Tomorrow is International Walk/Bike to School Day

Walking and biking may not get you to your destination as quickly as driving, but it has a host of benefits. In honor of International Walk/Bike to School Day tomorrow, Oct. 3, we’re hooking you up with 12 reasons to ride a bicycle, courtesy of Chris Baskind and Mother Nature Network.
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More Reasons to Eat Your Veggies

More flora, less fauna–that’s what we should be eating if we want to keep ourselves and our planet healthy, according to a new report from the Stockholm International Water Institute. Here in America, people get 65% of their protein from animal sources. To satisfy that meat-heavy diet, factory farms are using up fresh water and creating greenhouse gases at an alarming rate. Find out more in this report from Rodale News and published on Mother Nature Network. And stock up on yogurt, avocados, eggs, and nuts while you’re at it. Yum!

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Top 10 Reasons to Pack Your Lunch

Here they are, Lunchville’s powerfully persuasive (we hope) reasons to bring your lunch from home:

  1. No ugly surprises in the school cafeteria line. Mystery meat patties–argh!
  2. Control your portion sizes, so you can stick to that diet.
  3. Create edible works of art by getting creative with the presentation.
  4. Save money! Everyone knows that bringing lunch is cheaper than eating out.
  5. Become the envy of your lunch mates with your yummy homemade eats.
  6. Bring a little love from home. Nothing brightens up a bad day like comfort food.
  7. Save time during the day. No need to pick up lunch–you’ve brought it with you!
  8. Food prepared from home is healthier than fast food and cafeteria fare.
  9. Planning menus, shopping for ingredients, and preparing lunches sharpens your organizational and time management skills. Really.
  10. You’ll feel good about yourself because packing a lunch is a smart, environmentally friendly, and healthful thing to do.

How Corporate America is Tainting Our Food Supply

We don’t post articles about toxins in food to scare you, but to inform you. This revealing post from Juan Cole, history professor at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Informed Comment, explores the links between obesity and corporate food. It explains how sugary sodas, BPA, arsenic in U.S. rice, and genetically modified corn, among other things, are threatening our health.

It's not just sugary sodas that are making our kids fat. Apparently, it may also be the BPA that lines the aluminum cans. —Photo courtesy of AlterNet.org