Food makes a difference

Food culture, quality, access and quantity play a role in obesity; part 2 of 3 in a series for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (September) Last week we started a series looking at the causes of childhood obesity , and while it’s true that many children spend too much time interacting with screens and too little…

Chips and salsa

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Putting the Community First

A couple of Fridays ago, roughly 80 volunteers descended on an eight-acre patch of land on the southeast side of Lawrence.   The land is owned by Monarch Beverage, which already has an impressive campus just to the north.  These eight acres Monarch has pledged not to develop; they are the grounds of the Lawrence Community Gardens,…

Volunteers move soil

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Jump IN’s Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge

Did you know? Jump IN for Healthy Kids is fortunate and honored to be one of the 50 organizations competing for the $250,000 Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge.  The Challenge is a partnership between the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of Counties. The partnership empowers small to mid-size U.S. cities…

Kids jump and move during an assembly

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A Healthier Pantry: the Sharing Place

A couple of Mondays ago at the Sharing Place food pantry in Lawrence Township it was 11 degrees outside and a line was already forming for the pantry 30 minutes before it was scheduled to open.  For the people waiting, this would be their one opportunity to access food from the Sharing Place all month. …

Produce displayed at the pantry

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