Health

Community members, nonprofits discuss Douglas County food and health inequities

At a community conversation on food security and health issues Thursday evening, area nonprofit leaders said health equity issues were a chief concern — and one of the organizers even used the location of the meeting itself to make his point. “We have significant gaps,” Douglas County ...

Marijuana expert: Prime time for Kansas public health officials to talk legalization

It’s a good time for public health officials to get in on the ground floor — before the debate really kicks into full gear — on legalization of marijuana in Kansas, a subject expert says. Andrew Freedman, who was the state of Colorado’s first director of marijuana coordination, gave ...

Wellness, mental health app now available free for Douglas County residents

An app that offers abundant resources for mental and physical health and wellness is now available for free to Douglas County residents. The Douglas County Commission approved a contract for the app, called myStrength, at its Jan. 30 meeting. It’s now online and available for free to anyone ...

Douglas County Commission to consider expanding intensive behavioral health program

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will consider expanding a wraparound behavioral health program to make it available seven days a week. Intensive Care Coordination, or ICC, services are made available to some clients who visit the emergency room, have contact with law enforcement or ...

Use care on July 4 to avoid serious injuries

Thousands of injuries occur each year around the Fourth of July because of fireworks. These injuries include severe burns, the loss of fingers and limbs, and fatalities. LMH Health does not want to see you in our Emergency Department this Independence Day with firework-related injuries, so ...

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

CHICAGO (AP) — Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn't proof, but it bolsters evidence ...

What’s so bad about processed foods? Scientists offer clues

NEW YORK (AP) — Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there's something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us. Already, the spread of cheap, packaged foods has been linked to rising obesity ...

New chaplain at LMH Health makes connections, adds services

Earlier this year, LMH Health welcomed a new chaplain, Robin Colerick-Shinkle, to the hospital family. Colerick-Shinkle has been serving churches for the past 12 years and has now joined the Lawrence community to be near her family. Traci Hoopingarner, vice president of clinical care and ...

Kansas education officials vote to launch anti-vaping campaign

TOPEKA — Kansas officials want to put the brakes on vaping in public schools as usage soars. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to launch an anti-vaping campaign. Officials say local school boards need to amend student codes ...

Boot Camp for New Dads helpful for dads-to-be and veterans alike

Last year as Kevin Flanders was preparing for his wife, Miranda, to give birth to the couple’s first child, he remembers thinking often about the unknown coming his way. “I felt like I was pretty much just a blank piece of paper,” said Flanders, who grew up in Lawrence and now lives in ...

Douglas County Commission approves expansion of school-based mental health program

Kids in Eudora, Baldwin City and Perry-Lecompton schools will have some extra mental health support next year. Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday approved an expansion of the WRAP, or Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities, program, which places master’s-level mental health ...

May health code inspections: 3 found out of compliance in Douglas County

Three organizations in Douglas County failed state health code inspections in May. Each month, I take a look at inspection results and list every place either listed out of compliance or with 10 or more code violations. Full reports are available online at agriculture.ks.gov. There, you can ...

June is Men’s Health Month — are you due for a checkup?

Each June is designated as Men’s Health Month in the United States. This month emphasizes how important it is for men to focus on their health, wellness and self-care. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that there is a silent health crisis happening in the United States. A 2014 ...