Health

Go-Getter: Try boxing

Swimsuit season is on its way, so now is the time to get in shape. Boxing is a great workout that also teaches fighting techniques, which can be useful for self-defense or fun in the boxing ring.Getting startedYou don’t have to be in great shape to start a boxing class; you just have to be ...

‘Treat yourself’ to healthy eating

With spring a few weeks away, now is a perfect time to start planning to get in shape for summer. Weight loss is healthiest when it happens over time. Ken Sarber, a health educator at Kansas University and former personal trainer, estimates weight loss should be limited to 2 pounds per week. ...

Lawrence professionals give spring break safety, health tips

Snow storms and cold weather make winter seem as though it’s never ending, but for many, spring break is only a few weeks away. That means most students who plan to take trips are preparing for a week of vacation, and the usual prepping habits aren’t always the healthiest. Crash dieting and ...

Pipefitter healing from accident that doctor couldn’t believe he survived

The Wingert household is filled with laughter as Alyson and Dennis Wingert, along with family friend Larry O’Connor, sit in the living room and talk. O’Connor and Dennis banter back and forth and Alyson chimes in with her two cents before the three chuckle and carry on.O’Connor said ...

Study touts benefits of midwife-led birth centers

Shawnee ? Cathy Gordon, a Shawnee resident and co-owner of New Birth Company in Overland Park, says a paradigm shift in the nation’s approach to childbirth is under way.More mothers are choosing midwife-led birth centers like hers over traditional hospital deliveries, Gordon said, and the ...

Shopping, cooking for one requires planning

Grocery shopping and cooking meals for a large family every night can be a difficult feat. You have to make sure there’s enough food to fill everyone’s appetite and a stocked refrigerator and pantry to keep from having to make multiple trips to the grocery store in one week.But shopping and ...

Whooping cough outbreak subsides, but flu still going strong

Douglas County health officials say the latest outbreak of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, appears to have subsided.But influenza is still being reported as “widespread” in Kansas, as well as most other states outside the Deep South, according to the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Students jump into heart health education

During physical education at Langston Hughes School, P.E. teacher Reenie Stogsdill has her students jog two laps around the gym before sitting in lines. Stogsdill uses February, which is American Heart Month, to remind her students how lucky they are to be able to take that quick run at the ...

Mind Matters: Learn to manage difficult interactions

It happens all the time. Maybe it is a friend, maybe a coworker or a boss, maybe a spouse or other family member, or maybe even someone you don’t know will say or do something that feels like a personal attack. You react defensively with a retaliatory comeback or you say nothing only to feel ...

LMH endowment group celebrates healthy financial year

Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association celebrated its success from last year, looked forward to this year and awarded four people and two businesses with the 2012 Elizabeth Watkins Community Caring Award on Thursday during its annual meeting.Members of the LMHEA board of directors, ...

‘Culture of health at work’ benefits employees and employers alike

WorkWell LawrenceEmployers interested in joining WorkWell Lawrence can attend monthly meetings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Douglas County Extension office at the Douglas County fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.Health care costs are on the rise. WorkWell Lawrence ...

Strike a pose: Yoga practices available for wide variety of interests, skill levels

OnlineFor a list of yoga studios and teachers in Lawrence, search for yoga at LawrenceMarketplace.com.Some people turn to yoga for an invigorating physical workout. Some want a spiritual experience. Some have serious physical limitations. Some want to do it with a friend.For all those people, ...

Key to fighting obesity is in small changes, not quick fix

As the first month of the year comes to an end, so do most people's new year resolutions, many of which are weight-loss related. January magazines flaunt covers promising to help readers lose weight and reach their resolution goal with diets and exercises. Television shows such as "The Biggest ...

Rain or shine, pastor’s daily devotion to running carries prayers though Lawrence

Imagine running around the block. To many of us, it sounds tough, sweaty and generally unappealing. It’s hard for a lot of people, but not for the Rev. Nate Rovenstine, pastor at Lawrence Wesleyan Church. He ran around every block and on every street in Lawrence, all the while praying for the ...

Domestic violence education workshops offered

The Willow Domestic Violence Center is offering workshops for the public to learn about what domestic violence is, how it affects victims and how to develop a safety plan.Jan. 14Domestic Violence 101 3-4 p.m.This workshop explains what domestic violence is, types of abuse, causes and patterns ...

LMH takes precautions against spreading flu

Lawrence Memorial Hospital is now requiring its staff to either get a flu vaccination or wear a surgical mask when dealing directly with patients.Hospital officials say it's a policy recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one that is based on research showing it ...

Local health department adopts Healthy Families program

The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department took over operation of the Healthy Families Douglas County program on Jan. 1 to continue helping about 50 local families by preventing child abuse and neglect. According to a news release from the department, the healthy families program is designed ...

Wichita researcher moving science closer to cancer cure

By Roy WenzlThe Wichita EagleWichita (AP) — Someday in the future scientists might save millions of lives by solving the riddle of metastasis.It is the mysterious process where cancer cells begin migrating from the tumor of origin and spread the disease.If that riddle is solved it won’t be ...

After a ‘miracle,’ Gardner family will enjoy Christmas with a healthy toddler

Christian Hernandez, 18 months old, is walking briskly around his family's living room a few days before Christmas, clutching his favorite blanket with both hands as it trails behind him like a cape. At this age, he's constantly moving around, his parents say. About a month ago, as Thanksgiving ...