For those anxious to get a COVID vaccine, it can feel a little like treading in shark-invested waters while they wait. Others are choosing to swim with the sharks a little longer. This month's Health and the City column looks at pandemic fatigue and vaccine hesitancy.
Nebraska public health expert, Dr. Bob Rauner, President of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln, answers frequently asked questions about the COVID vaccines.
The cold weather doesn't have to keep us from being active, but these tips help you to stay warm, upright, fit, and prevent illness during winter.
How can you connect safely during the holidays? Learn what to do to lower the risk at in-person gatherings and find fun and different ways to connect virtually.
There seems to be no shortage of misinformation and bad advice when it comes to dealing with the flu and the flu shot. What do you really know about the flu? Harvard Medical School debunks 10 common myths.
Streets Alive! Online will stream interactive fun on Oct. 4 with join-in fitness and cooking classes, learn-along sports demos, gardening tips, and community resource information. A week long Scavenger Bingo game will give players a chance to win one of seven bikes. The event will be accessible from healthylincoln.org on Oct. 4th.
As if living in a pandemic wasn't enough, flu season is upon us. With lots of locations around the city, including drive through, it's easy to protect yourself and loved ones by getting a flu vaccination now. Then follow the recommendations of health experts to lessen chance of catching the flu, it's severity, or duration.
Parents will always worry about their kids' health. But, imagine having a new baby during a worldwide pandemic, especially if you are first-time parents. Giving birth during a pandemic is frightening enough. But now what, now that the baby is here? Moms and dads wonder, “How do I protect my baby’s health?” “What about breastfeeding?” This week's Health and the City helps parents find answers.
"I wear because I care." A group of Community Breastfeeding Educators found dads from their cultural communities to share a pandemic safety message with their fellow dads to help keep families free of the virus.
These are challenging and dispiriting times. Given all the trials we have been facing with this pandemic, how could there possibly be an upside? Take heart - there are a few silver linings we can hang onto.
We may be starting to reopen, but we're not in clear yet. So if you're tired of being cooped up, but want to socialize safely, get creative and get outdoors to dine with friends, play actively with the family, and even camp in your own back yard.
Why should you wear a mask? What exactly does wearing a mask do? What kind of mask should you wear? Read what Lincoln healthcare experts have to say about wearing a mask during the pandemic, including Dr. Bob Rauner of Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln.
Human beings are social animals. Despite the proliferation of social media in our society, human beings still crave actual “face time” -- one of the reasons many of us may be having such difficulty with social distancing. Take heart -you can still be social in person; you just have to do it right.
It’s a challenging time. We can survive this trying time by being responsible, generous and vigilant about our own health and that of others. But there is one more important thing – be good to yourself. That means making sure you’ve included healthy eating options in your grocery cart, staying physically and mentally active, and getting outside.
You don't always have to be serious to talk about a serious subject like health. Michelle Welch of the LPS Wellness program makes it fun for students, staff, and teachers to be healthy and fit with activities like snapping "shoefies" when they go for a walk or a run. Read about it in Health and the City.
February is all about the heart -- not just because of Valentine’s Day, but because it’s Heart Health Month as well. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women in the U.S. and becoming more prevalent among younger people. What do we need to know to protect our heart health?
Looking back at 2019, what were the important community health issues and stories in 2019? December's Health and the City column takes a look back, month by month.
Through the internet, a whole world of products, services and information is just a finger swipe away. Yet, your neighborhood is where your kids go to school, you take your walks, make friends, and, it turns out, may also influence your health and lifespan. So, the key to a better life may just be stepping out of your front door to find a whole network of resources.
Seasonal depression, often called the "winter blues" can impact physical and mental health, relationships and sleep. But getting outside, staying physically active, choosing the right foods, and limiting screen time can help combat the depression, anxiety and stress that often accompanies winter and the winter holidays.
Did you know that with every additional family meal shared each week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide, less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away, and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts? Study after study shows scientific proof of the positive, lifelong benefits of family meals on both kids and adults.
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln's annual movement festival, an outreach event that encourages people to learn about living healthy and staying active was attended by thousands on Sept. 22. A two-mile stretch of the South Salt Creek/Cooper Park neighborhood was blocked off, so kids and families can safely walk or ride the streets while meeting non-profit exhibitors and participating in a variety of activities.
The annual outdoor movement festival, Streets Alive! is scheduled for Sunday Sept 22, from 1 - 4:30 PM in the South Salt Creek/Cooper Park Neighborhood. Streets Alive! is part of an active weekend that also includes Lincoln Calling, the Lincoln Art festival, and several other community events.
Putting down your keys and picking up your feet: finding active ways to get to everyday places now and then can improve family health.
According to a recent exhaustive six-year global study, if more women breastfed their babies, or breastfed them longer, it would save the world $341 billion. And that’s not the amount of money spent on formula.
Lincoln Food Fort, Lincoln Fresh, and the Veggie Van - Learn about the outreach efforts of these good neighbors that deliver free and low cost fresh produce and hope to neighborhoods where it's needed most
Living near a green space or a park is good for your physical and mental health and playing in the dirt actually strengthens children's immune systems.
Community sponsors of the Belmont Park outdoor living and learning center came together to celebrate the project completion. The new covered shelter adds additional community organization programming space and promotes neighborhood vitality.
Bike to Your Heart's Content in Lincoln
Health and the City celebrates National Bike month with a look at the many ways people of all ages and abilities can learn about and enjoy riding a bicycle in Lincoln. Read more.
Gardens and gardening are not only a good source for fresh produce, sunshine, and exercise, but some Lincoln schools, churches and health organizations have also found them to foster learning, cooperation, and even healing.
March is both National Nutrition Month and National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Good nutrition is part of a cancer prevention strategy. What is the link between sugar and cancer? What are some community organizations doing to improve access to good nutrition where it's needed?
Added sugars not only fuel a childhood obesity epidemic, they play havoc with child dental health.
Loneliness has become a major health issue. A contributing factor is our overuse of social media screen time that is substituting for a real connection to others. Turning off our smart phones at dinner time and walking with a smile on your face can make a difference.
Holidays can be stressful, not to mention hard on our wallets, weight and time. Health & the City offers tips to help manage your holiday sweet tooth and food expense, put a little fitness into your festivities, and reduce the stress that comes with holiday prep.
Research says even an hour a day on any kind of screen (TV, smart phone, ipad, computer) increases kids' craving for unhealthy foods.
A five-year, $3.3 million federal grant will allow Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln and partners to continue its work to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic minorities in Lincoln.
Health & the City looks at the work of Lincoln's Community Learning Centers and the impact they are making on the lives of kids and their families.
Street Alive! 2018 is Sept. 23, hosted again by the Belmont neighborhood. New this year, a collaboration with Lincoln Calling music fest, a fun run/dog walk, a first look at the Streets Alive! Belmont Community Development Project in progress.
Team sports can help fill in the fitness gaps left by reduced PE and recess minutes in school, but not all families have the time or resources to take advantage of school sports.
Community partners broke ground today for the first ever Streets Alive! community development project, a covered outdoor shelter in Belmont Park.
August is national breastfeeding month. World and American health professionals have been concerned lately about the seeming lack of support from the White House. What does the latest research say about breastfeeding and where can families find help?
The 5 day (Sept. 17- 22) music festival, Lincoln Calling, and the Streets Alive! outdoor movement festival (Sept. 23) are collaborating to bring Lincoln Calling musicians to Streets Alive! and Streets Alive! wellness and fitness focus to Lincoln Calling.
GOING HUNGRY AND THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC IN OUR CITY- How does the obesity epidemic and going hungry exist side by side in Lincoln? It's more complicated than you think and there are organizations trying to address both.
Summer programs and active opportunities offer kids and families an alternative to "I'm bored." Health and the City explores ways to keep families active, safe, and healthy over the summer months.
Kids can lose the fitness gains they've made during the school year with an inactive summer. Since fit kids do better academically, here are fun and helpful tips on keeping your child active and healthy over the summer months - ready for the next school year.
Early giving for the 2018 Give to Lincoln Day begins on May 1. Two worthy causes include HealthyLincoln.org's WeCook and Belmont Community Development Project.
The Lincoln Journal Star column, Health and City looks at ways to stay in shape and protect the earth at the same time.
The latest Lincoln Journal Star Health and the City column looks at fruit juice. How much is too much? Is it just another sugary drink?
Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln received a national award from the American Cancer Society, one of only 7 awarded nationwide for leading the Nebraska Physicians Cancer Screening Project.
March is Nat'l Nutrition Month and Nat'l Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Eating healthy isn't just good for your weight and general wellness, it can help protect you against several kinds of cancers. Read more.
Are kids getting enough structured and unstructured physical activity in school to be healthy and learn better? Health and the City looks at the benefits of Phys Ed. to child health and academic success.