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Volunteer Opportunities in Indianapolis

05/18/2015 | CommunityVolunteer

Did you know that volunteering is a win-win? According to the Corporation for National Community Service, people who volunteer have better rates of overall mental health than the population at large. Volunteers also live longer and have greater overall physical health than those who do not. Want to volunteer in Indianapolis but don’t know where to start? Read about three ways to get started right away. Help Indy Online Help Indy Online is a website that connects interested volunteers in Indy…

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Season of Hope 2015

04/09/2015 | CommunityCancerHospice

Season of Hope is an annual event that allows community members to make a donation in memory of, in celebration of or in honor of a loved one.  The funds help provide assistance to individuals enrolled in the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospice program. What is hospice? Hospice provides medical and supportive services to individuals who have been diagnosed with a life limiting illness and their families.  Hospice services are typically provided in the patient’s home with…

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March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

03/05/2015 | CommunityCancer

Since 2000, March has been recognized as the National Colon Cancer Awareness month. Colon Cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers, if detected early. During the month of March, patients, survivors, healthcare workers and caregivers show their support of Colon Cancer Awareness month by wearing blue ribbons and participating in many community events and outreach programs to help increase awareness and promote screening options. Approximately 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 50-75…

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Nurses Face Racism

Nurses Face Persistent Problem: Racism

02/23/2015 | Community

Racism is as real today as it was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. It may look slightly different today than in decades past, but it still cuts like a knife in the hearts and minds of countless individuals who confront prejudice and discrimination in their daily life. Nicole Johnson, a nurse and shift coordinator at IU Health Methodist Hospital, has been asked if she’s “half a nurse” when introducing herself,…

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The Colts Prepare for the Broncos and High Altitude

01/08/2015 | CommunityWellnessSafety

The Indianapolis Colts head to Denver for what’s surely to be an epic post-season game. Andrew Luck has emerged from Peyton Manning’s shadow in the hearts of Indianapolis fans and demonstrated he’s ready meet #18 again. But what about a quieter threat Denver has been known to deliver? High altitude. Denver, otherwise known at the Mile High City, truly rises exactly one mile above sea level—5,280 feet. The higher altitude poses an invisible threat to athletes and fans alike…

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Top 5 Employee Assistance Plan Questions Answered

11/19/2014 | Community

If you’re suffering from stress, including family medical problems, domestic abuse, depression, substance abuse and other challenges, it may be hard to focus while you’re at work. That’s where your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help. An EAP provides resources to help you deal with personal problems that may affect your ability to do your best work. Still not sure if an EAP is the right resource for you? Here are the top five EAP questions answered: What is…

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Three Ways to Take Advantage of Your Employee Assistance Program

11/14/2014 | Community

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) play an important role in offering companies ways to address and meet their employees’ mental and emotional needs through counseling and other services. EAPs are normally short-term programs, meaning that employees with ongoing issues may be referred to external counselors, doctors, psychologists or psychiatrists. Still, they function as programs meant to prevent workplace violence, harassment and other difficult situations. While not all organizations have…

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How and When to Use Your Employee Assistance Program

11/06/2014 | Community

Work can be stressful enough. What happens when you have additional stress from sources outside of work? Family medical problems, domestic abuse, depression, substance abuse and other challenges can make it difficult to focus on your job. Talking about these challenges with coworkers has its own set of problems. Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is there to help you with personal concerns that may affect your ability to be productive and focused at work. An EAP provides confidential counseling…

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Top 7 EAP Questions Answered

10/30/2014 | Community

An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a 24/7 resource, provided by an employer that offers counseling, referral and coaching services. These programs are designed to help organizations and their employees prevent and cope with issues that could affect workplace performance. Often, individuals are cautious about contacting an EAP, and have many questions about how utilizing an EAP can affect them. Frequently, there is a stigma of social rejection in the workplace surrounding the use of EAPs and…

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The Effects of Daylight Savings Time

10/28/2014 | CommunityAnnouncements

The switch to daylight savings time can cause symptoms akin to the jet lag you might have when you cross time zones. In general, it takes about one day to adjust for each hour of time change. If you are currently getting enough sleep and sleeping well, you may not notice much of a change. However, if you are having trouble sleeping or getting by on less than seven hours nightly, you may have negative effects related to the time change. These may include:  Decreased performance Lack of concentration…

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