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Ladies Who Lift: Weight Training for a Stronger, Healthier Body

02/07/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Julia Ladewski, a competitive weight lifter, recently spoke at an IU Health Sports Performance seminar on weight-training for women.

IU Health Sports Performance recently hosted a weight-training seminar for women. Here’s a personal account of that experience as shared by Laura, a Beltway Surgery Center patient who enrolled in the seminar to boost her physical therapy following knee surgery last fall. This three-part seminar was an inspiration to me as I recover from surgery that repaired damaged cartilage in my knee. The first two speakers were an athletic trainer and a bariatric health and fitness specialist who reminded…

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Indy Star Article with IU Health’s Sarah Muntel, RD - Healthy Food Fakers

01/24/2013 | Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Sarah Muntel, RD at IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss, talks about healthy food choices, labels, and what to watch out for when picking out "healthy" food options in the Indianapolis Star. Many labels now read "Natural" or "Low Fat", but that does not mean that they are healthy. You should be checking the labels to see what ingredients are listed in the product including sugars, sodium and carbohydrates. Check out the full article HERE.

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IU Health Making Effort To Turn Around State’s Obesity Stats

01/12/2012 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight LossExerciseHealthy EatingDiabetes & Endocrinology

Two headline-grabbing news items from last year have made it incredibly clear that Indiana residents have some work to do in their efforts to combat obesity. One report released last summer by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed that the adult obesity rate in the state is 29.1 percent. This figure lands Indiana at number 15 on the report's list of 2011 obesity rankings in the United States. Cold, hard truth revealed in this report: "The obesity rate…

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Get Moving With Zumba


Many enthusiastic people looking to get the most out of their physical fitness routines are turning to Zumba for an upbeat, enjoyable workout in a social setting. What, exactly, is Zumba? Zumba is a group exercise class in which participants of all fitness levels and experiences dance along to lively choreographed routines. These dance routines are based on salsa and other sorts of dancing, and the moves are set to high-energy music. Watch a brief demo of some of the steps you'll see in a Zumba…

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Three Ways To Prevent and Treat Minor Health Problems Without Medication


Because there are so many treatment options available in pill form in our modern world’s seemingly depthless medicine cabinet, it can be tempting to immediately turn to medication when you’re experiencing even the mildest of health ailments. ♦Read: Sleep Better - What You Need To Know About Dreams ♦Read: How to Prevent a Heart Attack Before you go straight to over-the-counter pills to get your solution, consider that there might be ways--through your actions, your diet, certain…

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Five Ways To Get Out Of Your Office Chair


When you have a desk job, it can be a real challenge making time in multiple shifts per day to get up and out of your seat. One project after another rolls in, each with a pressing deadline, and before you know it, the work day feels like it’s over before it began--and maybe you’ve barely left your chair. Failing to take a few minutes each day to be active can take a major toll on your health, with the effects of a sedentary lifestyle including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, circulatory…

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Aspiring Therapy Show Reduction of Certain Cancers


Aspirin therapy is a suitable treatment option for people with risk factors of having a heart attack or stroke. A new study from The Lancet, seems to indicate that aspirin therapy may also be able to reduce the risk of hereditary cancers by half. The study tracked 1,000 individuals throughout 16 countries and focused on people with Lynch syndrome, a cancer causing disorder that affects the genes. Half of all people who have Lynch syndrome develop cancer. The study focused on cancers such as stomach,…

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Welcome Jillian - Health & Fitness Specialist!

11/07/2011 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

Jillian McAfee, ACSM- CPT was hired by IU Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss as a Health and Fitness Specialist in 2011 to help contribute to the growth of the fitness services. She feels blessed to work in a facility where she has the ability to help Bariatric patients succeed in their weight loss journey. Fitness has always been an integral part of Jillian’s life. With her father being a Physical Education and Health teacher, the McAfee household was always very active. Jillian grew…

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Is Your Job Making You Sick?


With nearly every workplace being scaled back in recent years too many people are being asked to do a job two or three people would have done just a few years ago. This can lead to a decline in mental and physical health. This claim is supported by a recent study in the Journal of Applied Psychology which cites that perceived unfairnesses in the workplace, be they promotions, raises or special treatment, is leading to anxiety and depression among many workers. Read 4 Ways To Reduce Stress or Anxiety…

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5 Tips for Fighting Seasonal Affective Disorder

10/12/2011 | Wellness

The return of fall means beautiful color changes in the leaves and crisp cool air perfect for campfires and hiking. Unfortunately, it also means the daylight hours begin to get noticeably shorter, and that can affect you in different ways. Many people suffer from some form of sadness or mellowed state during this time, often called the winter blues, but for some people the lack of daylight can cause annual episodes of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD). SAD symptoms include fatigue,…

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