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Will Allen’s Good Food Revolution brings WEI – Growing Power Training to Minnesota

Will Allen’s Good Food Revolution brings WEI – Growing Power Training to MinnesotaWill Allen’s Good Food Revolution, hosted by the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI),will be in Minnesota October 22-24, 2010.

Will Allen, MacArthur Genius Fellow and one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People will participate in a weekend training on how to grow sustainable, local, fresh, healthy food for and within all communities. Allen and the Growing Power staff from Milwaukee will be at the WEI farm campus on Amador Hill in Almelund, MN throughout the weekend of October 23-24 guiding workshops and answering questions and providing an opportunity for developing organic farming skills. Growing Power Inc. in Milwaukee is a large urban farm operation working in collaboration with local small rural farms to produce healthy, affordable, fresh and local food for inner city and impoverished communities. This work is guided by Allen’s belief that we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system and we are all the community farmers on small plots of Earth who can make this happen.
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Freedom Voices Conference addresses key health issues in communities of color

ATLANTA-Each year, Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved hosts its Freedom Voices Conference to discuss some of the nation’s most pressing health issues impacting people of color, as well as those seeking to re-enter their communities after incarceration.

Community Voices, part of the Satcher Health Leadership at Morehouse School of Medicine, will hold this year’s event at the Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, on Thursday, October 7th.  In workshops, top experts will discuss how to better secure options for people in need of substance abuse treatment; providing effective mental health care in communities of color; and ensuring that ex-convicts have access to public benefits that will ease re-entry into their communities.
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UnitedHealthcare wants you to know the facts about sickle cell

UnitedHealthcare wants you to know the facts about sickle cellSickle cell disease is the most common inherited blood disorder in the United States. The disease affects 70,000 to 100,000 Americans and is most prevalent among African Americans, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. About one in 500 African Americans has the disease, and one in 12 carry the sickle cell trait.

Here's some basic information about sickle cell disease.

What Is Sickle Cell Disease?
Normal red blood cells are disc-shaped and look like donuts without holes in the center, traveling easily through the blood vessels. But in sickle cell, the red blood cells are shaped like sickles or "C's." These irregularly shaped cells are rigid and sticky. They often form clumps, which can slow or block blood flow and oxygen throughout the body causing pain, serious infections, and organ damage.
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Home Solar Energy

Home Solar EnergyDear EarthTalk: Is it now feasible to provide all of a home’s energy needs—including air conditioning—with solar power alone? If so, why hasn’t solar caught on more, particularly in U.S. “Sun Belt” states from southern California east to Florida? -- Tim Douglas, Burlington, VT

It has been possible for years if not decades to provide all of a home’s energy needs with solar power. The technology is here and is only getting more efficient and less obtrusive every day. The only real stumbling block is cost: Solar systems capable of meeting all of an average U.S. home’s energy needs start at around $25,000. Given how inexpensive the grid-based power we now get all across the country remains—and, bear in mind that many utilities are working more and more renewable energy sources, like wind power, into their mix—going solar alone just doesn’t pencil out economically for most people.
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Green Investing Resources

Green Investing ResourcesDear EarthTalk: What are some good resources out there for learning about investments that help the environment? -- Rob Johnson, Sherman Oaks, CA

The best green investing resources are available online, many for free. One good place to start is the Green Money Journal, which features a wide range of informative and free articles to help the individual investor make sense of the panoply of choices available when it comes to investing with the Earth in mind. Publisher Cliff Feigenbaum, also co-author of the book, Investing With Your Values (New Society, 2000), has been running the publication, first in print and now online, since 1992, and makes sure that each quarterly issue is chock full of tips and strategies for making a statement while making a buck.
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After five years, a Farmers Market in North Minneapolis

 After five years, a Farmers Market in North MinneapolisWhile some Minneapolis neighborhoods enjoy a bountiful supply of healthy foods, many others do not. The Minneapolis Urban League and the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) are bringing the Mini Farmers Market Project, and with it fresh fruits and vegetables, into the heart of North Minneapolis Particularly in the North Minneapolis neighborhoods, where the rates of obesity and malnutrition are disproportionately higher than the rest of the area.  For the past five years, the Minneapolis Urban League has been developing a strategy to get healthier food options to the community, and the IATP’s Mini Farmer’s Market project is the perfect vehicle for getting the right food in the right hands.
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NorthPoint Health &Wellness campus to become smoke-free, effective November 18

Continuing decades of support for healthier environments, the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution last week making the north Minneapolis NorthPoint Health & Wellness (“NorthPoint”) campus smoke-free.

“This is an extremely positive step for not only our employees, but for the children and families who visit the clinic regularly. As a public health authority, this is the County leading by example,” said Hennepin County Commissioner Mark Stenglein.

NorthPoint's Community Board of Directors passed a resolution earlier this year in support of a smoke-free campus and requested approval from the County Board.
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