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  • Core Products Supports the Great American Smokeout- November 20th, 2014

    Posted on November 16, 2014 by Core Products

    The Great American Smokeout is a day, created by the American Cancer Society, dedicated to help people to quit smoking.

    Many people may believe that smoking is a habit of the past, but according to the American Cancer Society, “Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.”

    There is an abundance of educational information available to Americans that highlights why Tobacco use causes health problems, but yet 42 million Americans are still smoking cigarettes. How does that happen?

    First, I think it is important to understand why Americans start smoking cigarettes. The most common reasons Americans begin smoking cigarettes are:

    • to be “cool” or because other friends are smoking
    •  for weight-loss
    •  oral fixation
    • to relieve stress or anxiety

    However, once Americans begin smoking why do they have trouble stopping? The number one answer is simple: they are addicted to nicotine, a stimulant drug found in cigarettes.

    How to battle addiction? Begin with a plan!

    The first step of any plan to quit is to select a day to stop smoking (hint: November 20th, 2014 (The Great American Smokeout)

    Core Products believes that the most important step to overcoming addiction is to begin with a plan. The Great American Smokeout is a great day to start this plan; therefore, for all you smokers out there on November 20th, 2014 plan to be tobacco-free. Even if you are unable to be fully-kick the habit on this particular day, ensure you spend Thursday, November 20th tobacco-free. Core Products believes spending one day being tobacco-free is the first step to quitting smoking.

    Quick Tip: If you believe you will need to utilize an over-the-counter product or a prescription drug from your doctor to quit smoking; such as a nicotine replacement product like Nicotine gum, Core Products suggests you  start using these products on November 20th – on the Great American Smokeout!

    For more information about the Great American Smokeout or to understand how to quit, visit:

    Sources: http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index?gclid=Cj0KEQiA-PGiBRDRz4jH9o39yZwBEiQAWCBZNV8NGPciONM6036seFcKHqBUTTrXzIUL5B8U6GUqI5QaAsEP8P8HAQ

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  • Treating Achilles Pain

    Posted on November 14, 2014 by Core Products

    Achilles pain – more specifically, Achilles tendonitis – is a common ailment in runners and some athletes. Tired or sore calf muscles transfer too much of the work onto the Achilles causing it to become inflamed. Increasing mileage too quickly (runners) or simply overtraining are two of the main causes. Another cause is improperly stretching the calf muscles after a run or working out.

    If you start to experience any pain in your Achilles tendon, stop what you’re doing and rest. Ice can be applied to help reduce any inflammation as well as ibuprofen. A foam roller is also a good idea for targeting the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. However, if the pain persists after rest and self-treatment please go see your doctor. Severe enough pain could be an indication of a tear or rupture of the Achilles tendon.

    The easiest way to help reduce the chances of Achilles tendonitis is to strengthen your calf muscles by doing calf raises on stairs, a curb, or any other raised surface. Stand on the balls of your feet with your legs straight. Drop your heels down and count to 10. Incorporating rest into your training schedule is also key.

    When recovering from Achilles pain, ease back into exercise and gradually increase your activity level. Avoid activities like hill running that increase the burden of stress placed on the Achilles tendon. Stretching daily – even on days you don’t run or work out – is a great idea. Cross training with another activity that is low-impact (like cycling or swimming) is another great way to maintain a certain level of fitness without increasing the risk of re-injuring your sore Achilles tendon.

    If this is a recurring problem, buying a new pair of training shoes can make a world of difference. Replacing old, worn out shoes is a must. Consider visiting a running specialty store to find the proper fit of shoe for your specific needs.

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  • Top Tips for Running in the Cold

    Posted on November 9, 2014 by Core Products

    As seasons change and the clock falls back, outdoor runners face several obstacles they don’t run into during warmer, longer summer and early fall days. Runners have to deal with dropping temperatures and shorter days, as the sun rises later and sets earlier. Sometimes, due to inclement weather, runners also have to deal with hazardous conditions such as slippery or icy roads, sidewalks, and trails.

    But cold weather and the associated hurdles don’t mean you need to stop running outdoors altogether. Follow these cold-weather running tips to keep pounding the pavement – or your local trail – year-round.

    Cold-weather running tips:

    1. Wear layers. It’s important to stay warm while running, but you want to be sure you can take off that extra top layer if you get too hot during a long run. Wearing thin layers will help to trap warm air, which keeps you warmer than simply wear one big, heavy jacket. When choosing your layers, avoid cotton, at least on the bottom layer. Instead, opt for a sweat-wicking fabric. Don’t forget that the layering rule applies to your socks, too – you want to keep those toes warm and dry!
    2.  Stay dry with a waterproof jacket. Fall and winter are notorious for precipitation in most parts of the country, and the weather can change at the drop of a dime. Wearing a waterproof outer layer will ensure you stay dry (or at least dryer).
    3. Cover your ears and hands. A headband, earmuffs or hat is essential for keeping your ears – which will get cold very quickly – insulated. We lose heat through any surface of our body that isn’t covered, so don’t forget gloves, too.
    4. Make sure your outer layer has reflective properties or buy a reflective vest to wear on top of all your layers. As the days get shorter, there’s less sunlight and more possibility that drivers won’t see a runner. By wearing a reflective vest or reflective clothing, as well as opting for light or fluorescent colors, you’ll be more easily spotted by oncoming traffic, greatly increasing your safety.
    5. Wear shoes with less mesh. In addition to two layers of socks (find ones that wick away sweat), try to find a pair of shoes with the less mesh. The more mesh, the more likely water in standing puddles, rain and snow will get into your shoes, causing your feet to become wet and cold.
    6. Hydration still matters, so be sure to bring along a water bottle or wear a hydration belt, especially on longer runs.
    7. Be mindful of ice and slippery patches on the road. In winter, it’s safer to opt for maintenance miles rather than speed running. A steady pace will allow you to pay more attention to your surroundings. Also be careful when running around corners, as this is when many people tend to fall on ice and slippery surfaces.

    Keep extras in your car. If you take a car to a park or trails to go running, be sure to keep an extra pair of shoes, extra layers, and even a towel or two to help you dry off in case you get caught in a rain or snow storm.

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  • 5 Steps to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

    Posted on November 4, 2014 by Core Products

    Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The Plantar Fascia is a ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone on the arch of the foot. The injury can occur at any age, but is most common in middle-aged people or young people who are on their feet throughout the day. It is often slow to develop and can be extremely painful and debilitating. Typical symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are: Stabbing heel pain, inflammation, and trouble walking.

    Plantar Fasciitis is avoidable, but often difficult to notice in the early stages. Stay alert and on your feet with these five steps to prevent Plantar Fasciitis:

    1. Take care of your feet:  If you are required to stand most of the day at work, consider standing on a rubber mat to alleviate pressure. If you develop Plantar Fasciitis, it is the perfect opportunity to get yourself a Great Foot Massage!
    2. Watch your weight:  An extra five to ten pounds keeps you out of your favorite jeans, and adds extra pressure to your feet. To save money on new pants and avoid foot pain, try to stay at a healthy weight and remain active.
    3. STRETCH: Stretch your Achilles Tendon and Calf In the morning and before working out.  While sitting, place a towel around the arch of your foot and pull both ends back toward your chest. Repeat this stretch throughout the day to reduce tightness and sidestep pain.
    4. Proper arch support: Arch support is a great way to thwart Plantar Fasciitis. If you feel pain in your foot, pick a new pair of shoes with a cushioned sole and arch support. *If you use a heel wedge, use it in both shoes!
    5. Don’t “Tough it Out”: Consult your doctor if you fear you might be developing Plantar Fasciitis. Take off your shoes and kick up your feet whenever you have the chance and let those puppies breathe! If left untreated, Plantar Fasciitis can develop into even more painful Heel Spurs. Heel Spurs are much harder to treat and often result in cortisone injections or therapy.

    If you develop arch pain or Plantar Fasciitis, try Core Products’ Dual Comfort CorPak and CorPak Soft Comfort packs to reduce swelling with ice or apply heat.  The versatile packs help to relieve pain from strains, sprains, and other injuries.

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  • Lending a Hand: Helping Loved Ones with Arthritis

    Posted on November 3, 2014 by Core Products

    Living with arthritis is a challenge. Those suffering from arthritis often deal with pain on a daily basis, and while arthritis isn’t a life sentence, it does affect the way people go about their day-to-day lives. Their joints ache and swell, and it can be difficult to move around or complete everyday tasks that most of us take for granted. For someone with arthritis, managing work, family and life in general can be draining. But looking after and caring for someone with arthritis isn’t easy, either.

    It’s difficult to adjust to living with arthritis, especially when a person faces the loss of their independence, or even just a portion of their physical independence. It’s hard to ask for help, and many people never will – they want to maintain as much freedom as possible. Whether you are someone’s primary caretaker or if you simply care about a person who is in chronic pain and want to help, the most important thing you can do is find the right balance between providing support while also nurturing your loved one’s independence.

    The first step in lending a helping hand to loved ones with arthritis is to ask. Ask how they are feeling. Ask how you can help. Open up an avenue of two-way communication and let your loved one know that you are there to support them in whatever way they need.

    Offer to help your loved one with exercises and therapies prescribed as treatment by their doctor. If you are a primary caretaker, help with managing daily medications and doctor’s appointments. Actually lend your hand – open jars, open doors, lift heavy objects, carry the laundry, change the sheets and help with physically demanding tasks that might cause pain in someone who has arthritis.

    An arthritis diagnosis can be overwhelming and painful. One of the best ways you can help your loved one cope is to help them in finding advice, treatments and any benefits that they may be entitled to. There is a sea of information out there, and processing everything can be a daunting task for anyone, especially someone in chronic pain. Helping to mine through the information will take a weight off your loved one’s shoulders, and they will appreciate your efforts to learn more about what they are going through.

    There is no right or wrong way to help a loved one with arthritis. Just letting them know that you are there to help and support them no matter what will mean the world.

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  • 6 Ways to Improve Your Posture

    Posted on October 30, 2014 by Core Products

    Poor posture can lead to chronic muscle and joint pain over time, which is why it’s important to break bad habits such as slouching and hunching before the damage is incurred. Here are six ways for you to improve your posture throughout the day.

    1)     Strengthen Your Core

    It’s important to prevent back and shoulder muscle atrophy so that your body doesn’t begin adopting a poor alignment over time. By practicing a few simple exercises to strengthen your core on a regular basis, you’ll build muscle memory so that your body assumes the correct posture without conscious effort or strain.

    2)     Head Up, Shoulders Back

    If you’re able to see your shoulder blades, your back is too rounded. Similarly, if your ears are aligned in front of your shoulders, your head is too far forward. Try to reach the top of your head up to the ceiling, keeping your head aligned on top of your neck and spine, and pull your shoulders back to mimic the shape of a square. While these habits may feel awkward in the beginning, it will quickly become second nature through an ongoing, conscious effort.

    3)     Routine Stretching

    Stretching not only helps alleviate sore muscles; it moreover can be used to reduce any strains that may be causing bad posture and low energy levels. Morning stretches can help loosen up the body to get rid of muscle lethargy caused by sleep, while performing ongoing stretches throughout the day can help to boost energy and improve posture.

    4)     Become a Yogi

    Yet another reason to learn to love yoga, practicing on a regular basis will help improve your balance and posture by working and strengthening your core muscles in order to maintain proper alignment. Yoga teaches you how to focus on holding an erect posture and activate specific muscles that benefit your alignment whether you’re sitting, standing, or in walking position.

    5)     Shift Weight Forward

    Standing up straight, consciously move the weight of your body forward to the balls of your feet. Now rock back so that your weight is resting on your heels and notice the way your entire body gravitates towards a slouched position. By keeping the weight on the balls of your feet, your body will naturally maintain a lengthened and upright stature.

    6)     Sit Smarter

    In addition to implementing the tips already mentioned, i.e. keeping your head up and aligned with the neck and spine and shoulders squared, keep both of your feet resting on the ground (or on a footrest if your legs don’t reach) and keep your back aligned with the chair’s to prevent slouching or leaning too far forward. If your job involves sitting at a desk for extended periods of time, consider investing in a chair that is designed ergonomically for proper support.

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  • The Advantages to Wearing a Knee Sleeve Post Injury

    Posted on October 27, 2014 by Core Products

    Knee SleeveKnee injuries are very common among athletes at every level. However, knee sleeves are frequently seen on professional and college athletes, but why?

    Knee sleeves protect the knee from further injury and damage. They’re generally made from high quality rayon and breathable elastic, are worn over the knee, and usually slide on over the foot. The design of knee sleeves allows the knee to achieve full range of motion due to the neoprene material used. Full range of motion is a pivotal movement for the knee joint, and once the knee is injured the joint’s range of motion is immediately jeopardized due to the body’s natural response to injury: swelling.

    Swelling is defined as any abnormal enlargement of a body part and is the body’s immediate response to injury. Applying ice, resting the knee in an elevated position, and compressing the joint with a knee sleeve reduces swelling which causes the knee to be very stiff.

    Ranges of motion exercises are a large part of the early knee rehabilitation process. Range of motion is difficult to achieve post injury to the knee because the body immediately begins to protect the knee from further injury by limiting voluntary movements. However, it is proven that movement helps to aid the recovery process and this is why rehabilitation exercises are focused around functional activities.

    Orthopedic doctors suggest wearing knee sleeves pre and post-surgery to reduce swelling around the injury. Doctors suggest this because it is very hard to perform strengthening exercises if the knee is unable to achieve full range of motion. Therefore, with swelling reduced before surgery, regaining muscle strength post-surgery is normally easier when the muscles are established well before the surgery takes place.

    Knee sleeves help an individual through rehabilitation exercises and leisure day-to-day activities by reducing pain, swelling and stiffness. Athletes prefer knee sleeves that are snug to the joint. The fit of knee sleeves is very important because it helps to provide compression to the knee. Compression helps to increase blood circulation to the injured joint. Blood circulation helps to aid the recovery process. The fit also helps the joint to regain stability as the injury begins to heal overtime.

    In conclusion, three advantages of wearing a knee sleeve after injury are:

    1. Reduced pain, swelling, and stiffness
    2. The compression element helps to aid blood circulation and recovery
    3. Provided support helps to perform rehabilitation exercises and leisure activities

    Main Source: http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-advantages-of-knee-sleeves-what-they-are-and-when-to-wear-them

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  • Travel in Comfort This Holiday Season

    Posted on October 24, 2014 by Core Products

    The holiday season is right around the corner – before you know it, you’ll be packing into a family car and driving a few hours (or more!) to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas get-together with family and friends. According to the United States Department of Transportation, the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel holidays of the year – so if you’re flying or taking a road trip, you’re not alone.

    If you’re traveling by plane, unfortunately, unless you are flying first class, your seat on the airplane probably won’t be the most comfortable resting place in the world. In fact, you might not even be able to recline, depending on the airline you are flying and the attitude of the person sitting behind you. Those of you who are among the 5 to 6 percent of holiday travelers making your voyage in the air will benefit greatly from the right neck pillow and a blanket to help get comfortable.

    But if you’re like 91 percent of American long-distance holiday travelers, you’ll most likely be traveling by automobile. Around 44 percent of personal vehicle trips are between 50 and 99 miles, while 56 percent are at least 100 miles – in fact, the average Thanksgiving long-distance trip is 214 miles, while the average Christmas or New Year’s trip is an astounding 275 miles! Sitting in a car for that long can be uncomfortable, to say the least, and even more so for someone who suffers from back, neck or joint pain.

    To minimize your pain and discomfort during long-distance road trips this holiday season, be sure to make frequent rest stops to stretch and massage your joints. Use the Core Products Automotive Lumbar Support Bucket Seat to provide much needed support and comfort for your lower back. This support is perfect for holiday travel or for everyday car rides if you commute to and from work. The Bucket Seat Sitback Rest Lumbar Support is designed with side wings to fit snugly inside a car’s bucket style seat, fitting most standard models. The contour-cut foam and side wing supports contour to your body for medium-to-firm support, keeping you in the correct position.

    Passengers in your car will benefit from an adjustable travel roll that can be used to increase comfort and low back or neck support when sitting in the car. The Core Product Adjustable Travel Roll can also be used if you are staying overnight on a holiday trip, under the ankles when lying down, or with a standard bed pillow to ensure proper neck support. Not only does this product have multiple uses, it’s also inflatable and can easily be stored rolled up in your suitcase or glove compartment.

    Find more tips on how to travel in comfort at http://www.coreproducts.com/blog/2014/03/31/planes-trains-automobiles-catching-zs-while-travelling/.

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  • Trick or Treat! Healthy Halloween Choices

    Posted on October 21, 2014 by Core Products

    Halloween is just around the corner, so before you head out to the store to buy a mixed bag of candy for your trick-or-treater; take the time to learn about the nutritional facts in candy. Halloween candy is full of sugar and can be proven to cause toothaches, obesity and much more. However, this is no reason to forbid candy from your children on Halloween, as there are many healthy options and alternatives available. The Halloween candies below are low in calorie count and grams of fat.

    Healthiest Halloween Candies

    • Three Musketeers Minis -Serving Size: One fun size bar contains 63 calories and  two grams of fat
    • York Peppermint Patty- Serving Size:  One full size patty contains 165 calories and three grams of fat.
    • Peep Pumpkins- Serving Size:  One peep contains 16 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Tootsie Rolls- Serving Size: One roll contains 50 calories and one gram of fat
    • Peanut M&Ms- Serving Size: One fun size pouch contains 90 calories and five grams of fat
    • Jolly Ranchers - Serving Size: Three candies contain 70 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Charm Blow Pops- Serving Size: One pop contains 60 calories and zero grams of fat

    Still feel like you should have more options for the kids?

    Healthy Alternatives to Candy

    • Pretzels -Serving Size: 1 mini bag contains 160 calories and zero grams of fat
    • Graham Crackers -Serving Size: 1 large rectangle (2 squares) contains 59 calories and 1.4 grams of fat
    • Goldfish crackers -Serving Size: one cup of goldfish contains 266 calories and 13.41 grams of fat
    • Popcorn Ball -Service Size: one ball contains 180 calories and 3 grams of fat

    Now that you are aware of the number of healthy Halloween choices available on the market we can focus on safety tips for bringing loved ones trick-or-treating!

    4 Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips to Remember:

    1. Plan a route in advance
    2. Wear comfortable footwear
    3. Utilize reflectors and flashlights to ensure all children are seen
    4. Check candy for tampering before consuming

    Happy Halloween!

     Sources: http://www.rd.com/slideshows/7-healthy-halloween-candy-choices/#slideshow=slide8


    http://www.nwitimes.com/lifestyles/halloween-treats-don-t-have-to-be-nutritionally- scary/article_9e881126-8308-522f-9e91-01d32519e4b3.html


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  • Juvenile Arthritis Affects Nearly 300,000 Families

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Core Products

    Typically when we hear the word arthritis our minds immediately envision older adults. This isn’t always the case as approximately 294,000 children are afflicted with arthritis or what is coined juvenile arthritis.

    What is juvenile arthritis?

    Well, first and foremost, arthritis by definition typically affects the joints but can also involve one’s eyes, skin, and gastrointestinal tract. The term juvenile arthritis is general and describes the many conditions that can develop in children. Juvenile arthritis is typically an autoimmune disorder meaning the immune system attacks its own healthy body.

    The most common type of juvenile arthritis is JIA or juvenile idiopathic arthritis. There are four types of JIA:

    1. Oligoarthritis – about 40 percent of patients are diagnosed with this type involving four or fewer joints
    2. Polyarthritis – involves five or more joints
    3. Systemic – a rather broad diagnosis that can involve the entire body. This makes up only 10 percent of cases.
    4. Enthesitis-related – this type involves inflammation of places where tendons attach to bone.

    Common symptoms include pain, swelling, and stiffness in joints as well as a limited range of motion depending on the exact symptoms. Arthritis can damage joint cartilage and bones as well as altered growth of bones and joints. For children this is particularly worrisome because it can cause short stature and impair the use of some joints.

    Try to stick to as many of your child’s normal activities as possible and maintain their normal routine. These comforting habits are possible and can take the focus away from arthritis – something that shouldn’t be the center point of their life. Juvenile arthritis does not limit what activities a child can or cannot do. The pain from arthritis is the limiting factor, not the ailment itself.

    It may be difficult for parents to deal with a child diagnosed with arthritis. This is normal. However, do not feel as if the child cannot participate in activities. In fact, the opposite should ring true. Allow an arthritic child to participate as many activities as they’d like or are capable of doing.

    For more information about juvenile arthritis visit www.arthritis.org.

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