What can you do to fight Breast Cancer?

You can make a difference for an Indianapolis woman at risk for breast cancer. According to BreastCancer.org, about 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Mammography is a simple screening that is vital to the early detection of breast cancer, but low-income women [...]

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Tools to Help You Quit Smoking — And Help Someone Else Do the Same

With a new year upon us, is going smoke-free one of your resolutions? More than four in five smokers say they want to quit. Research shows that you are twice as likely to succeed if you join a tobacco cessation program that includes ongoing support. That’s particularly important for those living near the poverty line. [...]

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Each Day in America…

2,175 children are confirmed as abused or neglected. -Children’s Defense Fund In Indiana, a child is abused or neglected every 25 minutes, and most of the time, abuse and neglect can be prevented.  HealthNet’s Better Indy Babies program uses an originally designed outreach model that consists of teams of health care workers which include social [...]

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Indy Parents: How Healthy Is Your Child’s School?

Want to help your child’s school be healthier? The average kid spends nearly 12,000 hours in school, from kindergarten through 12th grade. That’s a big chunk of time during which he or she can develop good (or bad) health habits. Happily, many Indy schools today are recognizing the many benefits of a healthy head start. [...]

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Kids in School During Flu Season

It’s a fact. Kids are more likely to learn and do better in school when they are healthy, and attend class regularly. How can you keep your child well this flu season? School nurses, like those at HealthNet’s school-based clinics, may be among the best people to ask. They are in the business of keeping [...]

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Food or health care?

Many Americans have to make this choice everyday.  Most of those who are medically uninsured and underinsured are also those who are living in poverty.  When you don’t have enough money to pay for health insurance, what do you pay for first? A doctor’s visit? Or food for dinner? A nonprofit organization called Share our [...]

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Changing perspective on Mammograms

An article in the LA Times has research showign that only about half of eligible U.S. women are getting annual mammograms – even if they have insurance to pay for the exam. What about the thousands of women that do not have insurance? There are also studies showing that uninsured women are less likely to [...]

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Preparing children for Kindergarten is more than 2+2…

There is nothing like seeing the look on a child’s face when a lightbulb goes off, and she realizes that 2+2 REALLY DOES equal 4. It is always a challenge for parents to not only get their child ready for the cognitive portion of the classroom but also the social and emotional challenges that come [...]

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Homeless prevention for Veterans

In his blog Stone Soup Station, Steven Samra says, “One of the most gut wrenching, heartbreaking things I’ve had to deal with while working with veterans is telling a man or woman with a family that there were no resources available to assist them as their world collapsed around them and they hit the bricks.” [...]

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What’s for lunch? Help prevent childhood obesity at Indy schools

Whether you are a parent, a student, a teacher or a school administrator, you can improve school lunches and help prevent childhood obesity for hundreds of kids living in Indianapolis. Everyone from Top Cheffers to Jamie Oliver to Michelle Obama agrees that our nation’s school lunch program is hungry for change. Given that 1 in [...]

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