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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
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 are now being accepted for the second annual Douglas County Health Champion awards.
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 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
- Market Match program launches at farmers markets for second year
- May 27, 2015
- The Market Match program has launched for its second year at the Lawrence Farmers Market and Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market.
- K-State can test for new strain of dog flu affecting Midwest; no cases reported in Kansas
- 12:41 p.m., May 27, 2015 Updated 10:35 p.m.
- Kansas State University’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory can test for a new strain of canine influenza, or dog flu, that has infected more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest since April, according to a news release Wednesday by the university.
- Health Department workshop teaches health-related community planning
- May 27, 2015
- The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is offering a workshop “Integrating Health into Community Decision-making” in collaboration with the Kansas Health Institute and the Oregon Public Health Institute.
- Study: Fewer kids have severe mental problems; more get help
- May 26, 2015
- Contrary to public perception and horrific cases that make headlines, serious mental problems are declining among the nation’s youth, and there has been a big rise in how many are getting help, a new study finds.
- Once just an underground movement, parkour gets a class of its own in Lawrence
- May 25, 2015
- Across the globe, the gap-jumping, wall-scaling, obstacle-vaulting training discipline known as parkour has only recently begun to outgrow its underground popularity. And it’s even entering the mainstream right here in Lawrence.
- Double Take: Breaking up really is hard to do, and overcoming it takes maturity
- May 25, 2015
- Breakups are tough. But don’t give up on meaningful relationships because one ended badly. Kyra recommends dealing with emotions in the present and taking some time to reflect.
- Art gives voice, healing to woman living with mental-health condition
- May 23, 2015
- It all started with a doodle. Lesa Weller had always struggled with mental health. Diagnoses for depression and bipolar disorder came early in life, and several suicide attempts marked her teenage years.
- Michelle Obama offers glimpse of workout routine
- May 21, 2015
- Michelle Obama has finally revealed some of her workout secrets. The first lady skips rope, does abdominal crunches with a weighted ball and jumps on and off a bench in a White House video released as part of the fifth anniversary celebration of her “Let’s Move” initiative against childhood obesity.
- LMH proposes health and wellness partnership with city
- 02:40 p.m., May 20, 2015 Updated 10:47 p.m.
- At its May meeting, the Lawrence Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees approved proposals to develop a partnership with the city of Lawrence to improve and broaden the hospital’s outreach in health and wellness into the community.
- Fitness ‘crawl’ on Wednesday gives seniors a chance to sample activities
- May 19, 2015
- National Senior Health & Fitness Day is a nationwide event held the last Wednesday in May during Older Americans Month. Locally, Lawrence Memorial Hospital is teaming up with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department, the Lawrence Public Library and Douglas County Senior Services to offer “Fitness Crawl,” a full day of health and fitness activities and events on May 27.
- Double Take: Standardized testing provides little benefit to students
- May 19, 2015
- Dr. Wes wants an end to standardized testing; Kyra agrees that kids go through enough, but thinks some form of standardized testing is necessary.
- Keep an eye on summertime vision protection
- May 19, 2015
- Especially during the summer, it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays by wearing a hat and sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection.
- Doctor group seeks to clear confusion in cancer screening
- May 18, 2015
- Screening for cancer has gotten more complicated in recent years with evolving guidelines that sometimes conflict. Now a doctors’ group aims to ease some confusion — and encourage more discussion of testing’s pros and cons — with what it calls advice on “high-value screening” for five types of tumors.
- Health department receives national accreditation
- 04:37 p.m., May 14, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
- The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced that it received national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board Thursday.
- Couch to Cycle: A beginner’s guide to a pedal-pushing summer
- May 12, 2015
- In May, the sun hangs higher in the sky, grass grows greener and the days stretch on. The outdoors beckon. For some, the thought of stepping out their front doors can be daunting, but the summer need slip by. Those first few steps are easier than you think.