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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if my department can’t afford to make changes to my workspace?
  2. What is Healthy Computing?
  3. What is the difference between a meso break and a micro break?
  4. Can I make the text on all websites larger?

 

1. What if my department can’t afford to make changes to my workspace?

Not every change or adjustment to your workspace will cost money. Some can be accomplished by making simple changes to the way you work, by lowering or raising your chair, by placing a phone book under your monitor to raise it, etc. Also, you may find the perfect solution on a trip to the campus Swap Shop. If a serious problem cannot be resolved any other way, the Office of Risk Management may be able to locate funding.

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2. What is Healthy Computing?

The rudiments of healthy computing are: "a systems perspective, the mind/body link, and the ability to measure the effectiveness of the interventions. A systems perspective regards injury as resulting from the interaction of many factors all embedded and part of a larger system. Developing somatic awareness is essential to preventing injury. For example, the keyboard may be replaced, but does the individual know that she raises and tightens her shoulders each time she begins to type? The ability to determine the effectiveness of the intervention is crucial to preventing injury. Is the muscle tension less with the new chair? Is the employee really calm internally or has he just developed a calm exterior?"*

*Adapted from Health Computing with Muscle Biofeedback by Erik Peper and Katherine Hughes Gibney

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3. What is the difference between a meso break and a micro break?

A meso break is when you take slight movement breaks once a minute. A micro break is a 1-2 second interruption of your work.

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4. Can I make the text on all websites larger?

No, but you can set your browser to make most of it larger: Directions vary between browsers but you can set the text preferences of most web browsers.
Netscape users: Under "Edit" find "Preferences" click on that and look for "Appearance." You may need to click on the triangle by Appearance to find "Fonts." There you can set the font and size that it will appear on most webpages.
Internet Explorer users: Under "Edit" find "Preferences." In that window look for "Web Browser" You may need to click on the triangle by Web Browser to find "Language Fonts." There you can set the font and size text will appear on most webpages.
Mozilla Firefox users: Under "Tools" find "Options" and click on "General" to find fonts. Also, you can click on "View" and "Text Size" or simply press Ctrl+ to increase the font size.

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