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Make a Difference this Earth Day!

by Mama T

Although Earth Day is officially April 22nd, Down to Earth will be celebrating it on Sunday April 27th with a special full day of fun and music, where proceeds from tickets sold will go towards supporting an awesome new sustainability charter school in Kaimuki, the School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability (SEEQS).  It's a great opportunity to do something wonderful for our planet and those who care about it!  For details click here.

Buying Local Builds Community

by Tandis Bishop

So many people talk about buying local as if it's something new.  We've been buying local ever since we started in Wailuku on Maui over 35 years ago.  It's not something special or new that we're doing.  It's something we've always done.  It's what we're about.  Through buying local, supporting local farmers and vendors, we're giving back to the local economy.  And, we're giving back to our local community through cooking classes and nutritional seminars, support of local nonprofit organizations, and participating in local community events.  It's all one big local circle.  We're glad to be

Reduce Stress with Healthy Habits

by Tandis Bishop

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the daily stressors that come our way. Pressure from work, raising a family, maintaining a home, and financial stability are some of the major stressors in life… along with all the smaller stressful situations that arise on a regular basis. Coping with stress is essential on many levels, with your health being at the top of the list.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

by Caitlin Pomerantz

While I am relieved that the oil spill has been plugged and that recovery is underway, I remain haunted by the environmental disaster. As photos of oil coated birds and turtles blanketed the news, and I heard friends from Louisiana and Florida sharing their frustration over the devastation to the ecosystem that sustains their culture and way of life, I was struck by a feeling of utter powerlessness. The thought of all that oil gushing into the sea, every minute of every hour of every day, for over eighty days, has been a reminder to me of the limits of my control.

Can You be Heavy and Healthy at the Same Time?

by Tandis Bishop

You may have heard the term “healthy obesity” to describe people who are obese but don’t have medical conditions that often accompany obesity. However, researchers from the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in Canada found that there is no such thing as healthy obesity.1 They followed over 61,000 people long enough to examine body mass index (BMI) and metabolic status (such as blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol) linked to cardiovascular events and death.

Local, Fresh, Seasonal – Healthy Holiday Feasting for Everyone

by Tandis Bishop

Let’s face it: the holiday season is focused around food. We are not just talking about eating food – but feasting on rich, sumptuous holiday dishes, sweets, and beverages. We all look forward to it around this time of year. With that joyful anticipation also comes a little bit of apprehension of straying from your healthy regime for the next couple months. Feasting can be challenging for those who may have specific dietary needs due to food allergies or sensitivities. The good news is that you can enjoy many of your favorite holiday dishes while maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

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