Joanna Hlavacek

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Joanna Hlavacek is the education reporter for the Lawrence Journal-World.

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In aftermath of stressful election, acupuncturist offering free treatments to those in 'helping professions'

It’s a chilly Monday afternoon, just around lunchtime, and Stephanie Stuhlsatz is letting her friend stick three tiny needles along the ridges of her left ear. The friend is Julie Bear Don’t Walk, a licensed acupuncturist, and in the past two weeks she has been doling out similar treatments, free of charge, to folks like Stuhlsatz, a certified massage therapist, and others in the “helping professions.”

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Parks and Rec to offer stress-relieving yoga workshop this holiday season

The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department is doing its part to ensure folks breathe a little easier this holiday season. On Dec. 2, the department is hosting its second annual “Yoga Stress Relief for the Holidays” workshop from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the fitness room of Sports Pavilion Lawrence, 100 Rock Chalk Lane. And everyone, regardless of skill level, is encouraged to slow down, relax and put aside any post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas (or your December holiday of choice) for an evening of de-stressing yoga.

LiveWell Lawrence to celebrate eighth anniversary with community breakfast

LiveWell Lawrence is marking its eighth anniversary this year with a community breakfast Friday at the Lied Center, 1600 Stewart Drive. As is the tradition with the annual event, slated for 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., community members are invited to attend free of charge.

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Strategies for staying healthy, mindful as high-calorie holiday season approaches

With Halloween officially behind us and Thanksgiving on its way, now might be a good time to start strategizing for the long, temptation-laden holiday season ahead. Because nothing can derail a well-meaning dieter quite like Thanksgiving, which each year leads the average American to consume more than 4,500 calories in one meal, according to the Calorie Control Council and registered dietician Rachel Levy. Food for thought: That’s more than twice the suggested daily calorie allotment recommended by health professionals.

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Parks and Rec's 'No Child Left Inside' aims to get kids moving outdoors

Each fall, the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department encourages kids to get outdoors — and maybe get a little messy in the process. The goal behind these biweekly hikes is also the name of the annual program, cleverly titled “No Child Left Inside.”

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Common illnesses during cold weather and how to avoid them

As temperatures drop over the fall and winter months, our risk for contracting illness only goes up. Here, Dr. Karen Evans, a family medicine specialist at Lawrence’s Mt. Oread Family Practice, identifies a few common cold-weather ailments (turns out, there’s more than just flu on the horizon) and how to best avoid them.

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Breast cancer: Sussing out facts, falsehoods

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we asked Lawrence Memorial Hospital oncologist Jodie Barr to weigh in on a few of the most commonly held myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.

Second annual 'Rock the Block' to benefit cancer programs at LMH

The Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association is inviting community members to “Rock the Block” this Friday during its second annual fundraiser of the same name, featuring live music, food and drinks in a block-party atmosphere.

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Local schools to participate in next week's Walk to School Day

Lawrence-area students are once again dusting off their walking shoes in preparation for this fall’s annual Walk to School Day.

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Health Department launches 'Healthy Dads, Healthy Families' program

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in the U.S. — that’s one of out every three — are growing up without their biological father living under the same roof.

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