WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Northern Manhattan CARE Collaborative Newsletter 

July/August 2011

Volume 6, Issue 3
A Publication of WE ACT for Environmental Justice 

Breastfeeding counteracts risk for a type of cancer, study says

African American women have higher rates of a type of breast cancer that isn't dependent for growth on the hormones estrogen or progesterone. They also have a higher rate of childbearing than do white American women. More...     


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Your Workplace can Negatively Impact your Health!!
Have you ever wondered how many hours in a day you spend doing certain activities? For example, how many hours are spent working? How many hours are spent doing household chores or leisure activities? The American Time Use Survey was done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics to find out how people spent their day in 2010. The survey found that on average, employees worked 7.9 hours per day during the week, and 5.5 hours over the weekend. Also, men worked slightly longer hours than women; men worked 8.2 hours and women worked 7.8 hours per day on average. The survey also asked the number of hours people spent doing household chores, such as cleaning, laundry, cooking, repair work, and filing bills. On average, men spent 2.1 hours doing household chores and women spent 2.6 hours per day. The survey also found that men spent about 5.8 hours and women spent about 5.1 hours per day, on average, doing some form of leisure activity or sports, which includes activities such as exercise, watching TV, reading, hanging out with friends, and using the computer or Internet.

Why should we care about how our day is spent? Knowing how a day is spent allows us to understand where our day is spent. The environment of where people spend their time has a big impact on our health, so it is important to know where people spend most of their day. More...
WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan community-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices.