Health

Back-to-School Healthy Meal Prep Made Easy

By Tim Harms, American Heart Association— INDIANAPOLIS —As summer slowly fades away, many Hoosier families are looking for ways to navigate the chaos that comes with afterschool activities and managing schedules and routines. In the midst of carpools and soccer cleats, taking time to plan healthy family meals can often be overwhelming. But with the right plan in place, eating healthy can be easy and fun for the whole family! “Dedicating a bit of time to planning healthy meals not…

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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Provides Mental Health Grant at Indiana State Fair

By Lauren A. Schregardus — INDIANAPOLIS – Mental Health America of Indiana (MHAI) announced a 3-year, $900,000 grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation during “Mental Health Matters Day” at the Indiana State Fair. Representatives from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation presented the grant alongside Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and Douglas Huntsinger, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, & Enforcement for the State of Indiana and Chairman of the Indiana Commission to Combat Substance Use Disorder, to…


Back-to-School Physical Fit Fair at Southside Middle School on August 2nd

By Hannah Dunckel— MUNCIE, IN– Meridian Health Services is hosting a Back-to-School Physical Fit Fair on Wednesday, August 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Southside Middle School located at 1601 E. 26th St., Muncie, IN 47302. This event is being held in conjunction with Muncie Community Schools’ registration day. The community and people of all ages are invited to the Back-to-School Physical Fit Fair featuring: FREE Health Fair including: Health screenings provided by Meridian Health Pediatrics Screenings include…


Internists Associated Adopts New Name, Announces Building Expansion

By Brooklyn Morris— MUNCIE, IN—One of Muncie’s only family owned and operated health care practices has changed its name ahead of a major expansion. Internists Associated, located on Royale Drive in Muncie, will now do business as Muncie Primary Care. Its five doctors, two nurse practitioners and more than 30 staff members provide primary health care for adults age 18 to 100-plus. Muncie Primary Care was founded in its present location in 1981 by Dr. Steve Allen and his wife, nurse Cindy Allen….


IU Health Ball is Nationally Recognized for Commitment to High-Quality Stroke Care

By Vicki Delzeith, Marketing and Community Outreach, IU Health Ball, Blackford and Jay—  MUNCIE, IN – IU Health Ball has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A…


Local Muncie Woman Competing for National Health and Fitness Title

MUNCIE, IN—The national Ms. Health and Fitness competition draws thousands of athletes every year to compete for national recognition and to benefit Homes for Wounded Warriors. This year, a Muncie resident is in the running for the title. Michele Owen had never run a race and could barely swim before deciding to train for Muncie’s 2021 Ironman 70.3. The grueling triathlon consists of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile run, and then a 13.1 mile run within 8 1/2…


IU Health Ball Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

By Vicki Delzeith— MUNCIE, IN – IU Health Ball has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award for 2023 which recognizes sustained, high level performance in quality of care. IU Health Ball is one of only 262 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. The award recognizes IU Health Ball’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that IU Health Ball has reached…


Healthy Community Alliance Recognizes Tobacco Prevention Efforts in Jay County

Annual “100,000 Award” recognizes dedication to improving health and well-being By John Disher— MUNCIE, IN— The Healthy Community Alliance of East Central Indiana (HCA) presented its “100,000 Award in Memory of Dr. George Branam” to the Jay County Drug Prevention Coalition (JCDPC) at its annual recognition meeting on June 12, 2023. The annual award is given to an individual or organization that supports the work of the HCA through outstanding leadership, innovative collaborations and unwavering dedication to improving the health…


IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Receives Joint Replacement Excellence Award 

By Liz Yates— MUNCIE, IN—The Orthopedics team at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has worked diligently to receive the “Joint Replacement Excellence AwardTM” for 2023 from Healthgrades. This designation makes IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital one of only six hospitals in Indiana to win this award and also puts the hospital among the top 10% in the United States for joint replacement.  Healthgrades takes a lot into consideration when it comes to awarding hospitals with this designation, including being evaluated…


Meridian Health Services Opens New Dental Location On Tillotson Avenue In Muncie

By Hannah Dunckel—  MUNCIE, IN – Meridian Dental – Family Dentistry is now open and accepting patients at a new location in Muncie. The new office is conveniently located at 110 N. Tillotson Ave., Muncie and is open Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Oral health is a vital part of total body well-being. Untreated dental diseases can contribute to serious health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. This new dental…