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10 things to know about grieving

Written by Community Health Network on 9/2/2014 12:15:00 PM

How to deal with grief Grief is a normal part of the emotional process of illness and loss. Whether it's a spouse, family member, friend or yourself, the most important thing to remember is that you're not alone in the grieving process and there are ways to cope.

  1. You are what you eat, so eat…and eat right.
  2. Learn all you can about the grief process. The more you know the more control you’ll have in your journey. 
  3. Rest. Living with grief is exhausting and taxes your body. Nap, relax and take it easy. 
  4. Allow yourself the ability to feel the raw pain. The more you can stay in the present, the easier your journey will be in the long run. 
  5. Reach out when ready. Call a friend or accept a dinner invitation. continue reading ...

Tags: grief , loss | Posted in: Wellness

Tips to keep your brain sharp as you age

Written by Community Health Network on 8/21/2014 2:30:00 PM

Can't seem to remember where you parked you car as quickly as you once could? As you age, you can experience a decline in your memory and general brain health. But, a healthy lifestyle can help keep your brain sharp as you age, preventing cognitive decline.  
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and maintain a healthy body weight. 
  • Get regular exercise, aiming for 30 minutes of exercise, at least five days per week. 
  • Join a club, play a sport, volunteer or visit frequently with friends. 
  • Read frequently, work puzzles and play memory games.
Addressing other areas of your physical health is also important. 

"It's imperative that you treat any sensory deficits, such as hearing or vision problems, as you grow older," said Dr. Azita Chehresa, geriatrician at Community Physician Network. "When your senses decline, it can have an adverse affect on your mental health." continue reading ...


Robin Williams death puts spotlight on depression, suicide

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 8/12/2014 7:00:00 PM

Mental health illnesses, like depression, affect millions - even those who seem happy and outwardly successful.

"The recent suicide of Robin Williams reminds us that we need to continue to raise awareness about mental illness," said Kimble Richardson, a licensed mental health counselor at Community Health Network.

Depression and bipolar disorder affect upwards of 19 million people in the United States each year, and about 100 Americans die from suicide per day. However, suicide can be prevented. Almost 90 percent of suicides are committed by individuals who suffer from treatable mental health illnesses.

According to Richardson, recognizing the signs and symptoms of depression is the first step to getting an individual the help they need.

"If feelings of sadness or grief persist for two or more weeks, or if any of the symptoms render an individual unable to function at work or in their personal life, this could indicate a medical condition called Major Depressive Disorder (also known as clinical depression)."
 
Common symptoms of depression include:continue reading ...


Marathon training: Nutrition essentials

Written by Jackie Dikos, RD, CSSD on 8/8/2014 6:30:00 AM

Jackie Dikos is a registered dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Jackie Dikos, Community Sports MedicineIt's officially training season for the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon and many Hoosiers are lacing up their running shoes. A key component in marathon and half-marathon training is nutrition.

Fueling your body for endurance is essential during training. Here is some advice:

Eat carbohydrates.
Your body turns carbohydrates into glucose which gives you energy and fuels long, demanding training sessions. Carbohydrates are an essential part of a good endurance diet. Try to include a source of quality carbohydrates with each meal and snack. Oatmeal, whole grains and brown rice are a few examples.

Limit fat excesses.
Meals that are high fat content, like wings, an 8 oz. steak, and creamy pasta sauce take a long time to digest and can contribute to gastrointestinal issues. These meals can also rob a carbohydrate-rich appetite. Instead of eating one large meal that's high in fat, spread out small amounts of healthy fat choices (nuts, avocado, salmon, and olive oil) throughout the day. continue reading ...


Fair food: Making the right choices for you

Written by Robin Stahl, RD, CD on 8/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Robin Stahl is a registered dietician at Community Health Network. 

Make healthy choices at the fair

When asking around the office what people love to eat when they attend the Indiana State Fair, I was not surprised to hear elephant ears, corn on the cob or lemon shake-ups. There's no doubt that Hoosiers love their traditional fair food.

It's easy, as a registered dietitian, to say that on your one trip the fair, you can let your stomach be your guide and eat what you want.  But these days, most foods are available year-round. Corn dogs and cotton candy are no longer just fair food. You can find them in the grocery store any time of the year. 

So, consider these parameters when choosing fair food:
  • Eat what you mentally and emotionally connect to the fair experience and value the food as a treat - something you truly only eat on a special occasion. (Elephant ears are an example.)
  • Eat what tastes good and you feel good about eating. In other words, eat what won’t make you feel sick and tired when you are trying to enjoy your time at the fair.
For those of you trying to stay healthy, you can find decent nutrition at the Indiana State Fair. Here are some food suggestions that will not leave you with stomachache: continue reading ...


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