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September 21, 2018

Celebrating four years of impactful health solutions across Douglas County

Improving health across a diverse community isn’t an easy task, but Douglas County has been working to do just that. Over the past four years — thanks to funding provided…

September 6, 2018

Community Health Workers: Empowering others to take control of their health

They may not be formal health educators or registered nurses. They don’t necessarily devote years to pursuing a medical degree or spend all day at a hospital. However, Community Health…

July 30, 2018

Teaming with food pantries to fight hunger

Along with staple nonperishables like peanut butter and canned vegetables, cases of soda and grocery store cakes slip their way onto the shelves of Douglas County food pantries. For individuals…

July 9, 2018

A healthier way to snack

When your stomach is grumbling and the vending machine is whispering your name, healthy snack options can be few and far between — if not entirely nonexistent. Douglas County Health…

Be Healthy - Amigo's Market

May 15, 2018

Bringing healthy eats to a corner store near you

An understated display of fruits and vegetables sandwiched in their original cardboard shipping boxes used to suffice as the Amigo’s Market produce department at 2102 Q Street. Now, thanks to…

April 27, 2018

Putting an end to food insecurity

When it comes to healthy eating, choosing an apple in place of that candy bar for your midday snack may be the largest struggle. But for many Douglas County residents,…

December 29, 2017

Grocery stores and diabetes center join forces to encourage healthy habits in northeast neighborhoods

Pop and candy displays once greeted shoppers to Fair Deal Grocery Market and Phil’s Foodway, but thanks to a partnership with the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD), some neighborhood markets…

December 23, 2014

Center helps at-risk youth say “yes” to a healthy lifestyle

Kids in crisis often don’t have access to the most basic resources. Youth Emergency Services — also known as YES — provides crucial support to homeless and at-risk youth at…

December 22, 2014

Something new in store: Conestoga Magnet encourages healthy treats

When it comes to birthday treats, cupcakes are king. But with help from Partners for Healthy Schools, Conestoga Magnet School is suggesting a better way to celebrate. The school is…

November 7, 2014

At Indian Hill, every school day is moving day

Like clockwork, at 2 p.m. students and educators at Indian Hill Elementary take a minute to move. The whole school pauses to do desk-side jumping jacks, toe-touches or trunk twists…

November 5, 2014

Healthy changes, healthy conversations are part of the Fontenelle culture

“We have to help the whole child to get them to learn academically,” says Eric Nelson, principal at Fontenelle Elementary. “That means looking for different ways to help our children,…

September 19, 2014

CSA program becomes so popular Blue Cross Blue Shield extends it into the fall

Employees wanted to try it but were hesitant. Some admitted they never ate fruits and vegetables. Others worried they would waste weekly produce because they didn’t know how to incorporate…