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How Indy Moms Act as Healthy Role Models for Their Families

09/04/2015 | Everyday 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 and wellness of their families. One thing IU Health learned is that Indy Moms believe that they are essential health role models for their families. 80% of moms said that when they eat healthy, their kids were more likely to eat healthy. 74% said that when they lived an active lifestyle, their kids did to. We asked five local moms how they acted as…

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Back to School: 5 Healthy Lunch Ideas

09/04/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

  School is now in full swing and it’s time to start packing brown bag lunches for your kids. If you’re looking to move beyond peanut butter and jelly and want to sub in some healthier fare (that your kids will eat up and enjoy) here are 5 healthy lunch ideas. 1. Smoked turkey wraps. Turkey has fewer calories and less fat than deli meats like bologna and ham. Put turkey, veggies, and maybe even a little cheese in a whole wheat wrap for a delicious and healthy lunch for your kids.…

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5 Hacks to Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Kids’ Diet

09/04/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

We all know that we should eat our vegetables, and fruit too for that matter. Getting all of our fruits and veggies isn’t always as easy as it sounds, especially for kids. If you want to increase the amount of plants your family eats, here are five hacks to upgrade your current diet to one loaded with healthy vegetables and fruits. 1. Make more stir-fries. If you’re a meat and potatoes or a meat and rice type of family, try mixing vegetables with your meat (or tofu) in a stir-fry.…

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What to Know About Childhood Obesity

09/02/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and Exercise

In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in the United States according to the CDC. In Indiana, 14.3% of 10 to 17 year olds are obese. The increase in childhood obesity has led to corresponding increases in obesity related health conditions like diabetes and juvenile arthritis. There are multiple factors that contribute to childhood obesity. Eating too much, specifically eating too many calories and carbohydrates, is a primary one. In addition, inactivity or lack of exercise is also a…

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6 Healthy Ideas for Your Labor Day Barbecue

09/02/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

If you are planning a Labor Day barbecue for your family, and also trying to eat healthy, you may be having trouble planning the menu. Barbecues are dominated by burgers, hot dogs and chips, which are generally not considered the healthiest foods in the world. Not to worry- you can have a healthy barbecue with food your guests will love. Here are 6 ideas for your healthy Labor Day barbecue. 1. Build a better burger. Try getting the leanest ground beef possible. Look for beef that is 90-95% lean…

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