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Posted on: August 2, 2017

Photo gallery highlights health advancements in Douglas County

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The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department and LiveWell Lawrence are displaying a photo gallery highlighting recent health advancements in Douglas County through Aug. 31 at Lawrence Public Library.

In 2014, the Health Department received a three-year award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic disease in Douglas County. Through the CDC award, the Health Department and LiveWell Lawrence focused their work on improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

The gallery highlights the success in the areas of Safe Routes to School, Farm to School and tobacco-free parks. Milestones accomplished include:

  • The Safe Routes to School program expanded to all Lawrence schools and incorporated Bicycle Lesson and Safety Training.
  • Lawrence Public Schools expanded its Farm to School program by adding additional school gardens and increasing food purchases from local farmers.
  • Lawrence and Eudora adopted tobacco-free park policies.

“The photo gallery truly celebrates the outstanding progress the community has made over the past three years,” Community Health Director Chris Tilden said. “It’s a testament to the collaboration of many community partners working together to improve the health of Douglas County residents.”

The public is invited to a reception during Final Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, at the library, 707 Vermont St.

Download a flier here.

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