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  • Tricks and Treats for Halloween

    10/29/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    October, for many children, is the month of tricks and treats. Children and teens love Halloween – it’s a time for parties, games, costumes and free candy. Even if one doesn’t participate in Trick or Treating; it’s difficult to avoid candy this time of year. Halloween may be a great time for parents to have conversations with their children about healthy eating. Set the limits…

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  • Does Nutrition Affect Autism?

    02/27/2013 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Children with autism can present with unique nutritional challenges and nutritional deficiencies have been described in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  In addition to nutrition deficiencies, obesity has also been well-described to occur with ASDs.  As a result, routine health maintenance with your family physician or Pediatrician is essential to ensuring appropriate nutritional…

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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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  • Preventing Childhood Obesity

    06/22/2011 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    Sadly, childhood obesity continues to rise in Indiana, but we here at IU Health are not sitting idly by. Steps beyond awareness and education must be taken, so IU Health and its partners have launched four programs to help Indiana children and parents eat and play better. “Garden On The Go” is a mobile produce truck that delivers fresh fruit and vegetables to low-income neighborhoods in…

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  • Hidden Dangers Of Caffeine For Youths

    06/02/2011 | Everyday WellnessHealthy Eating

    While they share different names, energy drinks--or drinks that contain high levels of caffeine--are a concern as they become more prevalent in a younger generation. Some kids sneak sips of their grandparent’s coffee, while others slam energy drinks on a daily basis. Although it’s not a thoroughly researched topic, caffeine can have a negative effect on a child including difficulty sleeping…

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