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Keynote Speaker Deirdre Imus Tells Golfers to Beware of Frankengrass

In a humorous keynote address, Deirdre Imus, founder and director of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center™, part of Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC), a not for profit corporation, told golfers at the AT&T Steven A. Cox Charity Classic that cancer-causing chemicals may be closer than they think.

“Those greens you play on are really ‘Frankengrass.’ Think about it: An average golf course in the U.S. applies 9 lbs. of chemicals for weed and insect control to its greens every year. Your socks are soaking in it, and you don’t even know it.”

She recommended golfers wash all their golf clothes separately and not to leave them on the floor or mix them with other children’s clothes in the wash. She also urged golfers to speak out at the clubs they normally play about reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.

She noted that the River Course at the Fiddler’s Country Club in Far Hills, N.J., where the Classic was played, was one that had selected non-hazardous treatment methods. She suggested other courses at the club and around the country follow suit.

The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center has already helped more than 35 institutions in the area reduce hazardous cleaning chemicals through its Greening the Cleaning® program, including AT&T corporate headquarters and Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC).

She applauded John P. Ferguson, president and chief executive officer of HUMC, for quickly recognizing the need for “Greening the Cleaning” at the Medical Center when she first brought it to his attention in 2000. That decision and the successful trial that followed ultimately launched the “Greening the Cleaning” drive.

“Greening the Cleaning” means eliminating, where possible, all cleaning agents and chemical substances whose components include toxic materials and replacing them with environmentally friendly, high quality, non-toxic cleaning agents. The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center is now working with the NJ Environmental Federation to further the effort.


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