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Red Dog's Dog Days: Saturday Morning Sessions

7:30 a.m., Parking lot, 700 block of Vermont St.

FREE BUTCHERING DEMONSTRATION

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Hank Charcuterie -1900 Mass St

River City AA Group

8 a.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

Noon, Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

River City AA Group

5:30 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

Oskaloosa AA meeting

8 p.m., 524 Liberty St., Oskaloosa

River City AA Group

10 p.m., Alano Club, 311 E. Ninth.

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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
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.
Crawl’ your way to fitness with senior activities events
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.
Daddy Rules: Kids’ ideal world still includes their parents’ love
May 12, 2015
Kids like to imagine themselves the rulers of their worlds, but sometimes mom and dad really are the kings.
Good night’s sleep important for your health
May 12, 2015
Lack of sleep can leave us cranky and inefficient at work, but did you know it can lead to serious medical problems including stroke and heart attack? If it is hard for you to fall asleep or stay asleep, you may have a sleep disorder, according to the National Institutes of Health. People who wake up tired or feel very sleepy during the day may also have an issue.
Double Take: Introducing a new perspective
May 12, 2015
Dr. Wes chooses a new co-author: Bishop Seabury senior Gabe Magee, who answers one of the Challenge Questions posed by Dr. Wes.
Health department studying how tobacco is marketed to Douglas County youth
May 9, 2015
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department is working on a study that will catalog how tobacco and e-cigarette products are marketed to people — specifically minors — in the Lawrence area.
Study: Vaccination against measles may have other benefits
May 8, 2015
A new study suggests the measles shot comes with a bonus: By preventing that disease, the vaccine may also help your body fight off other illnesses for years.
Lawrence Justice Matters gathering produces little drama, much agreement
May 7, 2015
Any tension or disagreement that was expected at Justice Matters’ Nehemiah Action Assembly never showed Thursday night. Religious leaders from the Lawrence area asked officials whether they supported a series of proposals in front of an estimated audience of 1,600 people at the Lied Center on Kansas University’s campus, and every time the officials said yes.
Pill-taking can be less yucky for kids, study review finds
May 7, 2015
Many sick kids can’t or won’t swallow pills — and that can make them sicker. But there may be some pretty simple ways to help the medicine go down, a new study says.

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