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Archive for May, 2008

Free prenatal vitamins for the Midwest!

Posted by NonToxic House on May 29, 2008

Starting this weekend, all 182 Meijer store pharmacies in the Midwest will be offering free prenatal vitamins for soon-to-be moms – including those in baby-making mode.

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Edible schoolyards aim to reduce obesity

Posted by NonToxic House on May 29, 2008

TreeHugger reported on a concept garden at the Chelsea Flower Show that shows how a school can create a small kitchen garden for kids. It’s prime time for such an idea to take stronger hold, I say, with childhood obesity rates where they are.

The show garden is modeled after The Edible Schoolyard, a really neat not-for-profit piloted by influential chef Alice Waters at a public school in Berkeley (where else?). Designed to help kids make better food choices, the program runs a one-acre garden where children learn to plant, grow, harvest and prepare fresh vegetables and other foods; they shape the beds, amend the soil, turn compost and even make their own school lunches. Since it launched in 1995, the Edible Schoolyard concept has spread around the globe. There’s even some research to indicate that kids are indeed improving their nutritional outlooks through such programs.

I love this idea! It empowers kids and encourages them to be healthier by educating them about the entire cycle of food production, from “field” to “fork”.

Try the National Gardening Association for an informal database of school gardens, and check out the group’s ideas on gardening projects you can take on with your kids. 

Could The Edible Schoolyard work in your community?

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Memorial Day lull for safeBABY

Posted by NonToxic House on May 20, 2008

safeBABY is taking a long Memorial Day holiday! I’ll see you next week, but, until then, I’m listing the week’s most-read posts:

As you can see, bisphenol A is still top of mind. Tell me, though, what aspects of the BPA issue are still concerning you? Is there more guidance/information you’re looking for on the topic? Let me know. I’ll do my best to research and post on that when I return.

Enjoy the long weekend …

– safeBABY

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Who feeds Fido? Take care if it’s your kids.

Posted by NonToxic House on May 16, 2008

The CDC issued a report this week that determined a salmonella outbreak among 70+ people in 19 states last year was the result of contaminated dry dog food. Read on for some tips on how to protect your family …

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Spring allergies? Don’t fight them, flush them …

Posted by NonToxic House on May 14, 2008

Spring allergy season is beginning to hit, and it can make outdoor playtime a real bear. But did you know there is a good, natural alternative to allergy medicines? 

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Decoding produce stickers: organic? genetically modified?

Posted by NonToxic House on May 12, 2008

Pregnancy is the time when you have most control over your child’s health –  and it’s a time when many women start to seriously seek out organic foods and produce. Grocers typically do a good job of highlighting the organics, and keeping them separate from conventionally grown (i.e., made with pesticides). But do you ever wonder if regular produce gets tossed in with the organic? Or if there’s genetically modified produce in the bunch?

Learn how to decode the stickers and you’ll wonder no more …

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Found! Proven plant-based mosquito repellant

Posted by NonToxic House on May 11, 2008

Our April showers are bringing lots more than May flowers. Mosquitoes are starting to crop up. And while there are lots of homegrown strategies for natural mosquito repellants – everything from citronella to Avon’s Baby So Soft Bath Oil – there’s only one plant-based alternative that is actually approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Protection … Read the rest of this entry »

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Green baby registries on the rise (but not trouble free)

Posted by NonToxic House on May 7, 2008

Babies”R”Us said this week that it’s noticing growing momentum in the creation of “green” baby registries, or registries populated with organic items – and that it’s a big change from how its registries were being made in the past: 

In the past, color and pattern were key determining factors, but now, parents are increasingly interested in ensuring that their baby’s world is healthy and clean,” said Tori Binau, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Babies”R”Us.

That’s no surprise to safeBABY readers – but there’s still a lot more these retailers can be doing to make the process of creating safe, non-toxic baby registries easier. Here’s a look at where things currently stand:

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Are flip-flops keeping your preschooler indoors?

Posted by NonToxic House on May 5, 2008

Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have identified some surprising reasons why kids in child-care centers may not be spending enough time outdoors.


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CAUTION: Amazon’s “BPA Free Baby” shop not entirely BPA free

Posted by NonToxic House on May 2, 2008

A great post by Z Recommends puts out a red flag about shopping’s BPA Free Baby shop. 

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