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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
- KU Hospital using $12.5 million grant to give rural heart care a makeover
- Status quo has many Western Kansas residents hours from emergency care, lacking preventative care
- July 5, 2015
- For 18 years, Christine Fisher has been one of just three or four cardiologists practicing in Hays, where patients may live hours away and ambulances are scant. Patients waiting to call for help until they can’t wait anymore is routine, she said. “Heart attack after heart attack, stent after stent, it’s just such an inefficient way to do this,” Fisher said. “We’re doing the tip-of-the-iceberg type medicine.” Prevention is one part of a multipronged effort by Kansas University Hospital to develop a new approach to heart attack and stroke care in rural areas. By Sara Shepherd
- Affidavit: Kidnapping, beating of Lawrence woman with wrench and toy piano had adoption angle
- July 2, 2015
- Custody of the victim’s young child may have been the motive for two of four codefendants accused of the alleged brutal kidnapping, beating and blackmailing of a Lawrence woman last month, according to the recently released affidavit justifying the codefendants’ arrests. By Caitlin Doornbos
- Wichita hospital sees spike in patients using K2
- 09:56 a.m., July 2, 2015 Updated 02:14 p.m.
- Wichita hospitals have been reporting a recent increase in patients being treated after smoking synthetic marijuana, often called K2.
- High number of rabies cases reported in Kansas
- July 1, 2015
- Kansas residents are being warned to be cautious around skunks during an uptick in rabies cases.
- Double Take: Same-sex marriage and relationships part of column’s history
- June 30, 2015
- Dr. Wes and Kyra look at gay marriage, and the history of Double Take on the subject. Dr. Wes: “Double Take has covered a period of cultural change so substantial that it defies superlatives. This week as a nation we have taken a firm step into a more just future for GBLTQ people.”
- Use care around fireworks for the holiday
- June 30, 2015
- Misusing fireworks this Fourth of July can quickly turn your summertime into bummer time.
- Resources mean safe riding in Lawrence
- June 30, 2015
- From maps to guide riders and bike repair stations to bicycle club group rides that provide safety in numbers, Lawrence has tools to help people who are new to cycling feel comfortable.
- KanCare starting ombudsman volunteer program in 3 places
- June 29, 2015
- The state-run program that administers Medicaid is seeking volunteer ombudsman for Kansas City, Johnson County and Wichita.
- USDA proposes healthier fare for child, adult day cares
- June 28, 2015
- As teachers lament seeing toddlers too large to fit in playground swings, a federal program that feeds millions of low-income children may be overhauled for the first time in almost 50 years, aiming to make the meals at day cares healthier and reduce obesity.
- Midsummer Night’s Event supports youth fitness program
- June 25, 2015
- Crystal Shepherd has a passion for strong bodies and strong kids. And she has found a way to bring them together with The Midsummer’s Night Event in support of her youth program, the Omni Youth Project.
- Kansans in Congress vow to push for repeal of health law
- June 25, 2015
- An advocacy group in Kansas is relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a key part of the federal health care overhaul, but members of the state’s congressional delegation say they’ll still push for its repeal.
- Lawrence receives breastfeeding support designation
- June 24, 2015
- Lawrence has received the Community Supporting Breastfeeding designation from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. It’s the first community in Kansas to received the title.
- What is trans fat? A look at different kinds of fats
- June 23, 2015
- The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.
- Q&A: What are trans fats and why are they unhealthy?
- June 23, 2015
- Here are some common questions and answers about dangerous fats in our food.