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For most people, shoveling snow will likely not lead to any health problems, however, the American Heart Association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some.

The combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart, the association said. People who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a heavy shovel full of snow. Even walking through heavy, wet snow or snowdrifts can strain a person’s heart.

To help make snow removal safer, the American Heart Association has compiled a list of practical tips.
• Give yourself a break. Take frequent rest breaks during shoveling so you don’t overstress your heart. Pay attention to how your body feels during those breaks.
• Don’t eat a heavy meal before or soon after shoveling. Eating a large meal can put an extra load on your heart.
• Use a small shovel or consider a snow thrower. The act of lifting heavy snow can raise blood pressure acutely during the lift. It is safer to lift smaller amounts more times than to lug a few huge shovelfuls of snow. When possible, simply push the snow.
• Learn the heart attack warning signs and listen to your body, but remember this: Even if you’re not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives – maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 911.

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Oral hygiene, pearly white teeth and smiling faces were the order of the day at

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Owens dental hygiene student Allysha Wells of
Forest, Ohio, provides free dental service to
Cole McClary of Perrysburg. (Photo courtesy
of Owens Community College)

Owens Community College as more than 150 area children received free dental service courtesy of the Dental Hygiene program as part of the nationwide Give Kids A Smile Day Feb. 5.

 

Owens’ Dental Hygiene program, in collaboration with the Toledo Dental Society, was among thousands of organizations that provided free dental services and educational outreach for “at-risk” children across the country.

For 5-year-old Bailey Hillman, of Luckey, the experience of having her teeth cleaned was “pretty cool.” Showing off her shiny white teeth to her grandmother, Sharon Swartz, also of Luckey, Bailey was excited to see her take-home gifts that included SpongeBob Squarepants toothpaste.

“I like my new toothpaste because SpongeBob is my favorite,” she said. Having my teeth cleaned tickled a little bit.”

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Coffee lovers seeking a standout cup of blended coffee may have a hard time, Consumer Reports coffee experts say.

In fact, none of the 37 caffeinated and decaffeinated varieties CR tested earned an Excellent or Very Good rating. However, java lovers can still find at least a few good cups of coffee. Starbucks House Blend and Green Mountain Signature Nantucket Blend Medium Roast perked to the top of the 14 caffeinated blends that earned a Good rating from Consumer Reports. At 26 and 23 cents per cup respectively, both offer a good combination of taste and price, the experts said. Both have an earthy, woody taste, but Starbucks was found to be a fairly bitter to very bitter darker roast, while the Green Mountain has green/sharp flavor.

There’s slightly better news for decaf drinkers. Although none of the 13 decaf blends CR tested scored higher than Good, several performed at least as well as their caffeinated brand mates, which is quite a feat, because the decaffeination process can harm flavor.

Allegro Organic Decaf Blend Medium Dark, Peet’s Decaf House Blend, Caribou Daybreak Coffee Morning Blend Decaf, and Bucks County Decaf Breakfast Blend were among the better scoring varieties.

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Giving money to people along road

Do you feel compelled to give money to people holding signs along the road asking for money?
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