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Healthy Office: Web Sites and Resources

© Erik Peper PhD

The following is one in an ongoing series of columns entitled Healthy Computing Tips by Erik Peper PhD. View all columns in series
Optimize your performance and prevent computer-related injuries with Healthy Computing Email Tips. Each week we provide hints to help you stay healthier while working.
We are frequently asked, "Where can I find a good stretch break program?" or "What keyboard is best?" or "How can I prove to my boss that taking breaks is productive?" In addition to the Email Tips, there are many valuable sites that provide information in preventing and recovering from computer-related injuries. Take a few minutes to educate yourself further when you check out the following WEB SITES AND RESOURCES.

HOW TO CHECK OUT WEB SITES AND RESOURCES*:

  1. Sign-up and practice the weekly Healthy Computing Email Tips on taking care of yourself. Send an email to healthco@sfsu.edu and request to be added to the distribution list.
  2. Install an interrupt program that reminds you to take breaks and avoid immobility:
    --Stretch break: www.paratec.com One of the best programs that guides you through simple stretches. You can take this program for a 10-day test ride. Purchase price is under $50 for a single user.
    --Break reminder www.cheqsoft.com/break.html Download it for free for individual use.
  3. Read about and implement healthy work-styles, good office set-ups, and home ergonomics. Visit the following websites (remember to take breaks as you read the suggestions).

    http://www.tifaq.com
    The Typing Injury FAQ provides a wide variety of information about repetitive strain injuries (RSI), resources for dealing with these ailments, and a broad description of assistive products to reduce injury risk and symptoms. Many of the resources provided here also relate well to other work environments.

    http://www.pc.ibm.com/us/healthycomputing
    Superb ergonomic suggestions and illustrations.

    http://ergo.human.cornell.edu
    Presents information from ergonomics research studies and class work by students and faculty in the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. They e call their approach Ergotecture. They focus on ways to enhance usability by improving the ergonomic design of hardware, software, and workplaces, to enhance people's comfort, performance and health.

    http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/ErgoPROJECTS/Library/library.html
    Specific focus on library ergonomics.

    http://librarysupportstaff.com/jobhelp5.html#ergonomics
    Excellent links for the ergo-minded, which include software suggestions.

    http://lib.ucr.edu/ergolib/
    Excellent tips for healthy computing

*We thank Richard Montgomery for his helpful suggestions.
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About The Author
Erik Peper, Ph.D. is an international authority on biofeedback and self-regulation. He is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, Department of Health Education, at San Francisco State University. He is President of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe (2005) and past President of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.......more
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