SSM Health: Sustainable Habits are good for more than the environment

MADISON, Wis. — This Thursday we celebrate Earth Day, a day designated to caring for and showing appreciation for the planet that we call home. SSM Health Physician Roopa Shaw says not only does this keep Earth healthy, but our families, too!

“Through recycling programs you’re contributing less to landfills, which contribute to greenhouse gasses and climate change,” says Shaw. “So I think anytime we’re recycling, composting, growing our own food, reducing single use plastic, we are definitely benefiting not only our community, but our planet, and we’re teaching our kids at a young age that these are really healthy habits that will sustain our planet and our environment for years to come. I think it’s a great way to involve kids in these small ways too”

Dr. Shaw also says smaller scale things such as gardening or growing your own foods can boost health due to decreased pesticide consumption, and that doing so often leads to decreased meat consumption, which lowers your carbon foot print.

On Thursday SSM Health is partnering with Dean Health Plan and Dane County Parks to celebrate Earth Day with a local tree give away. From 3:00 to 6:00 pm, on Thursday, families can stop by Badger Prairie Park in Verona, or William Lunney Lake Farm Park on Madison’s south side to pick up a Jack Pine Sapling. You’ll also be able to pick up Time for Kids bookmarks, and the Time for Kids: Understanding Emotions coloring books.

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