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New diet guidelines might reflect environmental cost
January 5, 2015
For years, the government has been issuing guidelines about healthy eating choices. Now, a panel that advises the Agriculture Department is ready to recommend that you be told not only what foods are better for your own health, but for the environment as well.
Results from Lawrence walk-and-bike-to-schools study to be released Jan. 14
January 2, 2015
A community meeting by four city and county organizations will discuss the results of Lawrence’s first data collection on walking and biking to and from schools.
Lawrence’s first baby of the new year arrives
12:04 p.m., January 2, 2015 Updated 09:48 p.m.
Lawrence’s first baby of 2015 has arrived — without any competition for the title. Baby Boy Keim, born to parents Jason and Kristina Keim, of Lawrence, was the only baby born on the first day of 2015, Lawrence Memorial hospital spokeswoman Belinda Rehmer said Friday.
Lifelong Lawrencian to share experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail
January 1, 2015
Next week, lifelong Lawrencian Joanne Renfro, 55, will relive “the most amazing experience” of her life. As part of the Lawrence Public Library’s Physical Fitness Month, Renfro will detail her experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at the library, 707 Vermont St. By Caitlin Doornbos
Poll shows Americans support menu labeling — and want even more information
December 31, 2014
More than half of Americans say they already have enough information at restaurants to decide whether they are making a healthy purchase. But they want even more.
Lawrence faring better than Kansas City, nation in flu cases
December 30, 2014
The flu has hit much of the United States, including the Kansas City area, early this year, with the Centers for Disease Control declaring Tuesday that it hit “epidemic” levels last week. In Lawrence, however, hospital officials said Tuesday that the community hasn’t been hit as hard as the rest of northeast Kansas and the nation. By Elliot Hughes
Walking: Do more of it in the New Year
December 30, 2014
There’s a simple activity out there that health care providers and researchers say improves creativity, sleep, blood pressure and sugar. It lowers the risk of diabetes, breast cancer, colon cancer and obesity. It tones the muscles and heart. And on and on. It’s called walking.
Coping with mental illness or loss during holiday season
December 30, 2014
For people dealing with mental illness or loss, the holidays can bring stress and loneliness rather than comfort and joy. People need to be aware of that, counselors and psychiatrists say.
Double Take: Resolutions require dedication, purpose
December 30, 2014
It’s time for the annual Double Take resolution tradition. Unfortunately, we’re up against some stiff opposition. According to research from early 2014, only 8 percent of people actually meet their New Year’s resolutions.
Resolve to be healthy in 2015
December 30, 2014
Making New Year’s resolutions has become an American tradition. If you are like millions of Americans, one or more of your resolutions will pertain to your health. Lawrence Memorial Hospital offers these suggestions to help make 2015 healthier and happier for you, your family and community.
Local adventurer to tell trail tales
December 30, 2014
Jo Renfro, a Lawrence artist, hiked all 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She will tell the story of her epic trek at the library at 7 p.m. Jan. 8.
Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015
December 30, 2014
Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It’s the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama’s law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.
Health Department, Bert Nash team up to help residents manage diabetes and avoid complications
December 29, 2014
The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center are offering a new six-week course, “Take Control of Your Diabetes,” to help individuals who have diabetes learn ways to better manage their disease and improve their quality of life.
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.

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