April 19, 2016

12 tips for healthy people and planet

Healthy people need healthy communities, which is why we’re celebrating things we can do — big and small — to take care of both the planet and our health. Try some of these tips for your own well-being and for a cleaner, healthier environment.

Act on climate change

• Plug in: Hybrid and electric cars reduce fossil fuel consumption and pollution.

• Unplug: Save energy by unplugging small electronics and chargers from wall sockets when not in use.

Reduce waste

• Buy smart: Purchase durable and reusable products, products with less packaging and products that are sustainably produced.

• Recycle more: From paper to light bulbs, many household products can (and should!) stay out of the trash.

Eat sustainably

• Go local: Shop at farmers markets to support local food systems and know where — and how — your food is produced.

• Try more plant-based meals: Processed foods and meats often require more resources to produce.

Move more

• Use public transportation: People who take public transit are 4 times more likely to walk 10,000 steps a day.

• Walk or ride a bike for short trips: You’ll reduce carbon emissions while seeing your neighborhood in a whole new way.

Conserve water

• Fix leaks: Regularly check toilets, faucets and irrigation for leaks.

• Be conscientious: Take shorter showers. Run washing machines and dishwashers only when full.

Curtail chemicals

• Choose healthier products: Select soaps, lotions and other personal care products without synthetic chemicals or fragrances.

• Make your own household cleaners: White vinegar and baking soda are non-toxic and work on almost everything!

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