"Tech neck": iPads can pose physical problems for users


Courtesy of Michelle Reynolds
While both men and women can experience “tech neck,” or pain resulting from peering over devices for long stretches of time, women seem to be more likely to use their tablets in positions that don’t offer back support. The woman at right is sitting in a position that could cause discomfort ranging from irritation to serious injury.

 

Anyone who works in an office or spends more than a few minutes a day at a computer knows that “tech neck” is a real thing.

Companies spend a good deal of money annually creating ergonomic workstations to prevent problems associated with using computers and other technology. It’s a good investment, as missed work and lost productivity can cost millions of dollars per year.

Hope and healing: Cancer survivor series comes to El Camino Hospital this week


courtesy of Sheryl Brown
Participants share their experiences in a counseling group at the Cancer CAREpoint resource center. In partnership with the center, El Camino Hospital launched a new series of workshops for survivors, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 1.

One cancer survivor quit her job to spend more time with her 8-year-old son; another left Silicon Valley to find a less stressful environment; a third returned to teach an art class for the organization that helped embolden all of them to take charge of their lives again.

For three years, Cancer CAREpoint’s Survivorship Series has provided a free space for more than 200 cancer survivors to discuss and share their post-treatment experiences, according to project director and Mountain View resident Sheryl Brown.

Exercises treat and prevent injury, break bad habits


While the body is remarkably strong and resilient, it is also fragile. Injuries can occur when people push themselves too hard, don’t warm up properly or use improper form when exercising.

Unfortunately, one injury can set you back weeks, or even months. Even seemingly minor injuries can slow you down and keep you from your normal activities. The implications of this are far-reaching. When you have an injury that keeps you from being mobile, it doesn’t just affect one part of the body – it affects cardiovascular health, overall muscle mass, body weight and quality of sleep. You may even experience depression or anxiety as a result of your physical state. Lack of regular physical activity can lead to additional health problems. A small strain may not be such a big deal, but more serious injuries can be life-changing.

Exercise can help achieve work goals


If you’re looking for new ways to up the ante on your work performance, exercise can do more than increase your energy and relieve stress.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular exercise can ensure that your thinking, learning and judgment skills remain sharp. If you want to achieve your goals at work, following are ways exercise can help.

Cancer survivor series comes to El Camino Hospital next week

One cancer survivor quit her job to spend more time with her 8-year-old son; another left Silicon Valley to find a less stressful environment; a third returned to teach an art class for the organization that helped embolden all of them to take charge of their lives again.

For three years, Cancer CAREpoint’s Survivorship Series has provided a free space for more than 200 cancer survivors to discuss and share their post-treatment experiences, according to project director and Mountain View resident Sheryl Brown.

Tips for incorporating in-season fruits and vegetables in your meals


Courtesy of Reena Vokoun
Federal dietary guidelines recommend eating 2-3 cups of vegetables per day.

According to a study conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only one in 10 adults in the U.S. gets enough fruits and vegetables in his or her meals.

This statistic is based on federal guidelines and recommendations stating that adults should eat 2-3 cups of vegetables and 1 1/2-2 cups of fruit per day. Fruits and vegetables contain nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, folate and more to prevent many diseases and infections and also keep our bodies functioning optimally.


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