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Let’s Talk About Healthcare and Medicare

11/21/2013 | CommunityAnnouncements

We’ve been talking about open enrollment for a Medicare Advantage plan, which runs through Dec. 7, 2013. If you’re already in a Medicare Advantage plan and don’t need to make changes, then you don’t need to do a thing. If you are considering changes, you can find valuable tips about things to consider when renewing your policy here. Almost every American over age 65 depends on Medicare for health insurance, but talking about healthcare can seem confusing and at times overwhelming.…

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Beth’s Legacy of Hope

05/20/2013 | CommunityAnnouncements

When Beth Stayer, 34, a registered nurse working at IU Health North Hospital was beaten to death by her ex-husband in 2009, her co-workers were shocked and grief stricken. IU Health Methodist Emergency Medicine and Trauma Center, where Beth was treated, turned the tragedy into a legacy of hope. A collaborate effort between IU Health Methodist Trauma Services and the Forensics unit aimed their goals at spreading awareness about the warning signs of domestic violence. “The need for some sort…

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05/06/2013 | CommunityAnnouncementsWellness

Every day, the choices we make—big or small—play a part in our physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Whether you are watching your diet, staying physically active, carving out time to participate in stress-reducing activities or staying away from unhealthy habits, you are taking steps to live a healthier and happier life. You are taking steps to be at your best. As healthcare workers, it’s particularly important for us to be at our best. When we are at our best—body,…

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Garden on the Go® to Benefit from Whole Foods Market®

01/03/2013 | CommunityGarden on the Go

WHAT: Whole Foods Market has a history of establishing a deep commitment to each of the communities it serves. As part of that commitment, Whole Foods Market holds quarterly Community Support Days, in which five percent of a day’s sales are donated to a local nonprofit organization. Whole Foods Market stores in Indiana will honor that commitment by donating 5 percent of one day’s sales to Garden on the Go®. Garden on the Go® is Indiana University Health’s year-round mobile…

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Our G.O.A.L: Engaged and Healthy Patients

10/17/2012 | Community

The mission of IU Health Bloomington’s G.O.A.L. (Get Onboard Active Living) Program is a powerful one: provide kids and families with the tools and support needed to make positive, life-long changes in the areas of nutrition, fitness, and behavioral habits. Several months ago, when the team met 13-year old Michael for the first time, they were introduced to a young man not unlike others who had been referred to the program. “He was in middle school, and that can be a tough age for kids,”…

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Garden on the Go: From Produce Truck to Produce Program

09/26/2012 | CommunityGarden on the Go

Kristofer Karol, a Public Relations Specialist with Indiana University Health, takes an inside look at Garden on the Go.   I’ve been following Garden on the Go since before it started hitting Indianapolis streets in May 2011. Since then, Garden on the Go has grown from a mobile produce truck into a mobile produce program. In the beginning, it was simple: Indianapolis has lots of “food deserts,” or areas lacking access to fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables. The answer?…

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Have Fun, Be Healthy at Indiana State Fair

08/09/2012 | CommunityEvents

Food, Fun and the Chance to Win an Apple iPad! When you think of the Indiana State Fair, you probably think delicious deep fried treats. But this year, calorie-conscious fairgoers are in luck: Indiana University Health will be offering healthy food tips and samples as part of IU Health Day on August 12th. It’s all part of IU Health’s effort to bring healthcare into Indiana’s neighborhoods. The Healthy Hoosier Throwdown will feature several local chefs and celebrities including…

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When education and health care collide: part 1

08/06/2012 | CommunityTreatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

A decades-old partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital has grown into a national model for sports medicine in urban schools. Now managed by IU Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Team Leader Kathy Sparks, the partnership began in 1990 when Sparks was hired as an athletic trainer for seven IPS high schools. Sparks noticed how many athletic injuries occurred after hours when no medical help was available. She encouraged IPS to hire…

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Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act

07/05/2012 | CommunityAnnouncements

So, you’ve heard the news coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Accountable Care Act  and you may be left wondering what impact the decision will have on you and your family. Recently, in a 5 to 4 decision, the United States Supreme Court upheld the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Specifically, the individual mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance was found to be constitutional, while the Medicaid expansion was essentially made optional…

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Countdown to the First Day of Kindergarten

04/12/2012 | CommunityEvents

3…2…1…Kindergarten Countdown! Believe it or not it’s time to start thinking about getting your child ready for the first day of kindergarten. Don’t worry. We’re here to help you register and prepare your child for this exciting day with a series of events. Kindergarten Countdown (KCD) is IU Health’s Signature Volunteer project focusing on education. “We believe a successful education system is vital to the future of IU Health and the communities…

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