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Community Health in the Lehigh Valley

by Jacqline Wolf Tice C.E.A. Winslow, the 20th-century “founder” of the modern public health movement, famously described public health as, “the science and the art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting physical health and mental health and efficiency through … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, Local Health Issues, Poverty, Public Health, Quality of Life |

Elevating the Huddled Masses: How Health Equity Promotes Sustainability

by Adrian Shanker In considering sustainability, one must ask:“How are the most marginalized in our community supported?” The sociocultural area of sustainability perhaps receives less attention than the economic and environmental pillars, but sociocultural sustainability has great influence on the … more

Posted in Advocacy & Activism, Arts & Culture, Building Community, Environmental Health, Healthcare system, LGBT Rights, Local Health Issues, Quality of Life, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Voices of the Valley |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf (March 2015)

[Updated March 18, 2015] The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Timesand Morning Call reporting that almost all of our high schools already have synthetic turf fields (as do most colleges and universities in the Lehigh Valley)—and the few … more

Posted in Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Synthetic Turf |

Precautionary Principle in Wellness Policies

To build an environment that truly supports health & wellness, we need to recognize that we sometimes need to make decisions before health impacts or safety concerns can be definitively proven or disproven. Where human health is involved, it is … more

Posted in Environmental Health, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Schools & Learning, Students' Rights, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf |

Healthy Lunchtime Environment

Ideally, meals at school should do more than provide food that meets minimum nutrition requirements. In addition to supporting students’ physical health, we think meals should: be a part of students’ learning experience allow sufficient time for students to enjoy … more

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Healthy School Food

In addition to meeting the nutrition requirements of the USDA, school food should also follow the ‘first principle of care’, which is to do no harm. We believe this requires food that is raised without the use of synthetic chemical … more

Posted in Childhood obesity, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Local Food, Local Health Issues, School Food, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing |

Turf Burns – First Aid & Treatment

One of the many health concerns connected with synthetic turf is its tendency to cause serious ‘turf burns’. Prevention & prompt treatment of these burns can prevent dangerous infections and scarring. First-Aid Treatment for Turf Burns (If possible, first aid … more

Posted in Local Health Issues, Synthetic Turf |

Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

In March 2015, we saw stories in the Express-Times and Morning Call reporting that almost all of the high schools, colleges, and universities in the Lehigh Valley have synthetic turf fields (also known as artificial turf), or were planning to replace natural grass with synthetic … more

Posted in Air, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Land Use, Landscaping, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Living, Synthetic Turf, Water & Watersheds |

Food & Health – Research citations

References [updated December 2014] [Citations that include a filename (ending in .pdf) indicate that we have the PDF of that study – contact Peter Crownfield for more information] Altieri, M. “Enhanced Pest Management Through Soil Health: Toward a Belowground Habitat Management … more

Posted in Agriculture, Air, Asthma, Childhood obesity, Climate, Climate, Endocrine Disruptors, Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Food, Food for Health, GMO / GE foods, Industrial Food Production, Land Use, Local Health Issues, Precautionary Principle, Soil, Stewardship, Sustainabilty & Health, Sustainable Growing, Sustainable Living, Water & Watersheds |

School District Climate & Sustainability Commitment

Climate and Sustainability Commitment (As adopted by the Bethlehem Area School District, 28 April 2014) “Changes to Pennsylvania’s climate are happening now. While there is uncertainty as to the extent and timing of these impacts, it is undeniable that action … more

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