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  • What choices make sense in terms of our basic health and happiness? These countries have a high std of living. US ranked 20 th . Strong env. Ethic. San Louis Obispo – no drive thrus – wide sidewalks, self-employed . Clergy, travel agent and special end teacher – thriving Toward Happiness in the Blue Zone”
  • What choices make sense in terms of our basic health and happiness? These countries have a high std of living. US ranked 20 th . Strong env. Ethic. San Louis Obispo – no drive thrus – wide sidewalks, self-employed . Clergy, travel agent and special end teacher – thriving Toward Happiness in the Blue Zone”
  • nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read and sign their names. The majority of these billion people are women. Webber went from 5-15% on free or reduced lunch in 2010. Strong correlation between health and a clean environment so this afternoon I want to explain the connections.       Additional Reading Resources
  • One reason we strive for energy conservation is to lessen the effects of climate change. Read more:
  • Outdoor affects – now turning inward… Read more:
  • City does have a volunart green energy program – for about $10 month over your normal bill you can have 90% of your home electricity from wind power.
  • Inexpensive way to combat VOCs
  • City has radon tests. Private consultants perform air monitoring tests.
  • Rosa, I don’t get the last part of “is microwaved”? It doesn’t follow the sentence, but I couldn’t figure out the flow. It needs to be revised or the last part “…which breaks down WPS, is microwaved” doesn’t make sense.
  • One thing I remember from law school is that legally instecides and fungicides that get banned from use in the US can be sold overseas. The chemicals are used on produced shipped back in the country and a very minute amount gets inspected.
  • Healthfair presentation russo.aardrup[1]

    1. 1. Healthy & Happy People = Healthy Planet Dr Rosemarie Russo, Sustainability Coordinator Mary Pat Aardrup, Healthy Homes11/16/12 1
    2. 2. Happiest Countries Name the top three happiest countries?11/16/12 2
    3. 3. Happiest Countries Costa Rica Denmark Iceland Switzerland Finland Mexico Norway Canada Panama Sweden11/16/12 3
    4. 4. Happiness Many studies find that human happiness depends on three key elements: good health, access to education, and relative wealth.11/16/12 4
    5. 5. Climate Change and Health• Warmer temperatures lead to greater concentrations of ground-level ozone, which forms on hot, sunny days when pollution from cars and other sources mix.• OZONE can damage lung tissue, increase respiratory and heart disease, and even lead to death. The most modest increases in smog can cause asthma in children.11/16/12 5
    6. 6. Climate Change and Allergies/Asthma • Pollen is likely to increase as temperatures and carbon dioxide levels rise. A doubling of the atmospheric carbon dioxide levels stimulated ragweed-pollen production by more than 50%. • Another study, showed ragweed grew faster, flowered earlier, and produced significantly more pollen in urban locations. 611/16/12
    7. 7. Children• Their airways are smaller;• They are more active and breathe 2 to 3 times harder and deeper than adults;• They spend more time on the ground and have more hand to mouth transfers.11/16/12 7
    8. 8. Energy Reduction & Clean Air• 2010 climate mitigation measures also reduced air pollution by: – 127 tons of NOx – 47 tons of sulfur dioxide ; and – un-quantified amounts of VOCs11/16/12 8
    9. 9. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)• VOC is the “new car smell.”• In the home, new carpeting, wood paneling, fresh paint, furniture, adhesives, and other household items that are made with chemicals give off vapors (VOCs).• VOCs can also come from some room fresheners, deodorants, and other products. VOCs are a health concern because they can trigger asthma, cause throat irritation, cause headaches, and damage the liver and nervous system.• Spider plants love VOCs …….11/16/12 9
    10. 10. Health & Safety Tips• Average VOCs levels can be up to 15X Check the indoor air quality higher indoors at the in your home or office. workplace causing health effects, lower Buy low or no VOC paints. productivity, or increased absenteeism.11/16/12 10
    11. 11. Household Cleaners• The average American uses 40 lbs. of unsafe household cleaners each year. Multiply that number by millions American and the effect is significant.Examples: Commercial dish detergent, hand washing (naphtha or complex phosphates)Toxicity - Naphtha is a central nervous depressant.Environment – Phosphates causealgae blooms.11/16/12 11 Read more: Clean and Green (1994) Ceres Press: New York.
    12. 12. Alternative Cleaners Disinfectant Furniture Polish • 1 teaspoon borax, 2 • ¼ cup olive oil, ¼ cup tablespoon vinegar, ¼ vinegar, drop or two teaspoon vegetable-oil lavender or lemon. based liquid soap and 2 cups very hot water. • Tea Tree Oil – full spectrum fungicide and anti-bacterial www.ewg.org11/16/12 12
    13. 13. Simplify Your Household Products• Seltzer – Rinse hair (i.e. frizz) – Carpet stains• Vinegar - Cutting boards• Olive Oil – Brittle hair11/16/12 13
    14. 14. Purchasing Each year, the average American throws away about 100 polystyrene foam cups, each expected to last more than 500 years. Polystyrene is produced from styrene, a known human neurotoxin and animal carcinogen. Styrene has been shown to leech out from packaging under a variety of circumstances. Most notably when in contact with an acidic solution (such as adding lemon to your tea).11/16/12 14
    15. 15. Say No to Styrene• For the past thirty years, scientists have become increasingly aware of the widespread presence of styrene in our bodies; it has been detected in our fat, in our blood, even in breast milk.• Even if it has an arrow – no place in Fort Collins to recycle!11/16/12 15
    16. 16. Local CompaniesTry to buy local to reduce air pollution from delivery trucks.Morning Fresh Dairy• - Collect caps, recycle them, and reimburse schools• Milk – gets rid of garlic breath11/16/12 16
    17. 17. Plants – Garden MedicineWeight loss – chili powderAnxiety – passion flowerNail fungus – lavenderAllergies – RosemaryMental Clarity – blueberriesHot flashes – spinach, flax seedSleep - Spinach Tart Cherry JuiceGood cholesterol - Pumpkin SeedsBlood pressure –hibiscusDepression – peppers & broccoliSunburn – Aloe Vera11/16/12 17
    18. 18. Plants: Anti - Cancer1. Carotenoids (red, orange, yellow) Persimmons, Carrots2. Isothyrathimines - ovarian cancer Green leafy vegetables: Broccoli, Chard, Parsley3. Flavonoids Raspberries and Red Cabbage Garlic, Onions, Bok Choy11/16/12 18
    19. 19. Dirty Dozen – Buy Organic• Celery• Peaches• Strawberries• Apples• Blueberries• Nectarines• Bell Peppers• Spinach• Cherries• Kale• Potatoes• Grapes11/16/12 19
    20. 20. Try Your Best……11/16/12 20
    21. 21. Healthy sustainable Homes
    22. 22. Program Premise• Studies conducted by the EPA & CDC – US Citizens spend 65-90% of their time indoors. – Indoor air quality is 70% worse than outdoor air quality. – Citizens are at the greatest environmental risk where they have the greatest control - in their own homes.
    23. 23. Program Premise• Studies prompted the Surgeon General to initiate a “Call to Action” to Promote Healthy Homes• Targeting interventions to reduce or eliminate health hazards in the home.
    24. 24. Program Premise• The City of Fort Collins 2010 and 2011 Air Quality Survey found that one in four homes in the City report they have a family member who has respiratory problems.• Reducing personal exposure to toxic chemicals is a idea whose time has come.
    25. 25. Healthy sustainable Homes Program• This program is the City of Fort Collins’ response to these staggering statistics• An integrated educational and outreach program on home toxic exposure and pollution prevention• Create awareness necessary to help citizens improve their health and quality of life• Create awareness about protecting citizens environment in and around their homes
    26. 26. Healthy sustainable Homes• Free, volunteer driven program to help citizens learn about common pollutants in their home.• Volunteers received 20 hours of training to familiarize them with identifying common pollutants and home toxic exposures which can be mitigated with low cost or no cost solutions• Focus initially will be on homes of asthmatic children.
    27. 27. Training Topics• Biological Contaminants • Toxicology• Mold & Moisture • Landlord/Tenant Relations• Air Quality and Ventilation • Household Chemicals –• Carbon Monoxide Natural Cleaning• Dust and Clutter • Pesticides & Natural Lawn• Care Lead• • Pest Control Radon • Nature Deficit Disorder• Asbestos • Asthma and allergy triggers
    28. 28. Sustainability• Resources and information will be distributed to homes regarding the following City programs: – Recycling – Energy Efficiency – Water Efficiency – Transportation Options – Extensive Referral Resource
    29. 29. Objectives• Reduce the proportion of homes that have moderate or severe physical problems• Reduce indoor allergen levels• Increase the proportion of persons living in homes at risk that have an operating radon mitigation system• Increase the number of new homes constructed with radon-reducing features• Increase the proportion of persons living in pre-1978 housing that has been tested for the presence of lead-based health hazards• Decrease the number of homes that have lead based paint hazards
    30. 30. “The connection between the health and thedwelling of the population is one of the mostimportant that exists.” Florence Nightingale