13 Sep September 13, 2010

Ergonomics For Kids | Remington Chiropractic Newsletter

From the Doctor’s Desk

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I attended a lecture by Sarah Mahoney, PT, and lead physiotherapist for children’s ergonomics in the New Zealand school system. I’ve included some of her tips for children. They’re great reminders for adults too!

And since learning is a lifelong endeavor, I’ve listed some of my favorite books for healthy living. I’m planning on cooking something from Jamie’s Food Revolution for dinner tonight!

yours in health,

Dr. Pamela Wells


Ergonomics for kids…big & small

Remember the 3 “P”s

Posture

  • Sit with an “S,” not a “C.”
  • Elbows in at your sides. No “wings.”

Placement

  • Look straight ahead (or slightly down) at your laptop or monitor.
  • Use an external mouse. Learn to use it with right & left hands.
  • Support your posture with pillows or a foot stool.

Pause

  • Take mini breaks. Stretch!
  • Vary your activities.

“The best position is the next position!”

For fun educational activities go to www.moveit.org.nz.


Healthy Reads

school-girl1. Food Rules. An Eater’s Manual
by Michael Pollan
A “definitive compendium of food wisdom,” and a very short and easy read.
If you want the whole story, read Pollan’s previous books, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

2. The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner, is the result of a research project by National Geographic and The National Institute on Aging.

3. The 100 Year Lifestyle by Eric Plasker, D.C. gives you tools and exercises to “live your best life…every day of your life.” And The 100 Year Lifestyle Workout gives goals and guidelines for exercise at any age.

4. The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis. How to Improve Bone Strength and Reduce Your Fracture Risk by R. Keith McCormick, D.C. A self help approach utilizing the best of nutrition and lifestyle advice as well as traditional medicine.

5. Jamie’s Food Revolution by Jamie Oliver. This cookbook helps you “rediscover how to cook simple, delicious, affordable meals.”


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Food Rules

  • “The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.”
  • It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
  • Do all your eating at a table.