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Lagging Behind and Out of Control: The U.S. health care system's carbon footprint

U.S. health care system, health care system's carbon footprint, surgery carbon footprint, environmental impact of hospitals, medical facilities' waste management, greenhouse gas emissions

The health care system in the United States needs a total makeover. Better yet let’s tear it all down and start fresh. Okay, it may not be feasible to start fresh with our health care system, but some serious changes need to be made. The effectiveness of our health care system is decreasing while costs are drastically increasing. Tell you something you do not know, right?

22 Apr. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

A Picnic on Earth on Earth Day

earth day, earth day celebrations, earth day activities

If my daughter above could talk, I know she would eagerly say "Happy Earth Day!" Okay, those may not be the first words that would come to her mind and out of her mouth. In any case we have had a wonderful Earth Day. We did some spring cleaning and we went out and treated ourselves with the first picnic of the year by beautiful Lake Michigan. It was sunny with a crisp breeze blowing gently off the lake.

16 Apr. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

Heel to Toe: Tips on buying the right pair of tennis shoes

tips on buying running shoes, quality running shoes, buying tennis shoes, shoe tests, shoe arch support, recycle shoes, soles of shoes, shoe anatomy

For every occasion there are a pair of shoes. They are not just a piece of clothing or equipment, they are a companion of sorts. We travel everywhere with our shoes from a stroll through the local grocery store to hiking the mountains in New Mexico. When purchasing shoes we can spend hours searching for the right brand, color, style and size. However, we often neglect the more critical details of function, quality and comfort. In fact, it may seem it is only by chance that you buy a "favorite" pair of shoes.

9 Apr. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

Hiking The Trails: Ten easy tips

10 hiking tips, hiking tips, hiking, hiking know hows, hiking excursions, New Mexico, hiking in New Mexico, hiking and hydration, hiking shoes, preparing for a hike

Last week, I dusted off my spring and summer gear and went for some challenging hikes in the beautiful Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico area. I can tell you that my summer gear and clothes were not the only places that seemed to be dusty. My lungs and joints were a little "dusty" from the long Chicago winter, too. It was my first time to New Mexico and I welcomed the warmer temperatures with open arms and fell in love with the landscape. Although the ultra dry climate and altitude, took some getting use to.

27 Mar. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

In Sync With Mother Nature

winter weather persists, spring around the corner, mother nature, seasons, spring, observe nature, rhythm of nature, Lake Michigan, Midwest seasons

It is technically Spring already, but the warmth of spring is lagging behind. This makes it seem like Winter will never leave. Fortunately, the weather forecast is showing warmer days here in the Chicagoland area, giving us some relieve from the cold days of Winter. I am definitely ready for the warmer and sunnier days of Spring. I am also ready for bright green leaves and colorful flower blossoms, which are a sure sign that - YES - Spring is here!

23 Mar. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

Greening Up: My progress

recycle, reuse, green lifestyle, green ideas, green products, greening up

In an effort to be transparent with my "green" progress, I am going to give updates every so often on what I have changed to become more green. I truly believe that you should practice what you preach. So here goes...

Last year, I was pregnant and had my first child. So naturally most of the green progress I made was related to baby "stuff." Although I made a lot of green decisions, I feel like my life was a bit on hold last year. And no matter how hard you try to control spending and consumption, when you have a child you naturally spend and consume a little more.

19 Mar. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

Keep It Simple: Squats

squats, squat with counterbalance, correct squat balance, squat variations, fitness, exercises, squat exercise

Workouts over time can become quite complicated. But in many cases keeping it simple is a much better way to go. Therefore, I am starting a series of blogs that are all about “keeping it simple” with your exercises and workouts. For this first blog in the series I decided to discuss squats.

Food Goes In, Poo Goes Out: Your Infant’s Digestive System

infant digestion, open gut, diarrhea, constipation, amylase, IgA, digestive development, breast milk, intestinal flora

Four months ago I began the daunting task of investigating infants and food introduction. I wanted to be prepared when my little girl was ready to start solid foods. I read books, articles, blogs and studies. When she turned five and half months I felt ready to take on the task of slowly introducing solid foods. I was wrong.

11 Mar. 2013 Posted by Hannah Mich

All Wood Is Not Created Equal: Interview with Dapwood's Gregg Mich

Forest Stewardship Council, Hard Wood, Wood Furniture, Dapwood, plywood, bamboo, green wood, eco-friendly wood, rainforest

What woods are the most eco-friendly for making furniture in your opinion? And Why?

I firmly believe that hardwoods from FSC certified forests are our best option today. They don’t clear cut the forest and endanger the environment.

What does FSC-certified mean?