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.

Spotlight on Cherries

Cherries are a delicious summer treat that contain several essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to keep us healthy. With 97 calories per cup, cherries make the perfect midday snack. Nutritional Benefits Vitamin C helps our bodies to build…... read more

Renting? Importance of Smoke-Free Policies

Perhaps you are considering changing your living situation. Your roommate has moved out, your family is growing, or your location isn’t working for you anymore. You will be faced with lots of choices. One concept frequently overlooked is the type…...

COVID-19: Smoking and Vaping

Do you have a friend or loved one who smokes tobacco or marijuana or who vapes? Because COVID-19 attacks the lungs, those who smoke or vape may be especially vulnerable to the complications of COVID-19. People suffering from serious illness…...

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages people to make informed food choices and develop positive eating and physical activity habits. Choosing nutritious foods and getting enough physical activity can make a significant…...

Quit Tobacco For Good

You’ve thought about it. You want to. You've even tried and been successful before. But this year you are going to quit tobacco for good. Maybe you have tried several approaches. Cold turkey. Organized group sessions. Gums, lozenges patches. All…...

2019 Great American Smokeout

Thursday, November 21 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 Leaving nicotine addiction behind is hard…... read more

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…...

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…...

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.…...

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…... read more

New Vaping Devices to Look Out For

Don’t Know What Vladdin, VooPoo Drag Nano or Smok Nord Means? You’re Not Alone. Chances are however, your 15 year old might. Those are the names of some of the new vaping devices to hit the market in 2019. While…...

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…...

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…...