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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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Douglas County ranks as 8th healthiest in Kansas for third year

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Douglas County ranks as the eighth healthiest county in Kansas for the third year in a row. The top factors that improved the county’s ranking included adult obesity, percentage of adults with some college education, and number of preventable hospital stays. However, the county’s ranking was negatively affected by the percentage of adults reporting binge drinking and severe housing problems.

Lawrence police aim to have all officers complete Crisis Intervention Training to address those in mental health crises

When 18-year-old Joseph Jennings, of Ottawa, was fatally shot by Ottawa police officers in August 2014, it was the end of a life riddled with seizures, migraines and depression, Jennings' aunt, Brandy Smith, said after the incident. In Lawrence, police are taking strides to de-escalate situations before use of force becomes necessary. Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib plans, within three years, to have all Lawrence officers complete 40 hours of Crisis Intervention Training to learn how to handle encounters with people in mental health crises. By Caitlin Doornbos

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.

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