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Today’s events

Holistic Weight Loss Group

5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Southwind Health Collective $10 - $35

River City AA Group women's meeting

9 a.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

Noon, Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

5:30 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

Live and Let Live AA meeting

7 p.m., 325 Maine, 917 Highland or 1011 Vermont

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Get the facts: 2009-2010 flu season

Track flu data from state and federal public health agencies.

Poll
Have you been affected by a natural disaster?

Poll results

Response Percent
No.
 
29%
Flooding.
 
25%
More than one event.
 
12%
Hurricane.
 
8%
Other event.
 
8%
Tornado.
 
4%
Earthquake.
 
4%
Blizzard.
 
4%
Hailstorm.
 
4%
Total 24
Poll
What do you think is Lawrence's largest health issue?

Poll results

Response Percent
Binge drinking.
 
33%
Obesity.
 
30%
Uninsured adults.
 
15%
Smoking.
 
10%
Sexual transmitted diseases.
 
2%
Access to healthy foods.
 
2%
Crime.
 
2%
Air pollution.
 
2%
Total 39

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Class teaches how to cook healthy meals for $2 a serving

Just Food CEO Jeremy Farmer often points out that low-income people don’t have to live off macaroni and cheese and Hamburger Helper. When they eat nothing but processed foods high in salt and sugar, they often develop conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, the cost of which far outweighs any savings on food. So Just Food has been holding cooking classes to teach people how to prepare healthy meals that are quite affordable. By Giles Bruce

Visiting Nurses Association transforms through 45 years in Douglas County

Over the past 45 years, there have numerous relationships formed between nurse and patient in Lawrence, thanks to the work of the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association. In that time, the organization has morphed from a home health care agency with a handful of employees to a nonprofit that offers a variety of services with a staff of 115 and 60 volunteers. By Giles Bruce

Nominations being accepted for 2014 Douglas County Health Champion awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the second annual Douglas County Health Champion awards.

Lawrence Memorial Hospital concerned about numbers of insured under ACA

Lawrence Memorial Hospital continues to deal with the fallout from health care reform. CEO Gene Meyer said Wednesday he is concerned that the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law often known as Obamacare, won't provide insurance to as many Americans as was first projected, when hospitals in the U.S. agreed to significant reductions in their Medicare reimbursements. By Giles Bruce

Five years in, LiveWell Lawrence still working to improve health of community

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Five years ago this month, stakeholders in the areas of health and wellness came together to start LiveWell Lawrence, a coalition that supports projects in the community that promote nutritious eating and physical activity. By Giles Bruce

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Cycling event to benefit Health Care Access
February 24, 2015
Free State Ride, Body Boutique’s indoor cycling facility, is hosting a co-ed charity ride at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, with all proceeds going to Health Care Access.
Double Take: ‘Relationship’ label requires agreement on behavior
February 24, 2015
Dr. Wes proposes teaching kids from preschool on that “a relationship” isn’t a label but an agreement between two people on how they will behave toward each other. Like any contract, you set your terms so everyone knows what’s to be expected.
Successful Aging mental health program helps clients deal with losses of all kinds
12:00 a.m., February 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
It is never too late to get help. Which is why the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center offers a program geared specifically toward older adults. “I have worked with people in their 90s,” said Ruth Shadel, the Bert Nash therapist who started the Center’s Successful Aging Program in 2004. In fact, older people, knowing the clock is ticking, can tend to be more open about seeking help.
Seniors call for action as White House starts aging forums
February 24, 2015
Amid a profound shift in America’s demographics, advocates for seniors pressed Thursday for changes on long-term care, retirement security and elder abuse as the White House launched a series of forums on aging.
Limitless fitness: Exercise options for seniors aim to get, keep older people moving
February 24, 2015
Seniors in Lawrence have several options for fitness classes and workouts in town, from the Parks and Recreation Lifelong Recreation programming to the classes and training offered at membership gyms. Either way, all classes are available to try out and see if it’s your cup of tea.
Healthy aging: What does it take?
February 24, 2015
Much has changed to improve the odds you’ll become a centenarian, but what does it take to reach that milestone? There are many research studies that suggest a person who follows healthy habits can expect a lifespan of 86 years or more. Life insurance companies have a pretty good handle on the factors that determine whether a person dies young or old. Some of the most important factors they track are weight or body mass index, drinking, smoking, driving record and stress management.
Meditating might help older people sleep, researchers say
February 24, 2015
Older people who have sleep problems found more relief from a mindful meditation program than from a conventional sleep education program, researchers reported.
After lobbying push, drugmaker resubmits women’s sex pill
February 24, 2015
The makers of a twice-rejected pill designed to boost sexual desire in women are hoping a yearlong lobbying push by politicians, women’s groups and consumer advocates will move their much-debated drug onto the market.
Early exposure to peanuts helps prevent allergies in kids
February 23, 2015
For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do.
Pace of new U.S. measles cases slows a bit, officials report
February 23, 2015
The number of U.S. measles cases this year has risen to 154, with new cases scattered across five states, although the pace seems to have slowed.
Marijuana refugee returns to Baldwin City
February 22, 2015
For Ryan Reed, a smile makes his family’s move to Colorado worthwhile. It’s a smile he wishes he could share with members of the Kansas Legislature this week when he testifies before a House committee about the benefits of the medical marijuana his 3-year-old son has been taking daily since the family moved to Colorado in May 2014. However, under current Kansas law, it’s not possible for him to bring his son with him on the visit to his hometown of Baldwin City. By Elvyn Jones
Kansas amputee support group members deal with phantom pain
February 22, 2015
Sometimes it feels like a knife is slicing through Pamela Jenkins’ right foot. But, she doesn’t have a right foot. Phantom pain is very real to the group of amputees who were attending the regular meeting of the Kansas Amputee Support System.
Healthful diet report: Sugary drinks out; coffee, eggs in
February 19, 2015
An extra cup or two of coffee may be OK after all. More eggs, too. But you definitely need to drink less sugary soda. And, as always, don’t forget your vegetables. Recommendations on Thursday from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on limiting dietary cholesterol. And it says the caffeine in a few cups of coffee could actually be good for you.
Four things to know to stop the spring allergy onslaught
February 19, 2015
Despite patches of snow that remain on the ground and the freezing cold temperatures this week, spring is near. And with spring comes seasonal allergies. Ron Weiner, board certified allergist with Asthma & Allergy Associates in Lawrence, says 20 percent of people have allergies, and there are four important steps people can take to make their lives more livable when allergy season hits.
Over 90,000 Kansans have health plan using Affordable Care Act marketplace
06:49 p.m., February 18, 2015 Updated 10:01 p.m.
More than 90,000 Kansans and 8.6 million Americans registered or automatically re-enrolled in a health plan by using the Affordable Care Act’s online Health Insurance Marketplace.

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