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Briefs: Work in a workout at work

work in a workout at work

Exercising at your desk won't make you an athlete, but it might keep you alive, experts say. "It's different from someone who wants fitness like an athlete might," says Ethel Frese, associate professor of physical therapy with St. Louis University. "The intensity level of an activity can be much less than people think,'' she says. The best results come from a 10- to 20-minute walk during lunch, using the stairs and not the elevator, walking to deliver a message rather than using e-mail and parking farther away from your office.

Detox your home

Toxic chemicals in our everyday lives can cause cold and flulike symptoms, says Debra Lynn Dadd, "the Queen of Green," as the New York Times dubbed her. She's the author of Home Safe Home (Tarcher, $19.95, 480 pages). She suggests a few ways to avoid toxins (her Web site is

Open a window. It's good to open one every now and then to let toxic fumes from heating and cooling systems out and fresh air in.

Avoid disinfectants. These aerosols can contain many immunotoxicants that reduce the ability to fight off infection from the germs they are killing. Use hot water or tea tree oil instead.

Sleep on untreated cotton or linen sheets. All polyester/cotton and permanent press cotton sheets are treated with a formaldehyde finish that can't be removed and that can cause runny noses, itchy eyes and other cold and flulike symptoms.

Discussing cancer

Of the estimated 1.4-million adults in the United States who will be diagnosed with cancer this year, approximately 25 percent will have a child 18 years old or younger. Many parents will wonder about how and what to tell their children about their cancer and their treatment. The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has a new Family Connections Web site,, with information developed with oncology professionals and parents with cancer, as well as their children. There's guidance on how to talk with kids from preschool through high school. Topics include explaining treatments, helping children cope and talking with the children's teachers. It also lists links to many other Web sites.

Compiled from Times staff, wires

Briefs: Work in a workout at work 11/03/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 8:44am]
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