The “4-Leaf for 4-Weeks Challenge” — promoting health for humans, animals and the planet
A division of the Sea Research Foundation with a mission to protect our ocean planet, what could possibly be a better place to launch our health-promoting, planet-friendly 4-Leaf Health Promotion Program? Not familiar with the Sea Research Foundation or their mission? From their website….
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Sea Research Foundation’s mission is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research and exploration.
We operate Mystic Aquarium, Institute for Exploration, Immersion Learning and, in partnership with National Geographic Society, The JASON Project. Sea Research conducts pioneering research that expands the knowledge base of aquarists and marine biologists, advances important deep-sea discoveries, and inspires new generations to care for the environment and pursue careers in science.
Next week, an e-mailed letter will be sent from the CEO to the 700 associates and volunteers of this fine organization. They will all be invited to participate in a project that will be a win-win-win for all concerned: the participants & their families, the Mystic Aquarium and the planet Earth. With enough people moving in the direction of a whole foods, plant-based diet, this special organization in southeastern Connecticut with a global mission will be “living its mission” of protecting our ocean planet.
4-Leaf for 4-Weeks Challenge.While all may participate in the project, two groups of ten people each will compute for the best overall improvement in three important health markers: Blood pressure, total cholesterol and body mass index (BMI). Medical professionals will record their “beginning numbers” on January 9 and their ending numbers on February 6.
We know that adding more whole plant foods to our diets will produce dramatic results in virtually all health markers; the 4-week challenge just makes it more interesting for the spectators. The participants simply agree to eat at the 4-Leaf level for four weeks; meaning that they will derive at least 80% of their calories from whole plant-based foods for that period. And once they see and feel the results, they will never want to return to their former way of eating: the harmful, wasteful and unsustainable typical Western diet.
What about helping the planet? By eating a plant-based diet; they will be making a huge contribution to the health of our planet: water, land & forests, biodiversity and climate change. Take water, for example. Our meat, dairy & egg diet in the Western world is one of the leading consumers of water (15 times the domestic use) – and one of the leading polluters of water around the globe. By eating plant-based, we can all reduce our own water consumption footprint by over 90 percent. The associates at the aquarium will also influence others by their own example.
An interesting story to tell. How often do you hear of a project where members of an institution participate in a project that enables them to help themselves while living the mission of the organization? So what’s in it for the institution itself? As more associates adopt this healthier way of eating, the institution will enjoy increased productivity coupled with a reduction in the cost of health care — the single largest problem for many businesses and institutions everywhere.
With the help of various state and local news organizations, the participants in this project in Mystic, CT, will influence others to follow their lead. As the CEO says in his introduction letter, “This is an opportunity for you to do something great for yourselves, your family and your planet. Then, if enough people follow our lead, we can literally change the world.” See link below for more information on this fine organization.
If you like what you see here, you may wish to join our periodic mailing list. Also, for help in your own quest to take charge of your health, you might find some useful information at our 4-Leaf page.
And if you like what 4-Leaf eating is doing for you and your family, you might enjoy visiting our new “4-Leaf Gear” store. From the seaside village of Stonington, Connecticut – Be well and have a great day.
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—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com
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