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July/August 2011

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How Clean is Your City’s Air?

If the skies above you seem less smoggy, that’s because they are.

That good news comes from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2011 (www.stateoftheair.org), the group’s annual air pollution report. Improving statistics reflect “progress the nation has made cleaning up coal-fired power plants, diesel emissions and
other pollution sources,” says ALA president Charles Connor. He credits the Clean Air Act, passed in 1963 and last amended in 1990, for the improvement.

There is bad news, though. The ALA report finds that more than half the US population, or 154.5 million people, still live in places with dangerous levels of either particle pollution, caused by excessive soot, or smog, in which fumes from car exhaust and other sources react with sunlight to form harmful compounds.

10 Cleanest U.S. Cities, Ozone Air Pollution

1. Honolulu, Hawaii

2. Fargo-Wahpeton, North Dakota- Minnesota

3. Rochester, Minnesota

4. Santa Fe-Espanola, New Mexico

5. Bismarck, North Dakota

6. Dothan-Enterprise-Ozark, Alabama

7. Laredo, Texas

8. Naples-Marco Island, Florida

9. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

10. Monroe-Bastrop, Louisiana

 

10 Cleanest U.S. Cities, Particle Pollution

1. Cheyenne, Wyoming

2. Santa Fe-Espanola, New Mexico

3. Tucson, Arizona

4. Honolulu, Hawaii

5. Great Falls, Montana

6. Anchorage, Alaska

7. Amarillo, Texas

8. Albuquerque, New Mexico

9. Redding, California

10. Salinas, California


More Cities with Clean Air
(and Those with the Dirtiest)

Cleanest U.S. Cities, Ozone Air Pollution (continuation)

11. Lincoln, Nebraska

12. Savannah-Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Georgia

13. Brunswick, Georgia

14. Port St. Lucie-Sebastian-Vero Beach, Florida

15. Rapid City, South Dakota

16. Spokane, Washington

17. Topeka, Kansas

18. Brownsville-Harlingen-Raymondville, Texas

19. Duluth, Minnesota-Wisconsin

20. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

 

Cleanest U.S. Cities, Particle Pollution (continuation)

11. Bismarck, North Dakota

12. Boise City-Nampa, Idaho

13. Billings, Montana

14. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, Florida

15. Flagstaff, Arizona

16. Sarasota-Bradenton-Punta Gorda, Florida

17. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida

18. Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado

19. Claremont-Lebanon, New Hampshire-Vermont

20. Rapid City, South Dakota

 

Dirtiest U.S. Cities, Ozone Air Pollution

1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, California

2. Bakersfield-Delano, California

3. Visalia-Porterville, California

4. Fresno-Madera, California

5. Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Yuba City, California

6. Hanford-Corcoran, California

7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, California

8. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, Texas

9. Merced, California

10. Charlotte-Gastonia-Salisbury, North Carolina-South Carolina

11. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, California

12. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

13. El Centro, California

14. Modesto, California

15. Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-Maryland-Virginia-West Virginia

16. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana

17. New York-Newark-Bridgeport, New York-New Jersey-Connecticut-Pennsylvania

18. Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, Tennessee

19. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona

20. Philadelphia-Camden-Vineland, Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware-Maryland

 

Dirtiest U.S. Cities, Particle Pollution

1 Bakersfield-Delano, California

2. Visalia-Porterville, California

3. Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Arizona

4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, California

5. Hanford-Corcoran, California

6. Fresno-Madera, California

7. Pittsburgh-New Castle, Pennsylvania

8. Birmingham-Hoover-Cullman, Alabama

9. Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana

10. Louisville-Jefferson County-Elizabethtown-Scottsburg, Kentucky-Indiana

11. Modesto, California

12. Charleston, West Virginia

13. Steubenville-Weirton, Ohio-West Virginia

14. Cleveland-Akron-Elyria, Ohio

15. Huntington-Ashland, West Virginia-Kentucky-Ohio

16. Indianapolis-Anderson-Columbus, Indiana

17. St. Louis-St. Charles-Farmington, Missouri-Illinois

18. Detroit-Warren-Flint, Michigan

19. Houston-Baytown-Huntsville, Texas

20. Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland-West Virginia

Source: State of the Air 2011, American Lung Association (www.stateoftheair.org)


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Green Tea Linked to
Memory Gains

Tea lovers have another reason to celebrate their favorite brew: Green tea has shown an ability to enhance memory.

Korean researchers gave either green tea extract with L-theanine or a placebo to 91 people suffering from cognitive impairment, an Alzheimer’s disease risk factor, for 16 weeks. Those in the extract group showed memory improvements, in particular a “significant” increase in written-word recall. The supplement was also able to enhance mental alertness. Study results have been published in the Journal of Medicinal Foods.

Green tea has been shown to support heart health and to aid in fighting obesity. It may also help prevent several types of cancer.

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Quote

You can’t trust water:
Even a straight stick turns
crooked in it.

—W.C. Fields

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Omega-3, Vitamin D
Aid Infant Health

Proper nutrition when eating for two can protect a newborn’s lungs—and may even determine if a child will be prone to carrying excess weight.

Dutch researchers say taking vitamin D during pregnancy helps prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which can cause pneumonia and other serious illnesses. About 5 million infants are affected by RSV each year in the US.“Intake of vitamin D during late pregnancy is vital to prevent RSV,” say the researchers, writing in the online version of Pediatrics.

Scientists at Harvard Medical School say a child’s risk of becoming obese by age 3 may be cut by 32% if the mother consumes enough omega-3 fatty acids during pregnancy. They found that although one fifth of the expectant mothers in their study ate fish more than twice a week, only half of these women took in 200 mg a day of DHA, a key omega-3. And only 3% of all the women studied reached the 200 mg DHA benchmark by the last month of pregnancy, when large amounts are needed to support brain development.

These results are reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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R E V I E W

Seasonal Health

Sara Avant Stover wasn’t aware of how disconnected she was from nature until she was hit by a health crisis. Stover uses her healing experiences in The Way of the Happy Woman (New World), designed to help women live in harmony with life’s natural cycles.

Stover’s system is built on yoga and nutrition for each season.

For example, spring, the season of renewal, is the time to detoxify with green foods and yoga poses meant to encourage new growth.

“Find the beauty in all things,” says Stover. The Way of the Happy Woman provides a map
to the abundant beauty that lies within each of us.

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