Sandbranch: The Town Without Water

Posted by: Rhona Reid On December 7, 2017 12:00 pm

 
There has never been running water here.  Some of the dwindling number of residents, all of whom live in poverty, recall that there were wells up until around 30 years ago, where locals could draw water. Those wells are now dry or contaminated.  People who live here have to make a seven-mile journey to buy water or depend on donations made to the local Baptist church.

Welcome to Sandbranch, just 14 miles southeast of Dallas, the fifth wealthiest

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America Recycles Day 2017!

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 28, 2017 7:00 am

 
November 15 marked America Recycles Day, a joint initiative with Keep America Beautiful.   Tens of thousands of people made a commitment to recycling and hundreds of events are taking place over the coming month to support this awesome cause.  

Let’s all try to reuse and recycle.
Make a Pledge to the Planet

Interested in joining in?  Why not make the America Recycles pledge to:

  • Learn.   I will find out what materials are collected for recycling in my
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The Future for Flint’s Children

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 21, 2017 7:00 am

 
In 1990, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of an 11-year study into the long term cognitive and neurobehavioral effects of lead exposure in children.  

What are the long terms behavioral effects of lead exposure for children?
What Does Lead Do?

The children had been exposed to lead during their childhood, in some cases relatively low levels.  132 test subjects were re-examined in 1988 and the following neurobehavioral traits were identified as being related to lead

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Can an 11-Year-Old Really Change How Lead in Water is Identified? 

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 14, 2017 7:00 am

 
America’s water system is undeniably in crisis.  The projected cost of fixing the miles of pipeline that criss-cross the country runs to $1 trillion, according to some estimates.  There’s no quick fix.

Our infrastructure won’t be updated any time soon…
Next Generation – New Hope

But where there is a future, there is always hope.  And where there is hope, there is a future.  Maybe the next generation will come up with some answers, determined to put right what …

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Drowning in Plastic – The Ocean Story

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 9, 2017 12:00 pm

 
The Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean is almost 7 miles deep.  Its perpetually black depths are commonly referred to as the most remote place on the entire planet.  Extraordinary creatures survive in the dark with water pressure of eight tons per square inch.  But something else has been discovered in this inaccessible ocean trench.  Astonishing levels of man-made pollution, along with plastic bags and soda cans.  

There’s nowhere left on earth that’s safe from pollution.
Plastics on
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The 80-20 Rule For Weight Loss (Unique Ways To Improve Your Life Series – Part III)

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 7, 2017 7:00 am

 
No matter how it’s dressed up or presented, successfully losing weight depends on eating the right things, in the right quantities for your body and level of physical activity.  If you are consistently consuming more calories than you burn, then you’re not going be dropping a dress size anytime soon.

Get smart about reaching a healthy weight.
Indulge and Still Lose Weight!

All very simple in theory, but it’s harder in practice to eat “right” the whole time.  Sometimes,

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5 Unique Ways to Improve the Way You Train (Unique Ways To Improve Your Life Series – Part II)

Posted by: Rhona Reid On November 3, 2017 12:00 pm

 
Understanding how your body responds to nutrition, rest and hydration is key to improving performance.  

Get your training/resting ratio right!

Our bodies are complex and yet some of the ways in which we can improve the way they function are simple.  We’ve rounded up 5 fantastic ways to make your training work better for you.

  • Train Smarter, Not Harder.   From the 1960’s until around 1990, Soviet weightlifters broke record after record.  Why?  Were they stronger?  Did they train more
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5 Unique Ways to Improve Brain Performance (Unique Ways To Improve Your Life Series – Part I)

Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 31, 2017 7:00 am

 
It’s entrenched in our learning from a young age – work hard.  If you want to succeed, put the hours in. Slog away.  

How to get the best out of your brain!

But we need to rethink that a little.  Your brain isn’t a machine.  It’s a brilliant, complex, organic organ. Rather than flog it like a mule, to get the best out of your brain, you need to treat like a thoroughbred racehorse.  

We’ve “brainstormed” five ways to

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Imagine a Day Without Water?

Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 26, 2017 12:00 pm

 
The third annual Imagine a Day Without Water took place on the 12th October.  Schools and workplaces participated with utilities and water organizations to look at how much we depend on water.  

Can you imagine a day without water?
The True Value of Water

The recent hurricanes that have seen thousands of people having their access to clean, safe water cut off, highlight just how vital water is to our health and well being.  

Some communities in America

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017

Posted by: Rhona Reid On October 24, 2017 7:00 am

 
Thousands of people every year are affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly.  According to the Cancer Statistics Center, 255,180 new cases are anticipated during 2017, which are projected to result in some 41,070 deaths from breast cancer across America before the year is out.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2017
Can We Reduce Our Risk Factors?

Despite these statistics, deaths from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989, largely due to better detection rates through screening,

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