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October 11 - October 25, 2017
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Amanda Holloway

Mayo Clinic


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De-Clutter My Home

I will de-clutter, clean, and donate or recycle unneeded items in my home.



Choose LED Bulbs

I will replace 9 incandescent lightbulb(s) with Energy Star-certified LED bulbs, saving up to $14 per fixture per year.



Avoid refined sugar

I will adopt a diet free of refined sugars, which eliminates sweetened beverages, candy, and processed foods.



Needs vs. Wants

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



Choose Clean/Renewable Energy

I will sign up for my utility company's clean/renewable energy option.


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    Amanda Holloway 10/25/2017 12:07 PM
    Last day of the EcoChallenge! Let's finish strong Mayo Clinic team! Thanks for participating -  it's been so much fun!

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    Amanda Holloway 10/24/2017 6:35 PM
    One of my challenges is to buy only what I need and I’ve done well in sticking to my list at the grocery store, etc. However, I recently received some catalogs in the mail that have tempted me something fierce! Those advertisers are good at what they do but so far I’m holding strong.

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      Rebecca Snook 10/25/2017 11:38 AM
      I know, right?! I had to stay away from QVC because they are having a LOT of things I feel like I need, but I know I just want them.

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    Amanda Holloway 10/20/2017 1:34 PM
    Almost to the finish line! I still have a one-time challenge that I need to complete and plan to get on that this weekend (signing up for my utility's renewable energy plan - SolarChoice through Rochester Public Utilities).

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    Amanda Holloway 10/17/2017 1:27 PM
    Changing out some of my lightbulbs wasn't quite as easy as I anticipated. Unfortunately, the LED globe replacement bulbs I bought for my bathroom didn't work so I had to return them to the store and exchange them. Thankfully, I tried another brand and those work beautifully!

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    Amanda Holloway 10/15/2017 8:05 AM
    Almost had an "oops" moment yesterday! I met my parents and sister for breakfast and inadvertently reached for the ketchup when my sister caught me and reminded me that ketchup notoriously contains refined sugar. Good catch! I'm finding it's helpful to share my goals with others so they can help support my efforts and keep me on track! :)

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    Amanda Holloway 10/12/2017 6:23 PM
    Those of you doing the 'Less Screen Time' challenge may find this week's The Living Experiment podcast about Television interesting:  I love these podcasts and this week's episode has some eye-opening statistics on television-watching. The hosts also give some great pointers and helpful tips on reducing screen time. Good stuff!  

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    Amanda Holloway 10/12/2017 5:24 AM
    How'd the first day of the challenge go for everyone? I wanted a little snack when I got home yesterday after work and grabbed something to eat but nope, had sugar in it. So, I grabbed something else and looked at the label, nope, sugar as an ingredient in that too. Eventually settled on something healthier and then headed out for a walk. :)

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      Arpita Maloo 10/17/2017 5:38 AM
      Good self-catch. It shows you are present, intentional and honor your body. Great going Amanda :)

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      Rebecca Snook 10/12/2017 9:36 AM
      Sugar is so difficult to give up! I think it's an amazing goal:D

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    Amanda Holloway 10/05/2017 2:12 PM
    One of my challenges is to avoid refined sugar so I savored and enjoyed my ice cream bar from today's Employee Appreciation Ice Cream Social. :) I've been looking at food labels in preparation for next week's challenge and am surprised by the number of foods with added sugar. Taco sauce? This will be a good challenge!

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    Amanda Holloway 9/29/2017 8:48 AM
    I'm so excited to see Mayo colleagues joining the team - welcome!!

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      Hermine Levey Weston 10/10/2017 10:44 AM
      Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm have joined the Challenge. Thanks for getting the word out! 

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      kari toft 9/29/2017 9:03 AM

      Amanda, thanks for getting this organized, I think it will be fun.