Four Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, find out how you can show your appreciation for the environment. Here are four ways to celebrate Earth Day and make lasting changes.

April 19, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

April 22 is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate Earth Day than learning how to keep our planet green and clean. Living a greener life can be great for your health and the health of the people around you.

Since 1970, Earth Day has become a globally celebrated event where people show their support for environmental protection. From reducing waste and being a wise consumer, you can help increase awareness that can make the world a better place to live.

Click the photos below to find four easy ways to celebrate Earth Day and get into new habits.

Unplug and Go Outside

 

An easy way to celebrate Earth Day is simply to go outside and reconnect with nature. It’s a perfect and fun way to get you and your family on your feet to enjoy the sun or outdoor activities. Plus, walking is free and among the best things you can do for your health. Check out these free activities and enjoy what New York City has to offer. Having a tough time getting yourself off your devices or your kids off theirs? Here are tips for you to manage screen time and encourage healthy habits.

 

Get in the Dirt

 

There’s nothing greener than having a green thumb, but you don’t have to be an expert. For Earth Day, get involved in a community garden or start one right at home. Putting your hands in the dirt can help give you and your family a sense of community pride and initiative. From planting flowers to foods, your family can learn how to take care of the Earth and their diets. Visit these fun gardens in New York City to get your family excited.

 

Reduce Waste
and Recycle

 

When you know how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, you help the environment save nonrenewable resources. Recycling conserves natural resources such as water, trees, and minerals.

Sorting out your trash and recycling helps; but it doesn’t have to stop there. This year, Earth Day 2018 focuses on ending plastic pollution. Reduce your plastic use by carrying a recyclable water bottle, shopping with reusable bags, and bringing your own containers to buy local foods.

 

Eat More
Fruits and Veggies

 

Did you know that eating less meat can help reduce the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change? Cutting down on your meat consumption can make a huge difference for the earth and even your health.

Try following the plate method to eat heart-healthy foods that are better for your body and long-term health. Get creative in the kitchen and learn these healthy recipes that the whole family can enjoy. Need help? Start with these tips to improve your eating habits.

 
 

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https://www.earthday.org/

“The History of Earth Day.” Earth Day Network. Accessed March 21, 2018.
https://www.earthday.org/about/the-history-of-earth-day/

“Earth Day 2018.” National Institutes of Health. Accessed March 21, 2018.
https://nems.nih.gov/Pages/earthday.aspx

“Benefits of Recycling.” National Institutes of Health. Accessed March 22, 2018.
https://nems.nih.gov/environmental-programs/Pages/Benefits-of-Recycling.aspx

“Small Steps.” Green NYC. Accessed March 21, 2018.
http://www1.nyc.gov/site/greenyc/index.page

“8 ways to celebrate Earth Day.” Global Citizen. Accessed March 21, 2018.
https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/8-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day/

“Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” United States Environmental Protection Agency. Accessed March 22, 2018.
https://www.epa.gov/recycle

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