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April 3 - April 24, 2019

UNMC/Nebraska Medicine LiveGreen Feed


Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

  • Marquita Govan 's avatar
    Marquita Govan 4/26/2019 1:53 PM
    This challenge was super fun! The only thing I had a hard time completing was my Metro Area Transit challenge, I took Lyft alot.
    Women and Girls Support Women-Owned Businesses
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. How can you better support communities by supporting women? Can you share any past experiences that may help others take action?

    Marquita Govan 's avatar
    Marquita Govan 4/24/2019 1:36 PM
    Currently anywhere between 70-80% of entrepreneurial investment goes to men so ANYTHING we can do as shoppers to support women is helpful! I started by asking friends and family for referrals and then hitting up our local farmer's markets. 

  • Marquita Govan 's avatar
    Marquita Govan 4/24/2019 12:39 PM
    The only thing I didn't do so well in this  challenge was riding Omaha Metro Area Transit.  I did alot more walking, Lyfting and car pooling!

    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

    Michelle Morrissey's avatar
    Michelle Morrissey 4/24/2019 7:06 AM
    no I had not heard of it, but it sounds like a great idea - a sort of returning to the natural way of operating as an ecosystem.
    Materials Install a Toilet Bank
    How can your region/household prepare for changing water situations in order to become more resilient?

    Sarah Maas's avatar
    Sarah Maas 4/24/2019 6:45 AM
    Regionally I think that our water sources have been challenged recently due to flooding.  I think our government will work to protect wells from flood water so that communities are not without water in emergency situations.  In my household, we practice "yellow let it mellow" to save water.  We recently rented a house with an actual green lawn, so we water it only in the morning, when it is cool.  Eventually I'd like to move to a house where we can have a natural, prairie-type lawn area, in a neighborhood that doesn't look down on a non-traditional lawn.
    Food Smaller Portions
    Fun fact: Your brain and stomach register feelings of fullness after about 20 minutes of eating. While dishing food out, we tend to load our plates with more than we need. Using smaller plates helps to mitigate this. Aside from the environmental benefits, what other benefits might come out of eating smaller portions?

    Carol White's avatar
    Carol White 4/24/2019 6:30 AM
    I've been changing my lifestyle over the last several months—one better choice at a time. I started eating fewer processed food products and more real whole foods. Then I bought fluoride filters so my water doesn't kill me. Did you know that fluoride is a neurotoxin? Now I'm about 95% organic, even found an excellent source for grass fed, grass finished meats. If it's not grass finished, why bother? I'm just starting to change over to plant based cleaning products and tackling the nightmare of finding cosmetics without chemicals. Actually that part isn't so hard. It's finding anything without soy, but that's a different soapbox.

    Organic produce is expensive here but I feel so much better that it's well worth the cost. By eating real food, I find that I don't need to eat as much as I did on the standard American diet of processed food products. So I can naturally reduce portion sizes and stay fuller longer. Eating less means I can buy less which means I waste less.

    Diverse organic food production is better for the planet. To start with it's real FOOD. Did you know that about 80% of US corn production is used for biofuels and animal feed? The corn that does make it to your table is mostly in the form of high-fructose syrup. Fructose is metabolized in the liver and is usually converted immediately to fat because of limited storage which can lead to a fatty liver or diabetes. Organic farming practices produce higher yields than mono-cropping, don't saturate the ground and water with chemicals and toxins, and don't require deforestation of huge tracts of land.

    I recently learned that if you chew each small bite of food 40 times and use a chewing motion when you take a sip of liquid, it signals your brain that you're full even faster. Phenomenal thing the brain.
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    In your opinion, what contributes to people in North America eating more meat than any other countries? What does this say about North American values and ways of living?

    angie pasho's avatar
    angie pasho 4/24/2019 3:59 AM
    politics of farming and advertising, diet fads, ease of available products. We area consumer culture. 
    Materials Become A Master Recycler/Composter
    What could you do differently to waste less?

    angie pasho's avatar
    angie pasho 4/24/2019 3:57 AM
    use less plastic ziplock bags, wash clothes less often  
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

    angie pasho's avatar
    angie pasho 4/24/2019 3:54 AM
    this was fun- i got to experiment with other foods i don't normally buy, and also used my fennel bulb to start a new plant-and it is growing like crazy. 
    Transport Use Muscle Power
    How do your transportation choices affect your engagement in your community? Does your experience or enjoyment differ while walking, riding transit, biking or driving?

    angie pasho's avatar
    angie pasho 4/24/2019 3:53 AM
    I love riding my bike to work, it is often quicker than driving for my short commute, and it is less stressful.