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Celebrate Your Health on Earth Day!

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In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Earth day, we thought it would be appropriate to provide you with some reasons as to why protecting our planet is helping you to protect your own health.

 

According to an article written by Larry West he states, the World Health Organization (WHO), has found that nearly thirteen million deaths annually and a quarter of all diseases worldwide (33 percent of illnesses in children under the age of five) are due to environmental causes that could be avoided and/or even prevented.

 

According to WHO, the four main diseases caused by environmental factors are:

  1. diarrhea
  2. lower respiratory infections
  3. unintentional injuries
  4. malaria (to learn more about this disease, please visit: http://www.lbl.gov/MicroWorlds/xfiles/malariawhatis.html

There are so many ways you and your family can go green (and no it does not always have to cost a fortune- why should it?!)  I promise, it is a good feeling to know you are taking care of yourself and the environment all at the same time!!

 

Tips in protecting the environment and your health:

 

Reduce:

  • Reduce purchases: (ask yourself; do I really need this?)
  • Simplify your life and your stack of magazines- sorry ladies 🙂
  • Create a “tree free” home: replace paper towels and napkins with cloths, purchase bleach free toilet paper, instead of using post-it notes have a dry erase board for your family to use
  • Ditch the paper and plastic shopping bags!  There are many “cute” reusable shopping bags available: http://baggubag.com/#Shop

Reuse

  • Have a garage sale! (one man’s trash is another man’s treasure) 🙂
  • Stock up on reusable items (tupperware, reusable mugs, razors, towels, etc.)
  • Donate: household items, computer equipment, old cell phones, eyeglasses, clothes, etc.
  • Buy/Sell used items: Ebay, Recyclers World, local second hand stores, etc.
  • College reuse: College students have you ever heard of Dump and Run?!  Learn more info. @: http://www.dumpandrun.org/

Recycle

  • Purchase green paper: not the color green, the kind of green that has been recycled usuing a minimum of 50% post-consumer waste.
  • Use natural fertilizer
  • Invest in a composter (home depot has some great options)
  • Dispose your hazardous waste @ a hazardous waste facility

A friend once said: “My future children thank you”  After all, our children are our future, so let’s help them not have to walk around in waste up to their knees.

 

Keep in mind that by protecting our environment you are not only protecting your own health but also the health of others.  Good for you!  Happy Earth Day Everyone!

 

Sources:

http://www.globalstewards.org/ecotips.htm

http://baggubag.com/#Shop

http://www.dumpandrun.org/

http://www.lbl.gov/MicroWorlds/xfiles/malariawhatis.html

http://www.who.int/whr/2008/en/index.html

http://environment.about.com/b/2007/05/10/nearly-a-quarter-of-all-disease-linked-to-environment-by-who-report.htm

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