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If you could change just one (or two) things…

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

This time of year, we’re overwhelmed with gym membership advertising, diet schemes, and New Year’s resolutions, causing us to feel defeated before we even begin. But if you can incorporate a few simple habits now, you could add years — and quality — to your life. While I’d love to see us all lead perfectly healthy lifestyles, I want to stress that when it comes to your wellbeing, something is better than nothing. What I mean by that is very few people have the bodies…

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When fear and doubt prevent you from seeking help

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

The reality is that life is hard. Our bodies get older every day, we lose jobs, and we lose loved ones. How we approach that reality defines how we shape its outcome. Professional counseling can make a positive difference, if we give it a chance. Whether you’re facing a situational challenge, such as job loss or divorce, or the physical symptoms of disease or chronic illness, psychological counseling can provide powerful healing. And yet, a 2004 Harris Interactive poll states that “37…

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Outsmart germs this winter

01/13/2015 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

There are things to like about winter, but the prevalence of illness isn’t one of them. Preventing germs from spreading is even more important during winter because colds, flu and other diseases tend to be more common during this time of year. And if one member of your family becomes ill, taking preventive steps at home to help ensure others don’t “catch it” can be challenging. Here are some tips for battling germs this season: Be diligent about hand washing. Thorough and…

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Offset Those Holiday Treats With Holiday Fun

12/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread men, hot cocoa, and extra helpings. But you don’t have to let that derail your health; an extra holiday activity can be the excuse to indulge in an extra treat. Every action has a reaction, so just make sure to offset each indulgence with an additional activity — with the emphasis on additional. If you are currently maintaining your weight with an exercise routine, you’ll need to increase your activity level. A few words…

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Banish the holiday blues

12/10/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While the holiday season should be an enjoyable time, it can be a mixed bag of emotions for many people. Stress about additional family and personal obligations, financial concerns and a general feeling of “not being able to get it all done,” can take a toll. Good nutrition, exercise and sleep often take a backseat during the holidays as well, affecting both physical health and emotional well-being. As a result, some people experience the “holiday blues.” It’s important…

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Learn the basics of stretching

12/10/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

While many people commit to exercise, fewer commit to stretching before they exercise. Stretching offers a number of important benefits, including improving the quality of aerobic exercise and strength training workouts. There are also benefits to stretching outside of physical activity, for instance if you stretch when you awaken in the morning or before bed at night. Overall, stretching increases blood flow and keeps the body limber by releasing muscle tension and tightness. Tight muscles can’t…

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Trapped indoors? At a desk all day? We have fitness tips for you

11/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Whether you spend most of your day at home or in an office, you may feel that you’re not getting the exercise you need. And the approaching cold weather will make it even harder to stay active. However, there are simple things you can do to keep healthy and fit. 1. Schedule. No matter what form of exercise you choose, the most important thing is to make time for it on your schedule. Actually put it on your to-do list or calendar. 2. Equipment. A set of five-pound hand weights is essential for…

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Health trends: Are they for real?

11/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Whether in the news, on social media or through friends and family, we’re constantly hearing about new ways to improve our health. Here is information about three current trends, which may help to answer the questions: “is it for real – and does it work?” Oil pulling or oil swishing – Based on Indian traditional medicine, oil pulling dates back more than 2,500 years. The practice involves swishing one tablespoon of oil, such as coconut, sesame or sunflower, in the mouth…

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Enjoy holiday foods with no regrets

11/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

Thanksgiving is synonymous with family, football and home-cooked meals. It also signals the beginning of the holiday season – a time when people tend to overeat and struggle to maintain healthy eating habits. With a little planning, however, you can enjoy some of your favorite holiday foods while managing your weight. Eat a small meal or snack before the festivities. You’ll be less likely to overindulge at holiday dinners and parties if you aren’t really hungry when you arrive. …

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What “comprehensive” certification could mean to you

10/15/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesNeuroscience

Recently, Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital was certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Joint Commission in partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. “Big deal,” you say? It sure is, and here’s why. Comprehensive Stroke Center is the highest designation awarded by the leading accreditation organizations in stroke. From the Joint Commission website: “The goal of establishing this new level of certification is to recognize…

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