In 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson named April 22nd Earth Day. That day has since signified call to action over the deterioration of our environment, as demonstrated by the marches and gatherings addressing mounting environmental issues. Let’s celebrate Mother Nature while improving the environment and go green for Earth Day!

What does “going green” really mean? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it means “making healthy choices that are not only good for the environment, but good for your health”. Visit a local farmer’s market and purchase produce, thereby supporting local farmers, getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, and cutting down on your carbon footprint. By practicing environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible lifestyle habits, we can help protect the environment and sustain natural resources.

Adopting simple and sustainable lifestyle changes is a great way to start down the path toward environmental improvement. Try taking shorter showers, purchasing locally grown produce, and recycling. Remember to make every day Earth Day to ensure our earth is at its healthiest for many generations to come!

Did you Know?

  • April 22nd, 2015 will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.
  • For each pound of aluminum recovered, Americans save the energy resources necessary to generate about 7.5 kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough to power a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years!
  • Puree locally grown vegetables such as spinach and zucchini to add to muffins with other natural ingredients, such as berries and other fruit.

Earth Day, Every Day!

  • Invest in Reusable Water Bottles: It can take hundreds of years for one plastic bottle to decompose. Decrease your carbon footprint by investing in a durable, BPA free and lead free water bottle. You may find it is more cost-efficient in the long run.
  • Use Energy Star Appliances: Energy Star certified homes provide families with an approximate savings of 20% on annual utility bills and an additional tax break. Energy Star certified homes also prevent air pollution while enhancing the performance of your home.
  • Reuse and Recycle: One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Donating and reusing items has many possible benefits such as preventing usable goods going to landfills and helping your community. Tax benefits may be available too.

Sources:  United States Environmental Protection Agency, Energy Star, Worldwatch Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LifeWork Strategies EAP, and Adventist HealthCare. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For medical advice, consult your physician. Feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.