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Indiana health officials urge caution shoveling snow

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 7:58 am

INDIANAPOLIS — State health officials warn Hoosiers digging their way out of the latest snowfall could face health hazards without proper precautions.

Officials recommend wrapping up in layers and stretching beforehand. Avoid heavy meals and smoking before shoveling.

State Health Commissioner William VanNess advises anyone with heart problems or over age 50 to talk to a doctor before shoveling. He says cold weather strains the heart, and work outside should be done slowly.

Other tips include pushing snow instead of lifting it, but lifting with the legs if necessary.