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Jonesboro -- Heather Flanigan Reports

Winter Weather Can Be Hazardous To Health

December 23, 2004 – Posted at 4:49 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- The winter storm that hit Region 8 left quiet a mess in its wake. Folks were left with as much as 10 inches of snow to deal with, and with Jack Frost nipping at our toes; our door activities can be risky.

Charles Yauger spent his morning shoveling snow. “I went out and bought the shovel and started using it,” said Yauger.

“It's definitely harder than it looks. Once you do it for a while, the cold doesn't really get to you and its good exercise, I guess,” said Steven Adair who shoveled snow in front of his families business.

Not many people will say that shoveling snow is a lot of fun.

“I haven't really had a chance to make a snowball or anything yet, but just getting back to work,” said Adair.

The strenuous work can cause health problems. Cold temperatures and heavy snow can make for long hours outside.

“When the winds blow, the wind-chill will drop. You just need to make sure everything is covered. Any exposed skin, fingers and toes are very susceptible, nose, ears,” said Dr. Cole Peck of St Bernards Medical Center, “You just want to bundle up, and the least amount of skin exposed is the best.”

Medical officials say when cleaning up after the big storm, it's best not to over exert yourself. “When your shoveling snow, the common thing to injury is your back, when you’re lifting the snow. It gets pretty heavy,” said Dr. Peck, “If your out there and you haven't worked out for a while you want to make sure, especially if your old, that your not over exerting your heart.”

And if you don't want to spend the holidays in the emergency room, it's best to take the doctors advice.

“Just limit the exposure and if you have to get out, make sure you bundle up. This would be a good day to watch TV basically,” laughed Dr. Peck.

You are definitely getting a workout when clearing the drive. Exercise experts say shoveling heavy snow requires as much energy as running 9 miles per hour!

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