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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Patricia Hofmeister

Saint Louis Zoo Volunteers Team

"To help make this world a better place for my grandchildren."

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,594 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    35
    advocacy actions
    completed
  • up to
    2
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    35
    donations
    made
  • up to
    2,375
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    300
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    45
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    75
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Patricia's Actions

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Watch a Documentary about Racial Injustice

Do at Home

I will watch 1 documentary(ies) about systemic racism.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Support Local Pollinators

Do at Home

At least 30% of crops and 90% of flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce fruit. I will spend 30 minutes researching which plants support local native pollinators and plant some in my yard.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Raise Money For a Nonprofit

Do at Home

I will raise money to support Ecochallenge.org or another nonprofit.

Completed
One-Time Action

Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community

Reduce Single-Use Disposables

Do at Home

Historically, marginalized and low-income communities live closer to landfills, contributing to a multitude of health problems. I will find out how I can limit single-use items and do my best to limit the waste I generate. I will keep 2 container(s) out of the landfill each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Reduce Refined Sugar

Do at Home

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Know My Health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Exercise Daily

Do at Home

Exercise is a great stress blaster! I will exercise for 60 minute(s) each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

Do at Home

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cup(s) of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Happiness

Do at Home

I will write down three things every day that I am grateful for, or send one email every day thanking or praising someone.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/26/2021 8:24 PM
    The timing for this challenge was perfect for me exercising more.  On Mondays I am playing tennis twice for a total of 2 and 1/2 hrs plus an hour at Curves.  

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/26/2021 8:01 PM
    To my teammates, "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make,"  (Jane Goodall).  You have all made a difference by choosing to participate in this eccochallenge.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/26/2021 7:50 PM
    I've really enjoyed this challenge.  I find myself eating healthier and noticing the places that are trying to use less plastic.  One of my favorite restaurants has stopped using styrofoam to go containers.  I took one of my granddaughters to a store and they were using plastic bags.  I asked if they had cloth and I was able to purchase some for only 25 cents.  There is hope!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/25/2021 8:47 PM
    To all my zoo friends:  "Real change doesn't happen from reading a quote or a new book.  It doesn't happen during meditation.  It doesn't happen after an, "I'm sorry."  Real change happens when you take an action in a new way so many times that it becomes who you are.  Trust action, not words.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/23/2021 7:55 PM
    Went to lunch today with my husband.  One of my challenges is to eat more fruits and vegetables.  The resaurant we went to has great french fries, but I chose the veggie medley instead.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/21/2021 12:31 PM
    I have watched 3 webinars on climate change/pollution and race.  Yesterday, the Plastic Pollution Coalition presented one and again mentioned how so many factories that pollute are built in lower economic areas and many residents contract diseases, but aren't able to hire attorneys to prove they are responsible for the illnesses.  

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/20/2021 7:39 PM
    My favorite challenge is complimenting someone each day.  I find myself seeing a groundsperson picking up trash and thanking that person for doing such a good job.  Playing tennis this week, I gave many compliments.  I've thanked people for being such good friends and for sharing experiences with me.  It feels so good to make other people feel good, especially those who seldom get complimented.

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/16/2021 3:35 PM
    After two days of rain, it was great to take my granddog Maggie for a  2 mile walk at Kirkwood Park on this sunny day!

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/15/2021 10:27 PM
    Watched my now 5 year old granddaughter tonight.  Discussed her nature walk and how she learned about littering.  We are going to make plans to make a visit to our zoo and pick up trash.  
  • Reflection Question
    Health Know My Health
    How do you deal with the physical and emotional stress of the big problems we face? How can you help others cope?

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    Patricia Hofmeister 10/14/2021 7:50 PM
    I am a retired psychotherapist.  I made a living helping other people identify their issues and helped with solutions.  I deal with the physical and emotional stress of the the big problems we face in many ways.  My faith helps me greatly.  I also draw strength from my family and friends.  Exercise, expecially playing tennis is a great stress reducer.