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  • Riding Safely on ATVs

    09/11/2012 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    Riding an ATV can be fun, but can also be dangerous. Due to a growing number of ATV accidents this summer, many involving children, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is calling attention to the imminent dangers of all-terrain vehicles. "Injuries sustained in an ATV accident are about the same as those from a motorcycle accident - they can range from cuts and scrapes to even death,"…

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  • Treating a Sign of Summer: Swimmer’s Ear

    08/21/2012 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseFamily CarePrimary Care

    This summer’s string of scorching hot days makes swimming in a pool or lake even more inviting. While swimming is a great way to cool off, kids who spend a lot of time in the water, especially underwater, can experience inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal – medically referred to as otitis externa, but more commonly known as “swimmer’s ear.” Unlike middle ear infections…

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  • Tools for School: Food for Thought

    08/06/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingFamily CareReady, Set, School

    This is the first in a three part series this week that will give you some helpful back-to-school tools! We’ve all heard that certain foods can make kids smarter, and that’s true. Fish, for example, contains Omega 3, well known for its powers as “brain food.” But even beyond fish, children who routinely eat well-rounded, nutritious meals perform better in school. More importantly,…

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  • Healthy Snack Ideas

    06/09/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Healthy Snacks for an Active Summer: String cheese and a piece of fruit Yogurt smoothies 100% Juice frozen fruit bars Handful of frozen grapes or other fresh fruit Veggies and low fat dip Low-fat popcorn Vanilla wafers, whole grain crackers, fat free graham crackers or animal crackers with 1% or skim milk Indiana Fruits & Vegetables in Season in June: Asparagus Collards Green Peas Mushrooms Radishes…

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  • Together, We Can Improve The Health Of American Children—Even In The Middle Of Winter

    01/30/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and ExerciseTreatmentsDiabetes & Endocrinology

    A prominent health issue on the mind of many Hoosiers is the childhood obesity struggle that our state--and our nation as a whole--faces. It's estimated that currently in our country, as many as one in three children is affected by the obesity epidemic. And during the winter time, it can be especially tough to get active. That's something that we at IU Health and Riley Hospital for…

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  • The Sugar Debate: What’s In Your Sweetened Beverage?

    12/26/2011 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Do you like to guzzle Gatorade and energy drinks like Red Bull? Or maybe you give your kids Snapple or a fruit drink? Take a closer look at what is written on the side of the can or bottle. Many have as much sugar and calories as a full-calorie soda. Studies have linked sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) with obesity. Here’s what you should know An 8-ounce serving of a full-calorie fruit drink…

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  • Combating Childhood Obesity Starts at Home

    11/28/2011 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingTreatmentsDiabetes & Endocrinology

    Who knew that when you downed all those late night pizza slices when you were younger, you were just doing as mom always told you to do — eating your vegetables. Well, at least that's what the latest bill from the United States Congress would have you believe. According to the bill, if pizza has two tablespoons of tomato sauce on it, it would be classified as a vegetable. Most of us understand…

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  • How To Fight Fat

    09/21/2011 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    While smoking, bullying and teen pregnancy are still a concern, along with alcohol abuse, internet safety and sexting, it is childhood obesity and drug abuse that tops the charts of parental health concerns, according to a recent Indianapolis Star story. On the list of top 10 concerns, childhood obesity and drug abuse tied for the top spot, with 33 percent of parents being most concerned about those…

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  • PARENTS: Protect Your Children, Know the 4-inch Rule

    08/31/2011 | Everyday WellnessSafety & Prevention

    It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. You leave a child alone for a few minutes, and before you know it they have fallen out of the window, lying on the ground severely injured or dead. Even a first-floor fall can kill a child. It happens more often than you’d ever imagine. Every year more than 5,000 children and teens fall out of windows in the United States every year. That averages…

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  • Help Prevent a Drowning; Important Safety Tips You Should Know

    07/20/2011 | Everyday WellnessPlay and ExerciseSafety & Prevention

    Did you know that anyone, especially a young child, can drown in as little as two inches of water? Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Children under age five and teenagers have the highest drowning rates. At public beaches and pools, most drowning victims are between 11 and 25 years old and males are six times more likely to drown than females. A drowning can occur…

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