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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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Flu shots

01/22/2015 | WellnessPrimary Care

There has always been controversy every flu season regarding the flu shot. Questions such as, will this harm my body or how does this immunization prevent me from contracting the flu always arise?  Most of us have encountered the flu periodically. It is not uncommon for the flu virus to spread to you, especially during the winter season. This is because we are more contained indoors and spend time interacting with individuals more often than in the summer or spring time. Is the flu shot the…

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Quit Smoking on a Budget and Knock Out Two New Year’s Resolutions in One

01/21/2015 | Wellness

Quitting smoking is hard, especially if you are on a budget.

Cigarettes are still one of the biggest killers of Americans, even after decades of anti-smoking efforts. If you’re a smoker, you probably know about all of the negative effects that smoking has on your body. However, you also know that quitting is very hard. You may have even tried to quit, perhaps more than once. Quitting smoking can be especially difficult if your budget is limited.   The Facts on Smoking:   -18% of all Americans are smokers. -Tobacco use is the single biggest…

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Baring the Cold

01/15/2015 | WellnessPrimary Care

The common cold is a self-limited contagious illness that can be caused by a number of different viruses. It is medically referred to as a viral upper respiratory tract infection. The cold is the most frequently occurring illness in the world, and is a leading cause of doctor visits and missed days from school and work. So, you may wonder how can you prepare yourself or bare the cold when the season rolls around. What are risk factors for catching the common cold? There are various factors that may…

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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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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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The Common Cold

01/08/2015 | WellnessPediatrics

One morning you wake up and notice you have a runny nose; sore throat; cough; congestion or maybe you are suffering from all of these symptoms. Your first reaction may be to take some medicine, wrap up in a warm blanket and lay back down. Let’s face it; we have all been there one time or another. How else do you think it got its name, “the common cold”? Luckily, with proper medicine, the common cold should not last longer than about a week or two and you should be back to your normal,…

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How to Start 2015 the Healthy Way

12/29/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. Think about all you’ve done this year—all the great memories you’ve had, and the choices you’ve made for your health, for better or worse. Maybe you’re contemplating what you want to improve. How will 2015 be different than 2014? What will you change for the better? The start of a new year is a great time to make positive changes. It’s up to you to decide what works best for your lifestyle. Here are a few suggestions…

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Who gets spinal stenosis and how it’s treated

12/26/2014 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports MedicineSenior ServicesWellnessArthritis & Rheumatology

One of the more common conditions linked to aging is acquired spinal stenosis—a narrowing of the space in the spine that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. It’s a common diagnosis in seniors who have degenerative arthritis, especially for women. The narrowing happens in one or all of three places: the space at the spine’s center, the canals where the nerves are spread, or the area between the stacked vertebrae.  “Most people who develop spinal stenosis…

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