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Staying Healthy at Work

Is your job making you sick? See how much you know about reducing on-the-job stress, dodging office germs and more.

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Staying Healthy at Work
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can increase productivity in the workplace?

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The correct answer is: A U.S. Public Health Service study of public buildings found that adding color to the work environment led to a 5.5 percent improvement in production. The best color combo? Green and red. On the other hand, white, black and brown caused a drop in performance.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Working the night shift can prevent you from losing weight.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The time of day (or night) you work has no impact on your weight management. What does matter is monitoring how many calories you take in versus how many you burn with exercise.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

About how many calories does a 150-pound person burn per hour while sitting at work?

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The correct answer is: A 150-pound person will burn around 102 calories per hour while sitting at work.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Strengthening which muscles can help with back pain at work?

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The correct answer is: Weakened core muscles are often the culprit in office back pain. Help your back by adding core strengthening exercises to your workout, and make sure to stretch tight muscles. Getting up and moving around occasionally will also ease pain in the lower back.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What could happen if you let neck pain go untreated?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Trying to ignore neck pain can lead to chronic headaches, interrupted sleep and problems with social interaction, which can all lead to missed days from work and eventual disability. Headaches are the top reason for lost work time, according to some studies.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your purse (or laptop bag) can cause neck pain.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A heavy purse can pull your muscles out of whack. To avoid neck pain, make sure your bag weighs no more than 3 to 5 pounds.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What is most likely to cause carpal tunnel syndrome?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is most frequently caused by repetitive minor injury. This injury occurs most often in people like carpenters who perform repetitive, strenuous work with their hands, but it may also occur in people who do computer work.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Who is more at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?

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The correct answer is: Women are three times more likely than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome, perhaps because the carpal tunnel itself is smaller in women than in men. The dominant hand is usually affected first and produces the most severe pain. Persons with diabetes or other metabolic disorders that directly affect the body's nerves and make them more susceptible to compression are also at high risk. Carpal tunnel syndrome usually occurs only in adults.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

At what age is carpal tunnel syndrome most likely to occur?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. The most commonly affected demographic is women who are between 30 and 50 years of age. Some doctors estimate the chance of developing carpal tunnel syndrome is about 10 percent.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: You're better off scheduling a 30-minute lunchtime workout than grabbing short bursts during the workday.

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The correct answer is: The is answer false. Research has shown that three 10-minute bursts of exercise a day are just as beneficial as one 30-minute bout of exercise for improving general health. Besides, breaking up exercise into short bursts may be more manageable in your workday, from a mid-morning shift on the stairs to a post-work walk.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How long will your lunch-meat leftovers last?

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The correct answer is: In general, most perishable leftover foods have a shelf life of just three to five days. However, different foods have different timelines, so use this quick reference list as a guideline: Beef, pork, poultry and fish: 3 to 4 days; lunch meats: 3 to 5 days; seafood: 2 days; pasta: 3 to 5 days.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

A study comparing the number of germs on desks from various professions ranked teacher's desks as the worst offender. Whose desks ranked second?

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The correct answer is: A study compared the number of germs from desks of various professions and found out that teachers ranked No. 1 for being the germiest. Accountants came in second, with 6,030 bacteria per square inch. Yuck!

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your desk has more bacteria than your office toilet.

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The correct answer is: This is true. In most offices, custodians clean the common areas but do not clean individual desks. So, while most people worry about germs in public restrooms, their desk may actually contain 400 times more bacteria than a toilet seat.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

At what eye level should the computer monitor sit to end computer-related eye pain?

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The correct answer is: The best position to avoid strain is to position the computer monitor so that the top of the screen is about 2 inches higher than your eye level. The monitor should be directly in front of you, about an arm's length from your body.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What can replacing your desk chair with a stability ball do?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Replace your desk chair with a stability ball. It may feel foolish at first, but the payoffs are big: the ball forces you to sit upright throughout the day and gives you some exercise along the way.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating lunch at your desk can be bad for your health.

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The correct answer is: This is true. According to a recent survey, 83 percent of adults chow down at their desks, often to save money and time. But desktop dining can increase your risk of foodborne illness. It can also lead to overeating: Another study showed that people who work at computers while they eat tend to become distracted, so they forget what they've eaten.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How can work stress affect your body?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. By some estimates, as many as 80 percent of all diseases are at least partially related to the effects of chronic, unrelieved stress.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What food can help relieve stress?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Try packing some hummus in your lunch -- chickpeas contain vitamin B6, which some researchers think may help lessen signs of depression. Some experts say whole grains and milk may help stabilize mood.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: There's no way to do yoga at the office.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's easy to work in several short breaks each day to stretch your limbs and torso. Try yoga poses such as cat/camel, lunge and torso twist. Try to add additional movement throughout your day such as pacing while on the phone, walking to co-worker's offices rather than sending an email, and taking a walk at lunch time.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What does Dr. Oz call his "Deadly Habit No. 1"?

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The correct answer is: Moving your body and releasing stress first thing in the morning is critical to preparing for the day. A good stretch makes you feel more in control of you body and helps you focus on taking care of yourself.

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