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1 Going Green with the NLM: Environmental Health and Toxicology Information Central MA AHEC Outreach Worker Training Institute Michelle Eberle Consumer Health Information Coordinator NN/LM – New England Region January 7, 2010

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3 What is the NLM?

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6 2007 According to TIME writer, Bryan Walsh, 2007 will be remembered as the tipping point when public understanding of the existential threat of climate change reached critical mass. Source: Antonelli, Monika. The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond. Electronic Green Journal. 1(27): 2008.The Green Library Movement: An Overview and Beyond

7 What influences your environmental health?

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9 6/3/2014 Disclaimers + caution statements Be sure to check with your physician/health care provider too! NLM resources are not a substitute for medical advice.

10 Where can kids learn about environmental health?

11 Helping Kids Be Eco-Friendly Recycling Composting Grow vegetables at home instead of going to the store Use everyday household cleaners: vinegar, baking soda Turn off the lights Have a stop a leak day at home Give away used toys to charity instead of throwing them away Plan outdoor activities to help instill appreciation for the earth Adopt an endangered animal at the local zoo or other charity

12 Where can teens learn about environmental health? What book inspired this resource?

13 Richard Scarrys Great Big Air Book

14 Green living in your community Recycle Reduce Reuse

15 Where can I learn about health effects of products I might use at home?

16 Green cleaning The non toxic trio: Baking soda Castile soap White vinegar Source: Gavigan, Christopher, Healthy Child Healthy World, Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, Other agents: Lemon Hydrogen peroxide Essential oils

17 How green is my job?

18 Where can I learn about the environment where I live?

19 TOXNET Cluster of databases that cover: Toxicology Environmental and occupational health Hazardous chemicals Releases of toxic chemicals Chemical names, synonyms & structures References to scientific literature

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21 LactMed Free online database with information on drugs and lactation Over 500 drugs Data mined from scientific literarue Fully referenced Links to PubMed citations Breast feeding links

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24 Where can I find info. about public health?

25 How might you use these resources in your work? Questions?

26 Do you know 25 ways to go green?

27 25 ways to go green 1. Clean kindly 2. Be wise with laundry 3. Choose natural personal care and products 4. Go for recycled toilet paper, paper towels and tissues 5. Use unbleached coffee filters 6. Install a water filter 7. Get a low flow toilet or make your existing toilet low flow 8. Dont be a drip – fix leaky faucets and toilets 9. Kick off your shoes 10.Bring in houseplants 11. Plant a tree every year. 12. Opt out of getting junk mail. 13. Go veggie one day a week. 14. Energy efficient light bulbs save energy, money and emissions. 15. Turn the thermostat down 2 degrees F.

28 25 ways to go green 16. Set your water heater at 120 degrees F. 17. Smarten your fridge and freezer. Turn their thermostats up and make sure seals are tight. 18. Use power strips and unplug appliances. 19. Choose green residential services. 20. Buy local 21. Go organic 22. Take a cloth bag to the store 23. Inflate your tires to the proper pressure to save gas and money 24. Get a travel mug! 25. Recycle your cell phone. Source: Loux, Renee. Easy Green Living. The Ultimate Guide to Simple, Eco- Friendly Choices for You and Your Home. New York: Rodale, 2008.

29 Reflection Think of: one step you can take for your community, your family, and yourself to protect your environmental health one step you can take with your work to go green and support the global environment three people you teach about resources from this class

30 Thank you!! Michelle Eberle Consumer Health Information Coordinator NN/LM – New England Region (800) / (508) This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. #N01-LM with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


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