Back Pain at Work

Low-back pain is a leading cause of job-related disability and missed work in the United States. The pain is so unbearable that Americans spend more than $50 billion per year in an effort to make it go away. If you are experiencing work-related back pain, here are some back-protecting tips that may bring you relief:

  1. Lift wisely. Take your time, get help when needed, use lifting devices, and alternate heavy lifting with less physically demanding tasks. Follow the rules of good posture while lifting:
  • Place feet at least shoulder-width apart.
  • Stand as close as possible to the object being lifted.
  • Hold the object as close to your body as you can.
  • Avoid twisting or bending forward when lifting and carrying.
  • Bend at the knees instead of the waist.
  • Tighten your stomach muscles when lifting and lowering.

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Reducing Workplace Stress

Reducing Workplace Stress

Do you have a demanding boss or difficult co-workers? Stacks of work to get done and not enough time? Everyone encounters job stress sooner or later — but that doesn’t make it easier. There are many aspects of your work environment that you have no control over — but you can take action to manage stress so that work doesn’t take a toll on your well-being. Read More

Staying Active in Summer Months

The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics, baseball and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips to keep your family physically active in the warmer months:

  • Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
  • Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
  • Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.

For additional summer tips, visit the American Heart Association. 

Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease

Reducing the risk of heart disease was the topic of a Google+ hangout with +dailyRx contributor Katti Gray, former American Heart Association president Donna Arnett and other experts. The panel recommended watching cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure, not smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthy foods and being active. They said people should shop smart to avoid added sodium and sugar and eat healthier fats. Buying fruits and vegetables in season helps the budget. Panelists suggested reducing inflammation in the body by eating a healthy diet, being active, getting enough sleep and avoiding stress.

Diabetes Facts

How Diabetes Develops

Most of the food you eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for your body to use for energy. The pancreas, an organ near the stomach, produces a hormone called insulin. This hormone is necessary for the body to be able to use sugar or glucose, the basic fuel for cells in the body. Insulin’s role is to take sugar from the blood into the cells. When your body does not produce enough insulin and/or does not efficiently use the insulin it produces, sugar levels rise and build up in the bloodstream. When this happens, it can cause two problems:

Right away, the body’s cells may be starved for energy.

Over time, high blood glucose levels may damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart. Learn About Diabetes

Healthy Habits to Protect You from the Harmful Effects of Stress

Healthy habits can protect you from the harmful effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy habits you may want to develop.

1.     Talk with family and friends.
A daily dose of friendship is great medicine. Call or writer friends and family to share your feelings, hopes and joys and ask them to share theirs.

2.     Engage in daily physical activity.
Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.

3.     Embrace the things you are able to change.
While we may not be able to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old to learn a new skill, work toward a goal, or love and help others.  read more tips…. Read More