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Shovel Snow Without a Sore Back

12/10/2014 | WellnessSafety

During the winter months, shoveling snow is a common cause of injuries, particularly pain and injury to the lower back. Fortunately, these injuries are preventable if you take the right precautions. The following tips can help you make it through the winter without a shoveling-related injury. Warm up before you start shoveling. Muscles are more flexible and less prone to injury after a proper warm-up. Start with some jumping jacks, march in place, or go for a brisk walk. Gently stretch your lower…

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Winter Safety: Preparing Your Car

12/05/2014 | WellnessSafety

On average, more than 7,000 Americans die each year in weather-related car accidents. When it comes to harsh winter weather and safety on the road, you can never be too prepared. The right preparation can get you home safely, help someone in distress or even make a difference between life or death. Get ready for issues on the road with four necessities—communication, warmth, your vehicle and emergency care. Having the right tools at your disposal will prepare you for a variety of winter conditions,…

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When To Call: Frostbite

12/03/2014 | WellnessSafety

Winter is upon us, and the season’s falling temperatures bring an increased risk of frostbite. Frostbite, or frozen body tissue, occurs when you are exposed to cold temperatures for too long. Frostbite typically affects the skin, however it can sometimes cause damage to deeper tissue. It’s impossible to avoid all exposure to cold temperatures this time of year, but you can take steps to help prevent frostbite. Dress in layers of warm clothes if you plan to be outside for longer than a…

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Ten Reasons to Quit Smoking for Good

12/01/2014 | StoriesWellnessSafety

You know smoking can increase your risk of certain diseases, including lung cancer and heart disease, but it may still be difficult to kick this addicting habit. Besides all of the damaging health effects, smoking has a negative impact on your life in many ways. Here are ten reasons to quit smoking for good: To save money. The average smoker spends around $5,000 each year on cigarettes. In addition to the amount of extra cash you’ll have in your pocket when you stop buying cigarettes, you’ll…

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Five Healthy Replacements for Cigarettes

11/24/2014 | WellnessSafety

If you smoke, you’re probably well aware of the dangers. From anti-smoking television commercials to the Surgeon General’s Warning on cigarette packaging, you’ve heard how smoking negatively affects your body. Who needs another article telling you how horrible your habit is? Instead, how about one that helps you kick it? Smoking can be a difficult habit to overcome, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Replacement therapy is a great way to trick yourself into changing an unhealthy…

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Balance and Falls Safety Resources Available Locally

11/06/2014 | SafetyPhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What should I do if I am feeling off balance or am becoming more fearful of falling? New symptoms of imbalance, weakness or difficulty with mobility should be investigated by your doctor or medical professional.  A physical therapist, trained to treat imbalance and dizziness can then work with you to decrease your fear of and risk for falls.  The therapist can complete a thorough evaluation and assess why you are having imbalance as well as whether you are at an increased risk of a fall. …

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Sports-Related Concussion

10/30/2014 | ExerciseSafety

Helmet to helmet contact; head to head contact; head to ground contact and head to ball contact are the leading causes of concussions in high school sports. While high school football leads the statistics in sports-related concussions, studies have shown that girls may be more prone to concussions. What is a concussion and how are they caused? A concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a direct blow to the head or a whiplash effect to the head that disrupts the normal functioning…

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Halloween Safety and Healthy Candy Alternatives

10/23/2014 | Healthy EatingSafety

Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for young children.  Our goal as adults is to try to make it both a fun and safe experience. Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if parents are not careful and cautious about their children’s surroundings. Are you taking appropriate measures for Halloween this year?  Below you will find answers to a few commonly asked questions: How can I choose an appropriate costume for my child? Choosing costumes is a very important part of…

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Recognizing the Signs of Domestic Violence

10/21/2014 | WellnessSafety

No one should live in fear. But for one out of four women the threat of domestic violence means living in constant fear. According to he National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner every year. It’s important to recognize the signs of domestic abuse and violence, not only in October, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but all year round. Most women, or men, who are suffering from abuse will try to…

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What is a Functional Movement Screen?

10/08/2014 | SafetyOrthopedics & Sports MedicinePhysical Therapy & Rehabilitation

What is FMS? The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a series of tests designed to assess movement patterns and identify risk factors for injury, so they can be addressed before they lead to problems. Research has shown that when used as part of a preseason screening program FMS scores can predict injury risk. Who is it used for? The FMS is designed for individuals who are not currently injured. It is a great tool for athletes of all ages and levels from beginners to professionals. In fact, several…

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