Trees Help You Breathe Easier and Live Longer

Breathe Easy: You have Trees

Walk five blocks in Baltimore, and you’ll appreciate the benefits that trees provide. Shade cover makes the summer heat barely bearable. Leaves stamp out unsightly scenery (telephone wires). You become almost emotionally attached to the ones that dot the sidewalk outside your front door.

In addition to living better, trees also can also boost health, according to a recent study by researchers with the U.S. Forest Service, as reported by the Baltimore Sun.

Researchers studied ten cities (Baltimore, Atlanta, and New York, to name a few) using computer modeling and were able to conclude …read more

Congressional Hunger Games

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It would seem that many of our politicians are playing hunger games with the most vulnerable in our nation. Living on $4.50 per day to feed yourself is difficult, especially if you are doing it for longer than a week and it is not the only poverty issue you face. Yet, Senate Democrats voted to cut $4.1 billion from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or about $90 a month in benefits for 500,000 households. At the same time, House Republicans voted to keep farm subsidies, which mostly benefit wealthy individuals and corporations.

Any illusion that …read more

Birthing in Baltimore, Part II

Childbirth (Photo credit: popularpatty)

Continued from Birthing in Baltimore, Part I …

As Shannon McGarry was preparing for last week’s post, Pushing Forward Childbirth in America, which examines the US’ approach to maternal healthcare, she asked me about my own experience – specifically if I had given birth in a hospital (yes) and if I had a positive experience (yes). Her inquiries and more specifically, her post got me thinking … what choices are women making to ensure wellness for themselves and their babies as they start and continue their families?

The following are real life accounts of maternal …read more

Birthing in Baltimore, Part I

As Shannon McGarry was preparing for last week’s post, Pushing Forward Childbirth in America, which examines the US’ approach to maternal healthcare, she asked me about my own experience – specifically if I had given birth in a hospital (yes) and if I had a positive experience (yes). Her inquiries and more specifically, her post got me thinking … what choices are women making to ensure wellness for themselves and their babies as they start and continue their families?

English: Major Christine Gundel, 779th Medical Group nurse midwife, checks on Monica McCoy, Public Affairs Specialist for Naval Sea …read more

Pushing Forward Childbirth in America

Pregnancy and childbirth costs more in America than anywhere else on in the world and the pricetag is more than just a little obscene. The June 3oth New York Time’s article American Way of Birth, Costliest in the World reported that:

” From 2004 to 2010, the prices that insurers paid for childbirth — one of the most universal medical encounters — rose 49 percent for vaginal births and 41 percent for Caesarean sections in the United States, with average out-of-pocket costs rising fourfold, according to a recent report by Truven that was commissioned by three health care groups. …read more

Bikemore in Baltimore City

We are big fans of biking here at Campaign Consultation, as we’ve noted in the past. So we were very excited to speak with Chris Merriam, the Executive Director of Bikemore, about their strategies to promote safe biking and community wellness in Baltimore City.

Q: How does biking promote individual wellness and healthy community?

A: It’s great low-impact cardiovascular exercise, and when you use it as a form of transportation, you’re getting that exercise while going where you need to go. Why get in a car and drive to the gym to get on an exercise bicycle? Get on an …read more