Category: Health/Fitness

New Vet Clinic Offers Services For Low-Income Pet Owners

A new clinic offers veterinary services to low-income pet owners. Photo by Rodney Margison BY JULIE GRAY Soon after it began operating a low-cost veterinary clinic out of its 700-square-foot administrative offices on South Walnut Street, the Monroe County Humane Association (MCHA) realized the need for services was greater than anticipated. Meeting with low-income clients [...]

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Can You Do A Triathlon? Test Yourself at Indoor Event

BY BARB BERGGOETZ If you are an aspiring triathlete or just someone seeking a low-key, late-winter challenge, the Indiana University Swim Club may have just what you need. Athletes who participate in the March 5 IU Swim Club Indoor Triathlon will swim, bike, and run indoors in the safe, controlled environment of the IU Student [...]

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Protect Your Kids: Where to Go for Inexpensive Home Safety Products

BY SARA SHEIKH The Riley Safety Store at IU Health Bloomington was born from the recognition that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children up to 14 years of age. The store offers families a place to learn about home safety and injury prevention and to purchase low-cost home safety products with [...]

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ICEY- An Interfaith Teen Group Working to Tackle Climate Change

(l-r) ICEY members Emma DiLavore, Hannah Kasak-Gliboff, Clarisse Gamblin, Lukas Cavar, Nicholas Ford, Hans Kelson, Katherine Tilghman, and Tamar Moss. Photo by M. Elizabeth Hershey   BY ERIN HOLLINDEN As a leader of Bloomington’s Interfaith Community of Environmentalist Youth (ICEY), Tamar Moss, 17, believes climate change is her generation’s most important issue. Her co-leader, Hannah [...]

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Leisure Companion Program Ensures Everyone Gets to Play

BY ROSIE PIGA PIZZO On its website, the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department notes its commitment to inclusive recreation — where individuals with disabilities participate in regular recreational activities. Amy Shrake has been the inclusive recreation coordinator for Parks and Rec for 12 years, and in that time she’s seen how one inclusion service, the [...]

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Bell Trace and College Mall Team Up for Senior Wellness

Susan Stryker leads the pack; behind her are (l-r) Richard Stryker, Mac Fleming, and Gaye Moore. Photo by James Kellar BY JANET MANDELSTAM Those folks striding through College Mall in the morning aren’t early bird shoppers — they’re Bloomington-area seniors getting their exercise. Mall walking isn’t new, but it got a formal boost when Bell [...]

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Sweetroot Doulas: A One-Stop Shop For Expectant & New Parents

Doulas Linnea Emigh Mugford (left) and Jennifer Moore. Photo by Erin Stephenson BY ERIN HOLLINDEN Developing a childbirth plan is a lot like making a business plan says Linnea Emigh Mugford, founder of Sweetroot Doulas, a full-service childbirth agency. “Nothing goes as expected 100 percent of the time,” she says. “We plan and prepare and [...]

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Volunteers in Medicine Combats The Repercussions of Poverty

Volunteers in Medicine Executive Director Nancy Richman. Photo by Martin Boling BY STEPHANIE VON HIRSCHBERG The patient came to the clinic run by Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) on Bloomington’s west side hoping for a miracle. He had a raging toothache and a mouthful of black stumps where his teeth had rotted away. But pain wasn’t [...]

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The Tecumseh Trail Marathon: A Tough Run Through Woods

Runners in the 2015 Tecumseh Trail Marathon. Courtesy photo BY BARB BERGGOETZ With its steep climbs and switchbacks, the Tecumseh Trail Marathon is a race runners must prepare for and respect, says Kim Benton. The 48-year-old Bloomington woman should know. She’s done it six times. “It’s very hard, but I like it because it’s point to [...]

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Bloomington Walking Club: For People Who Like Support and Company

Bloomington Walking Club members set out from Olcott Park. Photo by Darryl Smith BY BARB BERGGOETZ Lisa McCoy is eyeing a milestone — walking the Indianapolis Women’s Half Marathon in September. And she’s relying on support from the Bloomington Walking Club to help get her to the starting line. The walking club started in 2012 [...]

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Hoosiers Outrun Cancer Set for September 17

On your mark, get set... Photo by Bill Bennett BY BARB BERGGOETZ When Carey Wooton was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had great support from her family and friends. But her nurse navigator from the IU Health Olcott Center was also there whenever she needed advice, information, and a shoulder to lean on. “It wasn’t [...]

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Amy Freel Makes Sure IU Athletes Eat Veggies

Amy Freel and Jacob Bailey at Indiana University Athletics’ Training Table. Photo by James Kellar BY MIKE LEONARD Amy Freel smiles and acknowledges the challenges that come with her job as director of sports performance nutrition for Indiana University Athletics. It’s not uncommon for her to glance at an athlete’s plate at Training Table (IU’s [...]

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Indiana Female Fellraisers, Running Along Area Trails

Miranda Addonizio (left) and Alicia Rich, founders of Indiana Female Fellraisers. Photo by Christine Buehler BY BARB BERGGOETZ The trails call to them. And two local women answer that call in a big way, while also encouraging other females to literally follow in their footsteps. Once a month, Alicia Rich and Miranda Addonizio usher a [...]

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Viruses: Deadly Yet Beautiful (Photo Gallery)

Adam Zlotnick. Courtesy photo IU Scientists Unravel the Hepatitis B Virus in Search of a Cure BY STEPHANIE VON HIRSCHBERG People tend to think of viruses as harmful, and it’s true that some of them are decidedly unfriendly. Think Zika, Ebola, HIV. But there’s another side to viruses: their physical beauty. Mankind’s ever-evolving technological wizardry [...]

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