Teaching Kids How to Go Green and Save Money

The earlier in life you learn how to live a greener lifestyle, the better. Repetition turns actions into habits, so teaching kids how to save energy, conserve resources, and avoid creating waste will help them live more sustainably as they grow older and establish their own households.

To get started, here are 10 green tips you can teach your kids now to help them develop resource-saving – and money-saving – ways to live green.

1. Use paper on both sides. Have a readily available pile of paper that has been printed or written on one side only for use in making notes, drawing, and the like. Then when both sides are written on, recycle. Continue reading “Teaching Kids How to Go Green and Save Money”

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Bed Bug Insecticide Linked to Illness and Death

A new study has linked pesticides used to kill bed bugs to illness and even one death. On September 23, 2011, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a study in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report linking pesticides sprayed in attempts to control bed bugs to poisoning incidents and death.

The study reports:

· A total of 111 illnesses associated with bed bug–related insecticide use were identified.

· 90 (81%) were low severity, one fatality occurred.

· Pyrethroids, pyrethrins, or both were implicated in 99 (89%) of the cases, including the fatality.

· The most common factors contributing to illness were excessive insecticide application, failure to wash or change pesticide-treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide application. Continue reading “Bed Bug Insecticide Linked to Illness and Death”

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Apples May Lower Stroke Risk

Fall is here and so are apples and pears! I love this time of year because the local orchards are abundant with Gala, MacIntosh and Red Delicious apples … to name a few of my favorites. Just in time, since a study out of the Netherlands has found that an apple a day may really help keep the doctor away. Researchers have found that people who eat a high amount of white fleshed fruits and veggies, like pears, apples and cauliflower can lower stroke risk by as much as 52%.

The study followed more than 20,000 adults over 10 years and found for every 25 grams per day increase in white fruits and vegetables, there was a 9% lower risk of stroke. So considering that 25 grams per day is about ¼ of an apple, it seems like an easy addition to one’s diet. Continue reading “Apples May Lower Stroke Risk”

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4 Tips for Healthy Kids: Back to School

It’s back-to-school time. But homework isn’t the only thing your children will be bringing home. The spread of germs and viruses leading to colds and flu will probably make their way into your front door as well.

Children need to eat healthy foods and exercise every day to maintain good health, concentration and mood at home and at school. The following four steps are what I recommend to parents to prepare their children for a healthy start at school.

1. Sleep. If a child is trying to stay awake and it’s only 10 am, they are probably not getting enough sleep. Instill an early and consistent bed time. Continue reading “4 Tips for Healthy Kids: Back to School”

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Sunday Radio Show: Nutrition For Optimal Sports Performance

Host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dr. Steven Horwitz will be discussing proper nutrition for optimal sports performance and injury prevention.

Steven Horwitz, DC, is a certified chiropractic sports physician, strength and conditioning specialist, and a coach for USA Weightlifting. He has worked with elite athletes, serving as the only chiropractor for the 1996 US Olympic team. He is particularly interested in reaching as many young athletes as possible.

Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

Last week’s show was on Lyme disease: myth and facts. Click to listen.

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September 2011