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What a Medical Home can do for you. The value of primary care.

07/02/2015 | WellnessPrimary Care

What is a patient centered medical home (PCMH)? A patient- centered medical home is best described as a model of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, and focused on quality and safety.   Primary care physicians across the country are adopting this model of care to better meet the needs of their patients and improve the care they give.   The PCMH model is designed to provide patients with multiple healthcare services and resources at one location to…

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Learn How the 80/20 Rule Applies to Fourth of July Splurging

06/29/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The Fourth of July is a time that many people around the United States of America celebrate our nation’s independence. While fireworks and the flag may be the most recognized symbols of Independence Day, food is a big part of the holiday’s traditions. Many of the foods we tend to eat on the Fourth- from hot dogs to cheeseburgers to cookies and pie- are not very healthy. However, if you plan on indulging this week, don’t feel bad. Simply follow the 80/20 rule. What is the 80/20 rule?…

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Finger-Licking-Good-For-You: Your Healthiest Barbecue Ever

06/29/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Summer is the best time of the year to take your cooking out of the kitchen and into your backyard. Barbecuing and grilling is fun, adds a ton of flavor to your food and believe it or not, can be very good for you if you do it the right way. Here are four finger-licking good for you foods to throw on the grill this summer. Chicken. Chicken breast is loaded with protein with a whopping 27 grams of protein per serving. For added flavor in your chicken, try marinating overnight in barbecue sauce or…

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10 Firework Safety Tips Just in Time For the 4th of July

06/29/2015 | WellnessSafety

Every year on the Fourth of July, millions of Americans celebrate the independence of our nation by watching firework displays. Some Americans celebrate by lighting off fireworks of their own. If you plan on lighting off your own fireworks this year, here are 10 safety tips you have to follow: 1. Obey the law. Do not purchase illegal fireworks, transport fireworks into places where they are illegal, or bring fireworks onto an airplane. When dealing with fireworks, always use them within the boundaries…

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5 Healthy Snacks for Work

06/25/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Staying healthy at work can be a real challenge. Vending machine junk food, birthday potlucks (sometimes several birthday potlucks a month), and quick lunches from fast food restaurants can be a recipe for disaster when it comes to your health. Fortunately, if you plan ahead, you can stock up on healthy snacks for your workplace to keep you from straying too far from the healthy path. 1. Nuts. Only 4 in 10 Americans eat heart-healthy nuts each day. Nuts are a healthy snack that can satisfy your craving…

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4 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Gym Membership

06/25/2015 | WellnessExercise

Joining a gym is easy. In fact, it can be too easy. Many people join gyms, go regularly for a few weeks, and then drop off, continuing to pay for membership without actually using it. The trick to being a gym member is using the gym consistently and making sure you work out properly to get the results you desire. How can you make the most out of your gym membership? 1. Make it easy. Pick a gym near your work or home. You know your routine better than anyone but studies show that people who join gyms…

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6 Healthy Snacks to Keep Around the House

06/16/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Per the 2015 Indy Mom’s Survey, 84% of moms believe that time constraints make it challenging for their families to stay healthy. This is often a reason many families end up eating quick, cheap, unhealthy snacks at home. Is it possible to snack healthy when your family is strapped for time? Yes. You simply need to keep quick, easy, healthy snacks at home. Here are 6 healthy snacks to keep around the house that won’t eat up a lot of your time. 1. Peanut butter (or other nut butters) and…

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Not Just For Fashion- 5 Ways Sunglasses Keep Your Eyes Healthy

06/16/2015 | WellnessSafety

Sunglasses are one of the most popular fashion accessories. We all have our favorite styles and brands- sleek and stylish, chunky and fashionable, and every other shape, size, and color out there. Sunglasses can also be an important part of maintaining healthy eyes. Overexposure to UV-A and UV-B radiation causes damage to the skin around your eyes and the eyes themselves. You can damage the surface of your eyes the same way you can get sunburned. Exposure to sunlight over the years can lead to vision…

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A Day in the Dunes: 4 Healthy Activities to Do While Visiting the Indiana Dunes

06/16/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you are looking to get out of the city for a few days for some rest and relaxation, then it might be time to head to the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. With gorgeous views of Lake Michigan, charming campgrounds, miles of trails and more, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a beautiful national park right here in Indiana. While some people prefer sitting back and relaxing on vacation, others prefer to run, jump and explore. If you are the type of person who lives a healthy, active lifestyle,…

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When You Absolutely Have to: The Healthiest Meals to Get at a Fast Food Restaurant

06/15/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Fast food is loaded with unhealthy carbohydrates, more calories than your body needs, preservatives, and should be avoided whenever possible. However, sometimes fast food is impossible to avoid. Perhaps you’re on a long road trip and a large chain burger joint is the only place to eat for miles along the highway. Or maybe you’re flying out of a small airport late at night and a fast food place is the only restaurant open. If you are in a situation where you absolutely have to, here are…

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