Children will eat healthfully if they can have fun with it. I created If It Does Not Grow – Just Say No: Eatable Activities for Kids for children of all ages to discover how much fun they can have with fruits and vegetables. As a mom, I found myself getting frustrated in my goal to have my kids eat healthy foods. That’s when I started trying a fun approach to introducing my kids to fruits and vegetables. Read More
Did you know that the United States has not passed a major federal law to regulate the ingredients used in personal care products since 1938? The European Union has spent the past two decades banning or restricting more than 1,300 ingredients and the US has only banned 11 to date. Decades of studies indicate that health issues (such as asthma, learning disabilities, cancer and infertility) are on the rise due in some part to our exposure to toxic chemicals. Currently, approximately only 10% of the 10,000 chemicals found in personal care products have safety data. Read More
The EWG Verified mark from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a new tool for health- and environmentally-conscious companies, both big and small, to communicate their brand objectives to consumers. Launched on October 27, 2015 the program seeks to provide greater transparency and information to the busy consumer. Mindful Healthy Life contributor Katie Cavanaugh and founder Jessica Haney were privileged to interview EWG Acting Director of Research Nneka Leiba to learn all the details, directly from the source, on how a company can obtain the EWG Verified mark.
Purchasing from local small businesses gives you the satisfaction of knowing exactly where your dollars go, and many of the homegrown DC-area companies in this gift guide are on the cutting edge of sustainable manufacturing as well, which means buying their products over mass-produced items made far away is scoring a win for the environment. So whether you’re shopping for a holiday, for a host/hostess gift, or just looking to restock your cupboards with products you can feel good about, our list contains some local gems as well as some unique national companies we admire.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which many readers already rely on for its tremendous Skin Deep Cosmetics Database, is rolling out a new program. Launched on October 27, EWG Verified: For Your Health will provide a new level of verification and allow qualifying products to display the EWG Verified symbol at the point of sale. Being able to look at a product and know immediately about the safety of its contents will be a tremendous benefit to health-conscious parents who are short on time in general, and especially while shopping with little ones!