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Sedentary lifestyle, not shoveling itself, contributes to health hazards

This probably isn’t news to you but shoveling that wet, heavy snow can be a real pain in the neck, err back. Unfortunately, some people have experienced that shoveling snow has led to aches, pains and in some severe instances heart attacks.

And while true in certain cases, the problem isn’t solely dependent upon the snow shoveling activity itself but rather the sedentary lifestyle that some of these people live.

Shoveling is a lot of work and you do use a lot of muscles in your legs, arms and back which places extra strain on your heart.

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Summer safety tips: Hydration is a must

This summer you might be planning to get outside and partake in a variety of fun activities. But whether you’re planning to hike, play bocce ball or just relax in the water, it’s important that you stay safe and stay hydrated.

William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health, is here to offer his summer safety tips for staying hydrated:

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5 health tips every dad should know

With Father’s Day right around the corner, Health Talk is putting the focus on dads this week.

With the help of William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health, Health Talk compiled a list of essential health tips for dad to help keep him healthy for a long time.

Roberts’ health tips for dad are:

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Nurses pursue independence from physician supervision

Across the country, nursing groups are advocating for legislation allowing them to practice without a doctor’s supervision. For years, nurses have worked under doctors in the exam room. Now, social workers, health policy experts and organizations like the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) are joining to push for change…

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Transitioning from the treadmill to outdoor running

The weather is slowly changing and soon many runners who have been cooped up all winter will begin the transition from the treadmill to outdoor running.

For the most part, this transition is not too difficult to make as long as you do not suddenly increase your volume of running.

“Spring can give you renewed energy, so be careful you do not increase your pace too quickly – same as the start of a race giving you a boost in energy or feeling that you can go faster than you are trained to do,” said William Roberts, M.D., professor with the University of Minnesota Medical School, Family Medicine and Community Health.

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U of M expert: When it comes to New Year’s exercise resolutions, do something you like

We’re now a week into 2013 and many of you are well on your way to success with your New Year’s resolutions. One of, if not the most popular New Year’s resolutions is exercise. If you’re one of the millions of people who vowed to have exercise as part of your recipe for personal improvement in 2013, Health Talk has just the video for you!

William Roberts, M.D., professor of family medicine and community health, recommends you start slowly if making exercise your 2013 New Year’s resolution. Roberts strongly encourages taking up exercise, but says those new to the exercise routine should gradually increase activity over time, building up to 60 minutes of activity almost every day.

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