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How to Keep Your Children Active Over Winter Break

12/17/2014 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

Winter vacation should be a time of relaxation and freedom for your children. While a break from schoolwork is a good change of pace, keeping your kids mentally and physically active can be a challenge. Figuring out what to do with the extra down time often means more work for you. When the weather gets cold and it gets dark early, it takes some creativity to keep kids entertained and active. A mix of indoor and outdoor plans can keep your children active and prepare them for school after winter…

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Food Calorie Counter: Does Your Plate Measure Up?

12/17/2014 | WellnessHealthy Eating

Feasting on turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and other favorites is part of the holiday tradition in most families. If you want to maintain or lose weight this season, don’t forget the high calorie content in many holiday foods. Here’s a list of popular holiday foods with serving sizes and calorie counts to help you and your family be accountable for fitness and diet goals during holiday gatherings. This handy calorie counter can help you stay on track through all your holiday…

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Stay Active at Home During the Cold Months

12/15/2014 | WellnessExercise

Staying physically active keeps your body healthy and boosts your immune system against seasonal illnesses like the flu and the common cold. For many people, physical activity is easy in the warmer months. Long walks, bike rides and other outdoor activities are fun -- and often free. Wintertime, however, can present more of a challenge. Joining a gym may not be an appealing or cost-effective option, and snow can put a damper on jogging or even walking outside. Fortunately, there are other ways to…

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4 Signs Your Teen is Smoking

12/15/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Did you know: most adult smokers started smoking when they were kids? Kids may try smoking because it seems cool or they think it will make them look older. The danger of trying cigarettes at such a young age is that it leads to a lifelong bad habit. As a parent, you can help keep your teenager from picking up the habit by clearly communicating the dangers of smoking. But even if you explain the negative consequences of smoking, there is still a chance your teenager will try it. Here are 4 signs…

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The final countdown: Four ways to help your student survive finals

12/12/2014 | Family CarePrimary CareReady, Set, School

Ah, finals week. The time when stress is inevitable and showers are optional. As a veteran of 10 finals seasons, I consider myself somewhat of a professional test taker (I promise I took showers). What can you do as a parent to help your student through? Below are my top 4 experience-tested and science-proven (and, perhaps, my own parents’) tips.   1. Sleep on it: While an “all-nighter” of studying may logically seem like a good plan to increase study time, numerous studies…

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Offset Those Holiday Treats With Holiday Fun

12/12/2014 | Latest from our LeadersIU Health Physicians

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread men, hot cocoa, and extra helpings. But you don’t have to let that derail your health; an extra holiday activity can be the excuse to indulge in an extra treat. Every action has a reaction, so just make sure to offset each indulgence with an additional activity — with the emphasis on additional. If you are currently maintaining your weight with an exercise routine, you’ll need to increase your activity level. A few words…

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Essentials for Bundling Your Kids in the Snow

12/12/2014 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

Children love snow, and naturally, you want to keep them warm and dry while they enjoy time outdoors. As a parent, choosing the best clothing options can be tricky. Not all winter clothing is created equal, especially when it comes to playing in snow. Parents often purchase heavy wool or down jackets, gloves and hats that are easily drenched with melted snow. It’s nearly impossible to stay warm or comfortable in wet clothes, so waterproof is the name of the game when it comes to your kids enjoying…

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Bargain Tips for Keeping Warm This Winter

12/12/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Keeping your home warm during the cold winter months is a basic need that can be tricky and often expensive. If your home is not sufficiently prepared, you could be looking at major hikes in your heating bills when temperatures drop. Homeowners can spend thousands of dollars on costly new insulation, windows, doors and other improvements in order to maintain heat system efficiency. However, sufficient cold weather preparation doesn’t have to freeze your funds. Here are some inexpensive and…

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Bargain Tips for Keeping Warm This Winter

12/12/2014 | WellnessHome Care

Keeping your home warm during the cold winter months is a basic need that can be tricky and often expensive. If your home is not sufficiently prepared, you could be looking at major hikes in your heating bills when temperatures drop. Homeowners can spend thousands of dollars on costly new insulation, windows, doors and other improvements in order to maintain heat system efficiency. However, sufficient cold weather preparation doesn’t have to freeze your funds. Here are some inexpensive and…

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Benefits of going to a Chiropractor

12/11/2014 | WellnessPain ManagementMaternity

Chiropractors care for more than just back pain, but many patients visit chiropractors looking for relief from this condition. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time What does a chiropractor do? Chiropractic adjustment is where trained specialists (chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal is to correct structural alignment and improve your body’s physical function. Most chiropractors…

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