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Living an Intentional Life

Mind, body, and soul work together to make the best of our lives. Innate health and natural talent is amazing; however, it’s also necessary to be intentional. We need to put in the effort to care for each part of our being. Medical check-ups and dentist appointments are well embedded in our lives. Other expressions of healthy living, such as yoga and psychotherapy, have gained ground because they truly enhance our lives. This makes us stronger and more resilient. What are you doing in the studio of your mind, body, and soul to make the best of your life?

Learning-Related Vision Disorders

While 20/20 vision is a great start, our vision is also related to how well our eyes work together with our brain to process visual information. Many children who suffer with vision problems can go undiagnosed since learning-related vision disorders may not be revealed through a regular eye exam. Lack of eye movement control, focusing difficulties, poor visual memory, and much more can make learning seem overwhelming. Without fundamental visual skills, children may have more difficulty with reading, writing, and comprehension at school. A developmental optometrist diagnoses and provides treatment options for learning-related vision disorders.

Hooray For Spring!

Spring cleaning can be a pain in the butt – so here are a few tips to help make it more manageable. When the grass needs raking, be sure to alternate holding the rake on the right and left to avoid overloading the muscles on one side. When bending over to bag the grass, make sure you are bending from the hips (hip-hinge) rather than curling the lower back. If you need to work from the ground for a while, it is a better idea to kneel with kneepads or squat. If you start to feel your back muscles tightening, stop what you are doing and take a break.

Should You Stop Driving?

As we age, driving may become more difficult or stressful due to health issues, vision problems, or slower reaction times. So, how can we tell when it might be time to stop driving? If you answer yes to some of the following questions, consider having a conversation with your doctor or looking into getting a driving assessment done. Ask yourself: Have I had some accidents, even minor ones? Do I get lost even on roads I know well? Do I have trouble staying in my lane? Do other drivers often honk at me? Do things seem to appear out of nowhere?

Eye Care for All-day Computer Users

Depending on the study, 50 to 90 per cent of people who are on their computers a lot experience issues with their eyes, including eye strain, red eyes, and eye twitching. Unfortunately, those of us using computers for work can’t just turn them off and walk away; we need to find ways to care for our eyes in spite of our computer use. The first step is to get an eye exam to evaluate how your eyes are doing today. After that, there are actions you can take to protect your eyes as much as possible, such as reducing ambient lighting and using floor lights rather than overhead fluorescent lights.

Walking – The Activity of a Lifetime

Exercise does not have to be complicated. We almost always have access to somewhere to walk, and walking is a great activity. If you are going to walk and haven’t done so in a while start slowly. We recommend increasing the length of the walk by 10% per week maximum. If you have been walking and want to know what you can do to increase your intensity, speed up or add some stairs to your walk. Getting to a moderate to vigorous intensity during your walk requires you to be at a point where you are working so hard that you are feeling challenged and almost out of breath.

Clean Eating: Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

2 cups + 3 tbsp gluten free all-purpose flour, 1 7.5-g package active dry yeast, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp maple syrup, 1 1/2 tbsp butter (melted), 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 cup warm water. Directions: Mix flour, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Add the maple syrup, melted butter, olive oil and warm water and mix until combined. Using your hands, form the dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450. Spread the dough onto a pizza pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Add your healthy toppings and place back in the oven until heated through. Enjoy!

Words to Live By

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
-John Wooden

Fit for the Job?

Whatever physical activities are involved at your job, a physiotherapist will test your functional abilities to make sure you are able to carry out all of your work demands. Can you lift 50 lbs with proper mechanics? Are you safe to climb ladders? Do you have good balance? Do you have enough muscular endurance? Don’t guess, take the test! Physiotherapists can also measure spinal range of motion – a stiff spine is a predictor of possible injury. By testing your push/pull/lift and carry, a physiotherapist can help to PREVENT injuries and keep you working. Remember, “Work Shouldn’t Hurt!”

Richard Van, BMR-PT,

Imagination is a Gift of Healing

Imagine what you would do, where you would go or who you would be if you had the opportunity, for just a few hours, to make that happen? When we visualize our preferred-self we might discover many things. It could lead us to make an important decision to change something that’s been bothersome. It might help us solve a problem or create a new venture. Many of life’s simple and complex discoveries and innovations have come from the use of imagination. Emotional healing can also be accessed through the mind’s ability to envision a new beginning and make appropriate changes. What are you doing with your imagination these days?

Gerry Goertzen, MA Registered Psychotherapist, Riverbend Counselling & Wellness,

See Better In Any Light

Every day our vision is affected but light in one way or another. Glare reduces visual acuity and is less aesthetically pleasing. Ultra violet rays assault eyes everywhere, 365 days a year. These UV A and UV B rays are invisible but accelerate eye aging, especially cataracts. Changing light conditions causes visual discomfort, squinting, and dark/ light adaptation stress. If your lenses are dirty or scratched this will increase light scatter and reduce your visual acuity. Poor contrast and indoor blue light in the visual environment cause eye fatigue. Your Optometrist can guide you and recommend protection for these everyday lighting quality concerns. Your solution may be personalized depending on your environment at work and play, to bring light under control.

Dr. Douglas Puttaert, Optometrist, East St. Paul EyeCare,