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AN ACTIVITY SUCH AS YOGA is one which doesn't involve any heavy lift- ing, but can pay numerous dividends to mental and physical health. Protecting your eyes on the job Few things are likely more taken for granted than vision. Unless an individual was born with a need for eyeglasses or has suffered an eye injury, chances are that individual takes his or her vision for granted. While it's human nature to do so, it's also potentially very dangerous. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), rougly 2,000 American workers sustain job-related eye injuries each day. That's more than 700,000 on-the-job eye injuries that require medical treatment every year, illustrating that many people do, in fact, take their vision for granted. As easy as it is to take vision for granted, it's just as easy to take steps to protect your eyes at work. The fol- lowing tips can help you avoid becoming one of the hundreds of thousands of people who will suffer a work-related eye injury this year. * Identify what can be a problem. It's easy to get used to a routine and ignore potential workplace hazards. However, projectiles such as con- crete, metal, dust, wood, and other particles can all cause significant damage to your eyes. Other culprits include splashes from chemicals and flames and even radiation. But wear- ing proper eye protection can keep workers safe from any of these poten- tial eye hazards. * Identify which professions are high risk. While everyone can suffer a work-related eye injury, some pro- fessions are higher risks than others. Such professions include construc- tion, mining, manufacturing, plumb- ing, welding, and auto repair. If you work in any of those professions, it's best to exercise extra caution when protecting your eyes. * Identify the proper eye protec- tion. Risk of eye injury not only dif- fers depending on profession, but it can also be higher or lower depend- ing on certain tasks within a given profession as well. For those who work in especially hazardous envi- ronments, it's possible to use several different types of eye protection depending on what a given task is. * Don't assume your eyes are safe sitting at a desk. Many office workers also suffer from eye injuries. While these might not be as obvious as chemicals splashing into the eye or dirt or dust getting in, that doesn't mean eye injuries suffered while sit- ting at a desk can't be just as harmful. When working in an office setting, be sure to give your eyes regular breaks and set your computer monitor at a safe distance and height to lessen eye strain. To learn more about on-the-job eye safety, visit the American Optometric Association Web site at www.aoa.org. ics, getting back in shape is a goal to strive for. Though rates of overweight and obesity are high, society has also grown increasingly health-conscious in the last 10-20 years, as the growing number of gyms and other fitness centers can attest. Still, for those hoping to shed a few extra pounds, the first step toward doing so can be the hardest. Many instantly think of the oft-intim- idating nature of the local gym, where muscular fitness enthusiasts dominate the landscape. However, getting fit does not have to include weight training. While weight train- ing can be a valuable means to get healthier and shedding pounds, there are a host of other exercise options that can lead to very positive results. Spinning. Spinning is a popular and valuable alternative exercise option. However, because it can be so demanding, spinning can be a tough routine for those making a lifestyle change. Once you've gotten into an exercise groove, spinning might be something to explore. Often set to aggressive, pulsating music, spinning involves riding a stationary bike through demanding courses featuring hills and other difficult terrain. Aqua aerobics. For those who enjoy time in the pool, see if your gym offers an aqua aerobics class. This might not be as readily available at most gyms as spinning classes are, as lots of gyms don't even have pools. For those who love swim- ming, look for a gym that does have a pool, and chances are, that gym will offer some derivation of aqua aero- bics which consists of intense cardio movements mixed with some strength training. The chief benefit of a good aqua aerobics workout is that it will work all your muscle groups with low impact on joints -- making it ideal for seniors. Pilates. The popularity of pilates classes is now so great that many gyms offer classes several times per day. Not unlike yoga, pilates is both a physical and mental exercise. The exercises themselves can be quite demanding, focusing on stretching and breathing that strengthens the abdominal core. Keep Up Your Cardio and Stren Programs through the Summer! Fitness First is Excited To Introduce OUR NEW MANAGERS... i Getting fit goes beyond lifting weights Psychologist;i_ For those who aren't fitness fanat- These days, more and more p are finding themselves stretched PI' ty thin. With commitments to and family requiring more time ' AN ACTIVITY SUCH AS YOGA is one which doesn't involve, any heavy lift- ing, but can pay numerous dividends to mental and physical health. many different elements, these class- es tend to run a little longer in length, oftentimes exceeding an hour in length. The benefit of these is that they build up your cardiovascular as well as muscular strength. Yoga. Arguably no alternative exercise class is more widely known than yoga. A centuries-old Hindu dis- cipline aimed at promoting control over the body and mind, yoga classes are offered at nearly every gym or fit- ness center across the country. Much of yoga is concerned with helping you become stronger, more balanced, focused, and flexible. If you're look- ing for a non-competitive environ- ment where you can move at your own pace, this might be the best workout program for you. Abdominals. Few people look at their abs and don't think they could use some work. That said, nearly every gym offers a class focusing strictly on abdominal exercises. These usually range anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes in length. Anything longer than that might cause painful and unnecessary muscle strain, so beware of ab classes that might be longer than 30 minutes, especially if you've only recently gotten back into exercise. Fusion. For those who subscribe to the idiom that "variety is the spice of life," fusion classes (also known as total body conditioning) classes could be the perfect fit. That's because such classes are a combination of other classes. Because they combine so the OAHS Health Fair May 12th 10am-3pm OPENING May 10-1#! Dr. Chance M. Haugen STONE 00EAKWH CENTER 16 2nd St. NW OrtonviUe, MN 56278 Phone (320)487-1010 www.bigstoneciiropractic.com e you at te ......   :i :.' I,II l: N'R; , New managers, left to rlgh Colette Oslie and Missy Hennen. 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Dr. Cory Bank, a professo Psychology at Philadelphia Col of Osteopathic Medicine and:i expert on stress management, has studied human behavior for m6re than two decades, helping countleS children, adolescents and adults copse with and overcome stress. Having competed in the Ironman USA Triathlon as well as sevet,al marathons, Dr. Bank is fully aware, of the stress that comes with juggliffg multiple responsibilities and still peg forming at your peak. ,, In an effort to help others do the same, Dr. Bank founded StompStressAway.com, an ontie resource dedicated to helping indiVid- uals reduce stress levels. Some of Dr: Bank's most effective and cost-effi- cient recommendations include: Master the Power of Language i " Our thoughts and language c'an influence our feelings which can  influence our behavior. Do we label "a situation a catastrophe when lhe restaurant does not have the appetizer Simple ways to:a Few things are more enjoyable an valuable than a good night's sleep.. I addition to making us feel better, good night's sleep also enables uS" t be more productive and handle..a that a day can throw at us. , ' While nearly everyone is aware c the value of sleep, a 2008 poll.cor ducted by the National Slee Foundation indicated that man Americans simply aren't gettin enough sleep. That problem ,Wa illustrated when comparing the,tyv cal sleep schedules on workdays .ar non-workdays. On workdays, regpo dents typically went to bed at 10:.' p.m. and awoke at 5:35 a.m., for average of 6 hours, 42 minutes, sleep on a worknight. On non-wot days, however, respondents typical went to bed at 11:24 p.m. and awot at 7:12 a.m., an average of 7 h6ur 48 minutes of sleep. That's telling, many people, intentionally or.fie attempting to make up for lost worl day sleep on non-workdays. . '. But sleep is just as important c workdays as it is on non-workd,'iy and Americans must place the san emphasis on getting a good night sleep each and every night o f.tt week, regardless of whether orn, they're getting up to go to work tt next day. To ensure a better night sleep, consider the following tips. r Food Guidelines fc The U.S. Department of Agricultt food pyramid for a balanced diet. ommendations below from each c GRAINS: 6 ounces (3 ounces .whc VEGETABLES: 2-1/2 cups daily FRUITS: 2 cups daily MILK: 3 cups low-fat milk produ( MEAT & BEANS: 5-1/2 ounces d FATS, SUGARS AND SALT: Go