A Heads Up from Down Under

Interestingly, those of us who live in the United States get a heads up prior to each flu season.  This occurs because we are able to look at flu trends in Australia. With Australia being in the southern hemisphere, their seasons are the opposite of those countries in the Northern Hemisphere which includes the U.S.  … Read more

Catching the Early Signs of Drug Abuse

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Drug addiction often starts with experimental substance use in social settings or with a seemingly harmless prescription given after a medical procedure.  No one starts out using drugs thinking they will become addicted and eventually have their health, relationships, jobs and home life turned upside down.  But it happens! We read daily about the rampant … Read more

When You Need that Extra Burst of Energy

Everyone seems to need a little energy lift every now and then.  Unfortunately many of us turn to energy drinks like 5 Hour Energy or Bang to get this boost.  Energy drinks are rarely a good idea when we are looking to get through that midafternoon slump or trying to enhance our workouts. Impact of … Read more

Are You Wasting Money on Vitamins and Supplements?

When it comes to vitamins and supplements there are so many options that sound great, but there are also many questions: Which ones really work? Exactly how effective are they? Are they worth the money? What researchers have found is that vitamins or supplements aren’t a substitute for a balanced, nutritious diet that limits excess … Read more

Making Your Hiking and Biking Vacation a Success

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Not everyone’s idea of a great vacation is lying on a beach or strolling around tourist sites. There is a growing group of vacationers who are looking for a more physically engaging trip that challenges them, while providing an opportunity to see new places and have new experiences.

Hiking and biking vacations, or other types of active vacations, require a different type of planning. Here are some suggestions that will help you avoid mishaps and maximize your enjoyment.

What’s Not Sleeping Well Doing to You?

Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.  

All of us just moved our clocks forward one hour to accommodate daylight saving time and many of us felt a little sluggish the next day because of the lost hour of sleep.  This simple example of not getting as much sleep as we do normally shows just how important a good night’s rest is to our mental and physical well-being.

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The Marijuana Testing Conundrum

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Recreational use of marijuana has now been legalized in ten states and for medical use in 33.  Indiana has not legalized marijuana for either use and the current governor is not promoting its legalization.

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So what’s the conundrum?  In some states getting high on the weekend or after work is O.K., but there are no places where working under the influence of marijuana is acceptable.  Indiana law still considers marijuana use to be illegal, and any amount in an employee’s system is grounds for termination.

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