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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
The Affordable Care Act has a goal of near-universal coverage in the U.S., but for that to happen many young, healthy Americans will have to buy insurance. Otherwise, experts say, costs may go up for everyone else, such as people with pre-existing conditions, who for the first time will be able to purchase insurance without restrictions. By Giles Bruce
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department received the Model Practice Award from the National Association of County and Health Officials for its project, "Developing Tools for Improving Compliance with Child Care Licensing Regulations."
Being healthy can be costly. Between buying fresh produce and paying for a gym membership, classes or workout equipment, sometimes getting in shape may seem like a major feat — not just for your mind and body, but for your wallet. In Lawrence, businesses and organizations are finding ways to make living a healthy lifestyle easier on a person’s bank account. By Meagan Thomas
WorkWell Lawrence says health expenditures are estimated to reach $4.1 trillion by 2016. With Americans spending at least half of their waking hours at work, WorkWell Lawrence coordinator Carolyn Crawford says healthy lifestyle encouragement and programs at work are now a part of doing business. By Meagan Thomas
- Headquarters officials say they want to reopen at night, remain independent
- December 10, 2013
- Steve Lopes, who became interim director at Lawrence-based Headquarters Counseling Center this week, said he plans to lead Headquarters into the “21st century,” making improvements in the way the center does business to keep it an independent entity serving Douglas County and the rest of Kansas. By Giles Bruce
- Important time of year to make sure car seats are installed properly
- December 10, 2013
- It’s the holiday travel season, making it as good a time as any to make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. By Giles Bruce
- Anti-tobacco advocates say Kansas has underfunded smoking prevention
- December 9, 2013
- On the fifteenth anniversary of the multi-billion-dollar settlement between the tobacco industry and states, tobacco prevention advocates say Kansas has underfunded programs to prevent or stop people from smoking. By Giles Bruce
- Color Studio pledges to help cancer patients with first Cut-A-Thon
- December 7, 2013
- Stylists at Lawrence’s Color Studio will spend Monday having a Cut-A-Thon — a full day devoted to $25 haircuts and to raising money for wigs for cancer patients losing their hair. By Nadia Imafidon
- Training helps volunteers provide more compassionate care to homeless families
- December 5, 2013
- The volunteer was just trying to help homeless families in Lawrence. He didn’t know that, through no fault of his own, he was doing more harm than good. It was all because he reminded one of the homeless people of a relative who had abused her as a child. When the volunteer left, her anxiety went away. This example highlights why the program, Lawrence Family Promise, recently had its volunteers take part in trauma-informed care training: to make sure they aren’t retraumatizing people who went through situations like abuse, violence and neglect as children. By Giles Bruce
- Heartland fundraiser set for Thursday
- December 4, 2013
- Heartland Community Health Center is holding its third annual Fill Up Pour Out benefit from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Arterra Event Gallery, 2161 Quail Creek Drive.
- KU researchers say migraine sufferers should avoid plastic
- December 3, 2013
- Migraine sufferers desperate to reduce or get rid of their pain may have a new treatment method: avoiding plastic. That’s the hypothesis behind a recent study by researchers at Kansas University Medical Center. By Giles Bruce
- Teacher who introduced therapy dogs to district now relies on them for her own recovery
- December 1, 2013
- Lisa Clark, who teaches first and second grade at Lawrence’s Schwegler Elementary School, introduced therapy dogs to the local school district roughly two decades ago. Now things have come full circle, as those same dogs help her recover from a serious spinal injury. By Giles Bruce
- Longtime health services director took care of thousands of Baker students
- November 26, 2013
- For the past quarter-century, Baker University’s Nurse Ruth has been much more than a health care provider. She’s been a grandmotherly figure to homesick students, an advocate for community health, and quite possibly the university’s biggest sports fan. Ruth Sarna, Baker’s director of student health services, plans to retire at the end of this current semester after 25 years at the Baldwin City college. She estimates that she’s seen 15,000 students and facilitated 65,000 patient visits during her time at Baker. By Giles Bruce
- LiveWell Lawrence, health department looking to form new anti-tobacco work group
- November 20, 2013
- The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Lawrence are looking for community members to join a new work group that will promote tobacco use prevention and cessation.
- Local ‘farm to preschool’ program featured on first lady’s website, in jeopardy of stopping
- November 18, 2013
- DCCDA’s program, Families, Farmers and Educators United Highlighted on the Let’s Move Child Care website and newsletter
- Lawrence students learn that healthy snacks can taste good, too
- November 18, 2013
- Not only did several dozen kids eat fruit, vegetables and whole-wheat pitas and hummus on a recent day at Lawrence’s Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. They went back for seconds. And thirds. By Giles Bruce
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital agrees to be part of health information network
- November 18, 2013
- Many Lawrence-area residents may soon be part of a statewide electronic medical record exchange, after Lawrence Memorial Hospital this month signed a preliminary agreement to be part of the Kansas Health Information Network. By Giles Bruce
- Couple at center of November homicide may have fallen into resource ‘gap’
- November 16, 2013
- Area health care service providers say the Hopkinses fit a not uncommon profile of a caregiver reluctant to ask for help and a patient who fell into an age gap keeping her from some services. Though providers describe this area as rich with health options, they also describe depleted-funding-induced waiting lists and age and income requirements as obstacles for some in need. By Stephen Montemayor
- Theatre Lawrence allows people with hearing loss to ‘loop’ into performances
- November 15, 2013
- Vicki Douglas used to read the scripts ahead of time before attending plays. It wasn’t because the Lawrence woman couldn’t wait to find out the plot twists, but because she knew she wouldn’t be able to hear the performance. But now, when she goes to Theatre Lawrence, at least, she doesn’t have to worry about any of that. By Giles Bruce