Registration open for Extension's Cooking 101 course

Susan Johnson

If you’re serious about learning to cook…and you want to get your “hands into it,” then Cooking 101 is for YOU!!!! Registrations are now being accepted for you to participate in the basic cooking course called “Cooking 101" being offered by the Douglas County Extension Master Food Volunteers. This course ...

WALK KANSAS 2015 - Still Time To Register!!!

Susan Johnson

Still wanting to get a Walk Kansas team together? THERE'S STILL TIME!!! Walk Kansas is a team-based program that will help you and others lead a healthier life by being more active, making better nutrition choices, and learning positive ways to deal with stress. This is how it works - ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Five things small organizatons can do to support employee health

Marilyn Hull

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/29/260727/ You don’t have to work for a large organization with a lot of money to embrace workplace wellness. Here are five things any workplace with two or more employees can do to foster a culture of health at work: **1. Provide a mini-fridge and a microwave**. Lunches, snacks and ...

Lawrence workplaces share what's working in wellness programs

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/aug/26/260597/ **By Perry Tretbar** Worksite wellness was the focus of my work as an intern this summer at the [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1]. I learned adults spend about 50 percent of their waking hours at work so it can be the optimal place to help start and support healthy habits. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Health department, WorkWell Lawrence working with employers to increase use of Kansas Tobacco Quitline

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/14/244806/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] encourages people to quit smoking as part of the American Cancer Society’s 37th annual [Great American Smokeout][2] on Thursday. Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S and Kansas. About 3,900 Kansans die from cigarette smoking every ...

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 ...

Create a Culture of Health at Work

Carolyn Crawford

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/06/240750/ David Hunnicutt, President of WELCOA, Keynote Speaker at the 2nd Annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium. Get the competitive edge! The keynote speaker, David Hunnicutt, will explore the competitive advantage of a healthy workforce and highlight companies that have built work-class wellness initiatives. Come to the 2nd Annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium ...

Registration Now Open for WorkWell Lawrence Symposium on September 19, 2012

Carolyn Crawford

Register on line at www.workwelllawrence.org. for the WorkWell Lawrence 2nd Annual Symposium on September 19, 2012 being hosted at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center located at 200 McDonald Drive in Lawrence. Keynote speakers, Dr. David Hunnicutt is president of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). WELCOA, based in ...

Allen Press Pot Luck Luncheon Fights Cancer and Supports Relay for Life

Carolyn Crawford

Allen Press employees know that food helps to get people's attention. Especially, food that fights cancer. The Relay for Life team sponsored a food day featuring foods with cancer-fighting ingredients to raise funds and awareness. Over 50 employees attended a pot luck luncheon this week with each dish including at ...

Creating a Culture of Health at Work

Carolyn Crawford

WorkWell Lawrence 2nd Annual Symposium is set for Sept. 19, 2012. Dr. David Hunnicutt, president of the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA), is the keynote speaker for the Sept. 19 WorkWell Lawrence symposium. WELCOA, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the largest and most respected worksite wellness organizations in ...

Lawrence among 10 Kansas communities selected to champion workplace wellness

Karrey Britt

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/mar/22/231962/ McDonald’s employee Donna Sanders, 66, is looking forward to participating again in a summer activity program that’s offered through her workplace. A fitness trainer leads the program, which typically consists of stretches, lunges, squats, jumping jacks, push-ups and a walk or run. It’s offered twice a week in June ...

The Sandwich Generation

Carolyn Crawford

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2010/aug/04/196166/ As life expectancy increases, more than 20% of employees are caught between caring for an elderly parent and managing work responsibilities. Employers that can offer flexibility and resources to their employees will benefit in reduced absenteeism and turnover as explained by Julie Prideaux, Community Liaison, Midland Care, speaking to ...

“Growing Food, Growing Health” partners with Health Department to bring farms to work

Jennifer Berman

http://wellcommons.com/users/JayBerm/photos/2012/mar/12/231414/ The [Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department][1] has teamed up with the [Community Mercantile][2] Education Foundation's “Growing Food, Growing Health” initiative to bring local produce to its workplace this summer. If the pilot farm-to-work program works, the plan would be to expand it to other workplaces in Douglas County. Here's why: ...

Weight Watchers at Work is working for me

Megan Green Stuke

Yes, Megan, we *know* you're doing Weight Watchers. We know, we know. You haven't shut up about it. It's hard not to make a very public display about it when you write a [cooking column][1]that is known for its unabashed use of butter and red meat, and it suddenly goes ...

Lower Business Expenses & Improve Lives: Smoking Cessation Programs for the Work Place

Katy Brown Pharm.D.

*Did you know that your Hy-Vee pharmacy hosts a Smoking Cessation Program? This is open to the public, as well as to your business*. **ARE YOU READY TO QUIT?** ***BREAK THE SMOKING ADDICTION WITH FREEDOM FROM SMOKING® CLINIC*** People who smoke and are having a difficult time quitting should be ...

Bring Time of Calm and Quiet to Holiday Stress

Carolyn Crawford

Looking to reduce stress for the holidays? WorkWell Lawrence managers learned about the benefit of Mindful Meditation from Annie Stevens, Greensprings Massage and Flower Essences. As a corporate employee for Disney in Los Angles, CA, Annie knows the rigors and stress of employment. Since moving to Lawrence with her family ...

Lawrence computer programmer improves health, discovers cancer through workplace screenings

Karrey Britt

http://wellcommons.com/photos/2011/oct/04/222097/ Everett Keener, 57, is thankful his workplace began offering an annual health checkup four years ago. Not only have the health screenings helped improve his overall health but also a progressive form of [prostate cancer][1] was discovered before he began showing symptoms. Keener has been a computer programmer at ...

WorkWell Lawrence Symposium October 12, 2011

Carolyn Crawford

http://wellcommons.com/users/CarolynCrawford/photos/2011/aug/18/219054/ 1st Annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center Come to Network. Leave Inspired. Employers will hear from Lenora Larson, New Directions about creating a wellness program even with no line item in the budget. A panel of Lawrence ...

Volunteers Needed for Make a Difference Day: Saturday, October 22nd

Micki Chestnut

http://wellcommons.com/users/rogerhillvolunteercenter/photos/2011/sep/28/221709/ The United Way Roger Hill Volunteer Center will be participating USA WEEKEND’S Make a Difference Day national day of service by coordinating volunteer projects throughout Lawrence and Douglas County on Saturday, October 22nd. Several agencies and local schools will be hosting groups of volunteers – up to 270 volunteers ...

WorkWell Lawrence Symposium October 12, 2011

Carolyn Crawford

http://wellcommons.com/users/CarolynCrawford/photos/2011/aug/18/219054/ 1st Annual WorkWell Lawrence Symposium Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center Come to Network. Leave Inspired. Employers will hear from Lenora Larson, New Directions about creating a wellness program even with no line item in the budget. A panel of Lawrence ...

Fit for Your Budget

Carolyn Crawford

Work site fitness is a bonus for the employee and the employer. Lawrence Parks and Recreation suggests taking a survey of employees' class and time preferences. Demo days and guest passes allow employees to try a class out before committing to it. Classes are offered on site by Parks and ...

Incentives help Lawrence School District employees focus on fitness, nutrition

Karrey Britt

**Editor’s Note:** *This is the third in a three-part, back-to-school series on wellness initiatives in the Lawrence school district. Today: Staff wellness.* http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2011/aug/10/218507/ There’s no better way to teach students about wellness than to lead by example. That’s why the Lawrence School District is offering as many incentives as possible ...

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