...

Growing in Difficult Conditions by Hayley Luna, Student Gardener

Lily Siebert

“It’s hot outside!” “What a scorcher!” “When will this heat wave end?!” I’m sure all of you readers out there have heard one of these statements in the last couple of months! There is no denying that this summer is a record breaking season which makes gardening a rather difficult ...

Backyard Chickens for Beginners: why owning chickens is easier than you think

Our Local Food Kaw River Valley

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Local group starts work on a plan to improve access to healthy food

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/23/239985/ I'm excited to be a member of a new leadership team that started work today on a community plan to create environments that make it easier for people to eat healthy foods. The group, convened by [LiveWell Lawrence][1] with support from the [Kansas Health Foundation][2], will build on the ...

Grants available for local environmental projects

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/03/238736/ The Douglas County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for 2012 funding from the Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund. The application deadline is October 1. An information session for grant seekers will be held: - Thursday, September 6 - 4:00-5:00 p.m. - Gallery Room, Lawrence Public Library The fund supports ...

Blue Cross Blue Shield offers $1,000 grants for school health programs and projects

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/carriemandigo/photos/2011/may/12/213858/ Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas is offering up to $1,000 in grant funding to schools for health promotion programs and projects. The [Healthy Habits for Life program][1] aims to help Kansas youth reduce cardiovascular risk, be more physically active and develop healthy eating habits. In 2011, [twelve Douglas ...

Red Dog does his thing at Van Go

Marilyn Hull

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jul/18/237871/ Saw this photo on the LJW site and had to share it on Wellcommons. It would be extremely hard to find anyone who does more for the health of this community than he does. And it is all volunteer. The Red Dog Run for Boys and Girls Club is ...

Free Community Bike Ride shows kids how fun active events can be

Marilyn Hull

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jul/01/237115/ If you've ever participated in a charity 5k or bike ride, you know the thrill that comes at the start from moving in a pack of people who have the same goal you have. It is exhilarating. Saturday's Lawrence Community Bike Ride provides parents with a perfect opportunity to ...

New 5K race to promote healthy living, benefit school garden project

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jul/11/237578/ A new 5K race is coming to Lawrence on July 28 that will benefit a school garden project that began at West Middle School three years ago. Since then, [the project has grown][1] to include gardens at two nearby elementary schools, on city property, and at The Merc. Not ...

FREE Lawrence community bicycle event offers three rides, training wheel take-off, T-shirts and more

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/jul/16/217260/ It’s time to dust off those bicycles and air up the tires. The second annual [Lawrence Community Bike Ride event][1] will be from 8 a.m. to noon July 21 at The Rotary Arboretum, 5100 W. 27th St. It’s a family-friendly event that’s geared toward beginning bicyclists, with three distances ...

Why Running for Food, Running for Health? WHY NOT?

Lily Siebert

Some of you might be asking your self, why would I run the Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising run on July 28. My question is, why not? Here are some common thoughts on why you wouldn't participate -- and the reasons why you should! 1. *“I’m not ...

Community Bike Ride on July 21 promises fun for all ages

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/jul/16/217240/ Mark your calendar for the free Lawrence Community Bike Ride on July 21 at the Rotary Arboretum (by the YSC soccer fields). It offers fun for all ages and abilities, with three rides to choose from--a one mile easy loop, a three mile family ride, and a ten mile ...

Volunteers Needed for Running for Food, Running for Health

Lily Siebert

The first annual Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Fundraising Run is happening on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30 AM. Not interested in running? No problem! You can volunteer! We are looking for lots of volunteers to staff our course to ensure a well-run (no pun intended) event. Volunteers ...

Running for Food, Running for Health 5k Run

Lily Siebert

Join us on Saturday, July 28 at 7:30am for an enjoyable race, fulfilling feast, and a delightful community event. Your participation in the event directly assists the Growing Food, Growing Health School Gardens at West Middle School, Sunset Hill Elementary, and Hillcrest Elementary. The scenic, shady certified 5k course will ...

Update from the Growing Food, Growing Health Gardens

Lily Siebert

FRUIT! It’s the word of the day, week, and month. The West Garden is producing our first blackberries, lots of raspberries, a handful of gooseberries, and working on those apples and pears. And all that in the plants’ first year…MAGIC, I tell you! And it’s not just us, either. Hopefully ...

Should a NutriGram score be part of every Lawrence kid's report card?

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/Marilyn_Hull/photos/2012/jun/6/235876/ Want to spark discussion that leads to healthier options for Lawrence children and raises the nutritional awareness of parents, teachers and kids? Take a look at this [video][1] about [NutriGram][2], a new Cooper Institute assessment tool that measures kids' nutrition knowledge. It's tagline is "Eat smart. Be smart." The ...

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