Do you have Radon in your home? That is the question that all homeowners in should know the answer to. The upper Midwest has some of the highest concentrations of radon in the country and that’s why home owners or home buyers for that matter should be aware. Most people don’t think they have radon because they can’t smell it, taste it, see it or touch it. It is silent and it is deadly.

So what is Radon? Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can penetrate your home and cause serious health risks to the whole family. Most soils contain uranium that, over time, decays to produce radium and polonium. Eventually, polonium is released with the radon, which creates a high toxicity level in the air and water that it infuses.

There is no model for how radon enters the house it is very persistent and most commonly enters the home through cracks in the slab, floor-wall joints exposed soil and sometimes even water from a well.

Exposure to radon gas increases your risk of developing lung cancer. According to the EPA an estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the United States are due to radon exposure, which makes it the second leading cause of lung cancer following smoking. Radon gas and its decay products in the air are breathed into the lungs where they break down further and emit alpha particles. Alpha particles release a small burst of energy, which is absorbed by nearby lung tissue. This results in lung cell damage. While the effects of smoking cigarettes are far more recognizable when compared to the effects of radon exposure, there is very little separating the severity of these two potential dangers. How can smoking cigarettes be compared to radon exposure? Check this out!

1 pCi/L of radon is equal to 2.5 cigarettes a day! Multiply a home’s radon levels by 2.5 and understand that any homeowner could easily experience the effects of smoking a “pack a day” if the radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L– the minimum action level established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

So now you know that radon is no joke, but how do find out if you have radon in your home. That’s the easy part. The American Lung Association, the EPA, and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. Testing for radon is simple and relatively inexpensive.

There are several ways to test, but these three are probably the most common:

-A short-term kit allows you to get a basic reading in 48 hours, it’s like a quick snap shot of your situation. Radon test kits can be bought from your local Lowes or Hardware store. Once the test is done you simply mail the kit to the lab and they mail you the results.

-A CRM test stands for Continuous Radon Monitoring and this is done by contacting your local state certified Radon testing and radon mitigation specialist. You can find one on your county health department website. In this test they will set a small electronic monitor, a little smaller than a shoe box and garnish the results for you in 48 hours. This test is more live a movie rather than a snap shot because it takes a reading every hour and comes up with a pretty solid range.

-A Long-term tests remain in your home for more than 90 days. Alpha track and electric detectors are commonly used for this type of testing. A long-term test will give a more accurate annual average radon level than a short-term test for your home. The short-term and CRM method of testing are probably are more commonly used during the buying or selling of a home.

After all the testing is done and your radon levels are at 4.0 pCi/L– the minimum action level established by the Environmental Protection Agency or higher, radon mitigation will be the next step. Radon mitigation is a simple process typically, but should be done by a state certified radon professional. Each radon mitigation system design varies depending on the structure of your home. Homes are generally categorized according to their foundation design. The existence of a basement, crawl space, or …

There’s one thing I can’t stand about the fitness industry:

It’s full of bitches. (Ironically, I’m now going off on a bitch – ha! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!)

Anyway, there’s a ton of different forms of exercise you can do. Literally tons.

First off, you’ve got weight training in the gym. Then that can be broken down further into many “mini-categories”. For example, you’ve got bodybuilding style training, you’ve got Olympic lifting (no prizes for guessing that’s the thing they do in the… *drumroll*… Olympics!). You’ve also got powerlifting, too, as well as strong-man type training. Oh, and how could I forget CrossFit, too?!

And if you want to go even more in-depth, you can break these 4 categories down even further.

Anyway, we’ll move on from weight lifting. Let’s look at some other types of exercise…

So you’ve also got cardio training, which, just like weight training, can obviously be broken down further. You’ve got running, cycling, rowing, circuit training. Literally too many options for me to even think about, let alone actually write down.

Then you’ve got playing a sport.

And there’s also things like yoga and pilates.

So the point is this: There’s literally a TON of ways you can exercise.

But the one thing I hate about the fitness industry, is that so many people talk down upon on every other form of exercise that isn’t their own. They say it’s “wrong”. They say their way is the best way by a mile.

Do you know what I say to these people?

Shut up!.

Blunt? Yes.

But do they deserve it? Again, yep. Look, the Western world has got overweight. It doesn’t need me to tell you that. So surely we should be encouraging everyone to do any form of exercise, no matter what it is?

But to some people, seeing people exercise in a way that’s different to their own actually annoys them! Pathetic isn’t it. I mean, the amount of people who train in the gym bodybuilding style who look down on crossfitters is unbelievable.

See, I’ve never done CrossFit in my life. Is it perfect? No. There’s a much higher risk of injury (especially for beginners) as opposed to most other forms of training.

But, having said that, does it look fun? Yep!

Does it get people breathing hard and sweating? Yep!

And does it get people great fitness results, whilst helping tone them up? Again, absolutely!

So why so many people speak crap about it is beyond me.

Anyway, to wrap this up, I want to say this:

Do a form of exercise you ENJOY.

That’s literally it, my friend.

Don’t let Bob down the gym, Steve next door, or even me tell you what form of exercise you should be doing.

Just do something you’re gonna stick to.

‘Course, if you want to be a bodybuilder, then you’re gonna have to get in the gym and start lifting weights. Going out for long-distance runs ain’t gonna get you there!

But if you just want to tone up, lose weight, and get fitter so you’ve got more energy and you look and feel better, then just do something you enjoy.

Simple.

Source by Tom Andrews

Nowadays, a large number of people are entering home health care jobs. They are getting into these jobs because some people are experiencing a hard time taking care of their older loved ones. This is why they end up looking for home health care nurses that can do their duties instead.

There are many ways to find a home care assistant. Most of the time, home health care employees are found directly or via home care agencies. These agencies usually have staff like nurses and social workers that can cater to your needs. On the other hand, employing an independent home health care assistant is more effective because it gives you more power over the kind of assistance you want.

You should properly screen your prospect home care employee is he or she has sufficient training, personality and qualifications. You should completely discuss the needs of the senior recipient during the interview. It is also important for both of you to have a written copy of the job description and the nature of expertise you are searching for.

Before you employ the person, he or she should be knowledgeable and skilled with the following home health care services:

1. General health management including the giving or applying of medication and other medical care treatments.

2. Personal care like dressing, bathing, oral hygiene and shaving.

3. Nutrition assistance including the preparation of meals, feeding and even grocery shopping.

4. Household chores like dishwashing, laundry, and light housework.

5. Companionship like reading books and newspaper or taking the senior on walks.

It is also important to let the employee fill out an application form with the following details: full name, phone number, address, date of birth, educational background, social security number and work history. You can also ask them for a copy of their senior health care certificate and any valid ID like social security card and driver’s license.

These are the basic things you should require and conduct once you offer home care jobs. With these, you would get a qualified and reliable health care assistant. This way, you are assured that the senior will be cared for effectively and satisfactorily.

Source by Ian H

This Australian fitness model is known for her great biceps and her winning personality.

Since 7 she has been actively involved in gymnastics and retired from the sport at the ripe old age of 15.

Gina has Competed up to the Olympic Level in gymnastics, played for a top field hockey team until she was about 14, was a popular Australian Swimsuit Calendar model in 1994. Gina has also competed in numerous IFBB-NPC Bodybuilding Shows back in Australia

Gina entered the fitness model scene with a chance meeting of a Miss Australia bodybuilding champion, Which prompted her to Join a gym in 1992. This 5 ½ inch Aussie (she’s a native of Perth) began her stellar 13 year rise to the top of the fitness game in her native land

She is a highly sought after fitness trainer in Perth and in the USA. Her physique comes from a strict diet of “chook” which is Australian for chicken and a lot of grilled fish. Her training weight is usually 48 kilos and below and off-season she weighs about 52-54 kilos

Her advice for would-be fitness models is to try to eat clean (boiled, grilled, steamed foods) five days a week and to cheat a little on the weekends. Cardio should be a big part of your routine to really get that ripped look.

Gina advises that “you shouldn’t take too many supplements, “as they could damage your liver” she takes glutamine and a fat burner before working out and lots of whey protein – “nothing special in the way of supplements”

“If you really want that lean fitness model look, limit your fat to 25 grams per day nd cut out a lot of carbs, just doing those two things will carve your physique up in no time at all” One look at her abs and you know she knows what she is talking about.

Source by Erie Capipe

Patients who lose weight with bariatric surgery generally set their sights on living a healthier life using weight loss surgery as a tool for weight loss and healthy weight management. Many patients are concerned they may suffer nutritional deficiencies as a result of the malabsorptive surgery such as gastric bypass because the surgery restricts the absorption of nutrients from food. Patients are prescribed dietary supplements to ensure their nutritional needs are met.

However, a mindful patient will also include healthy nutritional foods in every meal to increase their odds for nutrient absorption. Here are five powerful natural foods, that when included in the healthy post-weight loss surgery diet, may increase the nutritional absorption and overall health of the bariatric patient:

  • Spinach: Well known as a good source of iron, spinach is also an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate and magnesium. Fresh spinach is available pre-washed in the produce section of supermarkets. But studies indicate frozen spinach is also nutrient rich and it serves as a key ingredient in many egg and protein dishes. Spinach is also higher in protein than most vegetables with 2 grams of protein per 2 cups of raw spinach.
  • Oranges: We know oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps boost immunity and fight colds. Oranges also contain folate and flavonoids which are known to fight cancer. Now available year-round oranges are a low cost fruit that may be included in a healthy post-weight loss surgery diet as a snack or recipe ingredient.
  • Garlic: Garlic has been used medicinally since ancient times and modern science suggests garlic may be effective in fighting cancer and heart disease and lowering blood pressure. Considered a vegetable, garlic is a low-cost flavoring for savory protein dishes. At the market select a full plump head of garlic with taut, unbroken outer skin. To use separate the cloves from the head and use as directed. To temper the pungent bad breath-causing flavors of garlic blanch whole, unpeeled garlic cloves for a few minutes. This will also make them easier to peel.
  • Mushrooms: While trying to eat a rainbow of colors from vegetables, do not overlook the humble mushroom. While they lack the vibrant color we associate with antioxidant rich vegetables these little fungi deliver a similar antioxidant punch. While very low in calories, mushrooms contain compounds that seem to fight cancer by inhibiting certain steps in the formation of tumors. Look for clean, plump and moist mushrooms and clean by gently wiping with a damp paper towel or soft brush to remove dirt and debris.
  • Yogurt: Yogurt is a significant source of calcium and provides a goodly amount of protein when included in the weight loss surgery diet. The live cultures in yogurt may help prevent digestive issues such as diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease. A one-cup serving of low-fat yogurt provides 155 calories, 45% daily value of calcium, and 13 grams of protein. Enjoy yogurt with fresh fruit or include fat-free Greek yogurt as ingredient in recipes that call for sour cream, substituting equal parts Greek yogurt for the sour cream.

Spinach, oranges, garlic, mushrooms, and yogurt are commonly available affordable foods that can be easily included in the diet of a weight loss surgery patient. Patients who include a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits in their diet are more likely to obtain desired weight loss and sustain a healthy weight than those who rely exclusively on supplements for their nutritional health.

Source by Kaye Bailey

I recently was given the opportunity to interview Rob Schwartz, a Team USA Strength & Conditioning Coach for Acrobat & Combat Sports. Rob currently works with Olympic athletes competing in gymnastics, boxing, tae kwon do, judo, fencing, wrestling, synchronized swimming and diving. I wanted to pick his brain and gain some insight into how sports fitness technologies (heart rate, calorie intake, calories burned, sleep monitoring, distance and time tracking, VO2 recording, total vertical gained, etc.) are being utilized in Olympic athlete training and how Mr. Schwartz foresees consumer adoption of similar technologies in the future.

Q. Living in Denver and have previously toured the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, I remember the amount of gadgets and devices monitoring and tracking athlete progression in training. Could you explain the type of fitness technologies that are currently being utilized by your athlete's and how big of a role they play in your daily workout preparation?

A. For daily training activities we mostly utilize video feedback, both in the weightroom and the practice setting. In Strength and Conditioning we are always trying to gauge our athlete's state of preparedness, so we measure power outputs using Tendo units and force plates; this gives us feedback on how intensely we can train each athlete on a given day. At pre-determined times of the year the Sports Dietician tests athletes blood lactate levels during "live" practices to evaluate the physiological demands they face in competition. We've even had some Wrestler's get their blood lactate tested immediately following actual matches. We are currently developing an app for athlete's phones to monitor nutritional, psychological, training and recovery status. This is a short list; we have many other modes of technology we use as well.

Q. It seems as if Olympians have been using technology in their training programs long before the recent consumer craze, would you say that many of today's fitness gadgets are a result from what has been tested and proven in the Olympic arena?

A. Not that I am aware of, when training world class athletes for Olympic competition we simply don't have the time to field test technologies that have not been tested and proven in the field. We will receive some emerging technology from companies such as Nike and Samsung, but are confident when they hit our desk they have been proven effective.

Q. Do you believe emerging fitness and health applications and gadgets will improve our nation's health outcomes and help citizens become more informed and active participants in their personal health?

A. I hope so; it mainly depends on the person and their goals. If the consumer is serious about getting in shape, I suggest they do their research and ensure they are purchasing equipment from reputable companies that are proven in the market.

Q. One last question, any basic tips for those looking to begin personal strength and conditioning training?

A. I would start by joining your local 24 hour fitness and getting some personal training sessions. There is nothing better than an experienced trainer to provide feedback and steps for improvement. It is not suggested to surf the Internet for training advice or tips as there is no professional feedback and the information you are receiving may not be credible or suitable for your personal goals.

I am also a firm believer in video feedback for athletes, as with a current world champion boxer that I train when the fight is over the first thing we do on our plane flight home is review video on our smart phone and begin preparation for the next fight.

To learn more about the United States Olympic Training Center or to plan a tour visit them at TeamUSA.org and possibly rub elbows with America's premier Olympic athletes and coaches.

Source by Chris M Roussy

How do healthcare professionals ensure that they can provide constant and quality care to remote patients? How do patients ensure that they have professional support without having to spend time and effort at hospital visits? Well, the answer lies in remote patient monitoring, which is an act of monitoring the health of a patient without being physically present. The integration of communication technologies in patient care has provided professionals with a revolutionary solution to deliver superior medical care remotely.

Consumer health devices such as portable blood pressure trackers, blood sugar tester, and ECG monitors have facilitated remote sharing of patient information. Doctors today can monitor patient health by using a secure web page where information is shared by a mobile transmitter that acts as a support between the device and the physician. More recently, manufacturers of implantable medical devices such as pacemakers have integrated connectivity into their products. These can be questioned manually by a third party to perform tests that would otherwise require a doctor to administer.

These tests are doing remote device maintenance checks, effective and convenient. In addition, these devices have been enabled to transmit statistics such as arrhythmias, which could help prevent emergency situations. Technology like this provides valuable support to healthcare providers, particularly in providing assistance to patients who need regular monitoring. An entire segment of patients suffering from long-term conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, and diabetes will benefit from Remote Patient Monitoring with the convenience of care without spending time in clinics.

Another trend that is getting more and more adoption in the healthcare sector is the use of e-ICU models. These models allow physicians specializing in remote locations to monitor patients using two-way cameras, high-speed internet, and related devices. REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING helps move healthcare to an ever-changing environment where personal data is facilitated by data from connected devices.

The proliferation of devices enabled for Remote Patient Monitoring is further accelerated by the integration capabilities of the database. Remote Patient Monitoring Emerging Devices such as bands and bracelets that transmit patient position along with health readers transfer this information to a central database. Database-enabled tools can then alert doctors and their patients to improve disease treatment. Soon patients may have USB sticks connecting to a history database that can be instantly shared with institutions. REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING-based solutions are also entering the workforce with modules that provide monitoring solutions to employees with chronic conditions. Workplace productivity may increase timely alerts on devices and custom Web pages that monitor employee’s welfare levels.

Remote patient monitoring systems, therefore, can change how patient care is done by greatly reducing efforts and errors. Consequently, frequent visits to the hospital are reducing costs and encouraging adoption. The IHS research firm suggests that wireless remote monitoring devices will be used by more than 1.8 million people around the world in four years. Soon these systems could become a standard across the industry, driven by the high reception capacity and advances in database maintenance.

Source by Gaurav Dalvi

What can be more annoying than stubborn hard corns that hurt your feet whenever you walk? Corns on toes are one of the most common foot problems that need attention. Ill-fitting shoes, bad posture and continuous pressure on feet can cause this skin problem. Removing them is necessary to avoid further foot damages and for you to enjoy your walk with comfort and ease.

Experiencing hard skin pressing on your shoes is painful. It gives you the feeling of dreading to walk, play sports or have a stroll at your favorite park or mall. To heal those swollen foot and remove hard corns effectively, here are things you need to keep in mind for safe foot skin problem removal:

4 Things You Should Not Ignore to About Corns Removal Method

• Find out the cause. The first thing you should do is to find out what causes the formation of corns on your feet. Check your shoes and see if it doesn’t fit your size perfectly. If your shoes are the culprit, dispose them to avoid your skin from being aggravated. It is usually caused by the friction on your shoes and your skin.

• Identify what type of corn you have. Figure out the type of skin problem that appeared on your foot. There are three types of this foot skin problem: hard, soft and plantar. Hard corn is the most common type of this problem usually found on the fifth and third toe. If it is found between feet, they are called soft corns. Hard skin that forms at the bottom of your feet is called plantar. These three type of foot skin problems although they result to different degrees of pain, they are all annoying and needs removal.

• Figure out a way to prevent further skin damage. Once you found out the culprit that causes pain on your feet, think of ways on how you can prevent it. If you need to change shoes, then do it. You can try some simple skin treatment like applying lotions containing vitamin E, cocoa butter and other softening ingredients to aid and soften your foot’s hardened skin. This prepares your skin for other treatment and possible corn removal method. Another way is to have a regular foot spa to cure your skin problem. Like applying lotion, it also eradicates dead skin cells and softens your problem area effectively.

• Follow useful and trusted foot corns removal method. After doing necessary precautions to prevent damage on your skin, consider going to a podiatrist for consultation. He will give you reliable and clinically tested medicine to cure your hard skin on toes. Also, a podiatrist can advise and determine whether you need minor surgery for the removal of skin problem on toes.

Taking care of your feet is very important to keep you comfortable. Feet are the most common neglected area of the body causing skin problems on that zone. If corns already formed on your feet, take actions immediately before anything gets serious.

Source by Carli Elliston

Toolbox meeting is part of daily routine for Offshore Oil & Gas Workers. Main reason is to identify hazard and to ensure all safety pre-cautions are in place before and during execution of works. This toolbox meeting is monitored and supervised by Safety Officer. Safety officer is also another interesting jobs. For those who are interested to become one, below are the safety officer roles, responsibilities and qualifications.

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Assist Management in developing and implementing their HSE plans and advise on operational safety matters related to the works.
  • Co-ordinate and conduct inspections/audits of facilities and activities to ensure compliance to safe and good work practices in accordance to statutory requirement of the Factories and Machinery ACT and all safety Procedures.
  • Have the ability to communicate in written and spoken English & Local language.
  • Give safety presentation with the objective to enhance the Health, safety and Environment awareness of all workers.
  • Assist in accident investigation, reporting and monitor their follow up in accordance to safety procedures.
  • Qualifications
  • Must have 5 years working experience in Supervisory position in the related field of oil and gas industry.
  • Must possess a recognized Diploma in an engineering discipline or a recognized Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) or completed training and assessment by National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) and have a minimum of 3 years experience working in OSH or minimum 10 years working experience in OSH.
  • Must have attended the following local safety courses conducted by Safety Training Institution:
  • Supervisory Safety
  • Accident Investigation Skill
  • First Aider
  • Basic Fire Fighting and BA
  • Must have attended the following local courses relevant to their operation:
    • Sea Survival.
    • Crane & lifting operation.
    • Scaffolding inspection
    • Permit to Work System
    • Authorized Gas Tester Certification Course.
    • Helicopter Landing Officer (HLO)
  • Must posses knowledge and skill on:
    • Hazard and effect Management Process/Risk Management
    • HSE cases
    • Emergency response
    • Law, Regulation & Permits
    • HSE Auditing

    There is a popular saying among Offshore Oil and Gas personnel about safety. It is “Come in One Piece & Back in One Piece

    Source by Sulaiman Sabur

    The Nordic Track CX 1055 elliptical trainer is Nordic Tracks top of the line elliptical cross trainer. Nordic Track is part of Icon the largest fitness manufacture in the world. The Key feature of the CX 1055 is the ability to change the slope or incline of the stride, which effectively changes the shape of the stride. This truly makes the elliptical trainer a true cross trainer.

    The relatively new technology is owned and patented by Procor. Icon is licensing it for Nordic Track CX 1055 elliptical trainer. Icon is known for its fitness equipment marketing expertise and the addition of the new technology to its line of elliptical trainers is typical of its corporate strategy.

    We searched our local area for a Nordic Track CX 1055 to try out for our review. We could only find 3 these elliptical trainers within commuting distance. After considerable amount of effort we finally found a Nordic Track CX 1055 owner that would let us use their elliptical trainer for testing. We immediately discovered that one of our testers would not be able to use the elliptical trainer. Our weight lifter and martial artist weighs in at 280 lbs and the weight limit for the Nordic Track CX 1055 is 250 lbs.

    The three remaining testers each used the CX 1055 elliptical trainer for 5 days. It immediately became apparent that the power incline is a very good feature. The owner stated that this feature was the primary reason for purchasing this unit. You can easily target several different muscle groups during a 30 minute workout. The units’ owner has had one warranty issue that remains unresolved concerning the console. Occasionally the electronics would shut down with no apparent reason.

    The Nordic Track CX 1055 elliptical trainer has several good features that you will want to consider when purchasing an elliptical trainer. These include

    • Power on the fly incline changes that allow you to target more muscle groups.
    • Bright display console
    • Relatively quiet Magnetic resistance
    • A total of 19 fitness routines
    • IFite compatibility that provides additional fitness programs and information.
    • One-year warranty instead of the standard 90 day for parts and labor.
    • At $999.00 it is relatively low priced.
    • The MyDesign allows you to design your own workout program.

    Elliptical trainer purchasers will also want to consider some of what we consider as negative features of the Nordic Track CX 1055 elliptical trainer. These include.

    • Poor quality of components
    • Less than average reliability
    • 250 lbs weight limitation eliminates many overweight people from using this elliptical trainer.
    • The elliptical trainer becomes quite load during intensive workouts’
    • Flimsy plastic parts that shake during workouts.
    • Cardio grip was fickle working for one tester but not another.
    • The 18-inch Stride may be to short for some users when the power incline is in use.

    We feel that the Nordic Track CX 1055 is probably a good buy for casual in home use. You certainly get a lot of great features at a good price. However considering that it is an Icon company product the reliability of this elliptical trainer is in question. The Nordic Track CX 1055 elliptical trainer does have a one-year warranty for parts and labor. Never the less we always suggest that you purchase an extended warranty when purchasing any piece of fitness equipment.

    Source by Jim Kesel

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