LiveWell JOCO Blog

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Diabetes Prevention Program Classes Starting Now!

As the New Year dawns, you may thinking about how to lose a few pounds. What you may not be thinking about is prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases one’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and…... read more

Make Your New Year Goals SMART

If You Are Making Any New Year Goals, Make Them S.M.A.R.T Studies show that more than 75 percent of people who make New Year goals or resolutions only keep them for a few weeks. One reason they don’t keep them…...

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and wild rice soup is an easy, quick recipe you can get on the table for your family. Enjoy it tonight!   Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (makes 8 servings)   Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked quick-cooking wild rice Cooking…...

Simple Savory Snack Mix 

Simple Savory Snack Mix  A simple, quick-to-fix variation on the traditional cracker and nut mix. This snack mix requires no cooking or addition of extra oils. I like to make a large batch and keep on hand for snacking through…...

6 Healthy Holiday Tips

6 Healthy Holiday Tips    Avoid overeating. Food is often the major theme at holiday parties so here are a few things to keep in mind for your parties. Go easy on appetizers, meats, desserts, cream sauces and fill your plate…...

Diabetes Prevention Program Classes Starting in January

Diabetes Prevention Program Classes Starting In January   As the New Year dawns, you may thinking about how to lose a few pounds. What you may not be thinking about is prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases one’s risk…... read more

Tobacco 21 Efforts in Kansas City

Tobacco 21 Efforts in Kansas City   The Kansas City metro area is a leader in the efforts to reduce teen vaping and tobacco use through Tobacco 21 policies. Since, 2015 more than 28 jurisdictions in the Kansas City area…...

Salmon Patties: A Great Heart Healthy Recipe

We all know we should be eating more seafood for the heart healthy omega-3 benefits; but cooking seafood can be intimidating. This simple recipe for salmon is the solution! Starting with pre-cooked salmon and adding ingredients we typically have in…...

Vaping: What You Need To know

What Is Vaping?   You’ve seen it in convenient stores, you’ve heard it helps you quit smoking, you may even have children in school who tell you “everyone’s doing it!” But what is vaping? Vaping is the method of using…...

Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout Thursday, November 15 is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout.  This annual observance encourages tobacco and e-cigarette users to quit for a day – in hopes of quitting for life.   Tools to Help You Quit…...

Pumpkin Maple Pancakes

Tis the season…for pumpkin! Serve up a delicious and healthy breakfast with this recipe for Pumpkin Maple Pancakes. Using healthy whole wheat flour and flax meal you create a great start to the day. Serve with fresh fruit as a…... read more

Chicken Taco Soup

Gearing up for cooler weather? This recipe for Chicken Taco Soup is a perfect fit to warm you up! Full of flavor, convenient and healthy; this soup will become a favorite for your family and friends.   Chicken Taco Soup…...

Walk to School on Wednesday!

Walk to School on Wednesday!   Set your alarm a few minutes early on Wednesday and join your neighbors for International Walk to School Day. More than 20 Johnson County schools—from Mission to Spring Hill—are registered with the National Center…...

Chicken Stir Fry With Vegetables

Here’s a simple way to enjoy a delicious Chicken Fried Rice with Vegetables in no time! The recipe uses pre-cooked, pre-chopped ingredients that come together in a one skillet meal. Using brown rice increases the B vitamins and fiber, the…...

Stuffed Butternut Squash

Just in time for autumn...a delicious side using butternut squash. To add a good source of fiber, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium, include butternut squash in your diet. Butternut squash can be used in a variety of ways, from oven-roasted…...