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Do It Yourself - Safely!

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Health & Wellness Tip for December:
We have all experienced nearly a year of reduced activities outside our homes, which means for a lot of us, we have considered that list of repairs and projects around our homes. While this is great exercise it can also be great risk, so let us review some cautionary tips before you Do-it-yourself (DIY).

Ladders: Did you know ladders are rated for their weight support. Type III is for those under 200 pounds, for lightweight, low hanging needs. Type II and lower numbers are rated for more weight. Be sure to check your ladder for the rating, and also to make sure it is in good working condition: no loose rungs or bolts and no cracked side rails. Never step on the top 2 rungs of your ladder, or use aluminum ladders near electric wires. Lean ladders against vertical surfaces at an angle, using the 4 to 1 rule: 1 foot spread angle for each 4 feet of height.

Chainsaws: avoid them unless you have been properly trained.

Wear quality safety glasses. This is especially true when using a weed wacker or strong cleaners.

Dress for the job: watch out for dangling sleeves and jewelry and be sure to wear secure foot coverings.

Always do your homework before any DIY project.

While you are at it, check around your living spaces indoors to assure you are living safely. Do throw rugs create tripping hazard, are cupboards over-crowded, is lighting adequate, are floors
slippery, are smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors working properly (did you change the batteries on daylight savings day?), are stairs free of clutter, do you have grab bars available
in tubs, are safety gates in place and secure, are TVs and dressers secured to the wall, are all passage ways uncluttered in case of emergency exit, do you have flashlights and fire extinguishers available throughout the house, and are all cleaning products stored safely?

These and other safety tips are readily available from the American Safety Council and GuideOne Insurance, among other google searches. Visit Vivint.Smarthome for checklists specific for elderly. Setter (email ) provides specific home inspections and/or online safety checkups.

And don’t forget your Holiday decorating safety: American Safety Council provides these reminders for your Outdoor Decorating Safety:

“Whether you are turning your yard into Santa’s Workshop or stringing a few lights around your cozy cottage, neighborhoods full of twinkling lights are a staple of holiday cheer. But before you
dazzle onlookers, make sure you are aware of the precautions you need to take in order to light up the night safely.

Do not overload power circuits with lights;
Make sure all plugs are tight.
Keep your feet on the ladder with your body weight centered.
Wear slip-resistant shoes and make sure the ladder is dry and clean.
Ladders should extend at least 3 feet above your roof.
Never stand above the second rung from the top of a ladder.”

For indoor considerations, see

Have a safe holiday season!
Provided by Phil Mowrey as a member of the Health & Wellness Committee

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Meet Christy and an Exercise Resource

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We want to share more about the people on our Health and Wellness Team - their stories that give them the drive to participate in this ministry. This week, meet Christy Harbinson, a passionate fitness instructor, and a resource she's sharing with the Arcola community!

My name is Christy Harbinson. My husband Andy and I have 3 boys: Josh, in college, Jeremy and Aaron both in high school. Fitness is my passion! I am AFAA Group Certified giving me the opportunity to teach my favorite group training: bootcamps!

I have been teaching group fitness for 8 years; I owned my own business in TX for 4 years and I've been teaching here in VA for roughly 4 years. For me, meeting a client where they are in their fitness journey, helping them grow from that point and obtaining the goal is most rewarding. That keeps me going!

I work for The company Fitness Image Results. My manager is a wonderful Christian manager, Jeff Strahan, who has been in business over 16 years with a great following in Brambleton, Loudoun Valley, Lovettsville, and Purcellville.

I am a member of the Health and Wellness Committee at Arcola. The leadership is excellent and the committee is made of people working in different health related fields. My family and I joined Arcola in 2017. We feel right at home at Arcola. Pastor Chris is the best! We are grateful for Arcola and so happy to be part of the Arcola Church family.

Being physically active is important in all seasons of life, but particularly right now during the pandemic. Fitness Image Results, the company Christy works for, is sharing free Boot Camp Live videos on their Facebook page throughout the week! This is a great opportunity to stay in shape at home. We're sharing the link with their permission here:

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