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Wellness Committee




Immediate Past ISBA President, C. Erik Chickedantz, is asking Hoosier lawyers to get active as part of a new statewide initiative to promote health and personal well-being among judges, lawyers, their staffs and law students by encouraging positive lifestyle changes through increased physical activity, stress reduction, healthier eating and tobacco cessation. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2008, Indiana had the second highest cigarette-smoking rate in the country. The CDC also reports that in 2009 there were only eight states more obese than Indiana, with about one-third of U.S. adults being obese. And specific to the legal profession, studies show that lawyers drink too much and are more prone to depression than most every other profession and society at large. 

"There is something about lawyering that is especially stressful, and for many of us, our commitment to an active lifestyle is the first to go amidst pressures at work and busy schedules," said Chickedantz. "With the State Bar spearheading healthy activities at lawyer functions, we aim to educate the legal community about ways to incorporate healthy lifestyle changes.”


Chickedantz appointed Donald R. Lundberg, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg and former executive secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, as chairman of the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Wellness. Terry L. Harrell, executive director of the Supreme Court’s Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program, will serve as vice chair.


"The ISBA is committed to lawyers – not just lawyers as law-practicing automatons, but as real people who need to feel good about themselves,” said Lundberg. "We hope the Wellness Committee will be a catalyst for a new focus on a healthy legal profession and a resource for lawyers to stand out as leaders for healthier communities where they live and work.”



Testimonials from Indiana lawyers


No longer campaigning, just running!
Res Gestae (December 2011)
By Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels


From ‘winded’ to triathlete: the benefits of regular exercise
Res Gestae (January/February 2012)
By Branch R. Lew, Fort Wayne, Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros


Simple steps toward better health and fitness
Res Gestae (January/February 2012)
By William J. Nelson Jr.

Don's just burn minutes - burn calories
Res Gestae (March 2012)
By Michael E. Tolbert, Merrillville, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans

Balance is crucial
Res Gestae (April 2012)
By William H. Kelley, Bloomington, Kelley Belcher & Brown

My 'ah-hah' moment!
Res Gestae (May 2012)
By Hon. Larry W. Medlock, Salem, Washington Circuit Court

Try biking to work
Res Gestae (June 2012)
By Fredrick L. Rice, Indianapolis

No tanks - how I quit smoking
Res Gestae (September 2012)
By Daniel P. McInerny, Indianapolis, Bose McKinney & Evans


Thriving at work through wellness
Res Geste (December 2012)
By Bill Brooks


Here's an idea ... what's yours?
Res Geste (January/February 2013)
By Willis E. Huiras


Northwest Indiana law firm committed to staff's wellness
Res Geste (January/February 2013)


Remember how a hug feels
Res Geste (April 2013)
By N. Thomas Horton II, Fort Wayne, Barrett & McNagny


Buddy up to maintain exercise regimen
Res Geste (April 2013)
By Dennis D. Sutton, Fort Wayne Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom


Primary care: an integral health relationship
Res Geste (May 2013)
By Mary Delaney



Stay tuned for upcoming events!



Fit to Practice Tweetable Wellness Tips

From Indiana State Bar Association


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Indiana Resources

Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program


Indiana Region of Narcotics Anonymous


Central Indiana Area of Narcotics Anonymous


Alcoholics Anonymous Indianapolis


Alcoholics Anonymous Indianapolis


Indiana Healthy Weight Initiative


INShape Indiana


Indy Runners


Running in the USA: Upcoming Indiana Races


Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association
Top 10 places to walk, run and bike in Indianapolis


Indiana Yoga Association


Good Earth Natural Food Company - Indianapolis


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