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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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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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How Cold Weather Affects Your Health

02/03/2015 | Wellness

It’s the middle of winter, and physically, you are probably feeling it. Cold weather, especially when it’s really frigid (think sub 20 degrees) can, quite literally, hurt. The cold can have a dramatic affect on your health and wellness. How, exactly, does cold weather impact your body?   The Winter Blues Changes in the weather can affect your mental health. Many people report experiencing a greater tendency towards depression when it’s cold outside. It should be noted that…

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How to Safely Warm Your Home

02/02/2015 | WellnessSafety

With snaps of frigid weather, people look for affordable ways to stay warm inside their homes and when they venture outdoors. As furnaces work overtime in the colder months and often beyond their capacity, some people turn to alternative heating methods. As temperatures drop, home fires increase. Our partners at MESH, Inc. reported that while space heaters, fireplaces and stoves provide supplementary heat in a cost-effective way, they also present a real danger to homes and offices. Citing the U.S.…

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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 preventable…

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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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