Cooking 101 - Registration Still Open!

Susan Johnson

Only a few slots are still available for you to participate in the basic cooking course called “Cooking 101" being offered by the Douglas County Master Food Volunteers. This course was created because of people who called K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County and asked if they ever give ...

Preserving the Harvest

Susan Johnson

Are you interested in food preservation? Do you need to brush up on current food preservation methods? Come join us for this training and demonstration to learn about pressure canning, waterbath canning, dehydration and freezing your fruit and veggies!! Saturday, July 12, 2014 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Dreher Family ...

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 ...

Where is Kansas and Lawrence with e-cigarettes? Second-hand (passive) smoking?

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2014/mar/04/269992/ **E-cigarette smoking outlawed in major cities' public places** Major cities such as Los Angeles have outlawed e-cigarette smoking (vaping) in public places as much as possible. Click on the following article. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-usa-ecigarettes-california-idUSBREA2324920140305 Where is Lawrence and Kansas doing when it comes to e-cigarette smoking? It seems to me that ...

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 ...

Want to Become a Master Food Volunteer?

Susan Johnson

The K-State Research and Extension Master Food Volunteer program utilizes the expertise of nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts to train volunteers in the areas of nutrition, cooking and food safety, and preservation. Extension Master Food Volunteers are passionate about food, promoting good health, and giving back to ...

Want to Become a Master Food Volunteer?

Susan Johnson

The K-State Research and Extension Master Food Volunteer program utilizes the expertise of nutritionists, registered dietitians, food scientists and culinary experts to train volunteers in the areas of nutrition, cooking and food safety, and preservation. Extension Master Food Volunteers are passionate about food, promoting good health, and giving back to ...

Looking to lose weight? Would you like to get paid for it?

Ku_weightmanagement

**We are looking for adults (ages 21-55) who are currently not participating in a regular exercise program and are interested in starting a weight loss and physical activity program.** This study is a 3 month reduced energy diet and aerobic exercise 5 days per week, followed by 12 months weight ...

Looking to lose weight? Would you like to get paid for it?

Ku_weightmanagement

**We are looking for adults (ages 21-55) who are currently not participating in a regular exercise program and are interested in starting a weight loss and physical activity program.** This study is a 3 month reduced energy diet and aerobic exercise 5 days per week, followed by 12 months weight ...

You are invited to a Sunday Soiree

Healthy Sprouts

You are cordially invited to the Sunday Soiree: A Charity Event for the Healthy Sprouts Farm to Preschool program of Douglas County Child Development Association. Please mark your calendar for Sunday, January 26th, 3-6pm, and invite your friends and colleagues! You can purchase tickets ($30) at the door or through ...

Last Healthy Sprouts Highlight #5: Policies and Collaboration

Healthy Sprouts

As we look to the future of Farm to Child Care here in Douglas County, we keep our sights on sustainability. We want the Healthy Sprouts programming to continue on and not phase out like so many grant-funded projects. Not only do we want the efforts of our participants to ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #4: Food Education

Healthy Sprouts

Just a generation ago, people in our country were much more connected to their food source. In our conversations with people about growing food, most of them have not so distant memories of their parents’ or grandparents’ large garden. Many people were even raised on farms, especially here in the ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #3: Family Engagement

Healthy Sprouts

Family engagement is crucial to Healthy Sprouts’ goal of connecting young children to healthy food. While our focus is on developing healthy habits in children from birth to age 6, we know that a significant component of our work is inspiring parents and caregivers to participate in gardening, cooking, and ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #2: Local Farm Connections

Healthy Sprouts

Healthy Sprouts connects young children, their caregivers and families to local farms through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), field trips and outreach. CSA is a business arrangement between families and local farmers in which farmers drop off weekly vegetable subscriptions for families who subscribe during the growing season. Through our program, ...

Healthy Sprouts Highlight #1: Children's Gardens

Healthy Sprouts

One of the most popular and effective parts of the Healthy Sprouts program is gardening with children. This year, a total of eight child care centers and 28 in-home child care providers planted and tended gardens with the children in their care through the Healthy Sprouts program. Children as young ...

A Week of Healthy Sprouts Highlights

Healthy Sprouts

Next week (November 11-15), we will post a series of stories highlighting each part of our Farm to Child Care program. Here are the topics you can look forward to reading about: - Children's gardens - Connections to local farmers - Family Engagement - Education - Policies and collaboration The ...

Top 5 Reasons We Need Farm to Preschool

Healthy Sprouts

Everyone believes that children deserve the healthiest start in life. However, the health of our youngest members of society is in decline. Formerly known as Families, Farmers and Educator United, Healthy Sprouts, our community’s Farm to Preschool program reaches over 1,000 children annually. Without community support, our efforts to connect ...

Scarecrow Contest & Auction Raises Money For Local Garden Projects

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/oct/24/263589/ Don't miss the Second Annual Scarecrow Contest & Auction, Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Seed Co Building, 826 Pennsylvania Street in Lawrence. This year's Scarecrow Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the October Final Friday events in Lawrence as well ...

Scarecrow Contest & Auction Raises Money For Local Garden Projects

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/oct/24/263589/ Don't miss the Second Annual Scarecrow Contest & Auction, Friday, October 25, 2013 from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the Seed Co Building, 826 Pennsylvania Street in Lawrence. This year's Scarecrow Silent Auction will be held in conjunction with the October Final Friday events in Lawrence as well ...

Lawrence Meals on Wheels "2013 Signature Settings" Charity Auction Event

Mealsonwheels

Come and join the fun at the fundraiser that allows Lawrence Meals on Wheels to continue to feed your neighbors in need! There will be great food, beverages, silent and live auctions and much more. All the proceeds help feed those in need. Call 830-8844 to purchase tickets in advance, ...

Health Department offering free class about diabetes Sept. 27

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/sep/13/261372/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] is offering a Diabetes 101 class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, on the second floor of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine St. The class is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about diabetes. Among the topics ...

Health Department’s breastfeeding educators provide array of support

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/30/260799/ Jolene Croxell, supervisor of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for [Women, Infants and Children (WIC][1]) at the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, earned certification as a breastfeeding educator after completing a three-day workshop this month in Oklahoma City. The Health Department now has six certified breastfeeding educators. The others are ...

Fund offers grants for local environmental projects

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/26/260607/ The [Douglas County Community Foundation][1] is now accepting proposals for funding from the [Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund][2]. The application deadline is October 1. The fund supports local efforts to preserve and understand nature. Projects may address the fund’s goals in scientific, cultural, educational, aesthetic or economic ways. Please join ...

Volunteers needed for Just Food's Mobile Food Pantry this Friday!

Jeremy Farmer

Calling all Volunteers! ----------------------- This Friday, August 23 we will be having a mobile food pantry at Just Food headquarters at 1:00! We need volunteers to assist for the following shifts: - **Survey Team** - Call Time 11:00 a.m., finished by 1:00 p.m. Survey clients as they wait in their ...

Make Your Own Salsa!!

Susan Johnson

Want to learn to prepare and preserve salsa in a hands-on training? There are still a few spots available to participate in this "Sensational Salsa" workshop this Saturday morning, August 17. For more information and to pre-register, go to www.douglas.ksu.edu or call K-State Research and Extension - Douglas County at ...

"Sensational Salsa" Home Canning Workshop

Susan Johnson

Learn how to make "Sensational Salsa" along with different ways to preserve your homemade salsa and other produce in a hands-on workshop on Saturday, August 17, 2013. The workshop will be from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in Building 21 on the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence. The cost of the ...

Community Health Facility employees team up with student gardeners to improve health

Trish Unruh

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/02/259375/ We are well into the second season of our Community Supported Agriculture program at the Community Health Facility, where the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association are located. Last year, we teamed up with Nancy O’Connor and Lily Siebert ...

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 ...

Lawrence mom says Breast Is Best Social offers peer support and much more

Karrey Britt

Babies are being coddled and cooed over. Toddlers are crawling on the floor and playing with toys. Moms are changing diapers and breast-feeding. Moms-to-be are taking it all in and asking questions about what to expect. Conversations range from breast-feeding and baby clothes to the weather and mother-in-laws. Welcome to ...

Douglas County breastfeeding support group to celebrate its birthday July 31

Karrey Britt

A Douglas County breastfeeding support group called [Breast Is Best Social, or B.I.B.S.][1], will mark its second birthday with a party. **When:** 6:30 p.m., July 31 **Where:** Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, 200 Maine St. in Lawrence **What:** Trivia contest, children’s games, prizes and refreshments. The FREE event also will kick ...

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