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Nutrition Myths & Facts

10/10/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Our understanding of nutrition has improved so much over time. So how can you eat to stay healthy? Separate nutrition fact from fiction to be as healthy as you can be. Did you know Indiana University Health is now offering same-day primary care appointments from Indiana’s most highly skilled doctors? Schedule an appointment today at 844.8.IUHEALTH or visit iuhealth.org/primarycare.

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The Importance of Sleep

10/03/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Do you dread nighttime because you have a hard time falling asleep? If so, you’re not alone. An estimated 50-70 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder. Getting enough sleep is important for optimal physical and emotional health. Less Sleep Equals More Problems Over time, inadequate sleep may cause physical, mental and emotional problems, including: Depression Diabetes Difficulty concentrating Heart disease Impaired logic or reasoning Irritability Memory loss Obesity Psychiatric…

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Four Things to Avoid if You Have Trouble Sleeping

10/02/2014 | WellnessSleep Disorders

Sleep is essential to your health, lowering your risk for many conditions including heart disease and diabetes. When you don’t get good sleep, your health and mood are affected, leaving you feeling less than your best. You can improve the quality of your sleep and rest easier by avoiding habits that keep you up at night, including: Drinking alcohol and/or caffeine before bed. Though alcohol may help you fall asleep, it keeps you from getting deep, restful sleep and may cause you to wake…

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When To Call the Doctor About A Cold or Flu

09/30/2014 | WellnessSafety

Cold and flu season is approaching fast. Many viruses can pack a powerful punch, causing you to miss work. The flu can be especially serious, causing thousands of deaths in the United States each year. In many cases, you can stay home and treat the symptoms of colds and flus yourself. However, if your symptoms become worse, you need to seek medical treatment. Call a physician if you have: Pre-existing conditions. Certain chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or kidney…

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National Falls Prevention Awareness Week/Day

09/22/2014 | WellnessSafety

Falls are Indiana’s leading cause of emergency department visits and most common for adults over the age of 65. According to the National Council on Aging, every 15 seconds an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. To help raise awareness on the subject, National Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 22-28, and National Falls Prevention Day is September 23.   Falls can cause serious injuries to both body and finances. Injuries such as hip fractures,…

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Ten Health Risks Associated with Smoking

09/18/2014 | WellnessSafety

Most people probably know that smoking cigarettes causes severe damage to your lungs and other vital organs, but many may not understand just how expansive the problems associated with smoking have become. According to the 2014 Surgeon General's Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, more than 10 times as many people in the United States have died prematurely from smoking than from all of the wars the country has fought throughout its history. The Centers for Disease…

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Four Doctor-Recommended Ways to Kick Your Smoking Habit

09/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

Your physician is your teammate in stopping smoking. If you are ready to quit, your physician can help you make a plan for quitting that combines a variety of techniques to help ensure success. Your plan may use strategies such as: 1. Create a quit plan. Your plan should include who you can contact when you have the urge to smoke, what you will do if you want to smoke and what day you will quit. You can also write down all the reasons you are quitting to remind yourself on difficult days. 2.…

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Helping your Child Manage Stress

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansTreatments & ServicesPediatricsWellness

As adults, we know stress is part of life. And while childhood is often thought of as a carefree time, children of all ages – even toddlers and preschoolers – can experience stress. Causes vary based on age and other factors, and it may actually be a combination of issues that leads to stress in children. Stress-inducing situations at school or daycare, such as moving to a new school, adjusting to a new teacher and bullying, are most common. Teenagers may be stressed about peer relationships…

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E-Cigarettes: What You Need to Know

09/05/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health PhysiciansWellness

If you haven’t heard about the growing popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), it’s likely you will. Designed to resemble a tobacco cigarette, e-cigarettes are battery-operated cartridges that turn nicotine, other chemicals (propylene glycol and glycerin) and flavorings into vapor, which is then inhaled. Some experts predict sales of e-cigarettes will surpass tobacco products within 10 years. E-cigarettes have become popular among adults trying to quit smoking and among teenagers…

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End of Life Conversations

09/04/2014 | WellnessMental Wellness

Why should I have end of life conversations? Although it can be a difficult subject to address, it’s important to let your loved ones know what your wishes are for the end of your life. This is an opportunity to talk about how much artificial life support you desire, what quality vs. quantity means to you, or how involved you want your loved ones to be. Difficult choices are not easily made; by discussing the burden and benefits of life support with your provider and family, you are empowering…

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