Healthy Kids

The LiveWell Healthy Kids Work Group promotes wellness in early childhood programs, schools, after-school programs and other institutional settings interested in the development of healthy, active children. The work group welcomes participation from a diverse group of individuals and organizations interested in promoting healthy child development 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 will face health problems like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma. We are working to reverse the trend by promoting walking to school and participation in marathon clubs, enhancing physical education and integration of active movement into classroom activities, supporting school and community gardens and promoting nutrition education.

For more information about joining, go to Get Involved.

Work Group Leadership

  • Chair: Denise Johnson, Lawrence Public Schools
  • Chair-elect: Kaitlyn Peine, K-State Research and Extension — Douglas Count
  • Communications coordinator: Jennie Lazarus, Lawrence Public Schools