Active for Life, From the health and wellness experts at IU  

Help kids eat healthy during the holiday rush

Healthy Eating Between the shopping, cookie baking and holiday travels, fast food may seem like a cheap and speedy way to feed the family. In this article, Antonio Williams, a fitness and marketing expert in the IU School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, discusses how to make healthy choices and ways to use the holiday break to model healthier behavior for children. "We need to create a united front and then people won't indulge as much," Williams says.  Full Story

 Violent video games alter brain function in young men

Violent Video Games

The controversy over whether violent video games are potentially harmful to players has been debated for many years, even making it as far as the U.S. Supreme Court in 2010. There has been little scientific evidence demonstrating that the games have a prolonged negative neurological effect -- until now. Read on to learn more about an innovative and provacative study by researchers at the IU School of Medicine.

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 Online shopping: Safety tips from the cybersecurity experts

Online Security

Want to avoid the crowded malls and bustling stores in search of that perfect holiday gift? Shopping online is a great option when done safely and securely. Von Welch, an expert at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, and other members of the Security Matters team offer helpful advice to make shopping online as safe as possible.

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 When families eat together, it's more than just a meal

Family Snack

It might sound radical -- or with today's busy schedules, impossible -- but sharing meals as a family can play an important role in helping youth avoid pitfalls involving alcohol and drugs, maintain a healthier weight and experience less depression. "Everyone eats," said Mary Lay, research associate with the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at IU. "Finding ways to eat together regularly as a family, and not just during the holidays, is an important part of parenting.

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 IU professor: 'Parents should talk to their kids about sexual assault'


It can be difficult to miss news stories about sexual assault charges against former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Maria Schmidt, assistant professor of human development and family studies at Indiana University, offers suggestions for how parents can discuss with their children issues involving sexual assault.

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 Pretty tree, allergens and all?

Holiday Tree

Vacuum a Christmas tree? Indoor air quality experts at IU's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation say artificial trees might need to be wiped down or even vacuumed if they were not stored in a dry, sealed container to minimize potential allergens. Live Christmas trees might need some TLC of their own. Read on to learn more about indoor air quality considerations during the holidays.

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 'Sacred Wisdom' discusses contemporary issues, ancient traditions


"The popular image of the (North American) Indian is of a tipi-living, horseback-mounted, buffalo-hunting, ecological Sioux warrior -- like the Indians portrayed in the movie 'Dances With Wolves,'" IUPUI anthropologist Larry J. Zimmerman writes in his new book. "In this oversimplified formula, native religion is mostly Mother Earth, thunderbirds, sweatlodges, smudging with sage and smoking peace pipes. These are at best partial truths. Read this book, enjoy it and learn about Native American realities -- forget the stereotypical fantasies that lock Indians in the past."

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 Previous issue

Athletic Trainer

The Nov. 10, 2011, "Active for Life" includes articles about IU's athletic trainers' work with area high schools and "The I Love You More Book" by Debby Herbenick. Articles also discuss research about developments in brain network mapping, the role strong hips play in running mechanics, a common soil fungus that can lead to eye disease, persistent birth control problems for women, and complications that can occur when DNR orders are prepared by surrogates.

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