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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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5 Moms Share How They Stay Active Even with Busy Schedules

08/27/2015 | Family Care

This year, Indiana University Health conducted the 2015 Indy Moms Survey. We asked 280 Indianapolis area moms about their health and the health of their families. Our goal was to learn what’s important to Indy moms in order to provide the best health advice to improve your family’s daily lives. Many moms said that time is one of their biggest challenges in living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, 84% of moms surveyed said that time constraints make it harder for their family to be healthier.…

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Screen Time: 5 Steps to Set a Good Example for Your Kids

08/27/2015 | Everyday Wellness

Many parents worry that their children spend too much time in front of screens- computer screens, TV screens, smartphone screens, etc. Meanwhile, these same parents reach for their smartphone as soon as they wake up, spend all day in front of a computer at work, and watch an hour of TV before going to bed. In families, good screen habits begin at the top. If you want your kids to learn to limit screen time, you need to learn to limit your own. Here are 5 steps you can take to limit screen time and…

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How to Help a Teen With Juvenile Arthritis

08/27/2015 | Everyday Wellness

Arthritis is not just a disease that affects senior citizens. Thousands of children in the United States are affected by juvenile arthritis that causes pain in their joints. Children with juvenile arthritis may have pain or swelling in their joints. This can make it harder for kids to run, jump, play, and generally be kids. If you have a teen with juvenile arthritis, here are some things you can do to help. Talk to their doctor. The most important thing you can do to help a child with juvenile arthritis…

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