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.

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup is the perfect recipe for November, which is National Diabetes Month and a month that welcomes colder weather. This soup will help keep you warm and provides a great balance of fiber, protein, and carbohydrates. Not only…... read more

National Diabetes Month 2021

November is National Diabetes Month! November has been designated as National Diabetes Month since 1975. The purpose of National Diabetes Month is to bring attention and awareness to all forms of diabetes. The focus this year is on managing prediabetes…...

Walk to School Day 2021

Walk to School Day 2021 is Wednesday, October 6! Set your alarm a few minutes early on Wednesday, October 6 and join your neighbors for International Walk to School Day 2021. Johnson County schools—from Mission to Olathe—are registered with the…...

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. One in 5 children in the United States has obesity. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once only seen in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure,…...

Chronic Disease Self-Management This Fall

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…...

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?…... read more

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…...

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…... 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…...

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…...