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Five Essential Strategies for a Successful Workout

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

Summer’s right around the corner, so you’ve probably been thinking about dusting off that treadmill or putting your gym membership to good use. That’s fantastic! But there are a few additional, yet easy, steps you can take to get the most out of your workout. 1. Have a plan. Embarking upon any fitness routine should start with a realistic set of expectations and goals. Do you want to lose weight? Are you training for an event such as a marathon? Do you simply want to dash up the…

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Training Tips for Your First 5K

03/23/2014 | IU Health PhysiciansExercise

With the harsh winter finally drawing to a close, many people are eager to venture outdoors to begin training for local 5K and half-marathon races this spring. While setting such fitness goals offers significant health and wellness benefits, there are some things you should keep in mind before hitting the pavement. First, it’s important to visit your primary care doctor prior to training – even if you are just planning to walk your first race. This is recommended especially if you have…

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Travel Tips for a Healthy Spring Break

03/23/2014 | WellnessIU Health Physicians

This month families begin heading to warmer climates for spring break. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, here are some important things to remember to keep your family healthy on vacation. Tips for air travel Fight germs. Before settling into your seat, wipe the tray table and armrests with antibacterial wipes. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before eating. Don’t use airplane pillows or blankets unless they are delivered to you in plastic. Better yet, bring your own.   Stay…

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Patient’s blood helps treat a painful chronic injury

03/21/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Steve Shepherd was moving a heavy appliance when he had the accident that put him through two years of pain. The resulting tendonitis in his left elbow was first treated with cortisone shots and physical therapy, but Shepherd’s pain persisted. “I didn’t really notice much of an improvement,” says Shepherd. “I had sharp pain even when I wasn’t doing anything.” His family physician eventually referred him to John Baldea, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine…

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Music Therapist Tony Medeiros works with a patient at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center.

The Healing Power of Music

03/20/2014 | Cancer

A patient wanted to hear a song her mother sang to her as a child. One family requested “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to play as they said goodbye to their grandfather at his bedside. Music therapy at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center offers a comforting soundtrack to the lives of patients and families. “I lend support where it’s needed- whether it’s a patient of deep faith wanting to hear ‘Amazing Grace’ or a younger man who wants to hear outlaw country music…

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Benefits of Eating Breakfast


According to the American Dietetic Association, children who eat breakfast perform better in the classroom and on the playground, with better concentration, problem-solving skills and eye-hand coordination. What are the benefits to eating breakfast? There are many benefits to children eating a healthy breakfast such as higher test scores and better health, behavior, performance and creating healthy habits. Students who eat a healthy breakfast show improved academic performance. Research shows that…

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Four common golf mistakes that can impact your health

03/18/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

It’s one thing to have an unreliable golf swing, quite another to harm your own body because of it. In today’s post, a certified athletic trainer at Indiana University Health Sports Performance shares four hints to keep bad habits at bay and help golfers play in good health. Incomplete follow through. Poor follow through in a golf swing not only causes the ball to veer left or right—it’s also hard on your body. “When golfers don’t follow through completely,…

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How donated cartilage repairs some knee injuries

03/13/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

After a pick-up game of basketball that tore his ACL, damaged menisci and micro-fractured his right knee, Tim Baker was healing nicely from surgical repairs when he had another trauma. “I was at school and stumbled when I caught my foot in the straps of a book bag,” says Baker a junior majoring in fitness management at IUPUI. Unfortunately, his recovering knee took the brunt of the second accident. Baker followed up with the surgeon who repaired his earlier injuries, Robert Klitzman,…

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Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Each year approximately 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed! Despite increasing awareness of the disease and importance of early detection, colorectal cancer remains the third most common cause of cancer death in the United States. The most important thing to remember is that colorectal cancer is a disease that can be prevented! We encourage you to learn more about colorectal cancer including: signs, symptoms, and ways to prevent the disease…

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Corrective hip surgery helps patient reclaim an active lifestyle

03/11/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

“I can’t do this right now.” That was Heather Cox’s first reaction last summer, when she learned that she needed more corrective surgery for hip dysplasia—a condition that was first treated in 1990 when Cox was a teen. As an adult with a busy family life and a nursing career in full tilt, Cox couldn’t imagine being sidelined for two months. Memories from her 1990 surgery and recovery filled her with dread, but Cox knew that she had no choice. “My pain was…

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