Be Well Programs

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Be Well University

Health education programs are designed to empower Derby residence to improve their health and quality of life. Programs are managed by the Derby Health Collaborative. All classes require registration. Call the DRC at 788-3781 or click here. 


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Join the Derby Walks Initiative by pledging to walk 30 minutes most days to improve and maintain your health. Walking is great for your health and only requires a good pair of shoes.  Walking reduces the risk of many chronic diseases too. By signing up and tracking your time, you will become eligible to use the indoor track at the DRC free of charge on inclement weather days. Download theStoryWalk Logo forms or call 788-3781.


Imagine you are taking a walk through High Park and you come upon a page from a children’s picture book. As you walk along the path, you discover another page, and then another and you realize you’re reading a story! StoryWalk combines the pleasures of reading wonderful children’s books aloud with all the joys and benefits of walking together outdoors. Conceived as a way to inspire parents, teachers, and other adults to take young children outdoors to enjoy reading stories together, StoryWalk helps build children’s interest in reading while encouraging healthy outdoor activity for both children and their families. Join the fun at Derby’s High Park!

October, November, December 2018                  Bear Snores On, Karma Wilson

January, February 2019                                       Red-A-Crayon's Story, Michael Hall 

March, April 2019                                                 Stellaluna, Janell Cannon          


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Expanded Food and Nutrition Program (EFNEP)

EFNEP offers 5 weeks of interactive, practical lessons in basic nutrition, food preparation, food budget management, and food safety in settings convenient for you. The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is sponsored by the USDA and taught by K-State Research & Extension.

  • Participants will learn how to:
  • Buy healthy food on a budget. 
  • Plan nutritious and quick meals.
  • Prepare and taste recipes your family will love. 
  • We serve parents with young children and pregnant women that are eligible for:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), WIC, Head Start, Families whose children receive free and reduced lunch 

Day:   Thursdays

Session dates: Jan. 24 – Feb 21

Time:  10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register.

Location:  Oaklawn Activity Center

Get Real, Get Healthy - Becoming Your Ideal Me 

Find out how to reshape your body, restore your energy and reboot your life by healing the root cause of overeating. Join Patty Stuever for this unique 4 week program on how to release that extra weight by learning to eliminate sugar and become your Ideal Me. It is recommended to purchase the following book to enhance your class experience; 8 to Your Ideal Weight by MK Mueller.

Day: Thursdays

Dates: Jan. 10 – Jan 31

Time: 5:30 to 6:30 pm              

Fee:  FREE due to grant funding (an $85.00 value). You must pre-register.

Location:  Derby Recreation Center

Eat Healthy, Be Active Workshop Series 

People are frequently too busy, on a limited budget, or simply do not know how to make wise choices about food. This workshop series can help you make food choices that promote good health, maintain a healthy weight, and prevent disease. You will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to make healthy, nutritionally sound choices that lead to a better quality of life. These workshops teach individuals how small changes in diet (reducing sugar, salt, fats, and calories) combined with adequate physical activity add up to improved health.

Day:   Wednesdays

Dates: Jan. 9 to Jan. 30

Time:  10:00 to 11:00 am  

Fee:     FREE due to grant funding (a $20.00 value). You must pre-register.

Location:  Oaklawn Activity Center


Healthy Mind

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8 to Great is THE powerful process for positive change. If you want to be inspired and empowered to be the best version of yourself you can possibly be, take charge of your life, and make positive changes then join Patty Stuever to learn an easy-to-implement, 8 step success process. It will be the most encouraging, uplifting and quickest 3 hours of your life.

 Day:   Wednesday     

Session Dates:  January 22

Time:  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fee:     FREE due to grant funding (a $35.00 value). You must pre-register.

Location:  Derby Recreation Center, Greteman Room

 In Sickness & in HEALTH Series

 Join the Derby Health Collaborative in this speaker bureau series. This unique gathering is expected to unleash new ideas, inspire, inform and improve the Derby community. The goal is to spark conversation, connection and community. Join the Derby community conversation.

 Day:   Tuesday Evenings

 Time:  6:30 p.m.

 Fee:     FREE, but please register

 Location:  Derby Public Library, Community Room

October 30, 6:30 p.m. – Ted Talk: Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts with Ignoring the Guidelines

Can a person be "cured" of Type 2 Diabetes? Dr. Sarah Hallberg provides compelling evidence that it can, and the solution is simpler than you might think. Join us for this Ted Talk and robust discussion afterwards. 

November 27, 6:30 p.m. – Skippy Cavanaugh: One Man’s Journey to A Healthier Lifestyle

Derby’s own Skippy Cavanaugh has lost 150+ pounds in an attempt to live life to its fullest, all while working at Dairy Queen. Skippy will share his motivation and journey to improve his health and become an inspiration to others that struggle.

January 29, 6:30p.m. – Choosing a Healthy Plate

Join Sara Sawer from Kansas State Research and Extension to learn the tips and tricks of how to choose a variety of foods while visualizing portion sizes and improve overall healthy eating pattern.

February 26, 6:30 p.m. – Tobacco Industry: New Face, Same Dirty Tricks Aimed at Kids

Flavored tobacco products – including e-cigarettes with names like Cotton Candy and Gummy Bear–are a key part of the tobacco industry’s strategy to bait youth into becoming tomorrow’s addicted users. The tobacco industry has one goal in mind: Hooking young, new customers to replace dying smokers. Come learn the shameful tricks being used to addict kids.

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Many times young people lack skills when starting their first job. Youth Job Connections is a program to teach young people skills in communication, teamwork, enthusiasm, networking, problem-solving and critical thinking. Many youth struggle filling out applications, building their resume and interviewing.  The Youth Job Connections program will teach young people responsibility, organization, time management and helping to establish good work habits, experience, and financial

This 8-week program is available to Derby youth ages 15to 18. Class meets 2 hours each week. Interested youth must fill out an application and be accepted into the program. Once accepted into the program, an enrollment fee of $30.00 is required. Upon completion of requirements, graduates of the program will be interviewed for various spring and summer jobs at the Derby Recreation Commission.

Day:   Thursdays       

Session Dates:  January 10 – February 28

Time:  6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Fee:     $30.00

Location:  Oaklawn Activity Center


Baby Talk 

Baby Talk is a free prenatal education series taught by medical professionals that gives women and their family a chance to learn and get ready for the new baby. You will get informative materials and baby items simply by coming to class each week. The Baby Talk series offers an introductory class and sign up plus 6 free classes. Baby Talk gives you a place to go where you can get your questions answered in a safe and fun community. 

Day:   Thursdays

Date:   January 17-February 28

Time:  5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register

Location:  USD 260 Parents as Teachers Facility, 4900 S Clifton, Wichita, KS 


SIDS is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age that doesn’t have a known cause even after a complete investigation. Each year in the United States, thousands of babies die suddenly and unexpectedly. These deaths are called SUID (pronounced SOO-idd), which stands for “Sudden Unexpected Infant Death.” The Derby Health Collaborative will host a seminar to inform parents, grandparents and friends about the newest research and the best practices to keep your infants safe and healthy. New moms (within 1 year) and expectant moms will received a portable baby crib upon completion of the requirements.  

Day:    Thursday

Date:   January 17

Time:  6:00 p.m.

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register

Location:  Oaklawn Activity Center


Day:   Saturday

Date:   February 23

Time:  10:00 a.m.

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register

Location:  Derby Recreation Center Greteman Room

Wellness Your Way: The Derby Health Collaborative is happy to provide these health programs at a time that is convenient for your group. Contact Debbie at 788-3781 to schedule.