LiveWell expands focus, marks decade of work with new name

photo by: LiveWell Douglas County

LiveWell Douglas County

The local community health advocacy group formerly known as LiveWell Lawrence is marking its 10th anniversary this year, and it has adopted the new name LiveWell Douglas County to reflect a broader focus.

The organization began in 2008 with 16 members, according to its recent news release, with a focus on boosting access to healthy foods, physical activities and tobacco-free lifestyles within the city of Lawrence. Now, its membership of more than 150 is also working to improve health equity and prevent sexual violence across all of Douglas County.

“LiveWell is committed to being an inclusive coalition, not just by expanding our geographic reach from Lawrence to Douglas County, but by doing a better job of listening to community needs and supporting communities impacted by health inequities,” said LiveWell Chair Jeff Severin, of the University of Kansas Center for Sustainability, in the release.

LiveWell will host a Community Health Planning Meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St., as a kickoff to a series of meetings to be held this summer. It is open to the public and food will be provided.

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