sustainable health


17/9/2017: Queen Rania presented awards to the winners of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Solve Challenge Finals in New York, during a working visit to the United States

Attended by approximately 300 people, the MIT Solve Challenge Finals urges innovators to develop lasting solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges facing learning, health, sustainability, and economic prosperity.

In her role as co-chair of the ‘Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future’ challenge, Queen Rania joined Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Atlassian Head of Foundation Mark Reading in presenting a number of awards to the winners. Before the awards ceremony, Queen Rania had a brief meeting with MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

An initiative of MIT, Solve is a community that brings together technologists, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, policymakers, researchers, and other change agents to unearth and implement solutions to specific, actionable challenges.

In the ‘Youth, Skills, and the Workforce of the Future’ challenge, participants focused on building upon the fourth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal, developing solutions to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education. Under the challenge, problem-solvers put forward various solutions to equip disadvantaged young people under the age of 24 from low socio-economic backgrounds with the 21st-century-skills needed for them to join the workforce. (Source: Petra)

10 notes to self (& others): minimalism journey
  1. Clear surfaces and uncluttered spaces for a less stressful environment
  2. Feel free to unplug, “detox” and partake in digital breaks regularly (this includes social media, electronics, and everything concerning digital minimalism)
  3. Saying “No” to things like commitments that aren’t passions, stuff from family members and friends, and stressful social situations. This allows the possibility of engaging in activities and including things in my life that better my well-being and exercise mindfulness
  4. Be realistic about entertaining decorations and events. There’s no reason to go gung-ho on wasteful decorations that you won’t reuse again or have a use for after wards. Same goes with supplies and clothing/costumes for themed-parties. For example, if you have 20 various drinking glasses but only use 2 or 5 when you have company over, and/or don’t throw social-gatherings frequently, then ask yourself do you really need all 20 drinking glasses. For themed-party attire, look into borrowing from a friend or becoming more creative with what you do have. If it’s truly essential to you and you want to get into the spirit of a big costume event, then look into renting.
  5. Love what you do and do what you love (this includes employment, daily activities, you name it)
  6. Get into the habit of shopping with a budget/limit
  7. Put effort towards choosing quality over quantity specifically when it comes to household items and clothes
  8. Invest in experiences instead of items or materialism
  9. Take your time with decluttering and try to categorize what you want to declutter. Enjoy the journey and enjoy getting to learn more about what’s important to you. It’s part of the process. You don’t need to become victim to some 30-day challenge. If you want to focus on a specific room in your house or collection of items you have, take that baby step first. Minimalism is a mindset that paves a way to mindful (and often times, sustainable) habits
  10. Before eliminating, consider downsizing first. It makes the process not only less stressful but more realistic. You get a better feel of what’s manageable and compliments your natural groove of living
My Vegan Challege: The Wrap Up

The last week of my vegan challenge, I just could not muster the will to sit down and type my logs since I’ve been so on the go. However, I was 100% vegan for 31 days as per the parameters I set, and here’s the takeaway!

Results: WITHOUT EVEN TRYING I’ve lost 3lbs and half an inch off my waist. My nails are stronger, I naturally wake up a full 2 hours earlier than usual, my anxiety attacks have curbed from 2 to 3 times a week to 1, and (to keep it honest af) my bowel movements are effortless and regular, instead of irregular and infrequent.

Drawbacks: The first two weeks, no lie, I was gassy AS FUCK. Not bloated really, just rippin’ like a goddamn beyblade. On the bright side, when I would eat vegan with the boyfriend we would both be afflicted, and caused for many an innocent laughing fit. But other than that? Nothing. And it hasn’t been more expensive than my omnivorous diet.

Will I Stay Vegan?: Yes. Eating this way was personally sustainable, and is the logical next step in my larger eco-conscious lifestyle. Basically, why eat animals if we don’t have to?

This was a transformative experience, and taught me a lot of compassion and mindfulness. I hope anyone reading this who is thinking of trying a month of veganism sees this and takes the plunge, because it’s so worth it✨ For the survival of the planet as we know it, for laborers exploited by the animal product industry practices, and to minimize suffering and abolish the servitude of animals.

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Your mind and body deserve to be treated better.

Listening to your body is so much important than listening to diet culture.

It’s about creating sustainable lifestyle habits. Not a fad diet, not a quick fix.

Is what you’re doing now sustainable in the long run?

What’s going to happen when you’re “done” with this “diet”?

Will you be implementing new behaviors or resorting back to old habits?

Are you going to fix the issue or just put a band-aid over it & hope for the best?

going all-natural skin care + 6 things i stopped buying

1. Deodorant: Instead, use Witch Hazel (suggested scent: rose petal) on a pad, apply under arms

benefits: helps reduce discoloration in armpits // lowers skin pH so odor-causing bacteria can’t exist // no harsh smells


2. Shampoo: Instead, cleanse your hair, as needed, with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar, and rinse out after 3-5 minutes.

benefits: repairs hair cuticles // cleanses your scalp // does not strip your hair of natural oils // no sulfates and other stripping chemicals


3. Makeup Remover Wipes: instead, use a washcloth (preferably black) and apply solidified coconut oil to your face, then use the cloth to wipe your entire makeup off until satisfied. *(continue with face wash routine or face mask)

 benefits: reusable // machine washable // save money // gentle on the skin // effectively removes makeup


4. Ineffective Lip Balms: instead, make or buy your own natural oil-and-shea butter-based lip balm (suggested brand: BUTTERelixir Lip Balm)

 benefits: 100% natural // cruelty-free // protect lips from sun and wind // can also be used to moisturize and help improve nail and cuticle texture and strength // no GMA, preservatives, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances // BPA free // non-toxic vegan 


5. Disposable Razors: instead, instead, use a stainless-steel safety razor with reusable blades

 benefits: eco-friendly // zero-waste // reusable // unisex // sustainable


6. Shaving Cream: instead, use hair conditioner (preferably a natural and/or organic brand such as Petal Fresh Pure) on desired external areas (**shaving with a sunburn, use aloe vera for a cooling effect and skin treatment) 

benefits: cost-effective // moisturizes skin // allows easier movement with razor/shaving stick // convenient in the shower // smoother skin // prevents ingrown hair and bumps // hydrating  

anonymous asked:

yoooooo we live in the same state, corn hell

iowa is wild but scary bc of how desolate it is??? like. theres corn. corn forever. you get on the highway and you can look out and only see plants in organized rows into the horizon. every once in a while theres a gas station. even if you reach a city, if you drive in any direction you will stumble upon endless farms again in a few minutes. 

I went to the university of iowa’s natural history museum this last april and they had a display showing iowa’s change over time; today, 90% of Iowa is farmland. it used to be 90% natural prairies and forest. It’s important to remember that the only other place in the world that has the exact growing conditions as us is Ukraine. a huge precent of the US’s corn crop comes from Iowa. 

so when we talk about sustainability and soil health and making sure in general that we keep farmland healthy so it doesn’t get drained to the point of forming ecological wastelands incapable of growing anything, it’s super scary and real here when you think about it. there are better practices for farming (for example: plowing actually harms soil health a lot bc it disturbs the complex microorganism communities in the land. a recent thing thats being looked at is farming in mounds instead of plowing, so like, you would have a machine like a plow that would poke little uniform holes in the soil and put a seed in each one, planting them without disrupting the ecosystem) then what they have here, and all that depends on education and research to help us protect the land we have. like it would be great to have those natural prairies back, but as it is now, Iowa is a huge supplier of corn (and beans to a lesser extent) in our country, and we have to protect it. 

this has been some iowa corn discourse 

ive been………………………………calm?

i dont know exactly wht it is bt like

ive been. consistently getting money for m art on fa

+ its jst like. jst surrounding mself w/ art there + its jst like

im. finally realizing tht making money from m art isnt jst an extremely distant dream, its. Real, its Happening, its Definitely Possible??????????

its just

g o d its such a relief

I really like this approach of producing a ‘video abstract’ as a hook into an academic paper- the above image is from the animation to accompany the paper in Science: ‘Biodiversity redistribution under climate change: Impacts on ecosystems and human well-being’ by Gretta Pecl et al.

The paper, itself, is really interesting- and the visual abstract, which is inherently social media friendly, is a great way of disseminating, engaging and opening access to academic research in a social media age.  

Urban green space, such as parks, forests, green roofs, streams, and community gardens, provides critical ecosystem services. Green space also promotes physical activity, psychological well-being, and the general public health of urban residents.
—  Wolch, Byrne and Newell 
Urban green space, public health, and environmental justice:
The challenge of making cities ‘just green enough’’
For those who say Obamacare or Social Security are not 'sustainable', please explain our military spending and our debt.

Wars, and the money borrowed with interest by Republican Presidents, are what create our debts.

We can sustain health care and Social Security if you stop listening to Republicans who want endless wars.

anonymous asked:

I don't get a break at my job, so the owners let us freely eat. I always put my food down/out of sight whenever someone walks in, but today I was midway dipping a carrot in some hummus when a lady and her daughter walked in and I wasn't able to put it away quickly enough. The lady loudly said to her daughter, "They really shouldn't be allowed to eat at the desk." while giving me a nasty look. I'm the only one here for eight hours a day, so my bad I guess I'll just starve!!!!!!

I really don’t get this mentality that people think employees eating, drinking, or sitting in a chair while they work is so offensive. Well excuse me for being human and needing to sustain my health. -Abby


“Come on, Grunkle Stan! You love pancakes! Don’t you remember, you called them ‘Stancakes’?”

“No, I d- yeah, yeah I did, didn’t I? Ha! Yeah!”

Ford stood just behind his bedroom door, listening to the conversation going on in the kitchen down the hall. Something sunk into the pit of his stomach, making him feel hollow yet crushed at the same time. He listened as his brother and the two young twins chatted and laughed together. He listened as the kids explained things to Stanley, as his brother gradually began to remember more and more. He covered his mouth with a hand and took a step away from the door, sitting down carefully on the sofa running along one wall of his room. His fingers tugged at his hair, his eyes burning with unshed tears.

This was his fault. His brother, his best friend since birth, was sitting in the other room struggling to remember his life story. Ford knew just how upsetting this was for the kids. They had spent the entire summer making so many wonderful (and sometimes scary) memories with their Grunkle Stan and now he could barely remember a thing. All their work, all their time spent together had nearly been lost completely. This was all Ford’s fault. Ford had noticed that the longer he was around, the more danger arose and the more Stanley seemed to be angry, the kids seemed miserable. Of course, he didn’t know what the twins were like before he’d returned, but he could only assume that they’d been much happier.

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Random D&D Adventures: The Part Where Adhemar Dies.

Well, it took an actual Dark Souls boss to do it, but my DM finally killed one of my paladins. For reference, it was this fucker adapted to 5e:

We were exploring the secret underground storage in a giant warehouse when we discovered it had a bit of a dragon problem, which may have been why the warehouse was abandoned in the first place. After a debate on whether to leave via the elevator or fight the creature, it was decided that we: 

A. Did not want to die in an elevator shaft when the dragon decided we should stay.

B. Did not want to stay on the ground to be crushed by the hundred-foot metal shelving units if the dragon decided to use them as a weapon. 

So my Paladin, Adhemar, devised a strategy where our Warlock, Henry, and Sorcerer, Scarlett, would hang back to avoid damage, while Paladin Adhemar, Paladin Percy, and Spellblade Senn would take the beast head-on with the power of flight, all of us up on top of the shelves, which would serve as our safe platforms to keep from plummeting to our deaths. 

It went great for the first turn, when Henry’s flight spell saved Scarlett from falling when the dragon knocked over one of the shelves into another and it came crashing down. 

The second turn, however, Henry was blasted with a torrent of fire, and the DC for his concentration check was literally physically impossible to beat. 

Meaning that Adhemar and Percy, both Protector Aasimar with the ability to create wings of light once a day, were the only ones who could fly, and therefore the only ones who could reach the dragon. 

So they did. The two did most of the damage to the dragon, and Adhemar beat his previous damage record of 190 damage in a turn, dealing 210 to the dragon in two attacks. It was pretty awesome. 

But toward the end of the fight, Adhemar was at pretty low health. The dragon used its telekinetic power to try and throw him, and Adhemar failed the save by 1. BY 1. He took enough damage to knock him down to 0, and was thrown backward. Percy reacted by using an ability to gain everyone in 30 feet a small number of health, waking Adhemar up. 

At this point Adhemar is over a hundred feet in the air, falling, with no hope of rescue besides his squire, Percy. I, out of character, am panicking inside, but I’m trying to remain calm as I make a decision. This dragon goes after Percy’s turn and we know it’s on less than twenty hitpoints now, and the rest of the party is pretty low health. Any sustained attack will be a problem. Adhemar tells Percy what to do, so Percy now has the choice of saving Adhemar or killing this dragon. And Adhemar has to make that choice. 

“Percy, take out that bastard!”

and Adhemar fell. 

Percy then did what he does best: Crit a boss after it took out Adhemar, killing it instantly. 

Adhemar now had two rounds to contemplate his death. The rest of the party had two rounds of panic trying to think of a way to save him. 

“I cast Death Ward on myself.”

With a sickening thud, Adhemar hit the ground, breaking every bone in his body, and impaling himself in multiple places on the wreckage of the collapsed shelves, but alive at one hitpoint. 

He’s not dead, but it’s going to be a long time before he does anything again. 

Why You Should Reconsider Being Premed

You know, life has a way of surprising you and turning everything upside down when you least expect it. When I was 9 years old my mother gave me a copy of Mosby’s Medical Encyclopedia, and I would read it every single day. I’d take it to school, read it at the park, pull it out when a big fancy medical word popped up on the news, etc. I was fascinated with medicine at a young age. This was probably destiny, though. I have five doctors in my family; an orthopedic surgeon, maternal-fetal medicine specialist, dermatologist and two psychiatrists, one of whom was my father. I have been in ORs, watched the broken be cut open and put together again, knew how to suture before I entered middle school, memorized all those damn acronyms when I should have been studying for the SAT, etc. I still have that same medical encyclopedia.

Today, I find myself a university student majoring in Anthropology and Communication Disorders, and pursuing all the required courses for medical school. My GPA is a 3.8, I’ve done the obligatory volunteer work, tutored Deaf and Deaf/Blind kids, worked as a peer and academic counselor, got the EMT license, organized the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for the homeless, done enough research to fill a textbook and I feel nothing. The passion, the spark has faded. The more I work in the hospital, the more physicians I shadow and the more I read about the state of healthcare and medicine worldwide, the more disenchanted I become. You read all the surveys asking physicians if they’d pursue medicine if they could do it all over again, and, on average, less than 50% say they would do so. In fact, the average is 41%. However, is this as much of a surprise as it sounds? Is it shocking that there are articles called “$1 Million Mistake: Becoming a Doctor” out in the world?

Everything I thought I loved about medicine has become dull and gray. The magic has been cast aside by the harsh light of reality. It takes around a decade beyond your BA to become a physician (4 years medical school + 1 year optional internship + 3-6 year residency + 1-3 year fellowship), you graduate medical school with around $160,000 in debt, start earning a decent salary roughly 10-12 years after the rest of your friends from university have already secured their careers and promotions, spend almost half your day doing paperwork as opposed to hands-on patient care, often have time with your patients limited to 15 minutes, etc. BUT! This is not why we go into medicine, right? We don’t care about the time it takes, the money we may make or lose, etc. We care about the patients. We care about being compassionate healers who touch the hearts and souls of those in need, and give them hope when all seems lost. But is medical school worth it?

I’ve interviewed several healthcare professionals and medical scientists. The most miserable: physicians. The happiest and most satisfied: those who passed on medical school, or went into research. I met those who went to medical school and decided to change careers, those who dropped out of medical school, premeds who changed their mind, etc. The physician assistant was happier than the neurosurgeon, got to see his family every night, interacted with patients more often and spent less time on paperwork. The nurse knew all of her patients by name and history without having to look at a chart to remind her, commanded more respect and ran every protocol while the ER physician watched. The epidemiologist traveled to more than 9 countries, prevented the spread of over 20 infectious disease outbreaks, did more hands-on patient care than any physician I’ve ever seen and had time to do and publish research. The medical anthropologist flew to a different country every few months, built wells for clean water to prevent waterborne diseases, built health clinics in Sudan, set up rape and abuse education programs in 3 countries, wrote 3 books and had time to pursue EMT licensure, certificates in HIV/AIDS education, an MPH and raise 2 kids. The pathology assistant earns almost as much as the pathologist he worked for, did more autopsies (his preference) and has the freedom to do almost everything his superior does.

What is the point of all of this? It is not to discourage anyone from pursuing medicine, a career in healthcare, etc. It is to remind us all that medical school is not the only option. We become so fascinated with the “MD,” “DO,” ND,” etc. that we forget there is a whole world of opportunities passing us by. We stay awake until 3am reading about orgo nomenclature, watching Greys Anatomy to keep us inspired (you know you do it) to the point where we forget that reality is not the same as TV. Personally, I think reality is better, but it is also worse. Ask yourself this: Is there something more I could be doing? Could you become a nurse, physician assistant, drug researcher, Peace Corps member, medical anthropologist, health/medical interpreter, speech language pathologist/audiologist, podiatrist, forensic scientist, professor, genetic counselor, clinical herbalist, massage therapist, physical therapist, pathology assistant, chiropractor, bioethicist, public health official, epidemiologist, entrepreneur, expert in sustainable health practices, diagnostic sonographer, therapist, dietician/nutritionist, naturopath, geneticist, biotechnologist, anesthesiologist assistant, pharmacist, dentist, etc.? Do you want to join the system or change it? Do you have an idea that could change the face of healthcare, medicine and medical education? Are you putting it off for 10 years until you’re an attending with an average of 4 hours of sleep? Are you ready for the debt that comes with medical school when the very specialized career you want has a shorter and cheaper path?

Whatever you choose, you can do it. I have faith in every single one of you. You are all brilliant and have the capacity for excellence. Just be sure to educate yourselves and experience as much as you can before you commit to anything. Feel free to ask me questions. Cheers.

PS: I will be pursuing a dual degree in Linguistics and Anthropology, and becoming a conference interpreter. I plan on interpreting for human rights campaigns, the medically underserved, NGOs, the UN, EU, etc. :)