The Savvy Path

    Meet Cheryl: Heart Disease to Passionate Advocate

    It started watching my Dad live with a severe genetic heart condition.... 

    As a kid, I didn't understand it but I knew something was wrong when life started to change.  As a family we were fairly healthy - we ate wheat germ, liver, spoonfuls of molasses, and took Vitamin E gel capsules.  Processed food was never in our house, but if my dad snuck out and purchased a bag of Fritos or box of Captain Crunch it was gone within an hour.  It was not beneath me to hide a box of sugary cereal because I knew with five siblings it would quickly become everyone's snack for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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    Gotta Love These Girls: Young Activists At Heart

    If marching into a retail store to educate management on environmental health concerns is not on your to-do list, we dare you to press play on this video. 

    Yes, we are certain that Tess, Sophia, Erin, Kayla and Sidney will make you smile. But after listening to their brave hearts,you just might rethink about what happens when you walk into a store.   

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    What We Can Learn From A Small Cup Of Pee

    Yes, I said, “pee.” And not just because I’m trying, and failing, to potty-train my three-year-old at the moment.

    I’ve always had a fascination with health and science. I’ve lived with ulcerative colitis for nearly 30 years, grew up the daughter and stepdaughter of parents in the pharmaceutical industry, and currently work not only as an independent consultant for a better-for-us business but also as a writer and media relations consultant for health IT and consumer health companies.

    That’s why I knew I needed to participate in Silent Spring Institute’s crowdsourced biomonitoring study on exposure to toxins. Pass a cup please...

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    How To Engage Your Inner Activist: It's Time

    What the heck is an activist anyway?

    "If I say the word activist you might have the image of people hanging banners, or chaining themselves to trees or screaming at authority figures or living in tents. Those are all activism. Or they can be.  But a lot of activists have never done any of these things. 

    So, what is the definition of activism? I think that really it is noticing something that you think needs to be changed and using your influence to change it."

    Elizabeth Saunders brings delightful humor to understanding today's activism (a word often followed by "oh, I am not that!) in out Talk Savvy to Me video. 

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    October/November Happenings

     

     

    “Those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually do.”


     Steve Jobs

    •       Seeking six more interested women to start a chapter
    •       Monthly topic:  Girl Power
    •       Submit potential brands for our upcoming directory launch 
    •       Meet your  passionate Board Members 
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    Meet Janet: A Flight Attendant With A Big Heart

    Imagine navigating your way through a busy airport with a broken wrist and ankle, towing baggage and dodging nearly late passengers. Then imagine flying across the country to volunteer with an organization, not knowing anyone, and just jumping in with both feet, limping slightly, where needed.

    Last February, Janet Conroy, Savvy Women’s Alliance Volunteer of the Year did just that. Janet is an airline attendant and is no stranger to airports and airplanes, so she may have a bit of an advantage -  getting there was the easy part. Walking into a room of strangers and asking, “how can I help,” takes courage, enthusiasm and commitment to a cause.

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    When Cafeteria Food IS A College Application Factor

    It’s time for lunch at Hampshire Dining Commons, known affectionately by students at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst by its nickname “Hamp.” There may be essays to stress over, majors to choose and friends to catch up with later but for now, the most difficult decision for students is choosing whether to fill their stomachs with hand-rolled sushi or vegetarian tacos with fresh guacamole before their next class.

    The secret? Make it crave-able.

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    One Protective Mama On The Rise: Paige Wolf

    Have you ever felt the vice grip of anxiety squeeze out your breath as you stand in front of the organic and non-organic apples – which type do I choose? … Are the non-organic really that bad? … How can one little apple make a difference? … What can I safely feed my kids?!?  Making supposedly simple shopping decisions when you’re a somewhat savvy, somewhat skeptical, eco-living-learner can make any trip to the store a head-spinning experience. 

    Author Paige Wolf knows that first-hand …

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    The State Of Nontoxic Living & What it Means For Us

    This is the second in a series of four video from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated volunteers while sharing hot topics from powerful speakers.   

    Next Stop? Adventure!

    From young breast cancer survivor and mainstream mom to national protector-and-educator of women’s “eco- health,” Kristi Marsh is the founder of the Savvy Women's Alliance and Choose Wiser.  Here she weaves real life emotions and humor into a meaty, must-know mesmerizing climate of environmental health - and what is ahead for all of us. 

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    Love To Write? We Have a Special Place For You

    CALL FOR WRITERS

    Our Writing Team is a key  piece of the Savvy Women's Alliance; it gives us our voice a "friendly face" as we  simplify the nontoxic living learning curve.  Our volunteers writers love to write, they are valued, and deep down, they know their heart's work is making a difference.  

    We're Looking For:

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    Thinking About Starting A School Garden?

    Soon after taking a position as Director of Food Services for Framingham Public Schools in Massachusetts, Brendan Ryan stood in the courtyard of the high school and had an idea. It had recently come to his attention that many students had no idea where food came from; “most suburban youth have no idea how a vegetable grows!” he says.

    Ryan looked out across the nearly two-acre courtyard and envisioned a garden that would not only teach students where their food comes from but highlight the importance and deliciousness of healthy eating.

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    Our Writer Of the Year...

     
     
    "I want to congratulate you, Julia, on your outstanding achievements in writing and volunteer work in the Savvy Women's Alliance. To balance a college course load and still find the time to give back to the community is truly re markable. I encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to inspire others in your path. Congratulations!"  ~ Jeff Kinney, Diary of A Wimpy Kid 
     
    The Savvy Women's Alliance blog wouldn’t be possible without the talents of a group of volunteer writers, who use their wordsmithing capabilities to give you the blog posts you read each month. Although all of our writers are rock stars, this year we chose one writer to celebrate at our Talk Savvy to Me event that was held in June.
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    Making Real Food Cool

    This is the first of four videos from our annual Talk Savvy To Me event where we celebrated our volunteers and shared hot topics from powerful speakers.  We hope you can attend our next Talk Savvy To Me in late 2018.  

    Making Real Healthy Food Cool For Kids:

    Donna Morin, M.Ed, is a nutrition and lifestyle coach trained in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She began her practice after diet and lifestyle changes resolved her own health troubles, but her biggest lesson so far has been recognizing that good, lasting health is about so much more than food.  

    Get ready to go on an amazing learning adventure as Donna makes food cool for kids and us as well.  Watch for the brilliant way Donna uses analogies with a  garden hose, a zoo and a circle of Barbies to bring microbiomes to light.   

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    A Lunchbox Makeover In Three Steps

    By the time your child finishes high school, he or she will have eaten around 2,340 school lunches. That's a lot of baggies and other pieces of plastic thrown in the trash. A more earth friendly lunch is definitely possible, and in the long run it can save you money, too.

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    August/September Happenings

     

    "I want to congratulate you, Julia, on your outstanding achievements in writing and volunteer work in the Savvy Women's Alliance. To balance a college course load and still find the time to give back to the community is truly remarkable. I encourage you to keep up the good work and continue to inspire others in your path. Congratulations!"–Jeff Kinney, Diary of A Wimpy Kid  

    •       Expanding Our Team
    •       Monthly Topic:  Kids, Food and Schools
    •       New Chapter Locations 
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