Be Well Programs

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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!

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

March, April 2019                                                 Stellaluna, Janell Cannon          

Oaklawn Walks

Join the Oaklawn 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 gym at the Oaklawn Activity Center free of charge from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on inclement weather days. Download the forms at or call 529-2677.


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Oaklawn Community Garden 

Healthy living starts with healthy eating. Have you wanted to learn how to garden or just don’t have the space at your home? Have you wanted to teach the “little ones” where their food comes from? The Oaklawn Community Garden is 5,000 square feet located just east of the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton. Community gardening is perfect for apartment dwellers, senior citizens and families with young children, churches and local community organizations. Space is limited so act now to reserve your garden plot. The cost for a 4 x16 foot plot is just $20 for the entire growing season. Grow your own flowers, fruits and vegetables!

  • 4 foot high garden plots.
  • Water provided.
  • Some tools available.
  • Come and go at your leisure.

Volunteers are also needed to help get the garden ready for spring. If you need community service hours or just want to make new friends contact Debbie Williams at or telephone (316)788- 3781.

Diabetes Food Tour

Come join us for a free guided grocery store tour where you’ll learn skills for buying healthy foods.  During the hour tour, you’ll practice skills like buying fruits and vegetables, comparing unit prices to find bargains, reading and comparing food labels, identifying whole grains and understanding carbohydrates! After the tour you will receive a free book full of tasty recipes and a free reusable grocery bag. Free, but you must register.


April 23, 10:00 am

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register.

Location:  Derby K-15 Wal-Mart

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:   Thursday         

Session Dates:  April 18

Time:  5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Fee:     Free, but you must register. (A $35.00 value)

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

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.

Next Session Coming this Summer 


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.  Go to for a schedule of classes and locations.


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:   Tuesday

Date:   April 2

Time:  6:00  to 7:00 pm

Fee:     FREE but you must pre-register

Location:  Derby Recreation Center, Greteman Room

Community Baby Shower

On Saturday, June 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the Derby Health Collaborative is partnering with the Sedgwick County Health Department and the SIDS Network of Kansas to educate pregnant women and their support systems on safe sleep. This community baby shower will provide, based upon availability, a safe portable crib or a wearable blanket to pregnant women who complete the safe sleep training.  The Community Baby Shower will be held at the Oaklawn Activity Center 4904 S. Clifton, Wichita, KS 67216.

Day:   Saturday

Date: June 1

Time:  11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Oaklawn Activity Center

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.