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Published February 20, 2012, 10:17 PM

Improper shoveling can lead to various health problems

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - With this heavy, wet snow, improper shoveling can lead to several back, knee and heart problems.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

With this heavy, wet snow, improper shoveling can lead to several back, knee and heart problems. Doctors say a shovel full of this kind of snow can weigh upwards of 25 pounds. The most important thing to remember is to lift with your legs, and never throw the snow over your back. It's always best to pick up your snow and walk it over to a dumping area.

Dr. Robert Martino – Sanfor Occupational Medicine: “First of all snowblowers are the best, they are the safest for your heart. If you have any chest pain at all stop immediately, take it in small bites, and try not to do too much at once.”

A typical 600 square-foot driveway can have more than 6,000 pounds of snow with this type of storm.

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