Category: Health & Fitness

For Runner Olivia Ballew Life is All About Routine

Local marathoner Olivia Ballew is a busy person. In November she ran a 2:43:13 marathon at the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, qualifying her for next year’s Olympic trials that will determine the 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon team. On top of her training, Ballew, 29, is a Ph.D. candidate in genome, cellular, and developmental biology at Indiana University.

Read More

Big Fitness Facilities Offer Something for Everyone

All large fitness facilities have a few things in common—cardio and weight machines, free weights, group exercise classes, personal trainers. But if you want to join a gym, you need to figure out which one is right for you. Here, we focus on four of the largest fitness facilities in Bloomington.

Read More

Public Library Now Offers Summer Running Program

Bloomington’s running culture is getting a boost from a place most people associate with more cerebral activities. On May 1, the Monroe County Public Library (MCPL) began a free 16-week running program for ages 18 and older called Booking It.

Read More

Suicide Awareness Training Prepares Teachers to Respond

Kara Cheslock has a new acronym in her teaching toolkit. A science teacher at Batchelor Middle School, Cheslock was in the first cohort of Monroe County Community School Corporation teachers to participate in a state-mandated suicide awareness and prevention training program.

Read More

Volunteers in Medicine Offers Full Dental Care

The dental clinic at Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) sees about 100 patients each month. During those visits, dentists Steve Pritchard and Park Firebaugh and dental hygienist Jan Firebaugh do what most of us might see as routine dental care: they conduct exams, perform cleanings and extractions, take X-rays, and fit dentures.

Read More

Bloom’s Greatest Hits: A Guide To Golf In Our Own Backyard

Indiana does not generally fit the golfer’s notion of paradise, like, say, Florida, Hawaii, or even Myrtle Beach. We are missing the temperate climates, the sandy dunes, and the ocean breezes that conjure up the golfer’s idyll. But Indiana is actually a great place to play golf, precisely because most people don’t think of it that way.

Read More

Baby Boomers—Five Times More Likely to Have Hep C

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2016 there were 2.4 million people living with hepatitis C in the United States. Carrie Lawrence, director of Project Cultivate, an Indiana University School of Public Health program, wants people to know the disease can be prevented and, if diagnosed, it can be treated.

Read More

IRA Offers Tools to Help Address Opioid Epidemic

As the country struggles to address the opioid epidemic, the Indiana Recovery Alliance (IRA) offers local communities tools to directly address two of the most pressing issues—the administration of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone and the disposal of used syringes.

Read More

Maxwell House Offers Free Yoga to Everyone

There are a lot of yoga studios in Bloomington, but Maxwell House Yoga is different. Here, instructors volunteer their time to teach free classes that last as long as three hours. Students are asked to donate what they can to local charities.

Read More

Ivy Tech Massage Program Offers Low-Cost Treatments to the Public

The students enrolled in the therapeutic massage program at Ivy Tech Community College–Bloomington may not know it, but they are at the forefront of a growing career trend. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs for massage therapists are growing much faster than the average for all occupations in the United States.

Read More

Soccer Player Allison Jorden Makes Sure Everybody Plays

When Indiana University soccer player Allison Jorden suffered a season-ending injury at the start of her sophomore year, she recognized the challenges she would have to overcome to return to the sport she loves. But rather than simply sit on the sidelines, Jorden spent her recovery returning to a sports-related passion she first developed as a high school student in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Read More

Local Boy Ian Finnerty Is Top NCAA Swimmer

While Indiana University swimmer Ian Finnerty might emulate other swimmers like Olympic medal record-holder Michael Phelps in the pool, he gets much of his inspiration from land-based athletes like runner Steve Prefontaine.

Read More

Hundreds of Lifesaving AEDs Are Now All Around Town

While you might not have known what it was, chances are you have seen an automated external defibrillator, or AED. Used to restart someone’s heart following sudden cardiac arrest, AEDs have been placed in more gyms, schools, and businesses in recent years due to increased regulation and greater public awareness of their ability to save lives.

Read More
Loading

Pin It on Pinterest