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 ...

Treadmill accident leads McLouth resident to pursue career in nursing

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jul/10/258309/ Six years ago, Jolene Croxell began to rethink her career in business management after her son Blake was injured in a treadmill accident when he was 6 years old. Blake was at a friend’s house and playing with two other boys when they decided to put the treadmill on ...

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 ...

Snow-cones & Friends

Rachel Warren

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jun/10/256824/ Alright folks, mark your calendars for the East Lawrence Block Party! On Sunday, June 23rd, Heartland Community Health Center (HCHC) will be partnering with Lawrence Wesleyan and Velocity Church to host **the East Lawrence Block Party, a come-and-go FREE event for everyone in Lawrence!** There will be **free healthy ...

Families Engage in Farm to Preschool One Bite at a Time

Healthy Sprouts

In late February of this year, we welcomed Melissa Freiburger as the newest addition to Families, Farmers and Educators United (FFEU). Melissa is our Family Engagement Facilitator and has spent the past couple of months creating new and exciting initiatives at all nine of our participating child care centers. In ...

Researchers find Mediterranean diet loaded with health benefits

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/jun/05/256523/ **By ANGIE NYP** We’ve all tried the latest diet trends such as the Atkins diet or the classic Cabbage Soup diet. The truth is there is no magic pill or quick solution. It’s about eating nutritious foods and exercising on a regular basis, a lifestyle similar to those who ...

Hold the Salt!

Belinda Rehmer

Sodium (salt) is an important component for healthy body functioning. However, not much is needed each day to do the job. Consuming too much sodium is one of several risks factor for developing high blood pressure (hypertension). The average American consumes 3400 mg of sodium daily. This is much more ...

It's Strawberry Season!!!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/22/255836/ It’s Strawberry Time!!!!! The much awaited spring gardening delicacy has finally arrived. This year’s extended cold weather, coupled with a lack of sunny days, delayed the local strawberry season by almost an entire month. The good news is, the wait is over and local strawberries are beginning to ripen. ...

Farmers Markets Are the Key Ingredient

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/15/255274/ On Friday, May 10, Micahel Pollan spoke about his new book “Cooked” at the Unity Temple in Kansas City. Several folks from Lawrence were lucky enough to be in attendance. The book is, for all practical purposes, the third in a series of writings on one of our nation’s ...

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market to Host a "You Name the Price" Benefit Sale!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/29/254016/ It’s Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market time!!!! Of course Cottin’s Hardware & Rental hosts an indoor market through the winter, but there is just something to be said about an open air farmers market bustling with neighbors, farmers, musicians and, in the case of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market , Free ...

Stuffed and Starved, part 4: Sick Care

Jeremy Farmer

There has been a lot that has been said about the health of our nation. I don't know if you've ever stopped to think of how cyclical poverty and how difficult it is for someone to break out of it. Specifically though, food insecurity is one of the worst issues ...

How YOU can support Farm to Preschool

Healthy Sprouts

Did you know there is a growing national Farm to Preschool movement? Douglas County is a part of the movement and you can be involved in a number of ways! But first, you might be wondering, "What is Farm to Preschool?" Farm to Preschool (or Child Care) has many of ...

Slow Food - an idea that brings results

Lawrence Morgan

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/26/252029/ **Slow Food - and the Environment, Labor, Animal Welfare, Tradition, Health** Slow Food is not just words: it is actions purposely based on every aspect of food - from production to distributing and eating the food. The following article, from today's New York Times, really goes into slow food ...

Nutritionist says healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This is one in a series of stories from the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] in recognition of National Nutrition Month.* http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/26/252004/ **By JENNIFER CHURCH** *“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” — Michael Pollan* These simple words guide all that I do as a nutritionist, a mother, and a ...

Health Department nutritionist says white fruits, veggies beneficial, too

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/19/251533/ **Note:** *This one in a series of stories from the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] in recognition of National Nutrition Month.* **By LINDA RIPPETOE** We think of color — red, orange, green, yellow, purple — when filling half of our plate with fruits and vegetables at meals, but don’t forget ...

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 ...

Kansas Half Marathon Clinic - attend the clinic, sign up for the race, save with tonight's early bird registration!

HCA Intern

Come to the club room at the Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway at 5:30 pm tonight for the Kansas Half Marathon Clinic. You can learn how to properly replace your fluids and electrolytes after a run as well as how to incorporate sprint training in your preparation for the half marathon. ...

Kansas Half Marathon clinic: replacing your fluids and electrolytes, using sprint training to prepare for race

HCA Intern

Come to the Hy-Vee on Clinton Parkway at 5:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday 3/19) to learn more at the Kansas Half Marathon clinic. The clinic will be held in the club room. Plus, you will have the opportunity to sign up for the KHM at the early bird rate! http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/18/251474/

Nutritionist offers tips on how to make cooking for the family more fun

Karrey Britt

**Note:** *This one in a series of stories from the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] in recognition of National Nutrition Month.* **By Trish Unruh** If cooking for your family feels like drudgery, my advice is to keep it simple and include the kids. The key is to be realistic about how ...

Run/Walk Your First 5k

Rachel Warren

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/mar/05/250725/ Nate Rovenstine, Pastor of Lawrence Wesleyan Church, is a guy who has competed in multiple marathons but is not a huge fun of competitive running. He believes that being healthy can be a fun experience, not just a competitive one. HCHC also believes that being healthy can be fun ...

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 ...

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