About LiveWell Douglas County

  1. History & Mission
  2. What is LiveWell?

History


The LiveWell Lawrence initiative began in 2008 when the Kansas Health Foundation issued an invitation to several Kansas communities to apply for funds to address 2 drivers of chronic disease: poor diet and physical inactivity. The Douglas County Community Foundation applied on behalf of our community and received funding.

Since then, a coalition of community leaders has developed several approaches which, taken together, may begin to nudge residents toward healthier futures. The approaches aim to change everyday places - neighborhoods, schools, after-school programs, workplaces, restaurants, and city streets - into environments where people thrive.

In 2012, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department was selected to provide coordinating services for LiveWell.

In 2018, the coalition changed its name to LiveWell Douglas County with a new mission to help build communities where everyone can thrive in Douglas County. "LiveWell is committed to being a more inclusive coalition, not just by expanding our geographic reach from Lawrence to Douglas County, but by doing a better job of listening to community needs and supporting communities impacted by health inequities."

Vision

Communities where we all thrive



Mission


Leading a movement to build communities that support the health and well-being of all.