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Published:September 7th, 2011 11:49 EST
Indiana University Health Media Tips

Indiana University Health Media Tips

By SOP newswire2

Considering adolescent bariatric surgery. Nearly one in three children and teens are overweight. Teens that are overweight might experience irregular menstrual periods, avoid physical activity and suffer from poor school performance and sleeping issues. Being overweight also can affect self-esteem and lead to depression, alcoholism and drug abuse. In the long run, it can lead to chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and an early death. Weight-loss surgery can improve your child`s overall quality of life and self-esteem, " said Dr.Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, of Adolescent Medicine at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. If your teen has struggled to lose weight, you may want to consider bariatric surgery. " Dr. Samar Mattar, medical director, Indiana University Health Bariatric & Medical Weight Loss, suggests evaluating the following if considering bariatric surgery: 

  • This is a serious decision
  • Will impact your teen for the rest of his or her life
  • He or she will need to adopt a new lifestyle and a new diet
  • Long-term medical care will be needed
  • Involves a deep commitment and intensive follow-through
  • Find a bariatric surgeon with expertise in the special needs of teens

EmPOWERing kids to make healthier choices. A healthy lifestyle is about getting active and watching what you eat. But, how do you get that message across to children? And how do they learn to make healthier choices on their own? Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health has an easy, low-cost answer for parents. The Riley POWER (Pediatric OverWeight Education and Research) Program at IU Health has kicked off its latest round of POWER Up classes, focused on teaching kids, ages 2-18, healthy habits. Classes are every Thursday night from 5-6 p.m. at the Fitness Farm inIndianapolis, which is located at 2345 W. 44th Street. Classes are $5 per session and run through September 29. If you attend at least two sessions, you can earn free workout gear provided by Adidas group. Each class includes fun exercises and tasty cooking demonstrations with Riley POWER Program exercise specialists, physical therapists and registered dieticians. A garden planted in an earlier round of classes will be harvested and the vegetables will be used in the cooking demonstrations.            

Bringing the farm to the city. Roughly 68 percent of individuals in low-income neighborhoods live in food deserts " with little or no access to full-service grocery stores. That`s why on Sept. 21, Indiana University Health, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation and Indy Parks will unveil an 8-acre organic urban farm near 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue, on the city`s east side. The farm will provide fresh produce to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana and other local food pantries, ensuring these healthy foods get into the hands that need them the most.Future plans for the remainder of the site include adding a community garden, educational space for school groups and more planting areas.            

Coaching Hoosier hearts to better health. Imagine learning you have a chronic, progressive health condition and must make major lifestyle changes. But now you`re leaving the hospital and don`t know how to begin a new, healthier lifestyle at home, and more importantly, how to sustain one. This is the reality for the estimated 5.8 million Americans living with heart failure. Fortunately for Hoosiers, there is help at Indiana University Health Cardiovascular through its Heart Coach Program. The Heart Coach Program, launched in June 2010, employs two nurses as heart coachesat IU Health Methodist Hospital and one at IU Health West Hospital. Heart failure patients are identified and referred to the program and their progress is monitored for 30 days, either in person or over the phone. Following the patient is important because heart failure is the leading diagnosis for hospital readmission, in large part because patients can struggle with their treatment regimens. People sometimes don`t comprehend that heart failure is a lifelong disease and while it can be managed, it does not go away, " saidDr. Irmina Gradus-Pizlo, cardiologist and director of IU Health Cardiovascular`s Advanced Heart Care Program. Since the rollout of the program, the heart coaches have worked with nearly 500 heart failure patients and made more than 2,000 contracts or visits, providing motivation, reinforcement and support along the way.

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