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Health Tip: Save Your Back at Work
Suggestions to minimize back pain from DailyHealthNews

After a long day at work, your back may be chock full of aches and pains from standing on your feet or sitting at a desk.

The University of Maryland Medical Center offers these suggestions to help alleviate back pain while you're at work:
  • Pay attention to your posture, whether you're standing or sitting. Make sure your ears, shoulders and hips all line up.
  • Avoid standing for long periods. If you must stand, use a stool and alternate resting each foot on it.
  • Wear comfortable, cushioned shoes without heels if you walk a lot.
  • Choose a straight-backed, adjustable chair with armrests and a swivel seat for your desk chair.
  • Prop your feet up below your desk, so your knees are elevated above your hips.
  • Roll up a towel or place a pillow at your lower back while sitting at your desk.

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The 5 Rules of Working From Home
based on an article by David Prince in Real Simple Magazine

How to structure your time, avoid distractions,
and keep yourself, your boss and your family happy.

1. Figure Out if It’s Right for You
If you thrive on the camaraderie of water cooler chitchat or are tempted to rush off to a sale at the mall without a watchful eye to tether you down, you probably aren’t the best candidate for working alone at home. Notes Tory Johnson in her book Fired to Hired ($14, Berkley Trade, add our AMAZON link here): “Many of us would opt to work from home. We think we'll save on childcare expenses and commuting time, but it isn’t for everyone.”

If you want to try telecommuting which is certainly gaining in acceptance, put your request in writing, address your communication strategy (e.g., your planned email and phone check-ins at specific times of day) and suggest that you and your company arrange a trial period. You may decide to telecommute just one day a week to start, or one week each month.

If you are a sole practitioner, learn about the legal aspects of self-employment at www.nolo.com, a website for small businesses. (To find out about health-care options by state, go to ehealthinsurance.com).

2. Set Up a Real Office
The most crucial factor in successful home-based work arrangements is creating a work-friendly environment. You need a dedicated, conducive, ergonomic, streamlined space. Don't imagine you can hunker down comfortably at your children's Play-Doh table, or the diningroom table.

When you sit at your desk, facing your computer or desk top workspace, be sure to follow these rules:

• Angle your pelvis so that it’s slightly open, to avoid back and hip pain.
• Keep your torso relaxed but erect.
• Rest your hands comfortably on the desktop with elbows at 90 degrees
• Keep your feet flat on the floor.


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Dear Mr Harrison:

Thanks for sharing the wealth of your knowledge and experience with all of us; we look forward to your publication!

My question: I am completing over forty years of successful activity as a Realtor. Now, at 87 years, the body is getting weary and many daily showings are tiring -- but the brain loves the business. I think I'd like to be a certified appraiser in the State of Ohio -- but at my age I'm not sure I could satisfy the apprenticeship requirement in a timely manner.

Your advice would be appreciated!
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Dear Friend,

I am 80 myself, and will be happy if I make it to 87 and still can continue working! Frankly, I think it is a little late for you to be starting out as an appraisal trainee. However, with your background, have you ever thought of becoming a real estate consultant? You might start by offering your services to give some home buying advice, perhaps in a free seminar at your local library or civic center? There are also good opportunities for "seniors" like us in the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE), where your expertise in real estate might be very welcome. SCORE is a national non-profit organization that counsels business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. There are nearly 400 SCORE chapters throughout the United States offering counseling services to small businesses in all areas -- at no charge to the client. Find out more about volunteering for S.C.O.R.E. here: http://www.score.org/volunteer.html

Good luck -- and let me know what you decide to do.