LiveWell JOCO Blog

Stay informed with regular updates from the LiveWell Johnson County Blog, including tips for chronic disease prevention, healthy food inspiration, and news from the neighborhood.

Celebrate Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Add some color to your meals to celebrate fresh fruit and vegetable month. Skip the canned or frozen aisle and check out the delicious fresh fruits and vegetables making their way into the grocery store, farmers markets or your garden…... read more

Is Your Child Vaping?

With the increased report of youth from middle school on up using vape, many parents are wondering “Is my child using vape?” Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician with Pediatrics Associates in Kansas City, Missouri, was a recent contributor to US…...

Making Healthy Choices When Eating Out

Making Healthy Choices When Eating Out Sometimes life happens and we don’t always have time to prepare breakfast in the morning, pack a nutritious lunch, have healthy snacks readily available, and cook a balanced meal for dinner. If you find yourself…...

March is National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month March is National Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food.” The focus of the campaign, led by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is to encourage healthy eating habits and to reduce food waste.…...

4 Steps to Help Lower Your Cholesterol

Your heart keeps you ticking and we all want to know what we can do to keep our hearts healthy. One thing that effects our heart’s health is high cholesterol. Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. adults has high cholesterol, according…...

E-Cigarettes and Your Heart

We all know the risks of smoking conventional cigarettes and the effects on our health but what do we know about the risks of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)? E-cigarettes entered the American market in 2007 so this is fairly new product.…... read more

Heart Disease: What Can You Do To Prevent It?

Heart disease doesn’t happen just to older adults. It is happening to younger adults more and more often. This is partly because the conditions that lead to heart disease are happening at younger ages. February is Heart Month, the perfect…...

Chronic Disease Self-Management

Do you suffer from a chronic disease such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer, COPD, stroke or any ongoing health concern? If so, you are not alone. In fact, 145 million Americans suffer from some type of chronic disease. Johnson County Department…...

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…...

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…...

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…... read more

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…...

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…...

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…...