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Sweden's environmental leadership

Sweden's environmental leadershipDear EarthTalk: I recently heard that Sweden is the greenest country in the world. Is this true and, if so, by what standards? And where does the U.S. rank? -- Raul Swain, New York, NY

It's true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account a wide range of economic indicators and datasets regarding leadership on climate change, encouragement of efficiency sectors, market facilitation and investing in green technology and sustainability, and management of ecosystems and natural capital.
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It's time for The Plan!

It's time for The Plan!The last two weeks I wrote about getting hydrated and dumping the excess sugar in your diet.

This week we are starting to focus on THE PLAN, or what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. When thinking about breakfast it's really important to make sure that you are starting your day with enough protein to give you steady energy and focus. The biggest mistake I see is when people have sugary cereals or juices or too many carbs without protein at the beginning of the day.
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Toss the sugar...Now we're getting serious!

Toss the sugar...Now we're getting serious!Last week I wrote about getting hydrated! Are you drinking your water? Remember the best time to grab a glass of water is right away when you wake up. Starting this habit will help you to realize when you are thirsty throughout the day!
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Get Hydrated...One of the easiest things you can do for your health!

Get Hydrated...One of the easiest things you can do for your health!It seems obvious that if our plants are wilting, we water them! Those of us with cats, dogs and other animals know that we must give them water or they will die. But sometimes when it comes to our own bodies, we forget to drink the life giving water that we need! There are so many beverage options for us that it seems we are "drinking" enough. In reality, drinks such as caffeine filled coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and beer don't hydrate us and even rob us further of the water our cells need.
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Triple negative breast cancer impacts women of color

Triple negative breast cancer impacts women of colorEvery October, people lace up their sneakers and walk to support efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. In a sea of pink, there are heart wrenching stories of survival, homemade signs in memory of loved ones, and hope of a cure for this devastating disease that impacts more than 230,000 women and men every year. Even though many people are aware of breast cancer, there is one strain of this disease that few people know about. It's triple negative breast cancer, which has higher rates among women of color.
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Minnesota Psychological Association hosts 2014 President's Conference, "The Neurobiology of Kindness and Trauma-Sensitive Services in Integrated Care"

Minnesota Psychological Association hosts 2014 President's Conference, The Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) will host its 2014 President's Conference, addressing the topic of trauma-informed care. The Conference will be held Monday, November 10, 2014, at St. Thomas University, Opus Hall, in downtown Minneapolis. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.; the program is from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Continuing Education hours are available, and both MPA members and non-members are invited.
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Artificial turf issues

Artificial turf issuesDear EarthTalk: Is it true that playing on artificial turf fields can cause cancer? If so, how can I minimize exposure for my sports-loving kids? -- Melanie Witmer, Syracuse, NY

Just when you thought it was safe to play soccer on that brand new synthetic turf field, it may be time to think again. Those little black dirt-like granules that fill up the space between synthetic blades of grass and make up some 90 percent of today's artificial turf fields are actually ground-up car and truck tires. As such they contain a host of potentially noxious chemicals that can lead to a wide range of health problems.
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