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Our health

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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Exercise can help with arthritis symptom management
December 22, 2014
If you have arthritis, exercise is probably one of the best things you can do to help manage the symptoms of the disease. Generally, even those with limited mobility can do some form of exercise.
Music therapy can be a powerful emotional tool to manage how people think, feel
December 22, 2014
The Bert Nash psychosocial rehabilitation program started a seven-week trial for adult music therapy last February. The trial went so well the decision was made to offer music therapy on an ongoing basis. The group is available for Community Support Services clients — individuals who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.
Double Take: Decide whether consenting to using location app is in your best interest
December 22, 2014
Feel free to accept your boyfriend’s invitation to join Find My Friends, if you think it meets a need for him and doesn’t bother you. Or, feel free to decline if it makes you uncomfortable. Your guy will have to decide what he wants to do in response.
Daddy Rules: In even the most rudimentary lessons, parents learn what it means to be human
December 22, 2014
Perhaps the biggest wonder of all is that it has come to this — making a list of potty books and asking for suggestions on the topic — and that I don’t really mind. I’ve been amazed at how wrong so many of my preconceived notions about parenting have been, especially when it comes to changing diapers and potty training.
City offering Power Yoga, kids’ Zumba classes
December 22, 2014
Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department has added another section of yoga to this winter’s array of fitness classes. The new class, Power Yoga, focuses on a branch of yoga called vinyasha.
KU Hospital lauds study affirming treatment for serious strokes
December 21, 2014
When someone suffers a stroke, time is of the essence in preventing disability, or death. In addition to the standard clot-busting drugs, Kansas University Hospital has been attacking strokes with catheters to vacuum or snare out clots in the brain for a decade. A new medical journal article lauding the practice as effective in treating serious strokes came as no surprise but was still exciting news to KU doctors. By Sara Shepherd
Documentary features Liberal boy’s heart surgery
December 21, 2014
Like many his age, Nelijah Tatum enjoys taking part in sports, and as a student at Liberal’s Sunflower Intermediate, he had participated in many competitions in various athletic pursuits. Now 12, Tatum had started attending South Middle School, but just before the current school year started, the young man was taken to a doctor to get a yearly physical to continue playing sports, the Liberal Leader & Times reported. During the exam, the administering doctor discovered something Tatum’s mother, Misty Tatum, said was kind of funny with Nelijah’s heart.
Santa’s fit list: Give the gift of fitness this holiday season
December 15, 2014
Don’t let the holidays stand in the way of getting fit and staying active. It’s the perfect time to buy the fitness buffs in your life gifts they’ll love and use now and all year long.
Merck advancing breast cancer drug to mid-stage
December 15, 2014
Drugmaker Merck & Co. said that it will advance a new cancer drug into bigger patient tests, after promising findings in an early study against a very aggressive, common type of breast cancer.
Lawmakers wary of genetically modified food labels
December 15, 2014
The food industry is likely to find a receptive Congress come January in its fight against mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods. Republicans and Democrats on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee questioned Wednesday whether requiring a label on any packaged food including genetically modified organisms — or foods grown from seeds engineered in labs — would be misleading to consumers since there is little scientific evidence that such foods are unsafe. The food industry has made a similar argument.
Patients and economy would benefit from KanCare expansion
December 15, 2014
Making a decision on expansion of KanCare is first and foremost about coverage for those individuals. But it’s also about costs and the economy.
New court, dental programs to help mentally ill
11:28 a.m., December 15, 2014 Updated 12:22 p.m.
Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to some people in Topeka who are suffering from mental illness, beginning in January.
Yoga benefit helps people get flu vaccinations — and it’s not too late for your own shot
December 11, 2014
With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department urges residents to receive an annual flu vaccination to protect themselves and their families. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 7-13, serves as a reminder that the community has a responsibility to prevent the spread of influenza, or the flu, and that it’s not too late to get a vaccination.
Mom: Man accused in Muslim teen’s death needs mental help
December 9, 2014
A man accused of fatally hitting a Muslim teenager with his car last week in what’s being investigated as a possible hate crime had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, committed to a hospital and sometimes stopped taking his medications, according to court records and his family.
Health advocates concerned at Kansas’ drop in rankings: from eighth in 1991 to 27th now
December 9, 2014
Kansas has fallen from eighth to 27th in the nation in the annual America’s Health Rankings by the United Health Foundation. Health advocates in Kansas say the state is making little progress in reducing adult smoking and childhood poverty rates. By Peter Hancock


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