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March 2013 Vol. 8 , No. 1

Dear Friends,


As spring gets into full swing, many families - kids especially - also experience a season of new growth and discovery. This month Dr. Rosen writes about "Rx Nature" and the value of free play outdoors. We also feature easy ways to reap the health benefits of gardening, with tips for every experience level. 


For those needing to stay indoors, research even shows that a view outside or pictures of nature scenes can promote healing. Indoor health is the focus of our “Healthier Home Renovations” article, which many families encounter as living arrangements change with the cycles of family life.  Also this issue, Holistic Nurse Maureen McDonnell reveals keys to healthy and happy aging with ideas that can be put into place on any budget, at any age. And if cleaning is on your spring to-do list, be sure to check out our "Greening Your Cleaning" guide to doing it safely.


This spring as always, we strive to provide practical tips and tools to make this the healthiest season yet for your family.


Wishing you wellness,


Deirdre Imus

RX Nature
By Lawrence Rosen, MD

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health." - Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods

 Imagine a treatment that would improve your mood, make you smarter, keep you healthier and improve your relationships.  How much would you invest in that therapy?  It turns out there is such a thing, and best of all, it’s free.  It’s called “nature.” Read more


Edible Gardening For Better Health And Happiness
By Nikita Manavi

Spring is here! You’re probably eager to go outside and enjoy the warm air—or desperate to avoid rain and allergens by staying indoors. Whichever way you embrace the change in season, you can enjoy the immense health benefits of growing plants and gardening.  Gardening is relaxing, restorative and rewarding for people of all ages. Read more

Healthier Home Renovation
By Erin S. Ihde, MA
Being healthy during renovation includes protecting yourself from a variety of indoor toxins, including mold, asbestos, lead and VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).  The EPA covers the basics in "Good Work Practices During Remodeling", a must-read before starting any home reno project.  Read more

Happy, Healthy Aging
By Maureen McDonnell, RN

Although we don’t see these 3 words (happy, healthy and aging) together too often, the phrase has become my mantra!   Since most of us now understand and accept the concept that our thoughts and attitudes determine a great deal about our reality, I’ve decided that the typical negative belief system regarding aging (namely physical and mental decline) is no longer a part of my mindset. Read more

Greening Your Cleaning This Spring

Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to freshen up our homes for the warmer days ahead.  For many of us, this means washing windows, clearing out clutter, and deep cleaning surfaces high and low.

All of this activity, however, can be unhealthy, especially for children. Read more

Environmental Health Legislation

Legislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Click here for a list of important legislation and bills that we are tracking as well as links to some model legislation.

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