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Earth Day 2016

April 22, 2016 | Each year our neighbors from all over the world join together for Earth Day. People will bike to work, use less electricity and make better decisions for the future of Earth.


Who says we can’t make every day a little bit better for the world we live in. Northwest Health has come up with three tips that not only impact the world, but impact us locally.


The first is two for one. Volunteering and investing in your community garden. Did you know Second Harvest Food Bank in St. Joseph, Missouri has a community garden they tend to each year? Hundreds of community gardens are growing across the United States. Not only can volunteers get the benefit of sunshine and exercise of volunteering in your community garden, but you also help create a healthier community by growing local.


The second is turning off your light bulbs and using energy efficient lighting in your homes. The increases in energy efficient lighting over the past ten years have been extraordinary. Many of us are purchasing more efficient lighting, but what we aren’t doing is something simple, turning off the lights. When you leave your rooms today and moving forward, simply turn off your lights and you’ll be taking a step forward for sustaining our environment.


Finally, shop at your local farmers’ market. Farm-fresh food not only is better for you and the environment but you are saving thousands of miles of other foods traveling to your grocery stores. There are also other ways of investing in your local farms. For example check out Goode Food Delivered, another local, chemical-free farm. Check out our local farmers’ markets and try some farm-fresh food today.


It’s easy to make an impact on your community locally and the Earth by making a few simple lifestyle changes.


Northwest Health Services is an organization of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC’s) with locations spread over 15 counties. Northwest Health Services health centers are local, non-profit, community-owned health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities. Northwest Health Services is located in areas where care is needed but scarce, and improves access to care for Americans regardless of their insurance status.

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