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Trevor Hancock: Practising planetary health care in B.C. starts with hospital food waste – Times Colonist

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It comes as a surprise to many people, including health-care professionals, that the health-care system has a large ­ecological footprint. But as I noted last week, if the global health-care system were a country, its carbon emissions would have made it the fifth-largest emitter on the planet, according to a 2019 report from Health Care Without Harm.
But climate change caused by the health sector’s emissions results not only in ­environmental harm, but harm to human health. And that is a direct contravention of one of the fundamental principles of ­medicine, enshrined in the Hippocratic Oath, to do no harm; hence the need for health care without harm.
Of course, climate change is not the only environmental and health harm that the health-care system creates. For example, the Green Hospital Scorecard, a program of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care (founded 20 years ago), is used by hospitals to assess their policies and actions on energy and water use, pollution prevention and waste management, transportation, healthy food systems and climate change, as well as corporate leadership.
So now that Canada has signed on at COP26 to the global commitment to create sustainable low-carbon health-care ­systems, we have to look to the provinces, who ­actually run the health-care system, to step up and take action across this wide range of issues.
Here in B.C., some steps are already underway. The province’s July 2021 ­mandate letters to the health authorities make ­fighting climate change one of five ­foundational principles that will inform their policies and programs.
In particular, they are expected to reduce their building emissions by 50 per cent and their fleet emissions by 40 per cent by 2030, as part of the CleanBC Plan. But B.C. will need to go much further to identify and tackle the full range of environmentally responsible health-care practices that are needed.
So I was delighted to learn recently that UBC has established a Planetary Healthcare Lab led by Dr. Andrea MacNeill, a cancer surgeon at Vancouver General Hospital who is passionately committed to reducing health care’s environmental and health impacts. She also holds the newly established ­position of Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health. The lab is an interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health.
In an April statement, UBC noted the lab “will tackle everything from ­hospital food-related pollution and unnecessary patient testing and treatment through to emissions stemming from the medical ­supply chain.”
Over time, the lab says, this will involve “embedding planetary healthcare in health system structures (e.g. hospital ­accreditation, quality reporting, supply chain)” so it becomes just part of everyday practice.
One key area the lab will be looking at is the health system’s food services, which account for a large part of the sector’s ­footprint and generate a lot of food waste, as is the case at the household level. A more ecologically sustainable diet will also have significant direct health benefits for patients and staff.
Another area is the supply chain, which accounts for about 80 per cent of health care’s carbon emissions. Requiring a ­“circular economy” approach be adopted throughout the supply chain could thus ­substantially reduce the consumption and depletion of natural resources, as well as reducing emissions, waste and pollution.
The lab will also examine the ­environmental and health benefits of ­“virtual care,” which already saves millions of kilometres of patient travel each year.
The new Planetary Health initiative at Vancouver Coastal Health is complemented by the work of its Energy and ­Environmental Sustainability team, which among other things works on active and clean transportation and minimizing energy and water consumption, carbon emissions, waste generation and toxic-chemical use.
Then there is GreenCare, which unites efforts across the four Lower Mainland health organizations (Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health, Providence Health and the Provincial Health Services ­Authority). Their 2020 Environmental ­Performance Dashboard highlights ­significant reductions in the intensity of greenhouse-gas emissions, water use and waste generation across the four health authorities.
It’s a good start. Now we need this to become provincial in scope, with planetary health offices at the provincial level as well as in all the health authorities.
thancock@uvic.ca
Dr. Trevor Hancock is a retired professor and senior scholar at the University of ­Victoria’s School of Public Health and Social Policy.
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Woman recounts shooting outside of Defined Fitness – KOB

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Updated: January 10, 2022 09:42 PM
Created: January 10, 2022 04:29 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An early morning workout ended with panic and tears in southwest Albuquerque Monday after someone fired a gun outside the Defined Fitness on Central Avenue.
A woman – who wanted to stay anonymous – said it started around 9 a.m. with a loud bang. It didn't take long to realize it was a gunshot, but it's what happened next that has her questioning her membership.
“I'm still shocked just because it could have been someone who, who could have died in there,” said the woman. 
Hearts were pumping at the Defined Fitness near Central and Unser – but not because of a workout.
“We were starting to warm up, we heard a loud pop. And we thought maybe it was the speakers or the light bulb that busted. So we go and we take a look. And we hear the instructor scream and say, ‘Oh, my goodness,’”
She said that's when they noticed a bullet hole the size of a quarter in the wall and then, more gunfire.
“We start hearing more bullet shots. And so at that time, everybody just panicked and round ran out of the room.”
Albuquerque police confirmed there was a shootout between two cars behind the gym and a stray bullet hit the building. The woman says she's thankful no one was hurt, but is worried not enough people knew they were in danger in the first place.
“They should have evacuated and notified the members that something's going on, and please evacuate. Put more alert out there, versus letting everybody just sit there and continue to work out.”
Defined Fitness sent KOB 4 a statement saying the incident was unrelated to the gym and says it’s still a safe place for its members. But this is not the first time gym-goers have voiced concerns about safety at this location.
Back in November, KOB 4 spoke to a woman who said someone broke into her car in broad daylight and claimed Defined Fitness was not doing enough to keep its members safe.
Both women said they are not sure if they'll ever return to this location.
“I think I'm taking a little break from this gym, just so I can refocus and find my comfort again. So it'll be a while before I returned to this location.”
An APD spokesperson said the gym's security footage has been reviewed and there are no leads on a potential suspect.

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Fitacular 2022 with Planet Fitness – ABC27

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Get Fitacular in 2022 with help from Planet Fitness! With several locations in our area it’s easy to get into better habits and make the right choices for your physical and mental health.
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WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) — The moment the roof collapsed into a York County skating rink was caught on camera Sunday night in West Manchester Township.
It’s still unclear what started that fire that firefighters fought for several hours in the snow, then pouring rain.
DOVER, Pa. (WHTM) — After the heavy snowfall, you can find 11-year-old Mason Torbert working hard shoveling snow so he can save up money to play his favorite sport, football with his friends.
“I want to work for it and get it done, so I can go play tackle because I love that sport,” Torbert said.
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli hospital on Monday said preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that is raging around the world.
Sheba Hospital last month began administering a fourth vaccine to more than 270 medical workers — 154 who received a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and 120 others who received Moderna’s. All had previously been vaccinated three times with the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.

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Jadakiss Explains Why Living “Healthy Is Gangsta” – Vibe

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“There’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
By DeMicia Inman
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Jadakiss offered his definition of a gangster during an episode of the Facebook Watch series The Pull Up. In a clip shared on the rapper’s social media, he explains how his lifestyle choices has made being healthy the cool thing to do, and why everyone should take a similar route.
“I think healthy is gangsta,” the 46-year-old rapper exclaimed.
He continued, “Everybody want to be tough guys and this and that, and rich. If you not healthy, you can’t be alive to spend your money. If you not healthy, you can’t enjoy the party, you can’t enjoy the perks of life, you won’t be here to see your kids graduate, to see ’em score they first touchdown, to see things like that. So health is more important than anything.”

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He continued to share how his fellow members of The Lox all maintain a health-conscious lifestyle.
“My brothers, Styles, and Sheek… Sheek been working out forever. Styles been on us to eat right and live right. So it’s a collective lifestyle that you gotta live and there’s nothing corny about wanting to live.”
The rappers not only encourage healthy habits among each other but have created space for others to do the same. In February, Styles P discussed the importance of why he decided to open Juices For Life in the Bronx with Good Morning America.
“It is important that you take care of the forgotten. Obviously, this started with us being because we’re from a Black and brown community,” said Styles. “We’re from a poverty community, but why does that mean we don’t have to eat right?”
He continued, “It’s not about being a vegan, it’s not about being plant-based, that’s not what I’m pushing on people, we push balance and health,” said Styles. “It’s about the people.”
View the full episode of Pull Up with Jadakiss featuring Lil Cease below.
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