If sitting is the new smoking, this may be an easier fix

I walked through shady Dunn Woods on my way to a meeting yesterday and reveled in each peaceful step. IUPUI researcher Steve McKenzie makes a case in the Indianapolis Star for how bouts of exercise can improve work performance. A new IU study finds, however, that slow, hourly 5-minute walks can do a world of good.

Run for your life! But first …

Buried at the very bottom of an interesting Reuters article about how light jogging can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease was what I consider really good advice from a professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Dietary iron and heart disease — what’s meat got to do with it?

The body, it turns out, doesn’t treat all dietary iron equally. A new study from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington linked consumption of iron from meat with an increased risk of heart disease – a 57 percent increase.

Health screening provided a ‘wake-up call’ for IU’s Akash Shah

When Akash Shah walked into the IU Health Center at Indiana University Bloomington more than a year ago, he knew he was overweight. But it was the word “obese” — and the idea that his weight might one day contribute to him developing diabetes — that triggered a major lifestyle change for the IU lead project-systems analyst.

5 top reasons to relax about the Affordable Care Act enrollment number

As we near the March 31 deadline to enroll in insurance through health exchanges, we hear phrases such as “death spiral” or about fears that coverage will be too expensive. Health policy expert Heather McCabe gives us five reasons to rest easy.

Play now, pay later? College athletes’ quality of life later in life

Guest post courtesy of IU Newsroom multimedia intern Lena Morris: Beyond having their names screamed at the games, Division I athletes symbolize the best health and physique of our age group. However, a recent study conducted by Janet Simon, doctoral student at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, shows that such ideas might not be […]

Men have biological clocks, too?

When I was pregnant with my youngest child, I recall my doctor mentioned my “advanced age” several times. A bit aggravated, I planned to assure her that I was aware of my “advanced age” — 37 — so she didn’t need to keep bringing it up, but she didn’t bring it up again (maybe I […]

It’s that time of year

With research centers on my “beat” such as the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington and The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, it’s not unusual for me to be writing about one sexuality discovery/insight or another. But this time of year, I just can’t keep […]

Gift guides galore

I’ve gotten some good ideas from holiday gift guides over the years — and some of the guides have been my own handiwork, with the help of insightful IU health and wellness experts. My most recent IU Health & Vitality media tip sheet included a gift guide with ideas geared toward sustainability. I’d LOVE so […]

If only over-the-hill trick-or-treaters were a myth

Looking through your children’s Halloween candy for potential hazards makes sense, but any underlying fear of poison or razor blades seems to be misplaced. Health mythbusters and Indiana University Medical School physicians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman say “no evidence of genuine Halloween poisoning can be located.” Carroll and Vreeman have written two books about […]