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Be Healthy and Green at the Same Time!

We are all (hopefully) trying to be a little more conscious about how green we are these days, especially with Earth Day just around the corner. You know I am a big fan of multi-tasking, so I was thrilled to come across these tips on being healthy while being green from the April 2007 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

  1. Walk or bike to work. Combining exercise and a commute builds healthful activity into your day and reduces fuel use and vehicle emissions. Could there be a better good-for-you, good-for-the-planet twofer?
  2. There are five more great tips, so

  3. Go to bed early. Studies have identified a correlation between short sleep and being overweight. Meanwhile, all the TVs and computers that help keep us up at night use electricity.
  4. Turn down the heat and air conditioning. Humans control body temperature by adjusting their metabolisms. But when air temperatures are in the thermoneutral zone -- the 70s -- we burn fewer calories. So by adjusting your thermostat, you may keep your metabolism from getting lazy and also reduce your energy use.
  5. Eat the right kind of fish. Eating fish is healthful in many ways. But some species are contaminated with pollutants, and others are suffering from overfishing. Making the right "eco-choice" involves homework. Find useful guides at and
  6. Eat local fruits and vegetables. Transporting fruits and veggies long distances is energy intensive. Give some preference to locally grown food.
  7. Don't take more medications than you need. Our bodies only use a fraction of any drug we take; the rest gets excreted. Pharmaceuticals in waste water adversely affect ecosystems. So your own sake and that of the water supply, don't take unnecessary medications.


Join The Conversation
SU3 SU3 10 years
I'd love to be able to bike to work but seeing as it's about a 45 minute drive (on a good day!)... I don't think I'd be able to :(
amandasunly amandasunly 10 years
Hmm, I take the school bus to school and walk to a bus-stop to take a bus home and walk up the long slope to my house... I need to sleep earlier and I need to learn how to set the timer on our air-conditioner. For locally produced foods, I'm working on that. Singapore has a high yield of hi-tech produced produce so that should be okay. Man I need to talk to mum about grocery shopping.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
oh no i am old :)!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Hey now lovekailua, are you suggesting i am old? haha, and thanks for the tip Butr! I will check and see if I have a timer. I CAN sleep with no noise, but since I moved into my aprtment (even though I have been there a year) It drowns out hall noises that ifI hear them, even asleep, I usually wake up and silently freak out. I still am not used to hearing random voices at night. _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
haha i love that shows like roseanne and the fresh prince are at nick at night now...though i suppose that shows my age :( good tips!
suzanne suzanne 10 years
Timer for the TV! Excellent idea... thanks Butr for that! :)
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
cravin, do you have a timer? OMG, the best thing I've ever owned is my little 13 in. tv. I got it from my friends' dad for xmas when I lived with them one year and refuse to give it up (The Man wants one that hangs on the wall!). I can't fall asleep when it's silent. (I blame my mother and her music). So, I set the sleep timer for 30 min. and drift happily to sleep. It's nice not waking up to some crazy explosion or something, too (or infomercials). I think my next move is going to be to start buying meat in bulk (I SO cannot afford the butcher) so I use less packaging an buying veggies from the local farmer's store. The Man promised to start stopping after work (I cut it really close, like five minutes).
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
Pretty interesting. I think my "Earth Day Resolution" Will be not sleeping with my TV on anymore...It is going to be hard to fall asleep to silence when i am used to hearing rosanne, fresh prince, etc, I suppose the environment is worth it. :-) _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
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