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Kids for CrittersTHE HEALTHY PLANET GUIDE TO SUMMER CAMPS

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Arbor Day Dogwood BloomsCelebrate Missouri trees with MDC through Arbor Days in April

Photo Caption: Celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests during Arbor Days in April by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. Missouri’s official state tree, the native flowering dogwood, presents boughs of white flower clusters in the spring. Learn more from the MDC online Field Guide at nature.mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/flowering-dogwood.

Celebrate the value of Missouri… [click headline to read more]

Solid Waste Management District Grant Recipients Share Success Stories

The St. Louis – Jefferson Solid Waste Management District is a regional agency that was created in 1993 to assist the public, private and nonprofit sectors in establishing and expanding waste reduction and recycling.  The District includes the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County and St. Charles County.  These programs and services… [click headline to read more]

St. Louis Earth Day Festival 2021

Re-envisioned During Covid-19 Pandemic

earthday365’s Executive Director, Dr. Jess Watson, is announcing a series of re-imagined, socially-distanced Earth Day celebrations around the theme of Days of Resilience.

“While we’re sad not to be able to gather again this year, this is an opportunity to bring together lessons we’ve learned over the past year about resiliency and find… [click headline to read more]

Publisher’s Corner

Beginning Our 25th Year By Repurposing Our Magazine Online

As The Healthy Planet magazine begins our 25th year in business, I can’t help but remember that first Earth Day Festival back in 1997 in Tower Grove Park. I set up a booth offering copies of our fledgling magazine to a friendly, like-minded crowd. It was well… [click headline to read more]

Dr. Amy Davis12 Strategies to Enhance Your Immune System!

By Dr. Amy Davis, MD

We are constantly exposed to potential infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that cause infections such as colds, flu, bronchitis and ear infections. The immune system defends us from invaders and repairs the damage that occurs with infections.

When the immune system is weak infections may occur frequently and be difficult to… [click headline to read more]

Globe ThistlePollinator Powerhouses

Attracting beautiful flying creatures such as butterflies, hummingbirds, and hard working bees to your garden is a snap with these natural beauties.

By Abby Lapides

Globe Thistle, Echinops ritro, features intense blue decorative spheres on tall 3-4′ stems. A highly ornamental plant, its striking blue balls of flowers bring a one-of-a-kind look to the landscape. Its fascinating… [click headline to read more]

Dr. YuThree Million Dollar Kentucky Woman’s Case: Adrenal Burnout, Lyme, Seizures and More

By Simon Yu, MD

Recently, I saw a 40-year-old patient from Kentucky with myriad symptoms too long to list, including Lyme, seizures, severe fatigue, neuropathy, migraine headache and chronic pain. She told me that she had been at a major medical institution in the Midwest for a month, and her insurance was billed about $3 million… [click headline to read more]

Christen CommusoRoad to Recovery

By Christen Commuso

It is almost unfathomable that we have already entered into year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without question, this virus has taken an enormous toll on human life and the economies of the world. And, unfortunately, only exacerbated the disparities in access to education, healthcare, and healthy food, at home and abroad. While… [click headline to read more]

Bark in the ParkHumane Society of Missouri and Purina Bring Annual Bark in the Park

Celebration and Fundraiser to YOUR Park

Join the Humane Society of Missouri for this special virtual event April 1-17 to raise dollars to end animal abuse

What: The largest dog festival in the Midwest is virtual this year! Due to the pandemic, the Humane Society of Missouri’s annual Bark in the Park celebration is now Bark in… [click headline to read more]

American ToadConservation Corner

Licensed to Trill

By Dan Zarlenga, Missouri Department of Conservation

Photo Caption: The calming trills of the eastern American toad are Nature’s ultimate relaxation therapy. Photo by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Venture outdoors in spring and you can’t help but be dazzled by the sounds of Missouri’s amphibians. It’s their mating season, and males are doing… [click headline to read more]

Jean PonziEarthworms’ Castings: Spring 2

By Jean Ponzi

Turning Point
for an Inside Job

Going All In
thru Time Out, big time

My Goals:
stay well
be kind
keep the job
OK, So?
Fine, just fine, thanks
THNX THANKS
All My Relations

last time around, at this time
SPRING!
first Buds a reLEAF
in step outdoors… [click headline to read more]

Cherry BlossomsCelebration of Blossoms

By Linda Wiggen Kraft
Healthy Planet Green & Growing Editor

Spring is different this year. The greening and blossoming of plants are much the same, but we are different. Life feels more precious. This spring brings much joy and gratitude along with deeper sorrow from this hopefully ending year+ of pandemic. It is a solemn year to… [click headline to read more]

Nancy GrimesARTful Living

By Michelle “Mike” Ochonicky
Healthy Planet Arts Editor

Photo Caption: “Orbit” by Nancy Grimes; Maturity & Its Muse exhibition at Art Saint Louis

If there’s anything we’ve learned during covid-19, it’s these two things:

It’s important to physical and mental health to GET OUTSIDE.It’s important to mental health to discover… [click headline to read more]

Cohousing Irresistible Community Builders, LLC presents: Just Transition Communities

By Tom Braford

Most people agree that as we transition to a greener economy and culture we need to include all segments of our population and world.

There is limited agreement on how best to accomplish this, however, so this is an open question of inquiry for COP 26 in Glasgow in September.

I suggest that the… [click headline to read more]

Lois SechristThe Intersection of Health & Climate Change

By Lois Sechrist, LEED AP, Manager of Environmental Stewardship at Ascension

Across the country, conversations are taking place around climate change and health. We’ve seen the horrific and mesmerizing images from hurricanes, wildfires and floods. The cost of not being prepared is oftentimes beyond economic. Hospitals are anchor institutions and support the viability of their communities.… [click headline to read more]

Yam FestAdventure Tribe Retreats Brings Back YAM Fest May 14-16

 Adventure Tribe Retreats in collaboration with Lost Hill Lake are hosting the second Yoga Arts Music Festival aka YAM Fest on May 14-16, 2021. This fully-outdoor community weekend will include camping, live music, yoga, craft workshops and healing outdoor activities.

The Friday – Sunday weekend camping festival will feature the conscious music of Satsang Duo, Aaron… [click headline to read more]

Riverbend Earth DayRiverbend Earth Day is back for 2021 with social distancing in mind

 Mark your calendars for this year’s “Riverbend Earth Day Festival” to be held on Saturday, April 17 from 11:30 AM – 4 PM at The Old Bakery Beer Company. The 10th annual event offers live music, food & drinks, an artisan’s market, environmental education, and more! The Riverbend Earth Day Festival will be held at… [click headline to read more]

Aging with GraceHealthy Aging

How to Age with Grace Physically, Mentally, and Socially

By Bobbi Linkemer

Let’s begin with two indisputable facts: (1) Human beings age, and as we do, inevitable changes take place in our bodies; (2) Some of these changes are out of our control. They are simply part of being human. On the other hand, the more we… [click headline to read more]

Studies Show Tea Helps Lower Blood Pressure

If a nice hot cup of tea sounds good to you, there’s even more reason to enjoy one now. Scientists have gained new insight into how tea helps lower blood pressure, perhaps pointing the way to new types of blood pressure medications.

The researchers found that certain compounds in both black and green tea help relax… [click headline to read more]