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The Tree of Life Wellness Center will be closed today due to our latest snow storm. But don't worry, you can still shop online and it's New England so go out and have some fun in the snow!

Edited by Blackb!rd, DifuWu, Mountain Dew, Ayla and 5 others

Playing in the snow is something that you're never too old to enjoy!

In this article, you'll find the old standby ways to have fun in the snow, as well as some new, more inventive uses for the stuff.

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Driving in Snow and Ice

The best advice for driving in bad winter weather is not to drive at all, if you can avoid it.
Don't go out until the snow plows and sanding trucks have had a chance to do their work, and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.
If you must drive in snowy conditions, make sure your car is prepared, and that you know how to handle road conditions.
It's helpful to practice winter driving techniques in a snowy, open parking lot, so you're familiar with how your car handles. Consult your owner's manual for tips specific to your vehicle.

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Be extra careful if you have a chronic medical condition: Chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure and the cold weather don’t mix. According to Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency medicine physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, cold temperatures and extra physical activity from shoveling snow can be risky, since the cold tends to shrink blood vessels, making the heart pump harder to keep blood flowing to fingers and toes. The combination can significantly increase your risk for a heart attack, especially for those with a history of hypertension, heart disease and stroke.

Don’t drink and shovel: Avoid heading out to shovel after downing a cup of coffee or an alcoholic beverage, because drinking can lead to dehydration. Drinking alcohol can also hasten heat loss, and impair your ability to tell how cold you are while outside. Take breaks while you shovel, and remember to drink water to stay hydrated. Stop shoveling if you start feeling dizzy, or if you experience chest pain or difficulty breathing, and call 911.

Use a smaller shovel or a snowblower: Your blood pressure can sometimes rise sharply if you are lifting heavy snow, so Glatter recommends lifting smaller amounts even if it takes more shovelfuls to clear your driveway, or using a blower to push the snow. Remember to bend your knees to avoid back injuries.

Hold an object or bag in your dominant hand: This could help you to avoid braking a dominant hand or arm if you fall on the ice, according to orthopaedic surgeons from New York’s Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Since falls happen fast, people often instinctively try to break their fall with their dominant hands and arms — the right side for right-handers, and the left for left-handers — making everyday life difficult during recovery. If you hold something in your dominant hand, you are less likely to use it when you fall, and therefore less likely to injure it severely.

“Do the Shuffle”:  If you are walking across ice, shuffle your feet by moving them very slightly apart as you shoot across the ice. This gives you better balance on slippery surfaces.


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