Health

Go-Getter: Try yoga

Work, school and children can be stressful year-round. Yoga is one of many healthy ways to relieve that stress, and it’s affordable. Whether it’s a new experience or not, yoga is a beneficial hobby for people from all walks of life. How to get startedMany yoga facilities offer beginner ...

KU, LMH partner for pilot program to decrease hospital readmissions

Being released after hospitalization doesn’t always mean the patient is back to normal health. Oftentimes patients with chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure, are re-hospitalized within the same month. Lawrence Memorial Hospital, partnered with the ...

Double Take: Breaking up is hard but necessary

On the airWant to talk more about healthier ways for teens and adults to end relationships? Dr. Wes joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date at 11 a.m. Friday on 89.3 FM or KCUR.org. They’ll be taking listener calls.Dr. Wes: Last month we discussed rules for romance, the first of which was to ...

Lawrence dentists use sedation to calm, relax patients

Some people are scared of the dark, others are scared of heights and then there are people who are afraid of the dentist. Maybe it’s the odd-looking tools or the idea of having a person put their hands into another person’s mouth, but often times people don’t have much positive to say ...

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 ...