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Cadet Jonathan Taylor, IMA-NA’s First Intern

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 29, 2016
The Industrial Minerals Association - North America (IMA-NA) has had the pleasure over the past two months to provide an internship for Mr. Jonathan Taylor, a rising sophomore at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. Jonathan is studying Political Science and Pre-Law, with hopes to return to Washington, DC after graduation. Mr. Taylor is the first intern IMA-NA has accepted, and given the positive experience with Jonathan, there will likely be many more. “Jonathan has made me very proud, he has worked hard, turned out product, gone beyond what was asked of him, and been a delight to have around the office…the Citadel instils within their Cadets the highest values of Honor, Duty, and Respect, and Jonathan has demonstrated those qualities here at IMA-NA,” said Darrell Smith, Executive Vice President of IMA-NA and a graduate of The Citadel himself. During his time at IMA-NA, Jonathan has produced maps of our mine operations by Congressional District, attended numerous legislative and regulatory meetings with IMA-NA staff, helped out on a variety of other vital tasks, and made many professional contacts. At The Citadel, Jonathan is a member of the Human Affairs Team for the Corps of Cadets, will be serving on the renowned Cadre next year, and is the Operations Manager for The Citadel’s Knights of Columbus Chapter. When he is not working hard at The Citadel or his internships, Jonathan calls Charlotte, NC home, where he lives with his mother Gwen, sister Shamyra, and dog Raven. Upon graduating from The Citadel, Jonathan Plans to Commission as an Army National Guard Officer and work as either a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill or for a Defense Industry company in government affairs or public policy. 

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MineFit TidBit: The Science of a Pushup

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 29, 2016
Friday MineFit TidBit: The Science of a Pushup: The pushup is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut, similar to doing a plank with toes and palms on the floor. Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups and a man the same age should be able to do 27 pushups. By the age of 60, those numbers drop to 17 for men and 6 for women. BUT the act of lifting and lowering one's entire weight is taxing, even for the very fit…

Practice your Pushup! If the toes-based push-up is too difficult, start by doing two sets of 6-15 repetitions with your knees on the floor. Can’t get to the floor, or don’t want to rest your knees? Lean against a countertop at a 45-degree angle and press up and down, or use a wall to push your body up and down, and act as if you were trying to push that wall or countertop away from you.  

Questions, Feedback?? Email your MineFit Coach. And, Lend a Friend a Hand…forward this email to someone who might need a pushup every so often.  

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North American Minerals Days - Hosting a Successful Community Event at Your Habitat

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

With summer rapidly approaching an end, we are moving closer to our identified week of North American Minerals Days.  In the second year of our initiative, we've identified the week of October 10th as the ideal time to cluster events. As we continue planning events for North American Minerals Days, we will be sharing tools and ideas for member event planning. Taking our cue from the success of European Minerals Day, all associated events will be member driven with different focuses. From open mine days to roundtable discussions with elected officials, these events are geared towards highlighting whatever aspect of your operations you would like to educate the public about.

This afternoon we are sharing information on how to host a successful community event at your habitat. As we work to change the inaccurate public perception that all mining is terrible for the environment, North American Minerals Days is a good opportunity to show off your reclamation projects.  Demonstrating the respect and care we, as an industry, have for our environment can go a long way to correcting misconceptions about mining, especially when interacting with younger individuals. Please see the attached presentation from the Wildlife Habitat Council for tips and ideas on how to host a successful community event focused on your habitat. 

If you are interested or planning on hosting an event please contact Ariel Hill-Davis for assistance. 

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Tags:  education  environment  habitat  namd  North American Minerals Days  outreach  reclamation  sustainability 

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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. :-)




Tags:  health  MineFit  Monday Moves  monica pampell  Row  safety and health  strength series 

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WEBINAR: Legally Effective Employer-Sponsored Wellness Programs

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 25, 2016

Join us for a webinar representing the collaborative efforts of expert safety lawyer, Adele Abrams, and Monica Pampell, wellness specialist and MineFit head coach. This forward-thinking webinar uniquely melds together the following topics to create a compliant, safe, and highly effective wellness program for your work force: 

(1) Legal nuances to navigate when organizing and implementing your wellness program design;

(2) Easy and detailed instructions on following all regulations, with a review of the recent changes effective in 2016;

(3) Lesser-known tactics to use while planning and executing employee wellness solutions;

(4) The comprehensive guide you need to help reduce spending and improve on health savings within your organization.

Presenters: Adele Abrams (Law Offices of Adele Abrams), and Monica Pampell (Pentafit, LLC)

Date and Time: July 29, 2016, 2 PM ET

Click here to register.

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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!


Tags:  diet  food facts  health  MineFit  minefit tidbit  safety and health 

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Press Release: IMA-NA Receives Top ASAE Honors for Its MineFit Program

Posted By Darrell Smith, Friday, July 22, 2016

The Industrial Minerals Association – North America (IMA-NA) earned a 2016 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Silver Award for its MineFit wellness initiative: a program designed to empower employees with the knowledge and confidence they need to be safer and healthier, both on and off the work site. The MineFit mission and practice is to make a tangible difference in the lives of workers in the industrial minerals industry by incorporating principles of athleticism, human ergonomics, nutrition, and preventive health into the workplace. The program also places special emphasis on recognizing that mineworkers need their bodies and minds to be more finely tuned than those in many other types of job settings.

Accepting the award on behalf of IMA-NA are Ms. Monica Pampell, President, Pentafit, LLC, and Darrell K. Smith, Ph.D., Executive Vice President, IMA-NA.

“Congratulations to IMA-NA and its partners for their hard work and for helping to make the world a better place,” said Sharon J. Swan, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics and chair of the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “Their initiative exemplifies how associations are a positive force in our everyday lives – not just to the profession or industry they represent, but to society at large.”

The MineFit program acknowledges the physical demands placed on miners every day, and their often-challenging workplace setting. MineFit quarterly initiatives examine worker needs and preferences and empower employees with knowledge from the field of athletics to create a more healthful work environment. By teaching mineworkers simple rules of thumb, such as how to engage the proper muscles, MineFit helps miners avoid injury and strengthen their bodies. Some of the inspiration for the program stemmed from the very elements a coach and staff would keep in mind when leading a team. Players’ needs are always given priority. Miners should be given the same treatment, consideration, and tools to keep them healthy and functioning at work.

“I am thrilled that the MineFit program has been honored with this award and that we are already seeing results within the industrial minerals workforce. Health and wellness are linked to safety and performance, and I am thankful to the leaders and employees in the industry for their foresight and support. If more American industries embrace the concepts we have applied within the IMA-NA membership, real change will be achieved, creating a lasting culture change within innumerable organizations and industries. ” stated Miss Pampell.

ASAE’s Power of A Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A awards reward outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals for their efforts to enrich lives, create a competitive workforce, prepare society for the future, drive innovation and make a better world.

For more information on MineFit, click here.

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Associate Member Section Elects Kevin Peterson and Nick Tupper to Leadership Positions

Posted By Ariel Hill-Davis, Wednesday, July 20, 2016

This afternoon, the Associate Member Section convened via teleconferenceto hold the election of the new Section Chair and Vice Chair. IMA-NA is pleased to announce the new leadership for the Associate Member Section as Kevin Peterson, with Vortex, as the new Chairman and Nick Tupper, with RGCX, as the Vice Chairman. Kevin succeeds Peter Causer with Volvo as Chair of the Associate Member Section.  Peter steps down after serving as Chairman for the last two years. Peter's service as Chair is yet another highlight in his longstanding relationship with IMA-NA as an exemplary member. IMA-NA thanks Peter for his leadership over the last two years and is looking forward to his continued involvement with the Section as we begin a new phase for Associate Members. We are looking forward to working on new and old initiatives that add value for membership and advance the interests of the wider industrial minerals industry community.


Associate Member Section Chairman: Kevin Peterson, Vortex



Associate Member Section Vice Chairman: Nick Tupper, RGCX

Tags:  Associate Member  leadership  RGCX  section elections  Vortex Valves 

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New NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards App

Posted By Darrell Smith, Wednesday, July 20, 2016
NIOSH launched a new mobile app version of its Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards. The Guide, familiar to many safety and IH professionals, is a source of general industrial hygiene information on more than 600 widely used chemicals for workers, employers, and occupational health professionals. The Guide was first developed more than 40 years ago, and is intended to help users recognize and control occupational chemical hazards. The app works on any mobile device with an HTML5-compliant web browser. The app can be used off line when no internet or cell phone connection is available.

Click here to view the NIOSH press release and download the app.

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Monday Move: Carry Your Weight With Stretching!…and 4 Easy Items to Print

Posted By Darrell Smith, Monday, July 18, 2016

It is well known that injury occurs most often when muscles are not properly stretched, or when the wrong muscle is used to lift a load. Strain occurs when lifting or moving an object improperly, most often in the Back, Wrist, Shoulder, and Neck. It can also occur when you try to move in a way that exceeds your muscle’s range of motion.

Learn to Carry your Weight With Stretching using these simple activities. Four items are a "catch-all" to help prepare your muscles for strength instead of stiffness, and balance in your body on both right and left sides.

Instructions: Copy and Paste these stretches and make 10 copies. Deliver to the break room on your site or at your office so people can use them!  






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