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Fun Facts on Water

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Monday, April 1, 2013

Clean water is important for healthy living and overall wellness. Without access to clean water, the risk of disease and illness increases. No access to clean drinking water causes a decrease in productivity and forces many students in developing countries to miss school. Environmental wellness is important for individuals to recognize the limits of the environment and how personal habits affect the Earth’s resources.

Approximately 780 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Access to clean water and sanitized living conditions is important for each person throughout the world. Using as little water as possible is important for daily activities to ensure no water is wasted. The following provides worldwide water facts and how to decrease water consumption. For more information on water and sanitation, please visit RC International Water and Sanitation Centre.

· There are 320 million people without clean drinking water in China while 20% of water that is used for drinking water is contaminated with carcinogens.

· Women and children spend 40 billion hours annually collecting drinking water in Africa.

· Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness.

· When an American takes a five-minute shower, more water is used than the amount used per person in a developing country for a day. Shortening showers can save about 700 gallons of water per month.

· 70 percent of industrial wastes are dumped directly into local water without any treatment in developing countries.

How to Save Water

· Minimize toilet flushing especially for face wipes and other contents that should be thrown away.

· Monitor water usage with a water meter.

· Use the drain plug when washing hands or shaving to decrease water usage by 50 percent.

· Fix leaky faucets as up to 24 gallons of water can be wasted each week for each tap.

· Spend a maximum of five minutes in the shower.

· Turn the tap off when brushing teeth as .5 gallons of water can be wasted every minute.

· Upgrade to a modern toilet as 2,113 gallons can be wasted every year for older toilets.

· Run a shallow bath for no more than nine minutes.

· Be conscious of water used. Minimize water consumption when possible to make a difference.

Water use in the United States relates to developing countries because water shortages continue to increase throughout the world. As populations grow, using water for agricultural demands will also increase. Developing countries lack access to clean water and as more water is wasted in developed countries, water shortages will continue to spread. Saving water when possible is important to minimize water consumption and sustain healthy living.


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Ma, T. (March 22, 2013). World Water Day: 10 facts you ought to know. Greenpeace. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/world-water-day-10-devastating- facts/blog/44430/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Ma kingWaves+%28Greenpeace+Blog%3A+Making+Waves%29

National Geographic. (2013). Water Conservation Tips. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/water-conservation-tips/

Prois, J., and Goldberg, E. (March 22, 2013). World Water Day 2013: How Shortages Affect Women, Kids, Hunger (And What You Can Do). Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/22/world-water-day-2013-facts_n_2927389.html

Sylvester, B. (August 9, 2011). Water Usage Facts and Figures. Yahoo! News. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://news.yahoo.com/water-usage-facts-figures-190500539.html

Water.org. (2013). Millions Lack Safe Water. Retrieved on March 25, 2013, from http://water.org/water-crisis/water-facts/water/

Tags:  April 2013  Disease  Environment  Fun Facts  Physical 

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Fun Facts on Food Labels

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Friday, March 1, 2013
Updated: Thursday, February 28, 2013

March is National Nutrition Month, and this month’s Fun Facts on Food Labels will help prevent consumer confusion by teaching readers what the nutrient content claims on packages represent and how they are defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. For more information on National Nutrition Month, please visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Food Label Says…

One serving of chosen food contains…

Calorie free

Less than 5 calories

Sugar free

Less than 0.5 grams of sugar

Fat free

Less than 0.5 grams of fat

Low fat

3 grams of fat or less

Reduced fat or less fat

At least 25 percent less fat than regular product

Low in saturated fat

1 gram of saturated fat or less, with not more than 15 percent of the calories coming from saturated fat


Less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol

Extra lean

Less than 5 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat and 95 milligrams of cholesterol

Light (lite)

At least one-third fewer calories or no more than half the fat of the regular product, or no more than half the sodium of the regular product

Cholesterol free

Less than 2 milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams (or less) of saturated fat

Low cholesterol

20 or fewer milligrams of cholesterol and 2 grams or less of saturated fat

Reduced cholesterol

At least 25 percent less cholesterol than the regular product and 2 grams or less of saturated fat

Sodium free or no sodium

Less than 5 milligrams of sodium and no sodium chloride in ingredients

Very low sodium

35 milligrams or less of sodium

Low sodium

140 milligrams or less of sodium

Reduced or less sodium

At least 25 percent less sodium than the regular product

High fiber

5 grams or more of fiber

Good source of fiber

2.5 to 4.9 grams of fiber

American Heart Association. (September 1, 2010). Reading Food Nutrition Labels. Retrieved on February 5, 2013, from

Tags:  Diet  Fun Facts  Intellectual  March 2013  Nutrition  Physical 

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Fun Facts

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Friday, February 1, 2013

February is National Cancer Prevention Month, and this month’s Fun Facts will be devoted to how healthy eating and behaviors can prevent cancer. For more information on National Cancer Prevention Month, please visit American Institute for Cancer Research.


· Coffee has many antioxidant properties that help in preventing cancer. While past research believed coffee was poor for health, more recent studies provide evidence that coffee is linked to lower risks of mortality.

· Flaxseed can be a simple addition to a meal with many health benefits and can also be bought in a variety of forms: whole, ground, flour, meal, and oil. It contains high fiber content that helps the body feel satiated and can prevent cancers by aiding in weight control (as excess body fat is the cause for several cancers). Incorporating flaxseed into meals can be made simple by sprinkling it onto yogurt, smoothies, or as a topping on meals.

· Phytochemicals found in apples have shown to slow the progression of colon, lung, and breast cancers. Apples can also aid in maintaining weight as they contain fiber to help the body feel full.

· Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, bok choy, and other green leafy vegetables) contain compounds that decrease inflammation which is often a cancer risk factor. They also contain vitamins that help protect the immune system as well as many other benefits for health.


· Maintaining a healthy weight is important since increased body fat is related to increased risks for cancer. Being at a healthy weight will help prevent diseases and also boost self-esteem.

· Exercising regularly is important to maintain weight and meet the recommended 50 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week. Because time barriers are common, individuals should look for enjoyable exercise activities to help sustain an exercise schedule.

· Quitting tobacco may be difficult, but will greatly benefit the mind and body. Those who quit can see a decrease in cancer risk a few years after quitting, can see heart rate and blood pressure levels return to normal, and can see declining levels of carbon monoxide in the blood, as well as other improvements.

· Protect the body with sunscreen, hats, and long-sleeve shirts when in the sun. Staying out of direct sunlight between peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. is important to help prevent skin cancer and reduce skin damage.


American Institute for Cancer Research. (December 11, 2012). Apples. AICR’s Foods That Fight Cancer. Retrieved on January 15, 2013, from http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight- cancer/apples.html#research

American Institute for Cancer Research. (December 11, 2012). Coffee. AICR’s Foods That Fight Cancer. Retrieved on January 15, 2013, from http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/coffee.html

American Institute for Cancer Research. (December 11, 2012). Cruciferous Vegetables. Retrieved on January 15, 2013, from http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/broccoli- cruciferous.html#research

American Institute for Cancer Research. (December 11, 2012). Flaxseed. AICR’s Foods That Fight Cancer. Retrieved on January 15, 2013, from http://www.aicr.org/foods-that-fight-cancer/flaxseed.html

Siteman Cancer Center. 8 Ways to Stay Healthy and Prevent Cancer. Retrieved on January 16, 2013, from http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/contentpage.aspx?id=4514

Tags:  Cancer  February 2013  Fun Facts  Nutrition  Physical 

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Fun Facts on Behavior Change (Jan. 2013)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Friday, December 28, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year's resolutions are often made, but many people wonder how to be successful in changing behavior. January's Fun Facts column includes information on behavior change and how to be realistic in overcoming unhealthy behaviors. For more information on behavior change, please see the Guide to Behavior Change.

  • Examining current health habits and wanting to change is important before choosing a target behavior. Understanding which aspects of your life are negatively influencing your health and wellness is important before acting upon your New Year's resolution.
  • Be realistic in your goal. Any behavior change can be difficult, so focusing on a small goal first provides less room for failure. Choosing multiple resolutions at once or beginning with a large health change can cause more stress and be discouraging.
  • Think about how your resolution affects your health and wellness and how changing it will transform your life. If you do not change this behavior, willyou have increased health risks? Are you changing this behavior for yourself or someone else? The greatest successes in behavior change stem from self-motivation and changing for yourself.
  • If you are motivated to change a challenging behavior that interferes with daily living, but have difficulty accomplishing it on your own, do not be afraid to seek help. Medical professionals are great resources to assist in being successful in a targeted behavior change.
  • Recognize the short- and long-term pros and cons of the behavior. Write out how not changing the behavior can affect you positively or negatively and how your life will be affected if you accomplish your resolution. In order to be successful in behavior change, the benefits of changing should be more influential than the cost of giving up the habit.
  • Self-confidence plays a huge factor in one's belief of success. If you have confidence in yourself and believe you can conquer your resolution, themore effective you will be at overcoming your unhealthy behavior.
  • Use past mistakes to benefit your future. Do not be discouraged by past trial and errors, but instead learn from the mistakes that were made. Understand what the barriers were that lead to failure and prepare for them for your current goal. Before attempting to change, discover ways you canovercome the barriers so you do not make the same mistakes for this New Year's resolution.

Article by Kelli Oligney, Associate Editor

Reference: Fahey, T. (2011). Introduction to Wellness, Fitness, and Lifestyle Management. Fit & Well. Retrieved on December 11, 2012, fromhttp://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/dl/free/0073523720/581906/Chapter_1.pdf

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Fun Facts about Fat! No, Really! (Dec. 2012)

Posted By National Wellness Institute, Saturday, December 1, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

With the holidays fast approaching, and ample opportunities to consume fats, here's a Fun Fact primer on fats that are more kind to the waistline!

Good vs. Bad Fats

Unsaturated fats are called good fats because they provide a variety of health benefits, including lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. They are a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, and can help us maintain a healthy weight.

Trans Fats were created to increase the shelf life of food. They cause a significant lowering of HDL (good cholesterol) and a significant increase in LDL (bad cholesterol). They can lead to major clogging of the arteries, cause immune system depression, diabetes, obesity, sterility, and weakened muscles and bones.

What fats to use, what fats to avoid.

Fats that are a bit more fun (good for you):

  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds
  • Fish oil
  • Borage seed oil
  • Olives
  • Avocados
  • Raw nuts and seeds (Who doesn't like almonds?!)

Just say "No thanks" to fats from these categories . . . Or at the very least, remember moderation:

  • Spreads, such as margarine
  • Packaged foods, such as cake mixes
  • Dried or canned soups
  • Fast food, anything that is deep fried, but also be wary of pancakes or grilled sandwiches which are often fried in margarine
  • Frozen foods, such as pot pies, pizzas, and fish sticks
  • Baked goods; trans fats are found in commercially baked goods more than anywhere else
  • Chips and crackers, because they are often made with shortening to give them a crispy texture
  • Breakfast foods, such as cereals and energy bars
  • Cookies and candy
  • Toppings and dips, everything from nondairy creamers to gravy mixes, salad dressings, and whipped toppings


    So remember, it is not about no fat, but selecting the good fats!

    For more information visit The Help Guide or Holistic Health Tools

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    Fun Facts (Nov. 2012)

    Posted By National Wellness Institute, Thursday, November 1, 2012
    Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    November 15 is America Recycles Day. Here are some recycling facts that will help you remember how fun and easy recycling can be...given the alternatives! For more information on America Recycles Day, visit National Recycling Coalition, Inc.

    • Recycling one aluminum can save enough energy to run a TV for three hours and is also the equivalent of a half a gallon of gasoline.
    • To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
    • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour and most of them are not recycled.
    • Rain forests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute.
    • Less than one percent of plastic bags is recycled each year.
    • Landfills are responsible for 36% of all methane emissions in the United States, one of the most potent contributors to global warming.
    • Plastic bottles can hang around for up to 700 years.
    • One tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year.
    • Americans use enough plastic wrap to wrap all of Texas every year.
    • Paper makes up 40% of our daily trash.
    • Every day, Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million. That's the equivalent of dumping 500,000 trees intoa landfill every week.
    • Recycling all of your paper, newsprint, cardboard, glass, and metal, can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 850pounds per household, per year.
    • Dishwashers use about 11 gallons of water. Hand-washed dishes use up approximately 16 gallons.
    • Americans use, on average, about 70 gallons of water each day.

    References: A Recycling Revolution. (2011). Aluminum Recycling Facts. Retrieved on October 25, 2012, from http://www.recycling-revolution.com/recycling-facts.html

    Cal Recycle. (24 January, 2011). Beverage Container Recycling: It's in Your Hands. Just the Facts. Retrieved on October 25, 2012, from http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/BevContainer/Consumers/Facts.htm

    Clean Air Council. Waste and Recycling Facts. Retrieved on October 25, 2012, from http://www.cleanair.org/Waste/wasteFacts.html

    Grow NYC. (2012). Recycling Facts. Retrieved on October 25, 2012, from http://www.grownyc.org/recycling/facts

    Resourceful Schools Project. (2010). Recycling Facts. Retrieved on October 28, 2012, from http://www.resourcefulschools.org/fun-recycling-facts/did-you-know/recycling-facts

    School Energy and Recycling Team. Recycling Fun Facts. Retrieved on October 28, 2012 from http://montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/facilities/greenschoolsfocus/pdf/Funfacts.pdf

    Shackelford, S., Crimmins, V., and Little, B. Interesting Environmental Facts. University of Tampa. Retrieved on October 28, 2012, from http://www.afn.org/~afn21661/Facts.htm

    Tags:  Fun Facts  November 2012  Recycling  Social 

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    Fun Facts (Oct. 2012)

    Posted By National Wellness Institute, Monday, October 1, 2012
    Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    October 1 is World Vegetarian Day (the vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet that excludes meat). This month's Fun Facts are dedicated to discussing the health benefits of vegetarianism, and the animal and environmental concerns linked to the Western diet. For more information on World Vegetarian Day, please visit World Vegetarian Day.

    • As long as a vegetarian diet includes beans, nuts, and other rich sources of protein, vegetarians can receive adequate amounts of protein.
    • Ingesting Vitamin C during your meal can improve the amount of iron that is absorbed.
    • To ensure vegetarian meals stay healthy and are not replaced with high fat cheeses, use low-fat beans, lentils, and rice as protein sources.
    • Vegetarians can consume more vegetables by replacing meat in meals with more plant-based items.
    • Research shows that vegetarian diets can reduce the risk of degenerative diseases.
    • Those who have a vegetarian diet show lower levels of obesity, reduced risk for heart disease, and lower blood pressure.
    • Many people worry that a vegetarian diet will not provide adequate protein, but as long as the diet is varied, unrefined, and includes enough calories, the diet should have enough protein.
    • According to the North American Vegetarian Society, "in the last 300 years, over half the trees in the United States have been cut down in exchange for immense fields of corn, soybeans, oats, grass and hay, which are primarily used to feed livestock. . . . The millions of tons of non-recycled waste produced by livestock each year generally ends up untreated in both surface and ground water."
    • The World Wildlife Fund has recognized the production of livestock and agriculture as the "world'’s largest driver of habitat and biodiversity loss.”


    Carey, R. (2010). Meat Takes Heat — Evidence Suggests Livestock Contribute Significantly to Global Warming. Today's Dietitian. Retrieved onSeptember 25, 2012, from http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/050310p36.shtml

    Cena, E., Heneman, K., and Zidenberg-Cherr, S. (2009). Some Facts About Vegetarian Diets. Nutrition and Health Info-Sheet For Health Professionals.Retrieved on September 24, 2012, from http://nutrition.ucdavis.edu/content/infosheets/fact-pro-vegetariandiets.pdf

    Medline Plus. (2011). Vegetarianism. Retrieved on September 25, 2012, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002465.htm

    North American Vegetarian Society. Vegetarian FAQ. Retrieved on September 25, 2012, from http://www.navs-online.org/faq/index.php

    World Vegetarian Day. Retrieved on September 24, 2012, from http://www.worldvegetarianday.org/

    Tags:  Fun Facts  October 2012  Physical  Vegetarianism 

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    Fun Facts (Sept. 2012)

    Posted By Temporary Temporary, Saturday, September 1, 2012
    Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    September is Fruit & Veggie Month so this month's Fun Facts are dedicated to the benefits of fruits and vegetables and the importanceof regularly consuming them for health, disease prevention, weight management, and more! For more information, please visit Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention.

    • Potassium from fruits and vegetables can help blood pressure maintenance.
    • Look for canned fruit without added sugar or syrups and vegetables without added salt, butter, or cream sauces to get the maximum benefit from your food choice.
    • All the Green-Yellow-Orange vegetables are rich sources of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin B-complex, vitamin-C, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
    • Fruits and vegetables help protect the body from oxidative stress and boost the immune system.
    • Shopping at local farmers' markets is a great way to get fresh produce and meet farmers in your community.
    • Fruits and vegetables contain fiber that will make you feel fuller longer and will also keep your bowel movements more regular.

    How Can I Consume More?

    • Add shredded carrots to your casseroles, chili, lasagna, meatloaf, or soup.
    • Make a fruit smoothie for breakfast, add veggies to an egg burrito, or put fruit on top of your favorite cereal.
    • Keep bite-sized fruits and veggies on hand for on-the-go snacks.
    • Prepare a healthy work lunch the night before so you are not forced to eat out for lunch the next day.
    • When looking for a snack, choose fruit or sliced vegetables with hummus.
    • If unsure of your fruit and vegetable intake, start a daily log so food strengths and weaknesses can be pinpointed.
    • Do not force yourself to eat something you dislike. Eat fruits and veggies that you enjoy and are more likely to eat more frequently, but alsotry new things to increase your nutrient diversity.
    • Dehydrate different types of fruits for an easy and healthful snack on the go or for a new experience.
    • Preparing macaroni and cheese or a ready-to-make meal? Add fresh or frozen vegetables to it for more vitamins and minerals.


    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Fruits and Vegetables. Nutrition for Everyone. Retrieved on August 15, 2012, fromhttp://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/index.html

    Fruits & Veggies More Matters. Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables. Retrieved on August 15, 2012, from http://health.state.ga.us/pdfs/familyhealth/nutrition/Self-Paced%20Lesson%20Plan.pdf

    Fruits & Veggies More Matters. (2012). Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables. Retrieved on August 20, 2012, from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/top-10-reasons-to-eat-more-fruits-and-vegetables

    Nutrition and You. (2012). Vegetable Nutrition Facts. Retrieved on August 15, 2012, from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/vegetable-nutrition.html

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    Fun Facts (Aug. 2012)

    Posted By National Wellness Institute, Wednesday, August 1, 2012
    Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    This month's Fun Facts are dedicated to National Immunization Awareness Month and the importance of immunization for individual health andfor the community. For more information, please visit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    • Immunization prevents 2 million to 3 million deaths every year.
    • Because of immunizations, global measles mortality has declined by 74%.
    • Immunization serves as an opportunity to deliver other life-saving measures (especially in third-world countries), such as vitamin A supplements to prevent malnutrition, insecticide-treated nets for protection against malaria, and deworming medicine for intestinal worms.
    • Vaccines protect children from disease and stimulate the body's natural immune system to recognize disease and respond with prepared antibodies to combat it.
    • The majority of people (more than 95%) who are vaccinated against a disease develop immunity to it. No medical advance is 100% effective.
    • Immunizations are extremely safe as a result of advances in medical research and ongoing review by doctors, researchers, and public health officials.
    • While small risks accompany every immunization, people are far more likely to be seriously harmed by vaccine-preventable diseases than by the recommended immunizations that prevent them.


    Medi-Smart. (2012). Myths and Facts About Vaccines. Retrieved on July 25, 2012, from http://www.medi-smart.com/schnse-myths.htm

    National Network for Immunization Information. (2010). Know the Facts About Immunization. Retrieved on July 25, 2012, from http://www.immunizationinfo.org/pressroom/nnii-factsheets/know-facts-about-immunization

    World Health Organization. 10 Facts on Immunization. Retrieved on July 25, 2012, from http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/immunization/facts/en/index.html

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    Fun Facts (July 2012)

    Posted By National Wellness Institute, Sunday, July 1, 2012
    Updated: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    In honor of July as Fireworks Safety Month, this issue of Fun Facts is dedicated to information on fireworks and how to handle them properly. For more information, please visit The National Council on Fireworks Safety.

    When Using Fireworks…

    • Always have water available in case a firework gets out of hand.
    • Do not try to combine fireworks because it can result in an explosion that you maynot be able to control.
    • Always keep dogs and cats inside the house when lighting off fireworks to be sure theyare safe.
    • A sparkler's burning temperature is greater than 15 times the boiling point of water. If you burn three sparklers together, they will generate the amount of heat similar to a blowtorch. Because of this, put your sparkler in a bucket of water when it goes out.
    • Set off fireworks outdoors in an area away from houses, dry leaves, grass, and other flammable materials.
    • Don't get too close to fireworks. Sitting at least 500 feet from the fireworks provides the best view of the show.

    Did you know?

    • At recent firework shows, specialists now use computers to control the electronic ignition of fireworks and synchronize the aerial bursts with music.
    • Since static electricity in synthetic clothing can create sparks capable of detonating fireworks, those who make shells must stick to wearing cotton all the way down to their underwear.
    • Pyrotechnicians use firework design software to pre-program their shows. This prevents others from hacking into their system by having through wireless signals that can change encryption codes.
    • All of the propellants, oxidizers, and coloring agents that go into dazzling light showsleave a smoke skeleton in the sky that ends up in the area’s soils and waterways.
    • Scientists are attempting to make fireworks that spell out words in the sky.


    American Pyrotechnics Association. (2008). Frequently Asked Questions About Fireworks. Retrievedon June 6, 2012, from http://www.americanpyro.com/Safety%20Info/faq.html

    Discovery Channel. (2012). Facts on Fireworks. Retrieved on June 6, 2012, from http://www.discoverychannel.ca/article.aspx?aid=40798

    Nova Online. (January 2002). Did You Know? 20 Curious Facts About Fireworks. Retrieved on June 6, 2012,from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/fireworks/dyk.html

    Pappas, S., and Bryner, J. (4 July, 2011). 50 Fabulous 4th of July Facts: Fiery Fireworks. Live Science.Retrieved on June 6, 2012, from http://www.livescience.com/14887-50-fabulous-4th-july-facts-fiery-fireworks.html

    The National Council on Fireworks Safety. (2012). Review Our Safety Tips. Retrieved on June 6, 2012,from http://www.fireworksafety.com/

    US Consumer Product Safety Commission. (2012). Fireworks. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Retrievedon June 6, 2012, from http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/pubs/012.HTML

    Tags:  Fireworks  Fun Facts  July 2012  Physical  Social 

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