“These kids come from the whole range,” said John Reganold of Washington State University. “Some have farmed for generations and want to learn organic, maybe shift part of the family operation to organic.”
Whenever you mention organic most people immediately think of food. Truth is that you can lead a very ‘organic lifestyle’ these days from food and clothes to beauty essentials. With September being Organic month, we’ve had a look at some of the many products out there which are produced according to organic principles. First up: bath and beauty.
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and whatever you put on it can be absorbed – much like you are what you eat. As people have become more interested in using more naturally sustainable products in their lives we’ve seen a growing number of organic skincare and beauty products hit the market – and they’re not too badly priced either! However, unlike food, there are no legal standards to follow for organic beauty products so if you’re really after living an organic lifestyle you should check each product before you buy it. Look out for brands that follow the COSMetics Organic Standard, or Cosmos-standard and will be labelled with one or more of the following:
Here are our four picks from the bunch that lets you introduce a bit more ‘naturalness’ into your bath and beauty regime: (more…)
By Sarah Campbell
The two chatted until the device beeped, an indication the results were ready.
Kayla’s blood sugar was high, so Beck asked the type-1 diabetic a few questions.
“What did you have for lunch?”
“Did you eat all of your lunch?”
“Wasn’t your blood sugar low this morning?”
It turns out Kayla ate almost every bite of her burrito lunch that day.
After Kayla returned to class, Beck called her father to give him a heads up.
During the call, she asked when the 7-year-old’s next appointment with a doctor was and suggested checking to see if her diet needed to be adjusted.
But most days Beck isn’t around to help Kayla with her blood sugar checks, leaving the school’s administrative assistants to handle the task.
Each week, Beck travels between Landis Elementary School, Millbridge Elementary and Knox Middle.
And she’s not the only one. (more…)
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To innovate, you don’t need big, abstract ideas, just a fresh approach and some tools to help plot your successful execution.
That’s what you’ll get in a superb new book called Design for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers, by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie.
Ogilvie is the CEO of Peer Insight, an innovation strategy consultancy. Jeanne Liedtka, a professor and former associate dean at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, previously served as chief learning officer for the United Technnologies Corporation.
Designing for Growth is an illustrated guide that shows how to translate “design thinking” into practical, everyday tools. As the authors note, “Design thinking can do for organic growth and innovation what TQM did for quality – take something we always have cared about and put tools and processes into the hands of managers to make it happen.” In reading the book, it struck me how useful their tool would be in the publishing industry where ebooks and handheld readers have blown up the publishing value proposition.
To unpack the process of good design and apply it to a business problem, the authors start with a process of four questions, What is, what if, what wows, and what works? Essentially, these are translated as: (more…)
Taylor Wells, 45, eats only raw vegan food. The younger of her five children, Phoenix, 4, and 14-month-old twins Dakota and Montana, who are still nursing, have never eaten cooked foods in their young lives.
For skeptics, Taylor, Phillipe and kids stand out on the urban streets only for being enviably fit and attractive. No anemic, sandaled vegan cliches here; Taylor is powerful, petite with shiny blond hair and a gleaming smile; Phillipe has a square jaw and steely arms. They drive the kids to softball in a green mini-van, have roomfuls of plastic toys for all the kids, and wink at 13-year-old Madison’s occasional Starbucks frappuccino with friends. (more…)
Whether you’re a new nurse or a seasoned nurse, it’s always intriguing to take a look back at the history of the nursing profession.
By PAULA SIROIS
Some of us love cleaning, some of us hate cleaning and a subset of us haters, really hate – with a passion and all-consuming disgust – everything to do with cleaning. I fall into the latter group. I’m also a green freak, cheap freak and health freak. Kind of makes keeping house tough. But I also have a stubborn gene, which has allowed me to maintain my standards and clean my house. Here is my three-day plan to makeover your approach to cleaning:
Day one – Stockpile: It’s time to toss the heavy-duty chemical, don’t-breathe-in-while-cleaning supplies. After you’ve detoxed, head to the closest store to pick up your new, green, cheap cleaning provisions: baking soda, vinegar, lemons, limes, oranges, a bottle of vodka, some sea salt and a couple of scrubbing brushes. No, I’m not proposing baking while drinking. You’re collecting safe and effective tools of the cleaning trade: Vodka is a great disinfectant that doesn’t leave streaks; sea salt replaces abrasive scrubs; and vinegar can clean just about anything (and if you add some baking soda, you’ll have a great big bubbling scrubbing mix). Drop in the juice from the fruit and everything smells natural, healthy and clean. (more…)
Yoga, Acupuncture and Alternative Therapies Complement Drug Rehab Treatment at the Camp Recovery Center
Scotts Valley, CA
The Camp Recovery Center’s medical director is opening up a new range of treatment options for men and women suffering from drug or alcohol addiction.
Amy Solomon, M.D., is a board certified family physician with more than 10 years of experience practicing medicine. In addition to serving as medical director at The Camp, she has her own integrative medical practice in Ben Lomond, Calif.
Since joining The Camp Recovery Center, Dr. Solomon has expanded the drug rehab program’s treatment offerings to include complementary and alternative therapies, herbal remedies and amino acid therapy. Included in treatment are two yoga sessions per week, twice weekly detox acupuncture groups, and individualized recommendations to replenish the body’s natural amino acids and nutrients.
“One of my goals is to bring addiction treatment at The Camp into a more integrative space,” said Dr. Solomon. “Building on the highly effective program already in place, clients can now choose from a full range of conventional and alternative therapies until they find what works for them.” (more…)
By Ashley Primis
In 2009, he whipped up Sprout, a successful organic baby food line (available at select Wegmans and Whole Foods), and just this month, he released a kid-focused cookbook, Start Fresh: Your Child’s Jump Start to Lifelong Healthy Eating (Rodale Books), geared toward parents who are busy but who actually have tastebuds.
We couldn’t resist this crowd-pleaser remake, nor the fact that you get a complete meal on one pan. (more…)
What we eat. What we purchase. What we wear. What we drink. How much we exercise. We set lofty goals for ourselves and then spend a large part of our time striving to attain them. What takes so long to get to where we want to go is that nothing is easy. Choices have to made. Some of the choices can be very difficult to make. To eat local or eat organic? Low VOC paint or recycled paint? Where do we obtain our drinking water from? What kind of furniture should we buy? What kind of disposable goods should we use? Paper or plastic?
These decisions are not only reserved for our private lives. They are becoming increasing imbued into the fabric of our business decisions. Trying to make the right decision isn’t so easy. But we don’t just want to be right. We want to be just, as well. Our conscience no longer allows most of us to choose convenience and cost OVER quality, safety and healthfulness. But what is right is dependent of the set of criteria that one values. (more…)
School nurses have to handle everything from acute problems like splinters and sprained ankles to chronic issues such as asthma and diabetes. They manage school physicals, deal with crisis counseling, keep track of immunizations and promote healthy lifestyle choices.
Communicating with Parents and Teachers. School nurses should consider contacting both parents and teachers via email with healthy reminders such as cold and flu prevention, proper hand washing techniques and advice for parents on keeping sick children at home. Encouraging feedback and regular communication helps keep everyone on the right track to health.
Natural Care for Injured or Ill Students. Although school budgets don’t always allow for organic and natural wellness products at schools, illness can be avoided with some very basic activities. Sheramy Vandernat, RN, BSN, offers these tips for nurses on how to keep kids healthy at school:
1. Encourage good hand hygiene
- To give kids an idea of how long it should take to thoroughly wash their hands, teach them to sing Happy Birthday or their ABCs twice while scrubbing. (Incidentally, the same singing idea applies for teeth brushing, although it’s much harder to sing with a toothbrush in your mouth.)
- Visit the CDC‘s website for the recommended hand washing technique.
- Teach parents and students that bottled hand sanitizers are intended for use when soap and water are inaccessible, not as a replacement. Although hand sanitizers are convenient, kids should still wash their hands with soap and water at the first opportunity for a more effective job. Also, be sure to use natural soaps over antibacterial ones, which almost always contain the precarious chemical triclosan or triclocarban. Both of these chemicals have been found to be endocrine disruptors and wreak havoc on our waterways. (more…)
By Reed Miller
Madrid, Spain – Previous studies on the influence of coffee consumption on cardiovascular disease have shown conflicting results, but a new analysis from the massive Nurses’ Health Study suggests that coffee has no effect on the cardiovascular risk of women with known cardiovascular disease .
“The results of this study support the idea that people with heart disease who drink coffee do not need to stop drinking it, because this beverage does not increase their risk of having a fatal event,” study lead author Dr Esther Lopez-Garcia (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain) told heartwire. The study is published online May 13, 2011 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Lopez-Garcia and colleagues note that heavy coffee consumption was shown to increase the risk of sudden cardiac death in a population case-control study , but another study of all-cause mortality in patients hospitalized for acute MI found a strongly protective effect of heavy coffee consumption after three months but not at four years . A three-year study found no association between the cumulative consumption of nonfiltered coffee and the risk of a second cardiovascular event , and a 10-year prospective study in Sweden found that filtered coffee consumption in the year prior to an acute MI appeared to reduce the risk of all-cause mortality after the event . As reported by heartwire, a small study in Germany showed that drinking coffee improved markers of subclinical inflammation and oxidative stress, while increasing HDL-cholesterol levels. (more…)
After six years of planning, designing that included feedback and testing by doctors and nurses and $89 million worth of construction, the new eight-story patient tower at Boone Hospital Center will open next month.
The expansion on the southwest side of the medical complex began with the building of a parking garage and a facelift for Williams Street. The county hospital built 90 years ago has gradually become a major regional medical center.
The new patient tower has 128 beds — 40 for intensive care patients and 88 for medical and surgical patients — and it’s totally changed the way employees, doctors, visitors and patients get around to different departments, units and testing areas.
Even the 1921 time capsule has a new home.
If you’ve been to the hospital before and come to the open house on June 26, you’ll notice the transformation as soon as you step through the main entrance.
Gone is the small lobby with a cramped area for patient registration. The hospital’s old lobby will be renovated into a bistro area. (more…)
By Nedra Rhone
Annette Rubin was pregnant with her first son when a scary thought entered her mind. If it wasn’t safe to color her hair during pregnancy, what about all the other products she put on her skin each day? She posed the question to her husband, Dr. Jason Rubin, a family practitioner, who admits he didn’t have a good answer.
“I said, the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] has jurisdiction over cosmetics, I’m sure they require something,” Rubin said. But they didn’t. The U.S. government does not regulate cosmetics or personal-care products at all. “The FDA standards on medication are amazing, but with cosmetics they take a different approach,” Rubin said.
So Rubin and his wife, a cosmetics industry veteran, launched Belli, a line of personal-care products for pregnant and nursing women (and babies) that avoids ingredients linked to birth defects. “It makes sense if an ingredient has a link to a birth defect, why not find another that doesn’t have a problem?” Rubin said.
The Washington-based brand, manufactured by Advanced Bio-Technologies in Suwanee, is just one example of a company seeking to help consumers make sense of the complicated issue of safety in personal-care products. (more…)
The sun is blazing, farmers markets are popping up everywhere and all you really want to do is go lie on a beach somewhere. Yes, June has arrived.
During the spring and summer it is easier than ever to get a hold of fresh produce. With all of the choices out there, That’s Fit narrows down a list of three of the best for you — and most delicious — superfoods for the month of June. Whether you’re making yourself a packed lunch for work, hosting a dinner party on your deck or having a picnic, these three foods can be easily added to your June diet.
Although figs are available year-round, they add a little something extra to an early summer meal. They also happen to be chock full of fiber, calcium, potassium and iron. Although figs do contain some calories, they are extremely low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol. According to Katherine Brooking, registered dietitian and co-founder of AppforHealth.com, “[Figs] are often overlooked, but they are so so good for you!” (more…)
How did you get into organic foods?
I look for organic food because, for example, my children like chicken, so I give them free-range chicken. I buy organic gulay, berries, nuts, organic chicken, pork and eggs, even for breakfast.
Sometimes I succumb to my children’s preferences and buy them hot dogs and burgers, but only very rarely. (more…)
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Healthcare accounts for just under 6% of the flooring industry’s annual $4 billion in commercial revenue, making it the smallest market segment. As the current and forthcoming growth of the healthcare sector is well documented, this may come as a surprise. However, flooring in the sector is expected to last and is often used ten or more years before it is replaced. Therefore, while the number of healthcare facilities may be increasing, replacement needs are low. Over the next years, however, significant growth is expected, from 249 million square feet of consumption in 2010 to an anticipated 355 million square feet in 2014, according to Market Insights/Torcivia.
The healthcare sector is divided into two segments: the acute care market and the long-term care or senior living market. The senior living market is a complex system, composed of many different types of care facilities: retirement housing, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and rehabilitation. Though not all residents in this market are necessarily senior, the phrase “senior living” is used as a blanket term for the segment. Younger individuals with brain trauma or physical needs that require long-term care may live in the rehabilitation wings. In the past, much of the design budget for the senior living market was spent on the independent living units. Today, people expect all levels of care to have a polished residential or hospitality feel. (more…)
Eighty percent of baby products contain toxic or untested chemical flame retardants, according to a new study of products such as car seats, changing pads and portable cribs.
Eighty percent of baby products contain toxic or untested chemical flame retardants, according to a new study of products such as car seats, changing pads and portable cribs
Four brands — BabyLuxe Organic, Baby Bjorn, Orbit Baby and Boppy — say their products meet California’s standards.
One-third of products, which also included nursing pillows, contained a chemical called chlorinated tris, which was removed from children’s pajamas in the 1970s because of cancer concerns, though the chemical was never banned, says a study released Wednesday in Environmental Science & Technology.
The Environmental Protection Agency has said there is a “moderate level of concern” about links between tris and cancer, developmental problems, reproductive problems and other health concerns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission also has found that tris “may pose a significant health risk,” spokesman Scott Wolfson says. (more…)
The Cost of Keeping Chickens
Chicks: Range in price from $2 from catalogs to $10 per chick from feed stores like Rick’s Saddle Shop, varying based on breed and age.
Food: $15 per 50 pound bag, which feeds 10 chicks for 2 weeks, according to Rick’s Saddle Shop manager Kurry Walsh.
Coop: $300 for wood and chicken wire to build your own, or $500-$1,200 for pre-fabricated wood coops.
Eggs: Free, compared to conventionally grown eggs, $2.59 a dozen, and organic eggs, $4.79 a dozen, at Foodtown, Freehold. Hens lay one egg per day for the first two years of their lives.
MIDDLETOWN — When Mary Hussey moved into her new home off Bamm Hollow Road, she had a vision for the screened-in hot tub room off her basement: a chicken coop.
Hussey, who began raising chickens in her backyard in 2004, now shows her chickens in poultry shows and counsels others around the state on how to start their own egg-laying flock on their property. She said she has seen a big boom in interest among state residents looking to raise their own birds and eat fresh eggs.
“Initially, it’s a food thing. When you don’t have chickens, you don’t know what you’re getting into, but you know you’re afraid of the food,” Hussey said. “People don’t know getting into it how great they are — now I want more chickens and another coop!” (more…)
By Aliza Wasserman
Despite our best intentions to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable, healthy food and the critical role of cooking it at home, we know that the majority of unhealthy calories and the largest increase in food consumption over the past 50 years has occurred with food purchased outside of the home, according to the Keystone Forum on Away from Home Foods. One might wonder: why are Jewish food establishments not working to create more healthy and sustainable menus?
While there are a few options, like those at last week’s Deli Summit, they’re mainly located in the sustainable food meccas of New York and Berkeley. Last week, that list grew one restaurant stronger with Inna’s Kitchen, a new player in the Boston Jewish food scene. Opened last week by Inna Khitrik and her son Alex, Inna’s Kitchen is a new Jewish deli in Newton Centre focused on sustainable healthy Jewish foods from a variety of cultures. (more…)
Well, that depends on the question.
Of all the things I write about — energy, the greening of business, the politics and policy of climate change, geoengineering — food is by far the most emotional. With near-religious fervor, people debate the merits or demerits of, broadly speaking, two ways to produce food.
The first can be described, depending upon who’s talking, as big, fast, modern, conventional, industrial, intensive, chemical, genetically-modified, processed and global. It’s the system that delivers most of the food that most Americans eat. (more…)