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Cool Running: 6 Ways to Keep Warm When Jogging in the Fall

10/06/2015 | WellnessExercise

If you maintain a regular jogging routine, the cool weather of fall and winter can be challenging. Cold air makes it less comfortable to run outdoors but you don’t want to let it keep you from exercising outside altogether. Here are 6 ways to keep warm when jogging in the fall and even into the winter: 1. Warm up inside. Before you head out into the cold, warm up indoors. Stretch, run in place, and do jumping jacks. Warming up will decrease the likelihood of injury from cold muscles. When your…

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5 Heart Healthy Recipes Your Family Will Love

10/06/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

When you get home after a long day, you want to put together healthy, hearty meals for your family’s dinner.  Here are 5 recipes that you can make quickly that are also delicious and healthy. Slow Cooker Chicken and Salsa Ingredients: 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 16 oz container of your favorite salsa Salt Pepper Instructions: Before you leave for the day, toss 4 chicken breasts (lightly seasoned with salt and pepper) and 1 16 ounce jar of salsa into your slow cooker. Set to low…

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How Increasing Your Water Intake for 30 Days Can Change Your Health

10/01/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Water is an essential part of your body. According to the United States Geological Survey, water makes up the majority of your body. This is why drinking plenty of it has such a positive impact on your overall health. In order to improve your health, set yourself a challenge - drink 1 to 2 more glasses of water per day for a month. If you complete this challenge, here are some positive health changes you might see: Better joint function. According to the Center for Disease Control, water helps your…

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7 Tips For Starting a New Exercise Routine and Sticking To It

09/25/2015 | WellnessExerciseHealthy Eating

Exercising regularly is essential for a healthy life. Incorporating exercise into what may be an already busy schedule can be difficult. So, how do you start an exercise routine, and stick to it? Here are 7 tips to help you out: 1. Get a buddy. Whether it’s your spouse or a friend, having someone to keep you accountable can be a key step in a successful workout regimen. Find a friend to challenge you and pass the time with on a long run or during yoga. 2. Keep a journal. It’s hard to…

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Vitamin D Deficiency: 5 Facts About Vitamin D

09/25/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

If you look at a label on a bottle of milk, you may notice the words “fortified with vitamin D.” What is vitamin D exactly? Why does your body need it? Here are 5 facts about vitamin D: 1. What is vitamin D? Vitamin D is an organic compound that is necessary for bone growth.  Vitamin D, working with other nutrients and hormones in the body, regulates normal levels of calcium that are essential for the health of your bones.  It is especially important during childhood and adolescence…

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Ragweed Season: Managing Fall Allergies

09/22/2015 | WellnessAllergy & Asthma

Seasonal allergies that occur in the spring are associated the term “spring fever”. Many people, however, suffer from seasonal allergies from the late summer into fall. Towards the end of the summer, ragweed plants begin to pollinate in the United States. Ragweed pollen causes problems for many allergy sufferers, but there are several ways to alleviate the symptoms brought upon by this irritating weed: 1. Create an allergy plan with your doctor. Your doctor is a powerful ally in…

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What to Do If Someone Has a Seizure

09/22/2015 | WellnessSafety

Seizures are much more common than you might think. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 10 people will have a seizure at some point in their life. Therefore, you are likely to be present during a seizure emergency. Signs of a Seizure: Sudden, uncontrollable movements of limbs Falling down Confusion Inability to speak or difficulty speaking According to the CDC, if someone you know is showing signs of a seizure, here is what you can do to help: Move them gently to the floor and lay them…

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What is a Healthy Amount of Time to Spend on Social Media?

09/16/2015 | Wellness

Social media is everywhere and it’s here to stay. Whether you are peeking at Facebook in between meetings at work, tweeting on the train, or sending Snapchats after a tough workout at the gym, social media is probably a seemingly inescapable part of your modern life. The question becomes: how much time should you spend on social media? How can you create good social media habits? As always, there are certain situations where you should never be on your smartphone or tablet looking at social…

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How Indoor Cycling Helps Burn Calories

09/16/2015 | WellnessExercise

Welcome to indoor cycling. Indoor cycling (often called “spinning” after a popular indoor cycling program of the same name) has been taking the world by storm for a few years now. When you spin, you enter a room, get on a stationary bike, and pedal like your life depends on it, while an instructor gives you instructions (go faster, increase your incline level, etc.) The workout is challenging, effective and fun! So what makes spinning such an effective workout? In many workouts, your…

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Harvest Time- 6 Foods That Are in Season this Fall

09/14/2015 | WellnessHealthy Eating

The end of summer may mean less time on the beach and more time inside, but it also means fall has returned. As kids head back to school and temperatures begin to dip, fall foods begin to come into season. Favorites like bright red apples and savory pumpkin are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are 6 favorite foods that are in season right now in Indiana. Apples. This versatile fruit is great as a snack, and is also delicious baked into a pie, or muffins. Apples are also good in savory dishes like…

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