February 27 - March 20, 2019

Maria Wheeler-Dubas

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

"When I was a kid and I borrowed a toy from a friend, my mom made sure that I gave that toy in back in the condition, if not better, than when I borrowed it. Following that same idea, this planet isn't mine - I am borrowing it from the next generation. I need to leave in better shape than I found it!"

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 911 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    10
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    7
    locally sourced meals
    consumed
  • up to
    44
    meatless or vegan meals
    consumed
  • up to
    7
    organic meals
    consumed
  • up to
    42
    more servings
    of fruits and vegetables

Maria's Actions

Create Your Own Action

Learning Natural History

My goal is to successfully complete a natural history class about my region (Western PA). I signed up for a three-month course that begins in March and will finish in June.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Eat Meatless Meals

I will enjoy 2 meatless meal(s) per day.

COMPLETED 22
DAILY ACTIONS

Waste

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a 'Needs Vs. Wants' approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Cook New Recipes

I will cook a new recipe every day that features organic and/or local ingredients.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

Eliminate Toxic Plastics

I will avoid buying toxic plastics, including polycarbonate, polystyrene and polyvinyl.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Health

More Fruits and Veggies

I will eat a heart healthy diet by adding 2 cups of fruits and vegetables each day to achieve at least 4 cups per day.

COMPLETED 21
DAILY ACTIONS

Nature

Explore My Area

I will explore at least one new hiking trail or nature walk in my area.

Completed
One-Time Action

Waste

Go Paperless

I will reduce the amount of paper mail that I receive by opting into paperless billing and subscriptions.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Sign Up for Air Quality Alerts

I will sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Try a New Way to Prep

I will try a new method of food preparation, such as canning, pickling, or baking bread.

Completed
One-Time Action

Health

Audit Toxic Cleaning Products in my Home

I will spend at least 10 minutes researching toxic chemicals found in cleaning supplies and personal care products and remove them from my home.

Completed
One-Time Action

Simplicity

Donate Unneeded Materials

I will donate unneeded materials to craft shops or places like the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Join my Neighborhood Association

I will join my neighborhood association or another local group.

Completed
One-Time Action

Nature

Join An Outdoor Project

I will join an outdoor restoration project in my community.

Completed
One-Time Action

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  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/20/2019 5:49 AM

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/19/2019 6:12 AM
    This is going to sound like a six year old's accomplishment, but I ate SO many veggies with dinner last night to make sure I met my challenge. And it was really good--I tossed together broccoli, peas, sweet potatoes, and zucchini in soy sauce, pepper, a dash of powder, and a bit of butter. Yummy!

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/18/2019 5:27 AM
    Just a few days left!
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  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/15/2019 1:14 PM
    I feel like I should get extra points for not just *watching* a presentation about food, but showing one! ;-)

    #GreedyAboutPoints

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/14/2019 2:29 PM
    Great job to everyone who worked on One Health One Planet! Sustainability in the form of public health and planet health!

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/13/2019 12:05 PM
    I was inspired by some outdoor stories and made it on my first outdoor run in a while last night!

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/12/2019 12:53 PM
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    Need a biophilic moment? The Game Commission has a bear den camera!
    website: https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/pennsylvania-bear-den-live-cam 

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/11/2019 5:38 AM
    So this weekend I made a chili with more veggies than usual (including pumpkin and peppers!), and even though I did use meat for it, I used ground beef from a small-scale family farm that's on the PA-OH border. Trying to challenge my cooking!

    • Meghan Scanlon 3/11/2019 6:45 AM
      Sounds like you met the "add more fruits and veg" challenge this weekend! 

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/08/2019 8:14 AM
    As fish fry Fridays are all around, now is a good time to bring up Seafood Watch, the Monterrey Bay Aquarium's program for responsible sea food eating. Check it out!

    https://www.seafoodwatch.org/

  • Maria Wheeler-Dubas 3/06/2019 8:40 AM
    How is everyone doing with their challenges?

    I know for me, the hardest one has been to increase my daily fruits and veggies -- well, mainly the veggies. Lingering habits of a picky-eater-childhood. Working on it though! 

    My other food-based challenge was to have two meatless meals per day, but since my hubby and I have been trying to reduce our overall meat intake, that one has been going really well. We've been going a few days in a row without meat, then a dinner with meat, than another few days in a row without it.

    • Ashley Dean 3/07/2019 1:51 PM
      I've been struggling with my challenges to get outside and walk every day...mainly because it's so cold! Warmer weather will help, but it's also because I'm having a hard time fitting it into my daily routine. I'm not a morning person, so getting up to walk before getting ready for work just doesn't happen. I think I need to start bringing a change of clothes and trying to walk after the workday before I go home, because once I'm home I'm distracted with other things like making dinner. 20 minutes a day is not a lot, though, I just need the determination to make it happen! If anyone has tips to incorporate any activity into your daily routine when your day already feels full, I'd appreciate advice!

    • Gary Worthington 3/07/2019 10:24 AM
      When I am feeling too lazy to prepare veggies and fruit I like to make a vegetable smoothie. Just toss some spinach, beets, and other veg in a blender with some fruit for flavor. Yummy!

    • Jerry Crockett 3/07/2019 6:47 AM
      So you can probably tell at this point that I love to talk about cooking, food prep, baking, and anything in between. My husband is the same way with vegetables - he likes very few and he prefers them a certain way. I've been able to get him past this by making a veggie sauce that he is bonkers for. I steam one yellow onion, a few stalks of celery, some carrots, and sweet potato until they are pretty mushy. I add some uncooked leafy greens (spinach or arugula, usually), and then add black pepper, oregano, salt, and nutritional yeast to taste. I blend this together until it makes a thick sauce and he will put it on anything! He has said to him that it falls somewhere between a "nacho cheese" and "alfredo cheese sauce" taste, but it could be different for you! Lemme know if you try this - I'm curious to hear what you think.