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Local Breakfast: Have a Healthy Breakfast with Ingredients from Indiana

04/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Indiana is one of America’s largest providers of livestock, grains and produce. As Hoosiers, we should all start the day with the fresh bounty from our state’s farms. According to the Indiana Department of Agriculture, over 37 thousand acres of vegetables were harvested last year. There are plenty of varieties to choose from and add to your breakfast plate. Tomatoes. More and more tomato farms are popping up in Indiana, which is all the more reason for you to make it part of your morning…

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Eggs: They Aren’t Just for Easter

04/02/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

You may know that eggs are a great source of protein but did you know that eggs have many other health benefits? In this infographic, we discuss some of the many health benefits of eggs. To stay healthy, schedule an appointment with one of the highly skilled physicians of IU Health. Call 844.8.IUHEALTH to schedule a Same-Day primary care appointment.

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Talking to the Experts: A Healthy Balance

Talking to the Experts: A Healthy Balance

04/02/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

The expert medical professionals of Indiana University Health bring passion and skill to every specialty and treatment offered. They also bring compassion and understanding because, after all, they’re human, too. Ever find yourself chasing the ever-allusive balance when it comes to healthy choices for food and exercise? You are not alone. Here, three Indiana University Health professionals weigh in on the balancing act.Anna King, RD - Clinical Dietitian at Indiana University Health Perfection…

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How Much Coffee is Too Much?

03/20/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In the United States, we love coffee. 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink a cup or two or more of java every day. The reasons for coffee’s popularity are simple: it tastes good and makes you feel more alert. The caffeine in coffee is what truly makes it the preferred wake-me-up of people all over the world. Caffeine makes you feel more energetic and awake for a short time after drinking it. Hardcore coffee addicts love the caffeinated feeling so much that they turn to the really hard…

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Women’s Health Risks: Genes or Lifestyle?

Women’s Health Risks: Genes or Lifestyle?

03/19/2015 | ExerciseHealthy Eating

Have you ever looked down at your hands to find fingers that look just like your mother’s? Does your smile curve just like hers? Physical traits passed through family stand out and give insights into our genetic makeup. Our genes explain the less visible traits we carry as well. We lean on genetics to make sense of conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep irregularities, digestive trouble and obesity. However, those explanations can resemble excuses more than medical fact. While genes…

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The Dangers of Fad Diets

The Dangers of Fad Diets

03/06/2015 | Healthy Eating

Any diet that restricts certain foods or limits calories typically leads to weight loss. But what happens after the diet ends? Quick weight-loss diets or fad diets rarely bring long-term, sustainable results because people return to their poor eating habits as soon as the diet ends.  “I don’t ever advocate dieting. Diets don’t work and the only way to ‘lose weight’ is to get healthy and make a lifestyle change,” Dr. Angela DeBord Henriksen, a family medicine…

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Healthy and Green: Snacks that are Good For Your Body, Your Community and the Environment

03/03/2015 | Healthy Eating

When you’re hungry during the day, and you reach for a snack to sate your appetite, your choices may not always be very good for you. Cookies, chips, and other packaged products are high in sugar, preservatives, and calories. In addition, these highly processed foods are also covered in packaging that goes into the trash and ends up in a landfill. It is possible to snack smarter. There are plenty of healthy snacks out there that are also good for the environment. Here are some of our favorites.…

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Good Cholesterol, Bad Cholesterol and Everything In Between

02/10/2015 | WellnessHealthy EatingWomen's Health

If you try to eat healthy, nutritional trends can be confusing. Fat was bad for you. Now it’s good for you, but only if it’s the right kind of fat. Are carbs bad for you? What about gluten? One of the most confusing topics to many in regards to nutrition is cholesterol. It seems like every article you read about cholesterol says something different. So what are the facts? Let’s examine: What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in every part of your body. It is…

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Try a daily serving of avocado

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you’re overweight and want to lower your “bad” cholesterol, this study from the Journal of the American Heart Association recommends eating an avocado a day. But wait…aren’t avocados high in fat? IU Health nutritionists say that even though avocados are high in fat, the majority of this fat is “good” fat (monounsaturated). This type of fat is known for helping you lower your “bad” cholesterol. The study surveyed 45 healthy people between…

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The power of oatmeal

01/09/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you want to live a long life, skip the bagel with cream cheese or bacon and eggs. Your best bet will be grains. Harvard University researchers found this out by studying and quizzing 100,000 people for more than 14 years to find out how they lived and what they were eating. As it turns out, the people who lived the longest in this group were eating a bowl of oatmeal a day (about 33 grams). Compared to people who didn’t eat any whole grains, they cut their risk of premature death by…

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