Baby Boot Camp is serious about making families and planet healthier. April 22 is Earth Day and we’re finishing off our Mother Love Fitness Challenge by encouraging students to increase their environmental awareness and engagement through a friendly competition of do-gooding. Find a location near you and join the Challenge!
Keep reading for some great suggestions on how to make a difference. Let us know how many points you rack up!
April Competition for Planet Points
1 point for each environmentally-friendly action.
Examples: Change one light bulb to a CFC bulb = 1 point; Bring reusable bags to grocery store = 1 point; Bring a travel mug to your local coffee shop for your next cup of coffee = 1 point
These steps help reduce our environmental impact by reducing energy, water and fuel usage and they save you money!
- Install compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) when your older incandescent bulbs burn out.
- Turn off water while you brush your teeth.
- Don’t leave water running while washing dishes.
- Wash clothes in cold or warm water rather than hot.
- Change your air filters regularly to make your AC/furnace more efficient.
- Take your own reusable bags to grocery store.
- Only run dishwasher when it’s full.
- Go paperless—sign-up for online services (banking, billing, etc.)
- Recycle household items — donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army or other charity (and get a tax deduction!)
- Sign-up for a Freecycle.org Yahoo group in your area to give away items not accepted by Goodwill.
- Repair leaky faucets.
- Recycle waste – If you don’t already, contact your local city or county disposal agency for info. and containers.
- Unplug appliances and electronics when you’re not using them. Or, use a “smart” power strip that senses when appliances are off and cuts “phantom” or “vampire” energy use.
- Buy in bulk, especially snacks, and package in reusable containers. We recommend Snack-Traps or Munchie Mugs for on-the-go use).
- Recycle plastic grocery/dry cleaning bags — most grocery stores have bins at the entrance
- Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120 degrees.
- Set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5 degrees.
- Keep your thermostat at 68 degrees in winter and 78 degrees in summer.
- Leave grass clippings on the yard—they decompose and return nutrients to the soil.
- Use cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
- Swap maternity and kids products with friends instead of buying new. The average cost of raising a kid to the age of 2 can top $13,430.
- Make your own coffee or tea at home using organic and/or fair trade coffee — use reusable travel mug.
- Choose tap water — Don’t buy bottled water.
5 points for every healthy family/healthy earth action.
Examples: Walk to the store = 5 points; Plant a tree with your children = 5 points; Purchase free range poultry and eggs, coffee and chocolate that is grown and harvested using sustainable methods, buy local at your farmer’s market = 5 points each
These tips will increase the health and wellbeing of your family AND help to improve our environment.
- Eat vegetarian 2 nights a week (your heart and the ozone will thank you)
- Use natural/household cleaners or better yet, make your own out of vinegar, baking soda, borax, lemon juice, etc. Recipes can be found at: www.HealthyChild.org. Check out the 5 Basic Cleaning Tools in your home.
- Walk to Baby Boot Camp class
- Attend a Baby Boot Camp class — 5 pts for each class. Gyms use a lot of energy and water!
- Generously and regularly apply sunscreen. We recommend KINeSYS Performance Sunscreen because their products are carbon neutral, the packaging is made of 100% recyclable materials and KINeSYS is a proud signer of The Compact for Safe Cosmetics.
- Eat your leftovers (you don’t really need delivery pizza, do you?)
- Plant your own vegetable/herb garden — no matter how small it is!
- Control pests in your home without toxic chemicals.
- Try natural lawn care.
- Kill weeds without herbicides.
- Choose soaps and cleansers that are pure/biodegradable and break down completely. Avoid soaps with synthetic scents or colors.
- Walk/bike to places rather than drive when you can.
- Buy organic. If you’re watching your budget (and who isn’t these days!), choose organic products where your family will see the most health benefits, such as dairy products. Here are 10 Fruits & Vegetables to Buy Organic.
- Improve air quality inside and out – plant draught-resistant trees/plants, get indoor plants
- Buy local products to reduce your carbon footprint — buy produce at farmers’ markets or via cooperatives. Find something near you at LocalHarvest.org.
- Eat low on the food chain (e.g. vegetables, legumes, fungi, etc.)
- Follow daily tips on Healthy Child’s Earth Month calendar (5 pts for each day!).
- Use safe bottles. Many baby and adult water bottles are made from plastic that contains the toxin bisphenol A (BPA). Opt for BPA-free bottles to avoid toxins in the body and in the environment. Read the Beginning of the End for BPA.
Your Baby Boot Camp owner/instructor will choose an event (e.g. 5K run, trash pickup, Earth Day Event, etc.) to celebrate your achievements during Baby Boot Camp’s Mother Love Fitness Challenge. You can claim 25 Planet Points if you participate!
Donation Planet Points: 2 ways to make a difference
1. Make a donation to nationally-beneficial 501(c)(3) nonprofit: Healthy Child: Healthy World (www.healthychild.org/). Support Healthy Child Healthy World’s work to protect children’s health, environmental sustainability and healthy communities. Once you donate online, you will receive a confirmation e-mail that includes your tax-deductible receipt. Get your friends, family members, co-workers and neighbors to donate and claim those points too! You’ll earn 1 point for every dollar you raise/donate.
2. Purchase a Healthy Child ‘Naturally Healthy’ onesie and/or swaddle blanket and help create a healthier world for children. Enviro-friendly retailer Maple Grace, will donate 100% of all proceeds from every butterfly onesie and swaddle blanket set purchase to Healthy Child Healthy World. Both the onesie and swaddle blankets are made of 100% organic cotton. The onesie features eco-friendly, non-toxic silk screening and the swaddle blankets are colored with low impact dyes free of PVC (Poly Vinyl Chloride) and heavy metals.
Claim the points equal to purchase price of onesie/blanket (ranges from $15 to $42 — so if you buy a $15 onesie you earn 15 Donation Planet Points).