Digital Health and WellnessRachel Poston, Lauren Farmer, Katie Whisler, Jenna Rembold,Ashley Munk
Eye Safety:• Many people spend hours upon hours in front of the computer• Due to staring constantly at the screen, some people tend to develop eye strain• When you are in front of the computer for long amounts of time, eye safety is an important key to be aware of for your health and wellnessSymptoms of eye strain are: Ways to prevent eye strain are:• Red, watery, irritated eyes • Position the computer farther away• Tired, aching, or heavy eyelids • Minimize light reflections and glares• Problems with focusing • Take breaks on focusing to reduce eye• Muscle spasms of the eye or eyelid fatigue• Headache • Keep the eyes lubricated• Backache
Repetitive Stress Syndrome: A repetitive stress disorder is an injury to a part of the body that is caused by overusing or exerting to much stress on that body part These conditions are often focused on a joint and usually affect the muscle, bone, tendon or bursa of the joint However other anatomical features and areas can be stressed and their response to that stress can be an injury How to reduce Repetitive Stress Disorder when using technology: VideoSome stress disorders are:- Carpal tunnel syndrome - Tendonitis- Tennis elbow - Blackberry thumb- Trigger finger
Sound Ergonomic Practices: Ergonomic — Intended to provide optimum comfort and to avoid stress or injury All of these tips help reduce unnatural positions and prevent injuriesSetup: Position your body, monitor, and keyboard in a straight line to avoid uncomfortable positions Take breaks often to prevent discomfort, tiredness, or strainAdjust The Chair So: Your thighs are horizontal The seat’s back supports the lower and middle back Your feet rest flat on the floor
Sound Ergonomic Practices Continued:Trays and Wrist Rests: Adjust the angle of keyboard trays to keep your keyboard flat Do not use wrist rests when typing to prevent Carpal Tunnel SyndromeMouse and Keyboard: Keep shoulders and arms relaxed Keep wrists straight Place the mouse near the keyboardMonitor: Adjust the screen to avoid reflection from lights and windows Keep the screen slightly below eye level to avoid neck strain. Angle the monitor slightly backwards Clean your screen regularly
Internet Addiction: Warning Signs:• Denial and lying about the amount of time spent on the computer• Lying about what you are doing on the computer• Excessive fatigue and changes in sleeping habits, such as getting up early or staying up late to spend more time online• Academic performance worsens because you prioritize the internet before your school work• Withdrawal from friends and declining interest in hobbies• Irritability when cut-off from computer use• Disobedience or acting out
Other Digital Health and Wellness Issues: Psychological - Cyber Bullying - Cyber Stalking No social interaction - Without speaking face to face with someone it is hard to build vitalsocial skills needed in the real world Less time outdoors - Staying indoors will deprive you of the vitamin D we receive fromthe sun Inactivity - Physical activity is important for a healthy lifestyle. Technology,such as computers, encourages the opposite
Sources:http://medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/healthcare_services/eye_care/eye_safety_at_computer/Pages/index.aspxhttp://ergonomics.about.com/od/repetitivestressinjuries/f/whatisrstressd.htmhttp://www.ergonomictimes.com/article.php?articleID=9http://www.whas11.com/news/consumer/Dangers-of-Technology-Cyber-bulling-stalking-can-have-damaging-effects-70539877.htmlAll images came from Google images
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