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Summer Newsletter 2020

June 2020                                                                                  Vol. 15 / No.2


Dear Friends,

During this challenging time, we hope you and your families are well and staying safe.

We hope these simple tips will help to arm you with some basic tools to keep your family safe and healthy.

In this issue, Ben Kligler, MD offers simple, effective tips for all ages on how to cope – and even thrive – amid the pandemic. I also offer tips for Staying Home and Healthy in this Time of COVID-19.

All of us at the DIEHC have been helping to support our frontline caregivers at Hackensack University Medical Center by making face shields, a key piece of PPE that was much needed. We’ve also been fielding questions from around the country on how best to clean for COVID-19. Our Greening The Cleaning® experts are always on hand to answer questions, including Jim Ronchi, who gives some especially timely advice on always being prepared.

We are honored to have helped the Hackensack Meridian Health network achieve Practice Greenhealth’s Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award for 2020. Additionally, HMH Hackensack University Medical Center, our home base, earned national recognition as a Practice Greenhealth Top 25 Green Hospital for a seventh consecutive year. Our health is directly impacted by the environment, and we are excited to continue our important work to create healthier communities by implementing innovative environmental practices across our Hackensack Meridian Health network.

Whether you’re sheltering at home or venturing outside in the summer months, eating healthy naturally boosts the immune system. Click here for some delicious recipes to share.

Marie Curie said, “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

On behalf of all of us at The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center®, we are here for you and your families.




Staying Home and Healthy in this Time of COVID-19

Family_outside_house_shutterstock_516646390While we don’t know everything about how COVID-19 will behave, we do know it has changed how we live now and probably for a long time to come. Read more


Taking Good Care of Ourselves in a Challenging Time

bonnie_handwashingIt goes without saying that these times are difficult—and not something any of us have ever experienced before. Dealing with a crisis that isn’t within our frame of reference—or even that of our parents—is uniquely stressful. Read more


Helping With The Face Shield Shortage

Thank_you_signMG_7096Face shields are a key piece of equipment for frontline healthcare workers operating in close contact with COVID-19 patients. Read more


Being Prepared

be_prepared_shutterstock_463742216As a young boy, I remember rolling my eyes as my dad told me every day be prepared in life. Later I heard it from my coaches as I approached a new season or opponent, then as I understood more, it was a daily speech to my own kids. Now, I think be prepared means more than ever. Read more


Environmental Health Legislation
Capitol_HillLegislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Click here to take action and get involved. 
Healthy Recipes

kids_cookingTaste something new this season, click here to view our delicious recipes.



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