Well Being


By Beth | July 24, 2020

Do you have a mobility – related disability? Looking to lose weight? We are offering a research weight management program that provides: diet plan physical activity social interaction without leaving your home! All participants must be over the age of 18 and willing to: Being randomized to either individual home visits or group participation via…

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How To Develop A Plan

By Beth | February 7, 2020

Do you have an issue or a goal that you need some assistance to achieve? Perhaps you can’t afford that piece of medical equipment you need? Is your goal is to make a cake, learn how to budget, or find a job? RCIL’s Independent Living Specialists work with people with disabilities to help them resolve…

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Women with Physical Disabilities Needed!

By Beth | December 13, 2019

Researchers from The University of Michigan are asking women 18-50 years old with physical disabilities to take part in surveys about their experiences related to women’s health issues. Surveys can be done from home and compensation is available. The amount you receive will depend on the number of surveys you are eligible to complete. See…

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Mobility Impaired Get Healthy Together (MIGHTY)

By Beth | October 24, 2019

Do you have a mobility – related disability and are looking to lose weight?  You may be eligible for the University of Kansas Medical Center Research Study. This weight management program provides diet guidance, physical activity and social interaction without leaving your home! All participants must be over the age of 18 with a mobility…

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Free Health Screenings

By Adam | April 30, 2019

Here’s a link to check eligibility for free health screenings for women who do not have health insurance. The program enrolls Kansas women at average risk who meet the income eligibility and: * are 40 to 64 years old for cervical cancer screenings * are 45 to 64 years old for breast cancer screenings *…

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7 Week Fall Prevention Program

By Beth | March 29, 2019

Learn fall prevention techniques and exercises as well as hearing from community experts regarding overall health and wellness.  This program is free to the public.  The meetings are every Thursday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Flinthills Room at Newman Regional Health in Emporia, KS.  The first meeting starts on April 4, 2019. …

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Women’s Health and Disability Study

By Mandy Smith | May 23, 2018

Researchers from The University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation are doing a research project on women’s health and disability. They are interested in connecting with women with physical disabilities living in Lyon County. We are helping spread the word to women in our community! The researchers want to hear from you and…

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“Part of Me, Not all of Me”

By Mandy Smith | July 18, 2012

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Summer is here!

By Mandy Smith | June 22, 2012

    Although it has felt like summer since winter, it seems, it is now official!  What are you going to do for summer?  I came up with some of my favorite things to do in summer time and some new ideas I’m going to add to my list. 1. Go for a walk 2.…

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It’s never easy to be different…but it’s always worth it!

By Mandy Smith | February 23, 2012

  When growing up it seems like kids always made fun of other kids who were “different” than “the norm.” Whether it was kids who: were overweight, dressed in different fashions, wore glasses, etc. Now that I’m a parent and my son is starting school and sports I worry not only about what kind of…

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Thanks for the Hassle!

By Mandy Smith | January 11, 2011

I know it isn’t Thanksgiving anymore, but I was just thinking about eye health and it made me realize I take so many things for granted.  (I think about eye health a lot since studying to become an Orientation and Mobility Specialist.) Here is a list of every day hassles that I’m thankful for! Eye…

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Qualities of a True Friend

By Mandy Smith | December 31, 2010

Lately, I’ve felt like things have been really good.  I’ve had a few problems here and there but nothing horrible.  When I do have a problem, I like to talk to my friends about it and see what they think.  This is what I’ve noticed a real friend will do: Listen! Real friends will listen…

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Fill your bucket

By Mandy Smith | December 16, 2010

Yesterday we had an all staff holiday party. I really enjoy events such as this because I can talk face-to-face to my co-workers that I don’t see on a daily basis. Yesterday, our Executive Director, Chad Wilkins, and our Direct of Independent Living, Rosie Cooper, did a presentation on the book, How Full is Your…

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