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.

Added Sugar & Hypertension

While the relationship between salt and hypertension is well known, most people don't know that added sugar also plays a role in hypertension. The primary cause is insulin resistance and nitric oxide, which can lead to vasoconstriction and increased blood…... read more

Sodium and Food Labels – What Does it All Mean?

I have a story to share about sodium and food labels. I was at the grocery store the other day and was proud of myself for selecting the one with “reduced sodium” on the front. Way to go, me! I’ve…...

Walk With Ease Class Starting Soon!

Do you suffer from Arthritis or joint pain? If so, you are not alone. In Kansas, 1 in 4 adults have arthritis and report having severe joint pain that may limit activities. Learning to manage and reduce symptoms is critical…...

Stroke Awareness Month

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Did you know each year about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack? The good news is, that about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. What Is a Stroke? A stroke happens when…...

May is Bike Month!

May is National Bike Month! The month-long celebration encourages everyone to air up their tires, check their brakes, dust off their bike helmet and ride! Physical Health Benefits of Biking We here at LiveWell Johnson County are big fans of…...

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…... read more

May is American Stroke Month

American Stroke Month May is American Stroke Month. Did you know each year about as many Americans have a stroke as a heart attack? The good news is, that about 80 percent of strokes are preventable. What Is A Stroke?…...

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…...

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…...

DASH Diet

DASH Diet   The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has been ranked one of the top diets for the past 9 years by US News & World Report. The DASH diet plan was developed in 1992 to see if…...

New Blood Pressure Guidelines

New Blood Pressure Guidelines In November the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released new blood pressure guidelines. The new recommendations set numerical categories and use new terminology. The new guidelines are: Normal: Under 120 over 80 Elevated:…... read more

Check Your Blood Pressure at Olathe Public Library

Check Out Books and Your Blood Pressure LiveWell Johnson County and the Olathe Public Library at 201 E. Park St. teamed up to offer patrons a way to monitor their blood pressure. The large pharmacy-style machines, provided by Humana, are…...

Don’t Go Breaking Your Heart KC

Don’t Go Breaking Your Heart KC Every February we celebrate American Heart Month in order to remember and raise awareness about the importance of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. 1…...

Pharmacists’ knowledge, accessibility shine at 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 their medications.…...

The Silent Killer: High Blood Pressure

About 1 in 3 adults in the United States, or about 70 million people, have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is considered readings above 140/90mm Hg; pre-hypertension is usually diagnosed when readings fall between 120/80mm Hg and 139/89mm Hg.…...