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.

Smokers and COVID-19

I’m a Smoker. Do I have Increased Risk of Severe Illness from the Virus that Causes COVID? Recent revisions on October 6, 2020 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reflect recent data supporting increased risk of severe illness…... read more

Diabetes Prevention Program

What a year you’ve been so far 2020! Balancing it all, whatever plates you’re holding up to keep spinning in the air, we know it’s challenging to say the least! Recent events have brought to the forefront risk factors such…...

Spotlight on Spinach

“I’m strong to the finish ‘cause I eats me spinach!” Turns out Popeye the Sailor Man was right. With many essential vitamins & minerals and great health benefits, this fabulous functional food packs a powerful punch. 2 cups of fresh…...

Pantry Skill – Toasted Almonds

Toasted almonds are more flavorful than raw and can really make a dish pop! Try them on salads, green beans, rice, stir fry, oatmeal, yogurt and even ice cream. They are an excellent food to choose often due to their…...

Spotlight on Blueberries

Blueberries are a delicious fun fruit that are also great for you! They contain 80 calories per cup and are rich in many beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Nutritional Benefits: Vitamin C: One cup of blueberries contains 16% of the recommended…...

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…... read more

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…...

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…...

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…...

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.…... read more

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 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…...

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…...