Health and Wellness Articles
The articles included on this page are provided by the St. Peters Health and Wellness Advisory Committee.
While shoveling snow can be good exercise, it can also be dangerous for optimistic shovelers who take on more than they can handle. The National Safety Council offers the following tips to help you get a handle on safe shoveling:
- Individuals over the age of 40, or those who are relatively inactive, should be especially careful.
- If you have a history of heart trouble, do not shovel without a doctor's permission.
- Do not shovel after eating or while smoking.
- Take it slow! Shoveling (like lifting weights) can raise your heart rate and blood pressure dramatically; so pace yourself. Be sure to stretch out and warm up before taking on the task.
- Shovel only fresh snow. Freshly fallen, powdery snow is easier to shovel than the wet, packed-down variety.
- Push the snow as you shovel. It's easier on your back than lifting the snow out of the way.
- Don't pick up too much at once. Use a small shovel, or fill only one-fourth or one-half of a large one.
- Lift with your legs bent, not your back. Keep your back straight. By bending and "sitting" into the movement, you'll keep your spine upright and less stressed. Your shoulders, torso and thighs can do the work for you.
- Do not work to the point of exhaustion. If you run out of breath, take a break. If you feel tightness in your chest, stop immediately.
- Dress warmly. Remember that extremities, such as the nose, ears, hands and feet, need extra attention during winter's cold. Wear a turtleneck sweater, cap, scarf, face protection, mittens, wool socks and waterproof boots.
Information and recommendations are compiled from sources believed to be reliable. The National Safety Council makes no guarantee as to and assumes no responsibility for the correctness, sufficiency or completeness of such information or recommendations. Other or additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances.
Healthy Living Contest Winners
Here are the June winners of the Health and Wellness Advisory Committee's Healthy Living Contest:
- David Liefeld
- Ted LaJeunesse
- Joseph Lovell
- Betsy Gray
- Trish and Louis Launer
- Ashley Anderson
- Katie Pendergast
There's still plenty of time to enter the contest--it continues through September. Details about the contest are included in the article below:
Eat Healthy While Growing Your Own Produce
In our day and age, we're so busy that we don't have time to do those things that our forebears spent hours doing on a daily basis - taking care of farm animals, clearing trees and brush, planting and tending gardens, and preparing healthful meals from scratch. Most activities back then revolved around food. Today, everyone is busy and it really is much easier to just pop our favorite processed food choice in the microwave. But there is a cost involved with that tasty processed food––empty calories with little to no nutritional value!
We all know that fruits and vegetables are good for us and that we don't eat nearly enough of them. We also know that organic fruits and vegetables are some of the best food choices for our bodies. Unfortunately, organic produce is expensive. The new St. Peters Health and Wellness Advisory Committee has part of the answer - grow a vegetable/fruit garden in your yard or in one of the St. Peters community gardens! See information on the community gardens here: http://www.stpetersmo.net/st-peters-community-garden.aspx.
To encourage St. Peters residents to grow their own produce, the committee is having a drawing for 20 one-day family passes to the Rec-Plex each month (June through September), for those who grow their own vegetable or fruit gardens. To enter, take a picture of your garden and mail it to: Healthy Living Contest, St. Peters City Hall, PO Box 9, St. Peters, Missouri, 63376, or you can email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to include your name, address, and phone number. The drawings will be held on the fourth Monday each month, June through September, from all entries received. You can win more than once in a month if there are more passes than entrants! NOTE: This contest has been extended until Oct. 28!
If you've never grown a garden and don't know where to start, you may enjoy watching the online movie found here: http://www.backtoedenfilm.com. One of the Health and Wellness Committee members was so impressed by the method described in the movie that he used it very successfully last year in his own garden. You may also be interested in reading the great gardening information at the University of Missouri Extension office website found here: http://extension.missouri.edu/stcharles/mastergardeners.aspx. Don't forget to click on the links under Demonstration Gardens and Garden Classes. The classes are offered at the extension office located at 260 Brown Road just north of I-70.
While receiving a free one-day pass would be great, other more important reasons to grow your own produce this year include being able to control what is put in your soil and on your plants, saving money by growing your own food, and becoming more self-sufficient!