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.

4 Johnson County Trails to Enjoy This Fall

The Trails Are Calling It’s fall in Kansas City and it’s the perfect time to get out and explore over 455 miles of trails in Johnson County to hike, walk and bike. Fall is a great time to not only…... read more

Walk to School Day 2019

Walk to School on Wednesday, October 2! Set your alarm a few minutes early on Wednesday, October 2 and join your neighbors for International Walk to School Day. More than 20 Johnson County schools—from Mission to Spring Hill—are registered with…...

Secondhand Smoke – Don’t Be Exposed!

Do you and your family live in an apartment? Do you know if your property allows smoking? If you do not know the answers to these questions, you may be at risk of being exposed to secondhand smoke. If you…...

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…...

Spotlight on Zucchini

Zucchini contains a variety of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Cooked zucchini is particularly high in vitamin A, though raw zucchini contains slightly less. One cup of cooked zucchini is only 17 calories. Nutritional Benefits Vitamin A: One cup…...

Pharmer’s Markets Begin August 17!

Pharmer’s Markets Customers most often interact with their pharmacist in the few minutes it takes to pick up their prescription. Rarely do they engage pharmacists in conversations about chronic health conditions or ask questions about how they can better manage…... read more

Spotlight on Watermelon

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that's also good for you. It contains only 46 calories per cup and is rich in vitamins and nutrients. Nutritional Benefits of Watermelon Vitamin C: This vitamin is an essential nutrient and antioxidant.…...

Bicycles & Books

When you think of the library, do you think of bicycles? Probably not. Maybe you should! The Central Resource Library in Overland Park recently installed a bike fix-it stand and air pump complete with all the necessary tools to maintain…...

Spotlight on Garlic

Garlic is low in calories and rich in vitamins and nutrients. Garlic is also delicious and easy to add to your diet. Use it in savory dishes, soups, sauces, dressings and more. Nutritional Benefits Garlic is rich in vitamins and…...

Spotlight on Tomatoes

It's tomato season! Tomatoes are full of vitamins and nutrients that are great for a healthy diet. Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart…...

Baja Fish Tacos

Baja fish tacos are an easy family meal because you can have it on the table in about 20 minutes! Baja Fish Tacos Ingredients 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream1/2 cup light mayonnaise1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro1 oz. taco seasoning packet,…... read more

Spotlight on Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are low in calories and exceptionally rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Bell peppers come in a variety of colors like red, yellow, orange, purple and green. Nutrition…...

Tobacco 21

National Tobacco 21 Policies The past month has been one to celebrate if you are concerned about the teen vaping epidemic.  Nationally, several communities have passed flavor bans, or have prohibited the sale of e-cigarettes and similar devices in their…...

Grilled Peaches

Grilled peaches are very simple. With two ingredients - peaches and olive oil - you can have a quick and easy side dish or dessert ready to go. Your family and guests will be impressed when you serve the grilled…...

Spotlight On Strawberries

Nutritional Benefits of Strawberries Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C and are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, which may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control. Fresh strawberries are very high in water, so…...