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High food prices mean a third of UK adults are struggling to afford to eat healthily, warns a charity.

The British Heart Foundation, which polled 2,444 adults, found 39% sacrificed health benefits for cost when doing their grocery shopping.

One in four said they hadn’t bought a single portion of fresh fruit or vegetables in the last week.

Two thirds said they wanted to eat more healthily, but nearly half of these said cost was a hindrance.

The British Heart Foundation says people can still eat healthily on a small budget.

But it is concerned that some people are turning to cheap convenience foods instead.

In the poll, many respondents said they bought ready meals, even though they knew these may contain high levels of saturated fat and salt.

Victoria Taylor, senior dietitian at the BHF, said: “Healthy eating on a budget is one of the biggest challenges of our times. With the increasing cost of a weekly shopping basket it’s a real concern that despite people’s best intentions, they’re struggling to eat healthily.”

The BHF says people should think about inexpensive ways to make healthy meal choices, such as using canned or frozen fruit and vegetables which may be cheaper alternatives to fresh produce.

Likewise, vegetables tend to cost less than meat so, the charity suggests, people could try adding more vegetables to meat-based meals. The meat will go further saving money and it’ll help cut down on saturated fat too, it says.

Campaigner Jack Monroe found fame as a food blogger writing about living below the poverty line. She survived on a budget of just £10 a week to feed herself and her two-year-old son by creating healthy, cheap meals.

Can your workouts be more eco-friendly? Yes. Here are 5 ways.

Here are five ideas for a more sustainable workout - and a couple more if you want to push harder.

Outdoor fitness

Here are some ideas for a more sustainable workout — for you and, perhaps, the planet.

Walk. No equipment, no driving, no gym. If you’re more ambitious, run.

No more disposable water bottles. Or paper towels.

Go old-school, with push-ups, jumping jacks and other exercises or yoga routines you can do at home.

Try grown-up playgrounds. Some city parks have “fitness zones,” with outdoor gym equipment. There’s one set in La Cienega Park, at the corner of La Cienega and Olympic boulevards, with kids’ equipment nearby.

Whatever you do, do it outdoors. You’ll consume less energy — whether or not you use more.

Want to do a bit more?

Talk to the managers of your gym about turning off lights and TVs when they’re not in use, or about other changes.

Take your family camping. It may cost some fuel to get to the site, but once you are there, you won’t use much and you’ll get to appreciate a piece of Earth.


http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-eco-fitness-20140419,0,6662643.story#axzz2zht7EqUO

Such questions can take up a lot of brain space these days and create anxiety in surplus as we contemplate our consumption of the Earth’s resources. There’s potential for dozens of quandaries every day: If I drive nine miles to my favorite farmers market, is that OK? Or must I go to the closer one I don’t like as well? Paper or plastic bags? Cloth or disposable diapers? What kind of car? Light bulb? Water bottle? Should I take out the lawn? Put in solar panels?

The first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, marked a call to arms to environmental action. In the ensuing 44 years, it often feels as though the stakes have only grown as millions of people look for solutions large and small.

"Those are some difficult questions," says Philip Cafaro, a philosophy professor who focuses on environmental ethics at Colorado State University. "For me, it’s very helpful to lock in some big things and not worry about the small ones.

"Maybe it’s more important [that] you are politically active and get better mass transit in your community" than it is that you walk or carpool.



http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-eco-right-wrong-20140419,0,3560722.story#ixzz2zhtl07hP

Commuting by bike

Happy Earth Day

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140422121001.htm

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate the Earth and our hearts, we came up with 6 ways to help them both at the same time.

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