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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

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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

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Play It Safe – for athletes, parents, and institutions

All of these recommendations follow the same principles based on understanding the risks created by playing on or near synthetic turf. These recommendations can help reduce — but not eliminate — some of the serious health & safety risks discussed … more

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What do athletes think?

Another surprise for us was that we learned that most professional athletes prefer to play on natural grass rather than artificial turf. A survey of NFL professional football players found that: 84% of players believe that injuries are less likely … more

Posted in Air, Environmental Health, Schools & Learning, Sustainabilty & Health, Synthetic Turf, Waste, Water & Watersheds |

What Is Synthetic Turf?

The ‘grass’ is plastic, usually high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, or nylon. The tufts of grass are attached to a blanket or membrane and supported by the infill material. Some turf systems use little coils of polyethylene or nylon [sometimes called ‘thatch’]  … more

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Synthetic Turf Overview

In the last few years, considerable evidence has emerged that indicates that synthetic turf creates serious health concerns. In 2013, the EPA even took the unusual step of withdrawing their safety assurances and called for new studies; Environment & Human … more

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Health & Safety Concerns

Synthetic or artificial turf and infill includes many substances that are known to cause irritation, birth defects, reproductive disorders, infertility, and developmental disorders. The risks increase because there are three major pathways for toxins to affect athletes and spectators bodies … more

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Open Letter to Anyone Considering Synthetic Turf

The following open letter is prompted by several stories in the Express-Times and 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 exceptions are planning … more

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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

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