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October 6 - October 27, 2021
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Dana Slade

HealthPartners Sustainability Team

"I am here to make the world better, hopefully much better, than when I arrived!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,134 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1,640
    minutes
    spent exercising
  • up to
    424
    minutes
    being mindful
  • up to
    1,084
    minutes
    spent outdoors
  • up to
    82
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1,105
    minutes
    of additional sleep

Dana's Actions

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Go for a Daily Walk Outside

Do at Home

I will take a walk outside for 45 minutes each day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Healthy Sleep

Do at Home

Effectively working for sustainability requires self care! I will commit to getting 10 more minute(s) of sleep each night to achieve at least 7 hours per night.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Practice Gratitude for Earth

Do at Home

I will spend 15 minute(s) per day outside, practicing gratitude (prayer, meditation, journaling, etc.) for Earth and my natural surroundings.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Action Track: Healing and Renewal

Nurture Self-Compassion

Do at Home

I will spend 5 minutes nurturing my Self-Compassion.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

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

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    Dana Slade 10/27/2021 4:43 AM
    I hope you all have enjoyed this EcoChallenge half as much as I have.  Thanks for joining our team!
    Here is one last bit of nature trivia:  Did you know that Tamaracks are a conifer that change color in the Fall and drop their needles.  Here is a picture of a couple I took yesterday.

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    Dana Slade 10/26/2021 3:38 AM
    Where we walked on Sun the leaves were mostly yellow, except this one!

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    Dana Slade 10/25/2021 4:39 AM
    Good morning, all;
    I hope you all had a great weekend.  It was a good weekend for foliage in the Twin Cities, pretty much peak!
    Finish our EcoChallenge strong and thanks for being our teammate!

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    Dana Slade 10/21/2021 4:45 AM
    We have just under one week left in the challenge.  I hope everyone has enjoyed this event!  I know I have learned a few things and challenged myself a bit too.
    Here is a picture of a poster I saw this summer at the Mille Lacs Indian Trading Post.  It really spoke to me.

    Thanks everyone for coming on this journey with us. 
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Healthy Sleep
    Consider how many hours of sleep you get now. How would you like to shift your sleep patterns? What are you finding works for you to be successful in this action?

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    Dana Slade 10/21/2021 4:41 AM
    For me, having a consistent schedule is the key.  I have only used my alarm clock 2-3 times the last 19 months. Hope everyone is enjoying this event!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Go for a Daily Walk Outside
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Dana Slade 10/20/2021 5:23 AM
    When I walk my dogs I like to bring an extra bag to pick up trash and recyclables we find along the way.  Way too much litter, especially in the Spring, and Fall after they trim the tall grasses in the parks.  Here is a picture of some litter I picked up!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Nurture Self-Compassion
    How can nurturing your Self-Compassion also nurture healthier relationships with others and the environment?

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    Dana Slade 10/18/2021 4:04 AM
    Sitting around a fire is such a calming activity.  There just seems to be some sort of deep connection to our past.  Really makes you stop and think.  Here is a picture of a fire I had yesterday!
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Healing and Renewal Practice Gratitude for Earth
    Kathleen Dean Moore says that a sense of gratitude leads to a sense of moral obligation. Do you agree? How can we cultivate a sense of gratitude as individuals, and as a society?

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    Dana Slade 10/15/2021 4:59 AM
    Since the pandemic started and I have been working from home I have noticed many "new" things in my surroundings.  They have always been there I have just been going too fast to notice.  This is one silver lining from this past 19 months, a slow down in the pace of life.
    Here is a picture of a sunrise I  took earlier this week.  Best I've seen in quite a while.
     
  • Reflection Question
    Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community Reduce Single-Use Disposables
    What single-use items (e.g. straws, coffee cups, vegetable bags, plastic bags) do you regularly use? What did you substitute or could be substituted instead?

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    Dana Slade 10/14/2021 4:11 AM
    My wife and I like to dine out, on the patio!  We always try to have reusable "to go" containers in our car to bring leftovers home.  I have two of them from our hospitals that I leave in my car for such occasions.

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      MJ Burke 10/26/2021 5:17 AM
      Dana: I never thought of this.... good idea! thanks, MJ 

    • Allison Egan's avatar
      Allison Egan 10/14/2021 8:20 AM
      That's a great idea! Note to self: buy reusable "to go" containers for the car!

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    Dana Slade 10/11/2021 8:15 AM
    Good morning, everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We went to the North Shore.  it was gorgeous-see pic.

    Enjoy the EcoChallenge  this week.