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5 National Parks You’ll Want to Visit if You Love Action Movies

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National parks are already vacation worthy, but now you have more reasons to go.

Spice up a vacation itinerary by visiting places you’ve already seen on the silver screen. The films on this list used national parks as backdrops to some unforgettable scenes. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create your own adventure once you get there.

1. “Star Wars: A New Hope” (1977) For some of us there are still only three “Star Wars” films. Part of the reason we cling so heartily to the original trilogy is …

The NBA Hits a Three-Pointer with a Small Carbon Footprint: Green Initiatives Take Center Court


The National Basketball Association is quickly becoming just as famous for getting bottles in bins as it is for balls in hoops. That’s because the NBA has partnered with the National Resource Defense Council to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the world’s preeminent basketball league. From green building to grassroots activism, the NBA is showing initiative in making professional sports a more sustainable venture.

On February 12, as part of the lead up to this month’s All-Star game in New Orleans, the NBA hosted a star-studded event promoting cell phone and electronic …

5 Clothing Brands for Bicycling in Style


Bicycling doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice fashion.

The number of Americans commuting by bike continues to rise, and fashion designers are sitting up and taking notice. Neon spandex generally isn’t considered appropriate office attire, but the fits of most slacks and dresses don’t lend themselves neatly (or safely) to pedaling. Anyone who’s caught a pant leg in their gears or toted an wardrobe change in their backpack knows the importance of stylish cycling clothes. Fortunately, the number of sartorial options for style-savvy bike commuters are now …

Revitalizing Food Deserts: 3 Ways to Bring Healthy Food Where It’s Needed Most

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For millions of Americans who find themselves in food deserts, getting their daily apple is tougher than usual.

The USDA defines a food desert as an impoverished region of the country where thousands of people can’t regularly access healthy, affordable, and organic foods due to lack of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and personal transportation. And the constant availability of fast food restaurants in these food deserts certainly doesn’t help America’s rampant obesity epidemic.

U.S. cities lacking in fresh fruits and veggies aren’t limited to the big city expanses of …

4 Photography Tips for Taking Gorgeous Nature Photos


Photography tips like these make all the difference when capturing the delicate fragility of nature.

For some of us, part of the excitement of trekking out into open meadows and forest wilderness is the attempt to capture the rich colors and immaculate scenery to share with friends and family.

But let’s face it, it’s impossible to replicate the grandeur of being present.

We do, however, have a few photography tips to help your photos do nature justice while making you an up-and-coming Ansel Adams among your friends.

1. Always check your

10 Meat-Free Foods Perfect for an Active Lifestyle (Whether You’re Vegetarian or Not!)

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Meat-free foods are important to a diet, vegetarian or not. And these ten vegetarian protein, vitamin and antioxidant sources are key for an active lifestyle.

Ann Trason is considered by many to be one of the top ultramarathon runners in history. With 20 world records set in courses from 50 to 100 miles in length, she has amassed one of the most venerated careers the sport has ever seen. Paula Edelson writes in her book A to Z of American Women in Sports (2002) that Trason “seems at times to possess superhuman …

3 Simple, Natural Ways to DIY Your Personal Care Products

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Instead of buying commercial toothpaste, deodorant, and shaving cream, try making your own personal care items. These personalized, homemade toiletries will help you avoid superfluous packaging and plastic waste — plus, DIY products are easy on your wallet.


When it comes to making your own toothpaste, baking soda (for oxidizing stains and removing plaque) is the key ingredient in most personal care recipes. Additional ingredients can include coconut oil (which has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial properties), a dash of sea salt, and an essential oil for flavor. We’ve included one of our favorite …

Litter’s Little Big Problem: Cigarette Butts

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America’s got a cigarette butt problem. A big one.

We’re talking about cigarette butts — the shriveled little bits of flicked cigs that are creating a not-so-little problem for our environment. “World No Tobacco” day, which was on May 31, prompted us to examine smoking’s environmental impact.

What’s that? You just saw a cigarette butt sail from a car window? Lodged in a sidewalk crack? Chances are you’re not alone; cigarette butts are far and away the most littered item in the world, with roughly 4.5 trillion being tossed each year. …