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For Immediate Release,
6/20/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
Stretch your way to better health
National Safety Council promotes ergonomic safety this National Safety Month
 
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council on June 23 will launch its Ergonomics week as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Throughout the week, useful resources on preventing ergonomic injuries will be available. 
 
No matter the workplace environment, identifying and reporting discomfort, pain or numbness early on can help prevent ergonomic injuries. Stretching breaks throughout the day can also provide numerous benefits to your health, including stress relief and relief of muscle fatigue.
 
Before starting a stretching program, consult your doctor if you have recently had surgery or muscle problems. Here are some basics to get you started:
  • Stretches should be held for 5 to 30 seconds— do not bounce
  • Breathe deeply and slowly while performing stretches
  • Pain is not gain—you should only stretch until you feel a mild tension that relaxes as you hold the stretch
The Council is calling on organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and crossword puzzles are available for free download at nsc.org/nsm. Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote ergonomic safety.
 
NSC thanks National Safety Month sponsors Grainger and Toyota for their commitment to safety.
 
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
 
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