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LiveWell Lawrence will mark its ninth anniversary with a Celebration Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Lied Center of Kansas Pavilion, 1600 Stewart Drive. The event is free and open to the public.
LiveWell Lawrence is a coalition of more than 150 community members who are working to create communities where everyone can thrive. The coalition’s work has centered on three areas: healthy eating, active living and tobacco-free lifestyles.
“I believe we can make a greater impact when we band together, and LiveWell does just that,” said Elizabeth Keever, LiveWell Lawrence chair. “We are a coalition of committed people who bring a broad range of skills, talents and passions to the table. During the past nine years, we have made some incredible progress.”
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, school and community gardens, trail development, a Double Up Food Bucks program at farmers’ markets for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, adoption of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation framework in Lawrence Public Schools, a clean indoor air policy in Eudora, healthier vending options in public places including county buildings and Lawrence Parks and Recreation facilities, and tobacco-free parks policies in Lawrence, Eudora and Lecompton.
“We are working to create conditions in our community that support people’s efforts to live a higher quality of life,” said LiveWell Lawrence Past Chair Laurie Comstock. “We want to eliminate some of those barriers that are keeping them from being well.”
During the Celebration Breakfast, the LiveWell Lawrence coalition will recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions with a Culture of Health Action Award. The honorees:
The Douglas County Community Foundation also will present a total of $80,240 in LiveWell Community Wellness grants to:
“The coalition started as a small group of people sitting around the table with lots of goals and hopes and dreams,” said Marilyn Hull, of the Douglas County Community Foundation and founder of LiveWell Lawrence. “And now, there are at least 150 people involved, working in nearly every sector, to improve access to healthy foods, physical activity and tobacco-free living. I’m happy with where we are now, but I also look and see so much more to be done.”
In 2018, LiveWell will focus on at least three major initiatives, including: