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RDC’s Movies Worth Watching celebrates 30th Anniversary of Willow

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Upcoming January Events: RDC’s School of Creative Arts

Red Deer, January 3, 2018 – Red Deer College invites central Albertans to join us as the School of Creative Arts brings creativity to life throughout an exciting season of diverse performances, concerts, screenings and exhibitions. RDC’s talented students, instructors, staff and special guests will present the following events throughout the month of January:

Movies Worth Watching Series

Willow (1988) 30th Anniversary Event
January 11 & 12 at 7pm – admission $5 – rating PG 

This epic Lucas film fantasy serves up enough magical adventure to satisfy fans of the genre, though it treads familiar territory. With abundant parallels to Star Wars, the story (by George Lucas) follows the exploits of the little farmer Willow (Warwick Davis), an aspiring sorcerer appointed to deliver an infant princess from the evil queen (Jean Marsh) to whom the child is a crucial threat. Val Kilmer plays the warrior who joins Willow’s campaign with the evil queen’s daughter (Joanne Whalley, who later married Kilmer). Impressive production values, stunning locations (in England, Wales, and New Zealand) and dazzling special effects energize the routine fantasy plot, which alternates between rousing action and cute sentiment while failing to engage the viewer’s emotions.

Movies Worth Watching brings a variety of classic films that best viewed on the BIG screen. Join us to see the best Hollywood has to offer. Every screening is preceded by an MPA student film that we know you will love. For detailed information visit rdc.ab.ca/showtime.

A Frosty Affair (2015)

January 26 & 27  Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema at 7:00 pm – Admission by donation

A Frosty Affair is not the latest Canadian weather forecast, but the title of the newest feature film shot in Edmonton by RDC Alumni.

For complete details on RDC’s 2017-18 School of Creative Arts season, please visit School of Creative Arts Showtime.

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Reduce pain and prevent injury by improving your workspace

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Ergonomics:  How to optimize your workstation and posture to prevent pain and injury.

In the modern work world many of us spend our days sitting at a desk in front of the computer.  The human body however was not designed for this sedentary lifestyle and will get stiff and sore from lack of movement.  Even if you are active outside of work, sitting at a desk with poor setup and slouched posture can give you chronic aches and pains or exacerbate existing injuries.

Some common complaints that could be related to your posture include:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or hands
  • Shoulder pain
  • Upper back stiffness
  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica

Making some simple ergonomic adjustments to your workstation can help you feel more comfortable during and after your work day:

  • Ensure you have a good chair that is comfortable for you and adjusted properly.  Ideally you should be sitting with your buttocks to the back of the chair so that you are leaning against the backrest.  You may need to adjust the lumbar support or add a rolled up towel or small pillow behind the small of your back to support your spine’s natural curve.
  • Sit with both feet flat on the floor and the knees bent to about 90 degrees.  Adjust your chair height accordingly or add a stool under your feet if you can’t touch the ground.
  •  Adjust your computer monitor so that your screen is at eye level.  This can be as easy as putting a book underneath to raise it up.  You should not have to look down or strain to see your computer.
  • Have your keyboard at a comfortable height so that your elbows are bent to approximately 90 degrees and you are not reaching forward.  If you have a laptop, consider using an external keyboard so that you type in a neutral position.
  • Adapt your workstation to fit you.  Move things that you use frequently throughout the day (such as the phone, files, etc.) to a location that is easy to access so that you don’t have to reach or move awkwardly to get to them.  This will help you avoid sprains and strains from poor movement patterns.

Even with the perfect ergonomic setup, poor posture can catch up to you.  Some common habits to AVOID are:

  • Crossing your knees.  Sitting in this position twists your pelvis and lumbar spine, putting extra strain on the muscles, joints, and ligaments.  While it may feel good temporarily, you probably need to keep switching positions to stay comfortable because your body is not in a neutral position.
  • Perching on the front of your seat.   While you may think it is good to try to hold yourself up straight without using the backrest it is not realistic to do this for an 8 hour day.  Your postural muscles will fatigue quickly and you will end up slouching and feeling sore.
  • Leaning your shoulders forward and head down to look at your computer.  Think of all the extra strain you are putting on your neck and shoulder to hold your body in this position!  Try to remind yourself to sit up tall – Think shoulders down and back and head up.  Your spine should feel long and supported, but not rigid.

It is also important to stay active throughout the day and break up long periods of sitting in one position.  Here are some ideas to keep you limber throughout the day:

·       Set an alarm to get up and move every 20-30 minutes.  This could be as simple as standing up to do some stretches, taking a quick walk around the office, a washroom break, or going to get some water.  Interrupted sitting is the best way to prevent tightness from building up in your spine and soft tissues

·       Stretch at your desk.  There are lots of simple movements and stretches you can do as you work to keep your body feeling good.  Try to remember to move a little bit at least every 15-20 minutes.  Try stretching your neck side to side, moving your head gently in different directions, rolling your shoulders backwards, squeezing your shoulder blades together, stretching your legs out in front of you, and moving your feet and ankles.

We hope these tips have been helpful and have given you ideas that you can incorporate into your daily life.  Do not hesitate to call us and make an appointment.  An in depth one-on-one assessment with one of our physiotherapists will help address your specific needs for injury prevention or management.

Written by Stephanie Connolly

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Fast Track Your HR Career With the Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate at Red Deer College

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The Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate is designed for degree holders who are seeking a career in the human resources field. The program is offered in a flexible delivery format, with 10 courses online, four executive weekend sessions and a final Capstone project to provide an applied learning conclusion to your studies. Plus, this program will help prepare you for the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Graduates who achieve an overall average of 70% (2.7 GPA) in the program will be able to waive the National Knowledge Exam requirements for their CPHR designation.

Learn more at rdc.ab.ca/hr-certificate

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