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Your Heart: A Day in the Life

03/02/2015 | ExerciseCardiovascular

Everyday, your heart does a lot of work. We take a look at all of the work your heart does, and what  you need to do to keep your heart healthy and happy with good nutrition and exercise.   Did you know Indiana University Health is offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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Heart Month to celebrate healthy hearts

02/12/2015 | ExerciseCardiovascularSenior Services

Every February, America celebrates American Heart Month by kicking off National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week. This week reflects on the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and its role in helping prevent or reverse current or future heart conditions. Every year, this week coincides with Valentine’s Day as it begins on Feb. 8 and wraps up on Feb. 14. Healthcare providers nationwide hold events to help celebrate the improvement of the lives of those who suffer from cardiac vascular disease. Who…

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Great Resources to Get In Shape in Indiana

02/06/2015 | WellnessExerciseGarden on the Go

Was your New Year’s Resolution to finally get fit or lose a few pounds? Well it’s time for a New Year’s Resolution check-in. If you have stuck to your resolution so far: great. If not, we are here to help. We have assembled some resources to help Hoosiers achieve their fitness resolutions and get in shape. Whether you want to lose weight, clean up your diet, build strength, or just be more active, here are some of the best places in Indiana to make your resolution a reality. IU…

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Big Game Fitness Test

The Big Game: Food Fest or Fitness Test?

01/29/2015 | WellnessExercise

As friends and families gather for the Big Game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, chip bowls and chicken wings will be on the menu. America’s favorite Sunday turns into the Football Festival of Food. All the resolve of a healthy New Year gets put on the sidelines. “People can plow through as many as 2,000 calories during the game,” says Anna King, registered dietitian at IU Health. “That’s more than some people should eat in one day!” King…

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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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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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Stay Active at Home During the Cold Months

12/15/2014 | WellnessExercise

Staying physically active keeps your body healthy and boosts your immune system against seasonal illnesses like the flu and the common cold. For many people, physical activity is easy in the warmer months. Long walks, bike rides and other outdoor activities are fun -- and often free. Wintertime, however, can present more of a challenge. Joining a gym may not be an appealing or cost-effective option, and snow can put a damper on jogging or even walking outside. Fortunately, there are other ways to…

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Sports-Related Concussion

10/30/2014 | ExerciseSafety

Helmet to helmet contact; head to head contact; head to ground contact and head to ball contact are the leading causes of concussions in high school sports. While high school football leads the statistics in sports-related concussions, studies have shown that girls may be more prone to concussions. What is a concussion and how are they caused? A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash effect to the head that disrupts the normal functioning…

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Quick Exercises to Help You Unwind After Work

08/13/2014 | WellnessExercise

Many types of exercise help ease stress and improve your mood. You may be surprised at how easy it is to fit in relaxing exercises between work and chores at home. Try these exercises after work to promote relaxation: Repetitive motion exercises like jogging or swimming get you into a rhythm and a mental state similar to meditation. Even a brisk 20-minute walk can have this benefit. These aerobic exercises also release chemicals in your brain that improve mood, ability to sleep and reduce stress.…

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Turning Family Time into Healthy Fun

08/08/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPrimary CareWellnessExercise

Engaging in fun activities is part of the joy of being a family. When the fun involves physical activity, the benefits of spending time together extend to improving your family’s health. As a parent, you play a powerful role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle. And when exercise is a regular part of your family’s routine, it’s more likely your children will grow up to be active adults.   For both adults and children, the benefits of physical activity are well documented. In…

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