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Monday Move: A Balance Series With Video!

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, October 23, 2017

Happy Monday!

This week we turn our attention to balance, as a reminder of its importance in daily life. Whether at work or at home, the ability to stand on one foot confidently pays dividends - especially as we age. Please watch the video below to learn a series of simple items to perform and improve your balance technique.

The Steps to Balance:

1. Single leg knee tuck to chest - either do 10 per leg or alternate for 20 total repetitions
2. Single leg balance hold - try to get to 30 seconds!
3. Single leg balance hold - with eyes closed for 7 seconds!

Have a wonderful week.

Your MineFit Coach,
Monica

 

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Do you know your food label?

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, August 4, 2017
Happy Friday!

Although a diet which includes as many fruits and vegetables as possible is ideal, eating out of a box or food container is inevitable. So, how well do you know your label? Take this fun quiz online to find out some things about nutrition facts on food containers. And, you can also download an app that helps you scan your labels right at the store. Remember: make sure to avoid saturated fat, and keep your sodium in check. Look for foods which contain monounsaturated fat, protein, and fiber. Enjoy your weekend!

Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

Quiz

Suggestions for Food Label Scanner apps

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MineFit Monday Move: The Easiest Way to Stretch your Hip

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 31, 2017

Happy Monday!  

 Tight hip muscles can cause problems with walking, can inhibit the ability to lift and carry heavy objects, and even affect your mood.  Here is the EASIEST way to stretch your hip:

  • Stand up.
  • Brace your hand against a wall.
  • Draw your hand to your kneecap, and pull the knee up to your chest.
  • Hold it in place and try to take five full deep breaths, feeling the stretch in the back of you hip.  
  • Keep your back as tall as possible while you do this stretch.

Have a Wonderful Week!

Your MineFit Head Coach,

Monica 

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Friday MineFit Tidbit: Fight Cognitive Decline

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 28, 2017

Happy Friday!

Want to Learn Something? Read Ahead…

One of the greatest health threats we face as we get older is cognitive decline. As we age, connections between brain cells weaken are cells can’t communicate with each other as effectively, leading to problems with memory and cognitive ability.

Good News!!

Cognitive decline doesn’t have to be an inevitable part of aging.

Try something different this weekend…something outside of your wheelhouse:

Plant something,
Complete a puzzle,
Read a book on a subject you haven’t explored,
Call a family member,
Go explore a new part of town.


Read more about the 6 Pillars of Brain Health here!

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Monday MineFit Move: Today...We Breathe. It Matters More Than you Think

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 24, 2017
During your health and safety trainings and warm-ups, instruct workers to BREATHE through the exercises.  Muscles need air to operate properly and improve range of motion (or, as we refer to it more commonly: stretch).  Always inhale with your nose and exhale with your mouth.  

Every stretch or exercise performed during trainings should include BREATHE.  
  • Inhaling through the nose helps use the deeper part of you (diaphragm instead of the throat) to get air.  
  • Exhaling though the mouth helps use your rib muscles (internal obliques, to get technical) to push out all the air and get the best breath possible.
  • Try it!  Take just six BIG HUGE breathes, inhaling though the nose and exhaling through the mouth.  It’s better than a cup of coffee when you get done.  
Happy Monday From Your MineFit Head Coach,
Monica

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Canada Considering Asbestos Regulations

Posted By Mark Ellis, Wednesday, January 18, 2017

IMA-NA filed comments on the Government of Canada's Notice of Intent to Develop Regulations Respecting Asbestos.  The comments respond to the notice of intent published in the Canada Gazette on December 17, 2016.  The next step in the development of these regulations will include consultations with representatives of provincial and territorial governments, industry, non-governmental organizations, the public and other stakeholders.  Input received during these consultations will be considered during the development of the regulations.  These consultations will take place in the spring of 2017, and additional information will be available on the following Web page:  http://www.ec.gc.ca/toxiques-toxics/Default.asp?lang=En&n=A183A275-1.  Interested parties will have another opportunity to make written comments specific to the regulatory proposal during the mandatory consultation period that will follow publication of the proposed regulations in December 2017.

 

The IMA-NA comments, without attachments, are attached.


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Webinar: The MineFit 24/7 Approach to Sustainable Workforce

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
WEBINAR: The MineFit 24/7 Approach to Sustainable Workforce

Date and Time: November 3, 2016, 2:00 PM ET

In this webinar we will discuss the best ways to create a system which effectively disseminates new and valuable health information: things like the very MineFit materials you enjoy as a member of the IMA-MA. Please join us to review MineFit tangibles available for easy use on-site, online, in-office, and among your entire organization. Use triangulation to create a foolproof system which uses materials as employee amenities, not mandates, and guides your workers to protect their health and their future, 24/7. The webinar is perfect for (1)Plant Managers, (2) Heads of Health and Safety, and (3) you HR department to help thread together health and safety with wellness programming and ensure a sustainable worker.

Instructor: Monica Pampell

Click here to register

Cost: $29/person for IMA members
$59/person for non-members

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Monday Moves: Q3 MineFit Strength Series Week One

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Monday, July 25, 2016

Q3 MineFit Strength Series Week One

This week, our move marks the beginning of a strength series, which will culminate as a list of the best strength exercises you can do in the shortest amount of time.

The Series
Exercises will be illustrated by way of resistance band, and can be transferred to bodyweight, machine, and dumbbell format. Each "Strength Move" will explain the WHY and the HOW while engaging in resistance training and define specific muscle group exercises, with the goals of:
(1) Improving overall body strength
(2) increasing joint integrity and reducing osteoarthritis
(3) reducing chronic injury and strain to shoulders and lower back -- the two most common joints at risk.

Strength Move: Row

This classic "pulling "exercise covers the large group of muscles in your middle back, and engages shoulders to pull back into the proper place in their socket, reducing chronic injury by way of keeping them away of a vulnerable position to strain tendons.
Also, strengthening the muscles of the middle back reduces the risk of lower back injury by assisting movement and lifting without using the various tiny muscles in the lower spine improperly.

Stand tall with a long flat fine, and stay firm through the stomach. Engage in two sets of 15 to 20 repetitions, focus on drawing in your chest open and pulling your elbows back, trying to touch your elbows together behind you as you pull. Perform three times per week.

 Please note: this exercise can be performed in a seated or standing position, and, can be transferred to a cable cross machine, or performed bent from the waistline if you have a dumbbell. 

The last photo represents our MineFit coach getting "fancy" with single leg balance while pulling a resistance  band and is purely aspirational! Please do not perform this version on the worksite. :-)

 

 

 

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Friday MineFit TidBit: Why Fruit Won't Make You Fat-Deciphering One Sugar Myth Using Science!

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 22, 2016

In a study published in September, 2015, researchers from Harvard University found that, while eating more fruit and vegetables can prevent long-term weight gain, specific types can either enhance or curb weight loss efforts. Study results showed benefits in terms of improved weight loss in two ways: First, increased consumption of fruit showed a greater effect than for vegetables for weight loss. Second, the foods showing the strongest weight loss associations were berries, apples/pears, tofu/soy, cauliflower, and cruciferous and green leafy vegetables, according to a release from Harvard's School of Public Health.

The report noted that a possible factor in play is the increased satiety value with fewer calories as partially responsible for the beneficial effects of increasing fruit and vegetable intake, in addition to important vitamins in produce items.

Be sure to print and post this notice about the best veggies for weight loss at your mine sites for all to see!

                                

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MineFit Tidbit: Carry Your Weight Stretching

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Friday, July 8, 2016

Osteogenic dynamic loads delivered to the skeleton during exercise prevent aging-associated bone fragility. WHAT the heck does this mean?  When you "carry your weight and add an additional “load” or weight-bearing exercise, you can counteract the effects of bone loss which happen over the age of 50.  

Why does bone loss matter?  It is a direct contributor to arthritis, muscle strain and tear, and chronic joint pain.  

Weighted stretching exercises not only improve quality of life, muscle strength, and bone strength... they are a known factor for coordination and balance, reducing the risk of fall-related fractures. 

Exercise is the mainstay of the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; often however, physicians don’t have enough know-how for evidence-based prescription of exercise. Moreover, the lack of facilities for safe implementation of the exercise programs compound the problem. Worksites and employers can assist in building a structure whereby employees can exercise and sustain their bodies, bones, and muscles.  And, stay on-site for a productive workday, everyday.  

Look at Our Three Items Easy to Implement at the Workplace or at Home.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2811354/  


  


  



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