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After Hours HEALTH


STRESS- BUSTING TIP OF THE MONTH


Get friendly


BUILDING TRUSTING, EMPATHETIC rela- tionships at work can help counteract workplace anxiety and stress. A study from the University of


Toronto’s Rotman School of Management looked at 267 RCMP officers and found that workplace anxiety creates emotional exhaustion and has a detrimental effect on job performance. But employers can help reduce the


harm done to an employee’s well-being. The findings “highlight the importance of programs that allow employees to ... build resilience and develop strong social support networks,” notes study coauthor Julie McCarthy.— Martha Beach


How I Find Balance


Matt Brown, 41, DMC Chartered Professional Accountants Inc., Prince George, BC


I’M A LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE PRINCE GEORGE CYCLING CLUB — I’ve been racing for about 20 years, starting with mountain bikes. I have had a few second-place [finishes] this year, and I placed 70th out of 1,040 riders in the 160-km race at the Prospera Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan Penticton [an annual cycling event in BC’s wine country]. A lot of the members’ kids are at an age where we’re more comfortable


having them out on the road. So we’ve begun organizing skill sessions on road bikes for the kids, starting off with the basics, in terms of riding in straight lines and braking; and once they’ve mastered that, taking them on the road to learn safety, basic hand signals and calling out dangers in the road. The sport has given me so much over the years, and my kids — who are 16, 14, 12 and 10 — have been involved in many activities. These things don’t happen on their own; if you want the activity and the community to thrive, you need to give back. For me, that’s always been the treasurer role but this is a bit more of a passion. Cycling is a good stress release and a great social activity — I can disconnect


and chat with people and with my kids. The sport also translates well in terms of practice: it fosters the ability to know when to push hard and save your energy, set goals and build endurance. During our tax season, you have to pace yourself and push through to the end. To us, April 30 sometimes seems like an actual race to the finish line! — As told to Wendy Haaf


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Walk it off


TAKING SHORT JAUNTS around the office can keep arteries healthy, finds a University of Missouri study. Aſter young men sat at a desk for six straight hours, researchers found that blood flow to a large artery in the lower leg was reduced. But when participants took a 10-minute walk, blood flow improved, reversing the harmful effects on the artery. When blood flow is reduced, the friction of blood moving inside artery walls is also reduced, says Jaume Padilla, the study’s lead author. The more an artery can expand and respond to blood flow, the healthier it is. — MB


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