Walking Program Participants “Step It Up” at the Arnot Mall

Last night, members of the Arnot Health “Step It Up” walking program met at the Arnot Mall for a mid-point check in. “Step It Up,” which began with a kick-off event on April 7, is a free 6-week community walking program designed to improve overall health through a focus on improved nutrition and increased activity.

More than 20 participants showed up for the mid-program event, which began with a stretch and warm-up routine in the community room at the mall. The group then dispersed in several directions so that each member walked a full lap around the interior of the mall; the estimated distance was over a half mile.

Once they returned, Nykole Parks, Community Health Services Coordinator for Arnot Health, asked about their progress so far and gave some tips to keep participants motivated during the second half of the “Step It Up!” program.

On May 19, a program End Event will celebrate the overall progress of each member. Health screenings that were initiated in the opening event will be performed again to track participant progress.

“Step It Up!” is sponsored by Arnot Health, Chemung County Health Department, Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council, and Creating Health Places to Live, Work and Play. For more information, or to find out how you can be a part of this program next time it’s offered, visit www.arnothealth.org/weight-loss-and-healthy-habits-step-it-up-program.

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Is Your Clothing Bad For Your Health?

For most of us, picking an outfit for the day is driven by a few factors including where we plan on going (work, the grocery store, hiking, etc.), what is seasonably appropriate, and to a varying degree, what looks good. When we are getting dressed or picking out clothes at the store, we are typically thinking thinks like, “Is this flattering? Is it appropriate for work/school/etc.? Does it match my new shoes? Does it match anything I have in my closet?” One question that isn’t typically top of mind (but might be the most important) is, “Is this bad for my health?” If that question wouldn’t even occur to you to ask, than the rest of this article may just be great information for you …

How Can Your Clothes be Bad for You?

In general, wearing cloths isn’t particularly bad for you. In fact, I would venture that wearing them on a daily basis probably keeps you out of trouble. However, there are a few things we should be cognizant of when we’re picking out our attire. Here are just a few examples:

Bowties, Neckties, and Shirt Collars:
Make sure you are measuring correctly for your shirt collar size and wearing your ties loose enough to feel comfortable. If they are too small or tight, you may be causing a decrease in blood flow to your head, causing tingling and numbness, in addition to, well, less blood flowing to the brain. According to the British Journal of Ophthalmology, wearing your shirt collar too tight can even increase intraocular pressure, possibly leading to glaucoma. How many men could possibly be walking around with their collars and ties to tight? According to some studies, it’s as high as 70%!

Skinny Jeans:
We’ve all seen them, and a vast majority of us may even have a pair or two. However, if you do have them, check for these signs that they are a little too tight: tingling in the thigh, numbness, or the feeling that your foot is no longer under you. If you have any of these symptoms when you’re sporting your trendy trousers, it may be time to take them off and opt for a looser-fitting style.

Tight Belts & Tight-Waisted Pants:
Belts and the waistband of your pants are designed to keep your britches on, not change your shape. Wearing your belt cinched too tight a waistband a few sizes to snug can cause a myriad of problems including acid reflux, indigestion, bowl discomfort, and can even cause temporary nerve damage.

Compression Wear/Shape Wear:
Shape wear (Spanx, etc.) are designed to smooth you out, not shrink you down. Wearing a garment of this nature is not inherently bad, you just have to make sure it’s the right size. Much like a tight belt, shape wear can cause increased acid reflux and indigestion. In addition, wearing restrictive clothing can limit your lung capacity and ability to breathe. If you are uncomfortable, lightheaded, or you’re experiencing trouble breathing, it’s too tight.

Finding clothes that fit could be better for your health

So the next time you open those closet doors and decide on an outfit, make sure you add one additional question to your list … “Is this a healthy choice?” Wearing clothes should be a comfortable experience. If something doesn’t feel right, choose another option. Don’t sacrifice your health for fashion.

If you’d like more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beth Dollinger, click here to find her contact information listed in our provider directory.