Going Green for Health

July 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm Leave a comment

Improve your health while benefiting the health of the planet. The Harvard Health Letter suggests the following “green” health tips:

  • Walk or bike to work. Combining exercise and a commute builds healthful activity into your day and reduces fuel use and vehicle emissions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 over fishing. Making the right “eco-choice” involves homework. Find useful guides at http://www.oceansalive.org and http://www.blueocean.org/seafood.
  • Eat local fruits and vegetables. Flying fruits and vegetables long distances is energy intensive. Give some preference to locally grown food.

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