Mission of Wellness Committee
The mission of the Wellness Committee is to promote healthy development of the mind, body and spirit of the members of the Central Methodist University Community through physical exercise, health and fitness awareness, educational programs, and recreational activities.
Definition of Wellness
The concept of wellness advocates a balanced approach to life and includes social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational and physical components.
Wellness Focus: Back Pain
At some point, most of us will suffer from back pain. It can happen because of something as small as sleeping in a strange position, or it can be from something more serious like an accident or injury. With 63% of Americans now overweight or obese, back pain is on the rise due to the strain of that excess weight on the body. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor or miss work.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to lower how often you have back paid - and how bad it gets.
- Exercise on a regular basis to increase muscle strength and balance.
- Use good posture.
- Eat a healthy diet with plenty of calcium and vitamin D to strengthen your spine.
- Don't lift anything heavy. Be sure to support your back by keeping it straight when you do have to lift heavy objects and always lift with your leg muscles.
- Stay at a healthy body weight.
- Don't smoke. Smoking restricts blood flow to the discs that cushion your vertebrae, lowers calcium absorption and prevents new bone growth.
- Moderation! Don't be a weekend warrior with sports or overdo it with chores around the house.
- Try to lower the stress in your life.
- Keep your core muscles strong.
When is back pain serious?
Most back pain goes away on its own with the right exercise and preventive steps, but some back pain may be a sign of other health problems. Be sure to talk to your doctor if:
- Pain goes down your leg below your knee.
- Your leg, foot, groin or rectal area feels numb.
- You have fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, weakness or sweating.
- You lose control over going to the bathroom.
- Your pain was caused by an injury.
- Your pain is so intense you can't move around.
- Your pain doesn't seem to be getting better after two to three weeks.
Information provided by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This information is intended for educational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult your physician for advice about changes that may affect your health.