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Douglas County makes slight comeback in health rankings, from 23rd to 17th

After dipping out of the top 10 for the first time — to 23rd in 2018 — Douglas County has climbed back to the 17th healthiest county in Kansas this year. Since the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps began in 2011, Douglas County had never ranked below ninth prior to its drop in 2018. ...

Healthy Outlook: I’m taking a hiatus from fitness technology … kind of

I already know what you’re thinking — either you saw this one coming, or you think I’ve lost my marbles. If you’ve ever read this column, you’ve probably seen mention of some app or device or trick or nifty online service. After all, I’ve written about fitness trackers, apps for ...

Spring is springing — keep these health tips in mind

Spring! Oh, glorious spring! It officially arrives on Wednesday. Because winter weather finally is in our rearview mirrors, it’s time to turn our thoughts to warmer, sunnier weather. So we’ve checked in with three members of the LMH Health family for some advice about getting more mobile, ...

Are eggs good or bad for you? New research rekindles debate

The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those who can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 1/2 eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs. The study showed the more eggs, the greater the risk. The chances of dying ...

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Garden Variety: Homegrown potatoes take cooking to another level

Potatoes are easy to grow in northeast Kansas and can be planted as soon as soil is workable in mid-March. Many gardeners plant potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day out of superstition and tradition, and the date is generally a good time frame to keep in mind even with minor variations in weather ...

Garden Variety: Cultivate herbs to improve cooking, garden aromas

Basil, oregano, thyme and a variety of other herbs are easy to grow, are a fun way to get kids interested in gardening, add flavor to cooking and add good scents to the garden and home. In northeast Kansas, perennial herbs can be planted as soon as the ground has thawed (and dried out enough to ...

Garden Variety: Healthy soil composition key for healthy plants

Building and maintaining healthy soil is one of the most important steps in growing healthy gardens, landscapes and lawns and is often overlooked or considered as an afterthought. And, the best time to build and improve soil is prior to planting, making this late winter-early spring season the ...

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Try a classic French soup celebrating seasonal vegetables

Highlighting the fresh flavors of Provencal cuisine, soupe au pistou is a classic French soup composed of seasonal vegetables, creamy white beans and fragrant herbs. Celebrating colorful, early-summer produce, this soup needed to be chock-full of vegetables and simple to prepare. Leeks, green ...

A cookie in a skillet? Sure, you’re skeptical. But try it

A cookie in a skillet? We admit this internet phenom made us skeptical — until we tried it. Unlike making a traditional batch of cookies, this treatment doesn't require scooping, baking and cooling multiple sheets of treats; the whole thing bakes at once in a single skillet. Plus, the hot ...

Cheesy nachos that are sure to get your party started

These nachos are a cinch to make and can turn after-school snack time for a few kids into something of a fiesta. Or double the recipe and use a 13-by-9-inch baking dish, and you'll have enough nachos to really get the party started! If you like your nachos spicy, layer in some drained pickled ...

Morning buns combine richness of croissant with cinnamon bun

Combine the rich layers of a croissant with the sweet swirls of a cinnamon bun and you'll have one of our favorite brunch pastries: morning buns. For a simpler route to a yeasted, croissant-like pastry, we added a packet of yeast to a quick puff pastry dough. We created long, thin pieces of ...

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Lawrence woman has life-altering experience on Netflix series ‘Queer Eye’

After a total makeover on the newest season of the Netflix series “Queer Eye,” Jess Guilbeaux continues to wait tables at Lawrence's Mad Greek restaurant but with a fresh mindset. Guilbeaux spoke to the Journal-World about her new-found confidence in between serving customers Monday ...

Photo gallery: Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade turns downtown green

The annual tradition that floods the streets of Lawrence with green of all shades brought even more folks than last year downtown Sunday, according to an organizer. Delisa Drewes, a longtime St. Patrick's Day Parade committee member, estimated that more than 25,000 were in attendance. The ...

Stocking shelves extra sweet for Lawrence bookstore owner releasing first book

Boxes of Danny Caine’s first book of poetry are stored in a closet at the Raven Bookstore. The release date for “Continental Breakfast” isn’t until Tuesday, which has Caine, the store’s owner, delaying gratification just a few more days before his work goes on sale. “I'm so ...

Local VFW seeks Douglas County veterans’ photos for tribute book

The Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lawrence wants to pay tribute to Douglas County’s present and former service members. Alford-Clarke Post 852 is asking area veterans to send in photos of themselves to be included in its new project, “Douglas County Portraits of Honor.” The pictorial ...

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Healthy Outlook: I’m taking a hiatus from fitness technology … kind of

I already know what you’re thinking — either you saw this one coming, or you think I’ve lost my marbles. If you’ve ever read this column, you’ve probably seen mention of some app or device or trick or nifty online service. After all, I’ve written about fitness trackers, apps for ...

Healthy Outlook: Free online class teaches ‘science of happiness’

I’ve occasionally considered going back to school to further my education. The problem is that most graduate programs don’t offer classes that I can complete on my own schedule at home in my pajamas, that have only optional assignments and that are completely free — of cost and of ...

Healthy Outlook: Tips to survive a second-shift lifestyle

I’ve spent the past few years working at the Journal-World’s copy desk, meaning I’d head to work in the afternoons and head home around midnight five days a week. Just a couple of short weeks ago, the thought of switching to days as my role with the newspaper shifted into more reporting ...