Healthy Kids

The LiveWell Healthy Kids Work Group


The Healthy Kids work group is working to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Douglas County children and youth so everyone has the opportunity to thrive in a community that fosters resiliency, creativity and wellness. The workgroup welcomes participation from a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in promoting healthy children and youth in Douglas County. 

During the past three decades, childhood obesity rates have tripled, and today, nearly 1 in 3 children in America are overweight or obese. Many of these children face mental and physical health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma and depression. We are working to reverse the trend by promoting physical activity, supporting school and community gardens, nutrition education, social connectedness and family work and life balance. 

For more information about joining, go to Get Involved.

Work Group Leadership

  • Chair: Kaitlyn Peine, K-State Research and Extension — Douglas County
  • Past Chair: Denise Johnson, Lawrence Public Schools