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The Physical Effects of Emotion

08/27/2015 | Wellness

When you are happy, sad, or angry, it affects you- not just mentally but physically as well. Your mind and body are connected, and your mental state affects your physical well-being. This is why taking care of mental health and emotions is often integral to taking care of your physical health as well. Here are some ways that emotions affect the body. Emotions like sadness and anger can have a harmful impact on your physical health, especially if they occur regularly over a long period of time. People…

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Which Outdoor Activities Burn the Most Calories?

08/26/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you have been looking to start a fitness regimen that includes working out outside, now is a great time to start. Getting outside is a good way to enjoy nature’s beauty, keeping you motivated to work out. To get the most out of outdoor workouts, you may want to know which activities burn the most calories. Here is a list of exercises you can do outside, and how many calories they burn on average for a person weighing about 155 lbs over the course of 30 minutes. Walking.  149 calories…

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Whether it’s your first semester away from home or you’re finishing up your final credits, heading back to campus can take its toll on your

8 Simple Reminders To Keep College Students Healthy And Safe While Heading Back To Campus

08/25/2015 | Wellness

Whether it’s your first semester away from home or you’re finishing up your final credits, heading back to campus can take its toll on your health. Indiana University Health experts, including primary care physician Dr. Scott Renshaw, offer some simple tips to keep you healthy and safe during the exciting time of your life: 1 – Eat Right Use portion control Make time for breakfast Always have healthy snacks on hand Vary your meals 2 – Make Sleep A Priority Avoid…

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5 Hoosier Moms Share Where They Find the Daily Energy to Stay Healthy and Happy

08/21/2015 | Wellness

Earlier this year, Indiana University Health conducted the 2015 Indy Moms Survey. We asked 280 Indianapolis area moms about their health and the health of their families. Our goal was to learn what’s important to Indy moms in order to provide you with health and wellness advice that will improve your family’s daily lives.  86% of moms surveyed said that they have a hard time finding the energy to make changes to live a healthier lifestyle. To help moms solve this problem, we spoke…

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Alcoholism Awareness: How to Help a Friend or Loved One Who is Coping With Addiction

08/18/2015 | Wellness

Alcoholism is a serious substance abuse problem, and its consequences can be severe.  Recent data shows that nearly fifteen percent of adults in Indiana reported binge-drinking in the month prior to being asked*.  Unfortunately, nearly 88,000 people die from alcohol related causes in the United States each year according to the FDA**.  If a friend or loved one is having problems with alcohol use, it can sometimes be difficult to connect them to treatment.  Here are some tips to…

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What is the HCG Diet and is it Healthy?

08/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

In the last few years, many trendy diets have come and gone. One that managed to make some waves is the HCG Diet. So what is the HCG diet and is it healthy? HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin. HCG is a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body during pregnancy. The supporters of the HCG diet claim that by taking HCG (which is normally only available in prescription form from a medical professional) along with a calorie-restrictive diet- specifically a diet that limits calorie…

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The Pros and Cons of Barefoot Running

08/14/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you are a runner, you might be obsessed with footwear. Many runners have strong opinions about running shoes, styles, and brands. Some runners want more supportive shoes, while others prefer more minimalist sneakers that more closely simulate a human foots natural movements. A few runners prefer running barefoot with no shoes at all. Are there benefits to barefoot running? And if so, what are they? Are there harmful effects? Let’s look at the pros and cons of barefoot running. Pros: Enthusiasts…

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Plant Power! 5 Fruits and Veggies to Add to Your Routine Right Now

08/13/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When thinking about eating healthier, many people think about removing some of their favorite foods from their diets. While eating less unhealthy food is an important part of improving nutrition for many, adding new, healthy, foods is also key. To really take your nutritional routine to the next level, here are 5 fruits and veggies to add to your routine right now. Berries for breakfast. Whether they’re raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries, berries are packed with anti-oxidants,…

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Take a Swim! 5 Exercises You Can Do in the Water

08/13/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you are the type of person who likes to exercise outside, whether it’s running, biking, hiking, or anything else, the summer can be challenging. Soaring temperatures can make outdoor exercise difficult, or even dangerous. Fortunately, if you own a pool, or have access to a public pool or beach, you can keep cool and workout by moving your exercise into the water. Here are 5 exercises you can do in the water. 1. Swim laps. Swimming laps is the classic water exercise. Swim back and forth…

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