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Clearing snow off your driveway may not seem like a dangerous task, but the activity sends thousands to the ER each year.

It’s a strenuous, physically demanding activity that involves bending and twisting your body in unnatural ways while moving more than 15 pounds of snow with each shovelful.

Joint pain and pulled muscles are the most common snow shoveling-related injuries we see here at Southeastern Med, but some people may experience trouble breathing or cardiac distress.

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Do you experience stiffness or aches in your joints throughout the day? Don't write it off as something that comes with getting older or putting in a hard day at the gym.

Follow these tips to take care of your joints.

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You probably don't notice all the ways you use your joints every day, but they help you do everything from waving and turning your head, to climbing steps and lifting objects.

Aging and injuries – even the way you sit – can cause wear and tear on your joints that can lead to arthritis and other joint pain. These five tips will help you keep your joints and the muscles and tissue that support them in good shape.

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While the flu is a common ailment during the winter season, it’s also a very serious one.

Each year, thousands of people die as a result of the flu and thousands more are hospitalized. That’s why it’s important to know when you can treat the illness on your own, or if it’s time to see a physician.

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Flu season in the United States usually starts in late October and can last until May.

Anywhere from 5-20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year, but most people have trouble identifying whether they have a common cold or the flu. 

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The food served at many holiday parties can make it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. To help you stay fit this holiday season, Southeastern Med wants you to check out some of the quick, easy, healthy recipes listed below.

Appetizer

The recipe for this tangy tomato dip is about as easy as it gets. Simply put all the ingredients in a food processor and combine. For a little extra zing, add a dash of hot sauce. With only five grams of fat per serving, you won’t feel bad about going back for seconds.

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Most schools close for up to two weeks during the Christmas season. This is a perfect opportunity to spend some time at home with your kids and do some fun activities.

Here are a few craft and activity ideas from Parenting.com both you and your kids can enjoy.

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Although most cases of the flu occur in January and February, flu season runs from October through May, so it’s smart to get vaccinated early.

“The benefits of getting a flu shot far outweigh the risks related to the vaccine,” said Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med.

“The vaccine will keep you and your family from a lot of aggravation and prevent serious complications. Everyone has to choose if the vaccine is right for themselves or their children. Before you decide if the vaccine is right for you or your children, I caution people to read from expert resources and to not believe everything they read on the internet or hear at the supermarket about the flu vaccine.”

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Each year, thousands of kids are sent to the ER with toy-related injuries. The most common injury is small toy parts getting lodged in a child’s throat. Here are some buying guidelines to keep your little ones safe this holiday season.

Infants/Toddlers

  • Toys should be at least 1 ¼’’ in diameter and 2 ¼’’ long to prevent choking hazards.
  • If there are batteries, the compartment cover should be secured with screws so children can’t pry it open.
  • Make sure toys can withstand being chewed on.
  • Riding toys should only be used by children who are able to sit up on their own.

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The 2017 Christmas season is upon us, and few cities in Ohio celebrate the holiday as well as Cambridge. In fact, the website Only In Your State ranks Cambridge as one of the Top 10 Christmas cities in the state!

Below are just some of the activities taking place in Cambridge from now through the New Year.

Dickens Victorian Village

Historic Downtown Cambridge transforms into a classic Victorian Village, depicting more than 80 scenes from Charles Dickens’ classic novels. Visitors can stroll down Wheeling Ave. between 6th St. and 11th St. to see these scenes depicted by more than 160 life-size mannequins dressed in 1850s clothing.