Healthy Kids

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The LiveWell Healthy Kids Work Group promotes wellness in early childhood programs, schools, after-school programs and other institutional settings interested in the development of healthy, active children. The work group welcomes participation from a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in promoting healthy child development in Douglas County. 

During the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled, and today, nearly 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese. Many of these children will face health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. We are working to reverse the trend by promoting walking to school and participation in marathon clubs, enhancing physical education and integration of active movement into classroom activities, supporting school and community gardens and promoting nutrition education.

To get involved, fill out the form here.

Work Group Leadership


  • Chair: Brian Edie, Edie Insurance Group / Homegrown Lawrence
  • Chair-elect: Emily Hampton, Sunrise Project
  • Past chair: Shannon Jones, Hy-Vee
  • Communications coordinator: Mary Orem, Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority
  1. Cordley expands school garden program

    Cordley Elementary School recently expanded its school garden, thanks to a LiveWell Community Wellness Grant through the Douglas County Community Foundation. Read on...
  2. Sunrise Project grand opening planned

    The Sunrise Project grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, June 17. Read on...
  3. Healthy Sprouts comes to Baldwin City

    Sunrise Project recently added a new child care center to the Healthy Sprouts farm-to-preschool program. Read on...
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