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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Intersection of Health and Green, Part 2

Recently, we assisted in putting together a Green Health and Wellness Fair at a large Maryland corporation.In addition to highlighting the traditional employee wellness programs such as screenings and nutrition, we brought in a local farmers market, a vegetarian caterer,composting specialists and other vendors to educate the employees with ways to live greener. What do green and health have in common? A lot. Both medical professionals and environmental scientists calculate that walking or biking instead of driving and eating less red meat will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions and save billions of gallons of gas; but Americans would also lose weight, reducing our risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and more. Much more. Today's Washington Post has an excellent article . The article states that if every American between 10 and 74 walked 30 minutes a day instead of driving, they would curb the annual US emissions of carbon dioxide by 64 million tons, save 6.5 billion gallons of gas, and shed more than 3 billions pounds. Those 3 billion pounds lost and extra exercise add up to a tremendous amount of health expenditure savings, in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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