Unfulfilled resolutions? Try a more holistic approach.
Get started. A few WWYW tips to fulfilling your health and wellness living environment goals for 2024.
WWYW’s Healthy Living System™
- Clean Air – Create a schedule to maintain air-related systems, including cleaning air ducts and changing the batteries in carbon dioxide, fire and other monitors.
- Clean Water – Use a water filter to mitigate the over 300 hazardous chemicals that are found in municipal water sources. This can be a personal, at-the-source or whole-home filter. Make sure to clean or change your filter regularly.
- Natural Light – Let the light in. Protect your furniture and art from harsh UV rays by installing window treatments.
- Chemical Control – Limit your exposure to toxins by avoiding cleaners with harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrances. Remember to follow off-gassing protocols, including running a personal air purifier, when harsh chemicals are unavoidable, such as during a small DIY project.
- Physical Wellness – Make sure to get in at least 20 minutes of exercise a day. Or target walking around 8,000 steps.
- Mental Wellness – Install a security system with cameras and window treatments for peace of mind.
- Spiritual Wellness – Create a designated space to store electronics away from the bedroom. Take time to unplug, read a book, play board or card games or meditate.
- Conscious Consumption – How many Rs can you do in a day: reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse and reinvent. Start composting, it can be as simple as an inexpensive lidded, compost bin in your kitchen.
- Food Science – Focus on creating balanced meals using non-GMO produce and protein. Apply the EWG’s Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen.
- Behavioral Strategies – Follow healthier home protocols, lock up all over-the-counter prescriptions, Rx and beverages containing alcohol.
Radon Action Month
Every January, experts work to educate consumers and building industry professionals on the dangers of radon. The goal is to educate and mitigate exposure to this colorless, odorless, radioactive gas. This natural gas occurs when uranium decays in soil and exposure occurs when it finds its way into structures via cracks and holes in the foundation. How to observe this month:
- Test your home for radon.
- Test kits are available in most retail stores. You can also have a professional inspector test your home for you.
- Testing in winter provides the best results. This is when closed doors and windows trap radon and increased levels are detected.
- Test in basements as radon seeps into the home through cracks in the foundation.
Discovered in 1899, radon didn’t get its name until 1923. The dangers of this gas were known prior to its discovery. In the 1530s it was thought of as a miners “wasting disease.” Ventilation was recommended for miners to avoid this “mountain sickness.” By the 1950s studies found radon in homes all across the U.S. Today, you can find radon test kits and mitigation fans from companies like Aprilaire to help eliminate this gas.