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Bariatric Nutrition Myths

04/22/2011 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

1. “I want to lose weight, so I think I’ll just go back to a liquid diet” A liquid diet does not make you feel full like solid food choices do. Your volume increases over time, so you can’t go back to 2 oz portions or you’ll be hungry. 2. “Throwing the scales away is a great idea!” Although you don’t want to be a slave to the scale, you do want to have a way to measure your progress. For example, have a pair of pants, size of clothes, or number on the…

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Hospital Welcomes New Chief Practice Officer


Officials at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital announced that Victor Esan has accepted the position of Chief Practice Officer of IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital beginning on May 9, 2011. Victor is coming to Muncie from Howard Regional Health System in Kokomo, Indiana. He earned master degrees in Public Management and Business Administration from Indiana University Kokomo. He also holds an undergraduate degree in Economics. As Chief Practice Officer for IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital,…

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Hospital Announces Addition to Leadership Team


J. Matthew Neal, MD, MBA, FACP, has been named Executive Medical Director, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Academic Affairs. A Muncie native and graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, Neal completed his internal medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, an endocrinology fellowship at Indiana University, and completed his MBA degree at the University of Massachusetts. He has practiced in the Muncie community for more than 18 years. Neal is a clinical professor of medicine…

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Healthy Easter Basket Ideas!

04/21/2011 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

If you celebrate Easter, you may have the same feelings I do at this time: excitement and happiness to spend time with family, and nervousness and anxiousness about all of the candy and sweets that are going to be around! I don't get as anxious for myself as I do about trying to control the sugar intake in my kids. With two young children, I LOVE giving them Easter baskets. It reminds me of the traditions I had growing up, where my brother and I would go on a scavenger hunt around the house to…

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Kids in the Kitchen Offers Teen Oriented Course

04/20/2011 | Healthy Eating

Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Dietetics will host a class 5:30-7 pm, May 12 and 19 for teens aged 13-16 to help them learn to safely prepare meals and snacks on their own. Topics include kitchen safety, proper use of a kitchen knife, preparing balanced healthy meals including items from all food groups, kitchen emergencies and more. The class is facilitated by Caleb Churchill, executive chef at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and Mandy Puckett, registered dietitian, Dietetics.…

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Seminars & Support Groups Updates!

04/20/2011 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Although many are aware, I wanted to take a minute to point out our "new" website and all of the updates we have had. As most already know, our name has officially changed to "IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss". We have also had some other changes such as: seminar dates and times and support groups offered. Feel free to check out our website to view the most updated seminar times (evening support groups now start at 6 pm instead of 6:30 pm):…

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Local Nursing Chapter Honored with President’s Award


Local AACN Chapter Honored with President’s Award The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses White River Chapter (AACN-WRC), composed of nurses from Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital and other area hospitals, has been honored with a 2011 AACN President’s Award. This annual award goes to chapters that best exemplify the annual theme stated by AACN’s national president. This year’s theme was ‘Stand Tall,’--meaning "to recognize the unique and…

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American Heart Assoc. Says Weight Loss Surgery Can be Effective

04/19/2011 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

American Heart Assoc. Says Weight Loss Surgery Can be Effective By Marcus Hondro Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery can be an effective tool in helping the severely obese, according to a new statement from the AHA. The American Heart Association (AHA) released what it calls a "scientific statement' on March 15, 2011 on bariatric surgery that in essence says in some cases, cases involving "severely" obese persons, the surgery might be worth any risks associated with it. Bariatric surgery,…

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Discard Unused Prescription Drugs at Upcoming IUPUI Event

04/18/2011 | CommunityAnnouncements

Did you know that more than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, including thousands of teens? Recent data shows that prescription drugs are becoming the drug of choice for teens looking to get high for the first time. The saddest part is that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends or just from the home medicine cabinet. So what can you do to help end the vicious cycle of prescription drug abuse? Discard your unused medication at the…

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Tips to protect against lawn mower injuries


With springtime in full swing, Hoosiers are starting to tackle their growing lawns. But before you get out the lawn mower, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital wants families to take caution. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the power lawn mower is one of the most dangerous tools around the home. Each year, emergency departments treat approximately 68,000 people with lawn mower injuries – those who are operating lawn mowers as well as those who are simply nearby in the yard.…

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