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Healthy Holiday Eating

11/13/2014 | Bariatric & Medical Weight LossHealthy Eating

I always tend to gain a few extra pounds around the holidays.  Can you please provide a few strategies I can use to prevent this from happening this year? Preventing weight gain over the holidays is an important step for your health.  On average, Americans gain 1-2 pounds over the holidays.  This may not seem like much, but the problem occurs when this weight is not lost leading to a gradual gain over the years.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, Indiana now has the…

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Holiday Nutrition

11/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Turkey, eggnog, cookies, and candy. Holiday foods are delicious and not always good for you. While the average amount of weight gained over the holidays is less than a pound, most people never lose the holiday weight they gain. So, how can you stay healthy during the holidays? Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit

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Halloween Safety and Healthy Candy Alternatives

10/23/2014 | Healthy EatingSafety

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for young children.  Our goal as adults is to try to make it both a fun and safe experience. Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents are not careful and cautious about their children’s surroundings. Are you taking appropriate measures for Halloween this year?  Below you will find answers to a few commonly asked questions: How can I choose an appropriate costume for my child? Choosing costumes is a very important part of…

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What to Eat or Avoid Before Bed

10/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

What you eat before bedtime can affect how well you sleep. As a rule of thumb, it’s best not to eat within an hour of going to sleep. A good bedtime snack, however, can help you relax and prepare for a night of rest. Depending on what you consume, food before bedtime can either help you sleep better or keep you from getting enough rest. Here’s what to avoid eating if you want to sleep: Caffeine: This may seem obvious since caffeine is a known stimulant, but most people don’t realize…

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Nutrition Myths & Facts

10/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Our understanding of nutrition has improved so much over time. So how can you eat to stay healthy? Separate nutrition fact from fiction to be as healthy as you can be. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit

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Eating Disorders

08/21/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Many people are concerned with their body image and want to look their best in the latest fashions. Instead of increasing exercise and working on their diet, they take it to extremes and develop an eating disorder. Eating disorders are a daily struggle for 10 million females and 1 million males in the United States. What is an eating disorder? Eating disorders are illnesses that involve unhealthy relationships with food and exercise. Whether a person restricts food intake, binge eats, compulsively…

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Do You Know How Alcohol Affects Your Body?

08/19/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

After a long week at work many people kick back with friends to relax and enjoy an alcoholic drink. However, alcohol can have harmful physical effects. It is important, if you do drink alcohol, that you always drink responsibly. While it is often overlooked, alcohol is a drug and can be harmful and addictive if not drank responsibly and in moderation. A common misconception is that alcohol only damages the liver. While it is true that liver damage may occur from heavy drinking, it is not the only…

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Motivating Kids to do Well in School

08/14/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Summer is winding down and very soon the kids will be heading back to school for the year. In order for students to have a successful school year, parents and guardians must also prepare for the school year. Motivating your kids to do well in school can be challenging, but these tips will help set everyone up for success.   What are some ways that I, as a guardian or parent, can help my child prepare for school? As a parent or guardian, you play a huge role in the success of your child’s…

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Lighten up your backyard barbecue

07/22/2014 | WellnessHealthy EatingIU Health Physicians

We wait all year to savor summertime foods – grilled burgers and hot dogs, cold salads and delicious desserts. While foods synonymous with summer taste great, these staples of the backyard barbecue can spoil our efforts to eat healthy. With some pre-planning, there are ways to enjoy seasonal “cookout” foods and maintain a healthy diet. Look for lower-calorie alternatives – The grocery store snack aisle is full of reduced-fat and lower-calorie potato chips, tortilla chips and…

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Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis

07/10/2014 | Healthy EatingPediatrics

Although we are unaware why, food allergies are on the rise in the United State. One in every 13 kids has a food allergy, which equals out to about two kids in every classroom across the United States. What is a food allergy? The body’s abnormal response to a certain food is a food allergy. For an unknown reason, the body thinks that the food is harmful and causes an allergic reaction to occur. The reaction can be mild or in some cases the reaction can be severe and cause anaphylaxis, this…

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