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Spring into Healthy Activities—Rain or Shine

04/16/2015 | Everyday WellnessPlay and Exercise

It’s spring in Indiana, and Hoosiers never know what type of weather the day will bring. Temperatures can range from 30 degrees to 70 degrees on any given day with a variety of precipitation possibilities—rain, hail and even a late spring snow. No matter the weather outside, it’s helpful to have a list of go-to activities for both indoors and outdoors. 3 spring outdoor activities for kids Play ball. Baseball, t-ball, softball, soccer—the lush green lawns…

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How Does Boomer Prepare for Game Day?

04/15/2015 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and Exercise

Boomer, mascot for the Indiana Pacers, entertains NBA basketball fans with skilled dunking and fun antics. Since his “birthday” in the fall of 1991, Boomer has accomplished many great things such as performing at several NBA All-Star Games and with a variety of celebrities. Whether he’s dancing with IndyCar legend A.J. Foyt or singer Justin Timberlake, Boomer makes people smile—it’s his favorite hobby. He exerts a lot of energy in Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and…

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Dealing with Homesickness: It’s Not About Home

04/14/2015 | Everyday WellnessSafety & PreventionFamily Care

With summer on the horizon, children look forward to overnight camps, sleepovers and more. Spending the night away from home can cause some children to become homesick. What exactly does it mean to be homesick?  The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics defines homesickness as “distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents.” When a child begins to feel homesick, they don’t miss their…

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Learning the Subtle Signs of Childhood Depression

04/14/2015 | Mental Health

It may seem odd to hear that children can suffer from depression, but the reality is it’s true. Childhood depression most commonly occurs in those aged 12 years or older, but that does not mean it can’t manifest even earlier. Childhood depression is most common in boys under the age of 10; however by 16 years old, young women have a greater incidence of depressive behavior. Symptoms can occur over time and fluctuate, so it is important to monitor your child’s fluctuations in mood…

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What to Look For in a Pediatrician

04/08/2015 | Family CarePrimary Care

Whether you’re welcoming your first child into the world or somewhere new, the process of finding the right pediatrician for your child can be stressful and time consuming. There are a few simple guidelines you can follow to help ease your worries and give you peace-of-mind. Start Early If you’re expecting your first child, it’s best to go on the search for a pediatrician as early as your second trimester. When doing this, it would be to your advantage to ask around. Your ob-gyn,…

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