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LiveWell Douglas County will mark its 10th anniversary with a community breakfast celebration from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lied Center of Kansas Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
LiveWell’s mission is to build communities that support the health and well-being of all Douglas County residents. The coalition continues to focus its work on strategies outlined in the Douglas County Community Health Plan and is leading efforts in the areas of food security and healthy built environment.
LiveWell was established in 2008 when the Douglas County Community Foundation received a Kansas Health Foundation grant to launch an initiative aimed at reducing chronic disease by promoting healthy eating and active living. The Douglas County Community Foundation convened a LiveWell steering committee to coordinate community-based efforts. In 2009, LiveWell organized the first “World’s Largest Community Workout” in Lawrence to raise awareness about the coalition and its efforts.
“LiveWell shifted our mindset from viewing community health primarily as sick care to viewing community health as supporting wellness in everyday places such as schools, workplaces and neighborhoods,” said Marilyn Hull, a founding member of LiveWell.
Since its inception, the coalition has received more than $2 million in grant funding to support the work of the coalition and its partner agencies. The funding has been instrumental in implementing numerous projects including: Safe Routes to Schools, trail development, a Double Up Food Bucks program at farmers’ markets for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, healthier vending options in public places, and tobacco-free parks policies in Lawrence, Eudora and Lecompton.
“The hard work and collaboration of many volunteers, partner agencies and organizations, school districts and local governments has created new opportunities for communities to support healthy, active lifestyles for residents,” LiveWell Douglas County Chair Jeff Severin said. “As we look forward to the next 10 years, we hope to build on our successes while addressing gaps and inequities in health through the type of strong, community-based support that LiveWell was founded on.”
The celebration’s program begins at 7:45 a.m. and will include honoring the 2018 Culture of Health Action Award recipients:
The Douglas County Community Foundation will recognize the recipients of its LiveWell Community Wellness grants: