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April 1 - April 30, 2024
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Candice Miller

Nuvance Health Employees

"I'd like to shine a light on sustainability during Earth month, and hopefully carry these healthful habits into everyday life beyond the challenge."

POINTS TOTAL

  • 0 TODAY
  • 0 THIS WEEK
  • 2,131 TOTAL

participant impact

  • UP TO
    60
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    87
    whole food meals
    consumed
  • UP TO
    1
    water leak
    reported
  • UP TO
    632
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • UP TO
    1
    tree
    planted
  • UP TO
    2
    hours
    volunteered
  • UP TO
    1
    public official or leader
    contacted
  • UP TO
    1
    new green team
    formed
  • UP TO
    17
    items
    donated
  • UP TO
    6
    local or diverse businesses
    supported
  • UP TO
    2
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • UP TO
    7
    healthcare connections
    made
  • UP TO
    900
    minutes
    of additional sleep
  • UP TO
    225
    minutes spent
    learning
  • UP TO
    1
    greener purchase
    made

Candice's actions

At Home

Repair an Item

I will repair an item, such as clothing or an appliance, for myself, a friend, family member, or neighbor.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Donate Items

I will help others in need and prevent useful items from going to landfill by donating 6 items.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Volunteer in My Community

I will volunteer 2 hour(s) in my community during the challenge.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Report a Leak

I will prevent water from being wasted by reporting one or more leaky faucets, toilets, or other water leaks to my organization's facilities team for repair.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

Health & Well-being

Learn About Constructive Communication

I will spend 20 minute(s) learning about constructive communication.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Support Diverse and Locally-Owned Businesses

I will promote equity and support my community by purchasing items at 1 diverse- and/or locally-owned businesses.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Buy From a Farmers Market

I will purchase produce and/or meat from a local farmers market or food co-op to make 1 locally-sourced meals.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Support Pollution Reduction

I will spend at least 10 minutes learning about water and air quality issues in my area, how they are impacting human and environmental health, and how I can help.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Advocate for Green Spaces

I will call or write 1 public officials to advocate for more green spaces around my town, particularly in neighborhoods that currently lack equitable access to green spaces.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Learn the Truth about Expiration Dates

I will spend at least 30 minutes learning how to differentiate between sell by, use by, and best by dates.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Stay Connected

I will schedule coffee breaks, lunches, and/or check-in meetings with 3 coworkers to promote connectivity in my workplace.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Greener Purchasing

I will select a greener option when purchasing supplies, such as products that have environmental certifications, less packaging, or other environmental attributes, or come from local vendors.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Work

Prevent Recycling Contamination

Contamination prevents what is recyclable from being recycled. I will spend 30 minutes learning about which items are recyclable both at my workplace and at home since they may be different, and recycle only those items.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Medical Device Reprocessing

I will spend 15 minutes learning about the items my organization collects for medical device reprocessing and share this information with colleagues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Strength in Numbers

I will form a new green team or healthcare sustainability group.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Network for Change

I will make 1 new healthcare connections through direct outreach or by joining a green team or industry group to learn from my peers, share best practices, and see if there are opportunities for collaboration.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Sustainable Healthcare

I will attend or watch a recording of a webinar 30 minutes long covering one or more healthcare sustainability issues.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Climate Change Impacts on Health

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the ways climate change impacts health.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

One Healthcare

Environmental Footprint of Healthcare

I will spend 30 minutes learning about the environmental footprint of the healthcare industry, how it impacts health, and ways I can help reduce it.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

In Our Communities

Plant Trees

I will plant 1 tree(s) in my community, public parks, or backyard. Check out resources for which tree species are best to plant in your area.

COMPLETED
ONE-TIME ACTION

At Home

Whole Foods Diet

I will enjoy 1 meal(s) each day free of processed foods.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Needs Vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs Vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

In Our Communities

Support a Sharing/Reuse Economy

I will create or support a sharing economy with family, friends, and neighbors, or purchase items second-hand to reduce resource use.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

In Our Communities

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 6 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Well-being

Healthy Sleep

I will commit to getting 30 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Health & Well-being

Reduce Refined Sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 30
DAILY ACTIONS

Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
Share thoughts, encourage others, and reinforce positive new habits on the Feed.

To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?


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    Candice Miller 5/01/2024 12:27 PM

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      Candice Miller 5/03/2024 11:51 AM
      How cool, Melissa! Thank you for sharing. I will have to check that out.

    • Melissa Ondricek's avatar
      Melissa Ondricek 5/02/2024 8:34 AM
      No I don't. We wait until the low temperature has been in the 50s for at least a week for the pollinators to come out of hibernation, but the main goal of "no mow May" is to provide flowers/food for pollinators. I have 2 pollinator gardens already and received the Lawns to Legumes grant so I will be turning half of my front yard into a native pollinator garden in the next month. We have not had warm enough overnight lows yet so we still have not mowed and have dandelions as a food source for now since my other pollinator species are not blooming yet.
      Slow Mow Summer | Bee Lab (umn.edu)

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 9:04 PM
    I plan to take this mantra with me as I exit this challenge and begin to embark on an even longer journey.
    “Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”
    – Jean-Paul Richter
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    One Healthcare Climate Change Impacts on Health
    How does climate change create and exacerbate health inequities?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 9:00 PM
    Yes, of course. Climate change seems to impact less fortunate areas harder. It's tougher to bounce back when the cost is high and the resources are limited.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Support a Sharing/Reuse Economy
    What are some of the barriers to sharing economies? What is your plan for supporting or creating one in your community? If you focused on purchasing items second-hand, did you have success? What did you learn in the process?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:59 PM
    Ignorance. Being stuck in your ways.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    One Healthcare Network for Change
    What are the benefits of connecting with new colleagues? How have you fostered meaningful connections with others?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:58 PM
    We learn from each other. We learn new perspectives and new approaches. Why stay stuck in your ways when a new way to do something may be better, be more efficient, be more effective. I hope I can find a way to connect with other challenge participants after the challenge wraps.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Home Choose Clean/Renewable Energy
    Was it easy or difficult to sign up for renewable energy in your area? Did you learn anything that surprised you while making this transition?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:55 PM
    Actually, I got a flyer in the mail. I had a bunch of questions in order to pick the best option for me.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Volunteer in My Community
    How did volunteering in your community make you feel? What is one thing you can do to help your community become more sustainable?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:54 PM
    It feels good to volunteer and give back to the community. I am happy to be a part of that and look forward to volunteering beyond this challenge.
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Support Pollution Reduction
    What environmental factors affect human health in your region, and how do they affect it?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:52 PM
    Environmental affects on human health:
    • heatwaves - overloading weak hearts and lungs; obesity & diabetes cause an inability to adapt to sudden heat changes; all this can contribute to heat stroke and even death
    • poor air quality - from air pollution: causing asthma, cardiovascular disease; from increasing allergens: causing respiratory inflammation, illness and allergies
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    In Our Communities Plant Trees
    How is planting trees good for your mental, physical, and spiritual health?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:44 PM
    "When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree."
    -- Vietnamese Proverb
  • REFLECTION QUESTION
    At Work Prevent Recycling Contamination
    What have you learned about what is accepted by local haulers for recycling, what you can drop off or ship to certain places, and what is not recyclable in your area? What is the most difficult part of recycling for you?

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    Candice Miller 4/30/2024 8:42 PM
    When I am not sure, I like to follow the How2Recycle guidelines.
    Accepted: clean & dry recyclables
    • with the various chasing arrows symbols
    • cardboard and paper products
    • aluminum and glass containers
    Store-drop off: looks for the How2Recycle: Store Drop-off symbol
    • plastic grocery bags
    • bulk plastic bag wraps
    • plastic bubble wrap & mailers
    Ship to certain places:
    • various terracycle programs (Burt's Bees, Late July...)
    • clean undergarments/socks (turned into things like carpeting)
    Not recyclable:
    • styrofoam
    • small plastic lids
    • medicine bottles (Rx & OTC)
    • food waste
    • plastic utensils and straws
    • any recyclables with food or drink residue
    The hardest part for me is trying to understand why manufacturers continue to package goods in single-use plastic and non-recyclable materials, when so much progress has been made to create 'green' alternatives. We'll get there...one day.