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

How hard does your football team hit?

Football image The Indiana University football team is attacking the 21st century head-on. And now its members will know how hard they hit it. That is because IU became the first Big Ten school to purchase the Sideline Response System (SRS) this past July. The technology was developed by Simbex and tested at the University of North Carolina, Virginia Tech and the University of Oklahoma four years ago, under the name Head Impact Telemetry System (HITS). The system is just another tool in evaluating injuries.  Full Story

 Don't be too eager to attain your New Year's fitness goals

Sports injury

Renewed enthusiasm for fitness is common after the holiday season, but injuries are likely when people try to make up for lost time, according to John Schrader, clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Indiana University Bloomington and a certified athletic trainer for IU's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Schrader teaches courses on musculoskeletal assessment and rehabilitation of athletic injuries. He offers tips for preventing and treating common workout injuries.

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 Consumers can write their own Rx for keeping accurate health records

Rx for good health

As more Americans are eating better, exercising more and taking steps to improve their overall lifestyles, it's vital that they also maintain up-to-date accurate personal health records. That's the advice Ruth Walker wants to share with all Hoosier adults. Walker, an instructor with the Health Information Administration Program at the School of Informatics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is leading a statewide initiative to encourage people to develop and maintain their health histories and records.

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 Help kids keep the paunch at bay by eating and exercising as a family

Healthy Family

Got chubby kids? A recent national Institute of Medicine report said that one-third of American children and youth are obese, or are at risk of becoming obese. Parents cannot always tell just by looking at their children, however, if they are overweight. Children, like adults, come in all different shapes and sizes. That paunch, says Alice Lindeman, an associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science, could be a sign that a child needs to lose some weight or that a growth spurt is just around the corner. "They get tired, they get cranky, they get these little paunches, and then they grow," she said.

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 Exercise when young may reduce risk of fractures later in life

Active Kid

Running and jumping during childhood is more than child's play; it provides lifelong benefits for future bone health and appears to reduce the risk of fractures later in life according to a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers. The study is now available in an advance online edition of the journal and will appear in a print edition in 2007.

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 Goodbye pounds and goodbye Post-its

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Blogger Tracy James has slowly lost 30 pounds in the last year, applying many of the fitness tips offered by faculty in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. In this blog, she lists some of her favorite tips and discusses some of her sources for motivation (stress, Post-it notes -- hey, it works for her).

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 Previous Issue

In the Dec. 14 issue, Arthur Bradley, a professor of optometry at Indiana University, explained why people with colored blindness view the holidays differently. The Department of Applied Health Science's Ruth Engs explained how fun and safety should be part of the holiday mix when it comes to alcohol, and Julie Shertzer, a registered dietitian with the Indiana University Health Center, provided tips for watching your waistline while keeping your holiday spirit intact.

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