Walk Kansas 2014 - Time is Now to Register!

Susan Johnson

Still wanting to get a Walk Kansas team together? Last year, Douglas County alone had 115 teams (which included 677 participants) and 82% of them were from workplaces. Because Douglas County rivals Riley County (Manhattan) for having the most teams in the state, let's push the number of participants over ...

East Lawrence Neighborhood Association seeks volunteers Saturday for river cleanup

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/06/270090/ The East Lawrence Neighborhood Association seeks volunteers Saturday, March 8, to help clean up the Kansas Riverfront Conservation area adjacent to the neighborhood. The area is a winter nesting and feeding area for Bald Eagles. Mike Myers, project coordinator and chair of LiveWell Lawrence's Healthy Built Environment Work Group, ...

Walk Kansas Kicks off March 16

Susan Johnson

Starting its 13th year, Walk Kansas, the eight-week program designed to promote activity and better health, begins March 16. Registration information is available at www.douglas.ksu.edu. Walk Kansas is a team-based program in which groups of six people, one serving as a captain, work toward a common goal. That goal typically ...

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 ...

Community invited to help celebrate LiveWell Lawrence's fifth anniversary Oct. 15

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/oct/09/262871/ [LiveWell Lawrence][1] will mark its fifth anniversary with a community celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., in Lawrence. The event is free and open to the public. LiveWell Lawrence is a coalition of more than 100 community ...

KDHE Secretary among guests at Oct. 15 LiveWell Lawrence celebration

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/sep/25/262042/ [LiveWell Lawrence][1] will mark its fifth anniversary with a community celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Abe and Jake’s Landing, 8 E. Sixth St., in downtown Lawrence. The celebration’s program begins at 5:15 p.m. and will include: • **Welcome** — Hank Booth • **Bringing ...

LiveWell Lawrence's website receives makeover to reflect expanded work

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/sep/12/261354/ LiveWell Lawrence’s website has received its first makeover since being launched five years ago. The website — [livewelllawrence.org][1] — now features a news section, calendar of events and reflects the recent expansion of the coalition. LiveWell Lawrence is a coalition of community members who are working to make it ...

Sept. 10 Lawrence symposium to highlight importance of workplace wellness

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/sep/05/260996/ Does your workplace have bicycle racks or a Community Supported Agriculture program? Does your employer provide a Health Risk Appraisal and an incentive for completing one? These are just a few of the culture and policy changes that will be discussed during the third annual WorkWell Lawrence symposium. The ...

Start the school year right with simple meals at home and healthy choices when eating out

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/07/259571/ The beginning of the school year is a great time to get a fresh start with the whole family. As school activities increase, creating home-cooked meals becomes more challenging. [Kids Eat Right][1] from the [Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics][2] is a great resource for simple meals at home. With ...

What's up with restaurant nutrition labeling?

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/29/259206/ In 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act and part of that legislation requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to post nutrition information. A number of restaurants already are posting calorie content on their menu boards but the [Food and Drug Administration (FDA)][1] will not issue ...

LiveWell Lawrence to celebrate 5th anniversary Oct. 15

Karrey Britt

Save the date — Oct. 15! [LiveWell Lawrence][1] will be celebrating its fifth anniversary from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. Sixth St. in downtown Lawrence. LiveWell has played a key role in supporting a number of community successes, including: • ...

Video reveals ingredients in what we ‘think’ is healthy

Trish Unruh

How could a bran muffin and sushi NOT be good choices? [Rachel Beller][1], a nationally-known nutritionist who has appeared on TV shows like “The Biggest Loser” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” demonstrates in this [Good Morning America video][2] called food autopsies what we are actually eating in some of those ...

WorkWell Lawrence symposium set for Sept. 10

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jun/18/257276/ Does your workplace have bicycle racks? What about a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program? Does your employer celebrate with doughnuts, pizza and cake OR bagels, sandwiches and fruit? These are just a few of the culture and policy changes that will be discussed during the third annual WorkWell Lawrence ...

2nd Annual Lawrence Rock'n Bowl - a STRIKE in the fight against cancer

Michelle Derusseau

During the fiscal year July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012 Children's Mercy Cancer Center treated 33 Douglas County children for childhood cancer! 33! This year's Lawrence Rock'n Bowl will benefit Lawrence charity Baby Jay's Legacy of Hope and Children's Mercy Cancer Center, our local childhood cancer treatment center in ...

Lawrence Community Bike Ride set for July 20

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2012/jul/26/238281/ [LiveWell Lawrence][1] encourages residents to participate in the third annual Lawrence Community Bike Ride on Saturday, July 20, at The Rotary Arboretum by the YSI Sports Complex, 4911 W. 27th St. “This event is free and a great opportunity for families to enjoy bicycling in a safe and fun ...

State training to help Lawrence employers improve wellness in workplace

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jun/11/256885/ Lawrence is a state champion for workplace wellness thanks to a group founded about three years ago called [WorkWell Lawrence][1]. The group has grown to include 28 employers, and they meet monthly for about two hours to share ideas about how to improve wellness in their workplaces. Topics include ...

WorkWell co-sponsoring program about health care reform June 12

Karrey Britt

[Kansas Insurance Commissioner][1] Sandy Praeger will give a presentation about health care reform and how it will affect residents and employers at 11:30 a.m. June 12 at Maceli’s, 1031 N.H., to the [Jayhawk SHRM Chapter][2] and the [Lawrence Medical Managers Assn.][3] Praeger, of Lawrence, is responsible for regulating all insurance ...

Community Health Plan gives LiveWell Lawrence new momentum in increasing access to healthy foods, physical activity

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/31/256308/ Five years ago, [LiveWell Lawrence][1] was founded by a group of community leaders who wanted to improve the health of Douglas County. Instead of trying to change individual behaviors by offering more cooking classes or exercise programs, they decided to focus on promoting policy and environmental changes that would ...

LMH to Hold Stroke Risk Mini-Screening Event

Belinda Rehmer

May is Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke or brain attack is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes may be preventable. On Wednesday, May 22, from 9-11 a.m. and again from 4-6 p.m., ...

Walk Kansas - There's Still Time To Register A Team!

Susan Johnson

Still wanting to get a Walk Kansas team together? At the present time, Douglas County alone has 96 Walk Kansas teams with 563 participants registered for this year's program. Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will help you and others lead a healthier life by being more active, making ...

Walk Kansas Starts in a Week!!

Susan Johnson

***“A lot of people never get to know how ‘feeling good’ feels. They don’t know what they are missing.”*** Dr. Wayne H. Osness, Lawrence, KS **How Walk Kansas Works:** Groups of six people form a team, select a captain, and choose a challenge to work toward. Each team member logs ...

LiveWell Lawrence recognizes school bond goes beyond classrooms

Karrey Britt

**By Susan Johnson** The community will vote April 2 on a $92.5 million school bond issue. The bond will be used to improve school facilities, enhance technology, and expand Career and Technical Educational opportunities. As a coalition committed to improving physical activity and nutrition in Douglas County, LiveWell Lawrence would ...

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

**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 ...

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