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Make the Change: Encouraging Nutrition for Families and Youth

Organic, sugar-free, fat-free, all-natural, fresh, non-GMO, low-calorie – with so many hot topic buzz words trending in the media and on food advertisements, nutrition can be difficult for anyone to navigate. It can be especially difficult for families to instill the value of nutrition in their homes to pass on to their children. “Nutrition is …

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Youth Employment: Encouraging Career Exploration

Jobs today are not like they were a few generations ago. Many Hoosier youth are struggling to find employers who will hire young people, and others find it difficult to develop personal and professional skills needed to acquire and maintain employment. Molly Hansen, a Jobs for America’s Graduates specialist working at Decatur Central High School, …

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Red Flags: Identifying and Preventing Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is an epidemic that is catching the eyes of leaders and concerned citizens globally. Though many people consider this to be a third-world problem, it is affecting families in every community, including Indianapolis. Indiana statute defines human trafficking and sexual trafficking of adults and minors, but it is important to remember that victims …

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Looking Inside Ourselves: Supporting Children in Times of Grief

For many, the holidays are a time of joy, laughter and fun memories. For some, though, this season can be a reminder of pain, depression and mourning. This is true for many children who are grieving due to loss or trauma. “Grief encompasses the thoughts and feelings we experience when we endure a loss,” said …

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Fair Society: Contemplating the Benefits of Paid Family Leave

Most parents can relate to the stress of tracking down a babysitter for an evening out. However, it seems that more and more parents are desperately struggling with the daily balance of work and childcare, especially after the birth or adoption of a new child. For many families, expanded paid family leave options could offer …

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Playing the Game Correctly: Preventing and Treating Concussions

Recently there has been a spike in media coverage regarding the dangers of concussions, especially as they affect professional athletes. But do parents and coaches know how to prevent and treat concussions when they affect youth? According to Indiana University’s Health Center, a concussions is “a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, …

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