Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Reduce the Risk!

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful and progressive condition of the hand and arm. It causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms as a result of a pinched nerve in the wrist. A number of factors contribute to CTS, which may include anatomy of the wrist, repetitive motion and certain underlying health problems.

If you spend a lot of time in front of a computer, you have a greater chance of getting CTS. Fortunately, there are specific hand and wrist exercises that can reduce the risk of being afflicted by this syndrome.

CTS

Do these exercises every hour. Exercising, taking breaks and stretching can minimize the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

 

  • Finger Push Ups: Firmly press each fingertip to its counterpart on the other hand. Spread fingers as far apart as possible. “Steeple” the fingers by separating your palms while keeping your fingertips together.
  • Hand Bends: Hold one hand in front of you with your elbow straight and fingers extended. Use the other hand to apply pressure to your outstretched hand until the wrist and fingers are pointing down at the floor. Hold that position for 20 seconds.
  • The Shake: Shake your hands vigorously as if you are trying to dry them off. This will help to prevent cramping.

Learn More

Source: 3 Wrist Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel, HealthLine.com

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Health and Wellness

Posted on behalf of Julie French, Health Services Coordinator

Wellness means different things to different people. Sometimes it’s taking that 10 minutes to de-stress or its eating fresh from the farmers market. If you are deciding that you need a break from sitting too long at your desk there are a few healthy options for your wellness.

Fitness center and Weight room (in the gym)Weight

Summer Hours:

Monday – Thursday 12pm-12:50pm

Free and open to all employees during this time

Form or join a walking group; take the stairs; walk the trails; conduct a walking meeting; or take a stretching break!

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exerciseThe RAC is open too!

Hours:

Monday – Thursday  10am-7pm,

Friday 12pm-4pm,

Sunday from 12pm-4pm.

The hours will remain the same until the start of fall quarter.

We anticipate that the number of students using the facility will be much lower than what we have seen in previous quarters so it would be a great time to come and test out a RAC quarterly pass! A quarterly pass is $50.00 and can be purchased for summer quarter starting Monday June 13th from the Cashiering Office. We also offer a $5.00 day pass for those just wanting to drop in occasionally for a group fitness class or to shoot some hoops.

Please send an email to mjones@greenriver.edu if you have any questions about the RAC!

 

Julie French
Health Services Coordinator
Prevention Education
Health Services
Green River College
12401 SE 320th ST
Auburn WA  98092-3699
jfrench@greenriver.edu
253-833-9111 ext. 2430

Breathe easy – Green River is now tobacco-free!

Winners of the Drug Free Schools & Communities Act Drawing

Congratulations to Steve Brumbaugh, Kim Bouchard, Inja Parker and Mariena Mears for winning a Starbucks Gift Card courtesy of Marshall Sampson!

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Steve Brumbaugh, Biology

The Annual Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Notice was sent again this year (as annual notices are wont to) to all employees of Green River College.

According to the Department of Education,“While the regulations do not place an affirmative duty on IHEs [Institutions of Higher Education] to ensure that employees read the materials, in keeping with the spirit of the regulations, institutions should take steps to encourage employees to read the policies.”

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Kim Bouchard, English

What better source of encouragement to maintain a drug-free school environment is there than a Starbucks Gift Card?

One lucky winner from every employee group (Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Classified Staff, and Exempt Staff) was selected at random for a prize from those who read the notice and answered the following correctly:

One of the common complications of the use or abuse of this drug is a ‘bad trip’

The correct answer was of course “Hallucinogens,” “LSD,” or any other acceptable variation.

Inja Parker

Inja Parker, Financial Aid

As an institution receiving federal grant money, we are required by law to maintain a drug-free work place. The supporting laws and regulations along with the relevant consequences for violating them are laid out clearly in the notice.

Drug abuse and addiction is a serious matter and the notice contained a wealth of information about the effects of drugs and alcohol and ways to seek help with addiction.

Find out more from the Department of Education by clicking here.

 

It’s Flu Shot Time!

Posted on behalf of Health Services.

It’s that time of year again. We are well into the quarter and remember it takes a couple of weeks for the flu vaccine to give you the resistance. Planning ahead for the flu season is a good idea.

Flu Shot Time

The next visit from Seattle Visiting Nurse Association is schedule for:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015
    4:30pm-6:00pm in SA, St. Helens room

Don’t forget to review the Patient Consent Form and Vaccine Information Statement (VIS). Completion of the Patient Consent form prior to the clinic helps for a smooth flow and decreased wait time. Lastly, here’s some promotional items on No More Excuses: You Need a Flu Vaccine and FLU F.A.C.T.S. t o be aware of.

If you are not using your insurance coverage they take only check or cash (28.00). For more information contact Julie French.

Get Ready for Flu Season!

Flu season is here again, so make sure to don your NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) gear before leaving the house!Flu Season

Or, thanks to Julie French from Health Services, you can consider getting a flu shot right here on campus:

Seattle Visiting Nurse Association will be providing flu immunization for Green River affiliates this year in the St. Helens Room (SA Student Affairs and Success Center formerly known as the Lindbloom Center). The clinic is scheduled for:

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 8:00am – 10:00am & Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 4:30pm – 6:00pm

You can expect an email soon from Julie with the necessary Patient Consent forms, HIPPAA Notice of Privacy and other flu prevention materials.

Without insurance the fee is 28.00 cash or check.

If you are interested in learning more about the flu, the CDC has a ton of facts for curious readers and people who enjoy movies like Outbreak and Contagion.