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Health Highlights: July 27, 2014
 
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain every year. The reasons for the pain are many, including bad posture, accidents, improper lifting, obesity, and weak muscles. Practice prevention to minimize your risk for back pain — get regular exercise, lose any excess weight, and learn good posture.
 
If you’re more than 100 pounds overweight, bariatric surgery may be the solution for you. Use this center to learn about the different types of procedures and the risks and benefits of each.
 
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.
 
Health Tip of the Day

Tips for Safer Street Hockey

  • Wear hockey-style shin guards, elbow pads, hip pads, groin protectors and gloves. The gloves should be long enough to overlap the elbow pads.

  • Wear a hockey-style helmet with a full face mask and mouth guard.

  • Drink plenty of water, both before and during play.

  • Keep your head up in a collision. Players who duck their heads in collisions are more likely to suffer potentially paralyzing spinal cord injuries than those who keep their necks straight.

  • Play on a smooth, clean surface like a fenced parking lot or basketball court, never in an alley or street. Place cushions against posts and curbs.