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Live well Work well – June 2022 – CoverLink insurance



EEC releases 2022 Dirty Dozen List

Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) releases a report that ranks the levels of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables based on samples taken by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug Administration. This report is designed to help consumers make healthy and informed choices and reduce their exposure to toxic pesticides so you can live well and work well – June 2022.

Live well Work well - June 2022

The report contains a list of the most pesticide-stained products, known as “Dirty Dozen.” Here is the 2022 list:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Spinach
  3. Kale, collard and mustard green
  4. Nectarines
  5. Apples
  6. Grapes
  7. Bell and hot peppers
  8. Cherry
  9. Peaches
  10. Pear
  11. Celery
  12. Tomatoes

In addition to Dirty Dozen, EWG publishes “Clean Fifteen”, which highlights the “cleanest” products. Avocados and sweet corn continue to top the list.

What does this mean?

Most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables daily, so do not let Dirty Dozen scare you away. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that only 1 in 10 adults eat enough fruits and vegetables each day. All properly handled fresh produce, whether organic or not, is believed to be safe to eat. Do your best to get your daily dose of healthy fruits and vegetables while being an informed shopper.

To try to remove pesticide residues from non-organic fruits and vegetables, experts recommend rinsing, rubbing or scrubbing them. If you are still worried about pesticides, frozen or canned versions of your favorite products may be a good option. After all, frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious. Ultimately, it is important to find what works best for your household and your budget.

Safety tips for grilling for your summer grill

Although grilling is a popular way to cook in the summer, it can also be dangerous. The National Fire Protection Association reports that May, June, July and August are the most active months for barbecue fires – with July taking first place. In addition, an average of 8,900 home fires are caused by grilling each year.

Keep the following safety suggestions in mind when grilling:

  • Check the gas tank hose before using it for the first time each year.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from other objects, including your house, trees, and outdoor seating.
  • Grill outside only on a flat surface and do not take the grill into an unventilated or enclosed space, such as the garage, carport or porch.
  • Use only starter fluid with charcoal grills – never with gas grills.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the barbecue area.
  • Do not leave your grill unattended, as the fires can double in size every minute.
  • Clean the grill regularly to remove grease and grease deposits.

Taken together, exercising vigilance and taking appropriate precautions can help reduce fires and associated burns caused by grills.

Live well Work well - June 2022

A daily dose of coffee can benefit your heart

According to the American College of Cardiology, drinking two or three cups of coffee every day can benefit your heart. Researchers found that consumption of caffeinated beverages is associated with a 10-15% lower risk of coronary heart disease, heart failure and dangerous heart rhythms – as well as a longer lifespan.

Some people may worry that drinking coffee may trigger or aggravate certain heart problems; however, recent studies suggest that daily coffee intake may be included as part of a healthy diet for people with and without heart disease. In addition, coffee consumption has not been linked to new or worsening cardiovascular disease. Studies have found that drinking coffee either had a neutral effect – which did not cause any harm – or was associated with heart health benefits. Cheers for that!

Live well Work well - June 2022

Check out last month’s edition of Live Well Work Well – May 2022.

All of us here at CoverLink wish you continued health and safety this year!


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