A “fruit and
vegetable prescription” program designed to increase access to fresh,
locally grown produce among at-risk patients in Detroit has shown
promise as a way to reduce diet-related medical problems including
obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
Working with Michigan hospitals to provide healthier, locally grown food to their patients, visitors and staff has been the main focus of the Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care program, with some truly remarkable successes since it was launched fi
The Michigan Farm to Institution Network, a statewide collaboration to put more locally grown food on the plates served to students, patients, visitors and employees at institutions across the state, will be inaugurated at a day-long program meeting April 3 in Lansing.
A broad coalition of business leaders, elected officials and community
organizations including the Ecology Center have launched a campaign to support a ballot proposal to
finance improvements in public transit in Washtenaw County’s urban core.
Partners for Transit, a coalition of business and community leaders, religious groups, social service organizations, and environmental organizations including the Ecology Center, has called on the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to propose a new millage to improve public transportation in the region.
If the snow keeps falling like it has around here so far this month, we’ll exceed the record for January with a week to spare.
“The scientists tell us that extreme weather is one of the consequences of climate change, and we've sure seen plenty of that around here the last several months,” according to Monica Patel, policy specialist at the...
A Health Leaders Fellowship program to be launched later this year has been designed to help health professionals interested in preventing disease and improving health in their communities by supplying them with the training they need to become more influential advocates in their institutions and in the public policy sphere.
“I think it is vitally important that all health-care providers be able to connect the dots between healthy soil (air and water and ecosystems, too), healthy food, and healthy individuals, which together lead to the creation and nourishment of healthy communities,” according to registered dietitian Diana Dyer.
Holiday celebrations and gift traditions provide a terrific opportunity to vote with your dollar and support local businesses, especially when it comes for food growers and vendors, according to Nicki Milgrom, an organizer with the Ecology Center’s Healthy Food in Health Care program.
Lead, PVC, and hazardous flame retardants have been found in some of
the most popular electronic tablets for children, according to a study released last week by HealthyStuff.org, a project of the Ecology Center.
Hazardous chemicals are found in most plastic beaded
products, including beaded holiday garlands and Mardi Gras beads, according to a recent study resulting from a collaboration between HealthyStuff.org, a project of the Ecology Center, and
The package of energy proposals announced by Michigan Governor Rick
Snyder last week is a major step forward toward making Michigan
healthier and more prosperous, according to Alexis Blizman, legislative
and policy director at the Ecology Center.
The voters have spoken, and after running neck and neck with a national organization for most of the two-week long “.ORG Website Makeover Contest,” the Ecology Center finished in second place by 551 votes, despite garnering nearly 9,000 votes.
The mere mention of the word “Thanksgiving” and the average American is salivating, distracted by vivid memories of traditional indulgences. There are quite a few occasions during the year that are celebrated with an array of tasty fragrant dishes, but few compare to Thanksgiving.
A coalition of environmental and public health advocates, including supporters of the Ecology Center, descended on Washington in a Stroller Brigade at the end of October to call for
much-needed updates to federal chemical safety laws, which have not
changed in almost 40 years.
Earlier this month, more than eighty experts involved in critical efforts on sustainable meat and poultry procurement--representing hospitals, schools, funders and distributors, as well as researchers and medical professionals--gathered at the University of California San Francisco to discuss the challenges and opportunities to scaling up...
Jennifer Canvasser knows that stories of personal struggles are powerful. That’s one reason why Canvasser, environmental health organizer at the Ecology Center, allowed her own heart-breaking story to be told in a new documentary film, The Human Experiment.
The Ann Arbor city council has adopted a resolution calling on the city’s retirement board to divest from fossil fuels, making the city one of the first 20 cities in the country to pursue divestment.
On a national level, the divestment campaign has been spurred by Bill McKibben, the influential writer and teacher who was a founder of 350.org.
Energy-efficiency efforts by Michigan’s utilities over the past decade have been shown to be cost effective, lowering costs for consumers and reducing the need for new power plants, according to a report issued by the state government Oct.