House Calls

SPR 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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news, views, events, etc. h o u s e c a l l s { spring 2018 } 5 buzz the After this winter's snowstorm and freezes, gardens throughout the Lowcountry are begging for some extra TLC. That's good news for gardening pros and novices alike as tasks like planting, pruning, mowing, and raking can melt away stress and are solid forms of exercise (they count toward the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended two and a half hours of physical activity each week). But before you get to grooming, pay mind to these quick tips for healthy gardening. Always wear gloves. Protect your skin from pesticides, fertilizers, bacteria, and fungus that lurk in the soil by slipping on a pair of high-quality gardening gloves. If you know you'll be encountering thorns or brambles, opt for a pair that is puncture resistant. If you're pruning or working around poison ivy, try elbow-length gloves that shield your forearms. Check your tetanus/diphtheria (Td) vaccination status. According to the CDC, green thumbs are at especially high risk for tetanus infections as the bacteria live in soil and manure and can enter the body through cuts in the skin (a common gardening hazard). Adults should receive a Td booster once a decade. Take frequent timeouts. To avoid tendon, muscle, or nerve injury from overuse, take breaks every 15 minutes when completing repetitive-motion tasks like raking, hedging, and digging. Flex Your Green Thumb!

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