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Fun Winter Activities to Stay Active as a Family

12/22/2014 | WellnessExercise

While the weather outside may be frightful, there are still plenty of ways to stay physically active as a family during the winter months. Don’t let cold weather or snow put a damper on your activity level. Try these fun outdoor and indoor winter activities: Enjoy a snow day. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels and catch snowflakes on your tongue. Experiencing the joy of a snow day through your kids’ eyes is a great way to make memories as a family while sneaking…

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Start the New Year with Healthy Habits

12/22/2014 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and Exercise

It’s easy to abandon healthy family routines during the holidays. You may find that holiday dinners and treats sabotage your diet, the kids stay up all night playing video games during their break from school, and holiday shopping cuts into your exercise time. While the holidays are festive and exciting, they can wreak havoc on your healthy habits. The New Year is a natural time to make a fresh start and jump back into healthy habits. With everyone thinking of what they want to improve in the…

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Four Snow Day Activities for Your Developmentally Disabled Child

12/21/2014 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

When parents get the call about a snow day, they often face a quick decision about how to entertain their children all day. As a parent of a developmentally disabled child, finding fun and safe activities during cold winter months can be difficult, especially when there is snow on the ground. For your child’s development, it’s important that you keep them busy with activities that promote neurological and physical stimulation. Your child can enjoy many aspects of winter and stay safe…

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Steer Clear of the Common Cold

12/21/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionTreatments

During cold and flu season, keeping your family healthy can be a challenge, especially with children. Adults may know how to avoid the common cold, but kids may not have the good health habits that lead to prevention. You can help your kids by teaching them these simple practices. Hand washing. Washing hands regularly -- and correctly -- is one of the best ways to keep your kids healthy. Teach them to wash their hands with warm water and soap, making sure to wash their wrists and under their fingernails.…

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What to expect if you dislocate a knee playing soccer

12/19/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s common knowledge that girls who play soccer are prone to lower extremity injuries. Next to ACL injuries, these female athletes are most likely to dislocate their knees, according Steve Hartsock, MD, a sports medicine physician at Indiana University Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Soccer’s forces are similar in both genders, but the muscles that stabilize the hips and knees are generally weaker in girls than they are in boys of the same age. Although the kneecap can be easily…

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Healthy Holiday Recipes

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It’s the holiday season and we all know what that means—delicious favorite foods are everywhere. It can be hard to turn down that extra cookie or Aunt Jane’s famous sweet potato casserole, even if you know you’ll regret the extra pounds next month. Thankfully, there are ways you can have your holiday treats without weight gain. One easy idea is to modify your favorite recipes with healthier alternatives for common ingredients. For example: Instead of whole eggs: egg whites…

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Injury Report Weekly โ€“ Week 15

12/18/2014 | Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Will injuries to T.Y. Hilton and DeMarco Murray hinder your chances to win your fantasy football league? Listen to this week's episode of Injury Report Weekly where IU Health Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Klitzman and certified athletic trainer Brandon Spack analyze key NFL injuries and make recommendations for your fantasy football lineups. This week’s report and analysis includes: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts (discussion starts at :55) Keenan…

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Hernias

12/18/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossExerciseMaternity

This holiday season one should be aware of the risk of hernias; they can be caused by lifting heavy items, like presents and present bags. Globally, 20 million hernia repairs are preformed in hospitals each year. What is a hernia? The most common hernia, inguinal hernia, occurs when soft tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles. The bulge can be painful especially when lifting or coughing. Nearly 75 percent of hernias are inguinal hernias. They are not life-threatening by themselves,…

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Healthy Gifts for the Holidays

12/18/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

As the holidays approach, you may find yourself searching for the perfect gift ideas for friends, family and neighbors. You can avoid the crowds and stress of last-minute holiday shopping this year. Add a personal touch to the gift-giving season by sharing your family’s favorite healthy treats and recipes. Whether you prepare your famous oatmeal cookies or try a new recipe, your holiday gifts are sure to spread love. Get in the spirit this year with these delicious and healthy desserts! 2 1/2…

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Do Flu Shots Get You Sick?

12/18/2014 | Family CarePrimary Care

Influenza (flu) is one of the most common and contagious illnesses of the winter season. While having the flu is often rough for adults, it can be much more severe in children. Fortunately, the flu vaccine can help children and adults avoid the flu. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu shot each year. Take a moment to read these common questions about the flu shot, and talk to your family doctor about getting your family vaccinated. Will the flu shot give me…

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