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Brooke Hayes



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Brooke's actions


Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about food with family and friends and talk about what we learned.



Use Reusable Bags

I will not accept any disposable bags when making purchases.



Exercise Daily

I will exercise daily for 20 minute(s) per day for two weeks.



Go by Bike

I will commute by bike 4 mile(s) per day and avoid sending up to 6.15 lbs of CO2 into Earth's atmosphere.


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  • Brooke Hayes's avatar
    Brooke Hayes 10/27/2016 8:11 PM
    Today, I completed my one-time challenge of watching a documentary film about food with my husband and my brother. We watched Just Eat It. Initial reaction: Wow. Also, I want to try dumpster diving for groceries. 

    • Mary Ruth Kamp's avatar
      Mary Ruth Kamp 10/28/2016 5:56 PM
      Brooke, how was the documentary? Would love to hear more. And as far as dumpster diving - GO!!!! It is a blast and you'll be amazed at what you will find! The hardest part is finding the stores that don't "compact" their trash. Have fun!

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    Brooke Hayes 10/27/2016 7:06 AM
    I am proud to announce that I biked yesterday! It was a chilly rainy day. <45 degrees out when I was riding home, but I found that I still enjoyed my ride! Also, I used online weather radar to time my ride to miss the rain. 

    Today will make 4 days out of the week that I have biked. 
    When I started bringing my bike to work at the beginning of October, I got a few questions... most people assumed my motorized transportation was broken. I explained that I enjoy the exercise and the fresh air, and tried to explain that my bike works just fine for a 4 mile commute. Those days, we were having gorgeous weather, so they took my answers. Now, however, with dark skies and chilly winds, I am getting very different reactions. Here's two from today: 
    Someone was outside for a smoke break, while I was rolling my bike to its spot by the fence. 
    "Your husband drops you off with your bike so you can ride home in the rain! What a gentleman!" (dripping with sarcasm) 
    I didn't feel like engaging him, so I just said "Good morning, Tom" and went inside. 
    Someone else, who has a cube near mine: "Don't tell me you rode your bike to work in the rain today!" 
    "No, I didn't ride this morning, but I will be riding it home!" 
    I tried to show my excitement... to let him know it isn't the torture he thinks it is... but all I got was an eye roll as turned into his cubicle. 
    Sigh. I wish the naysayers would keep their negativity to themselves. I genuinely enjoy riding my bike on every day that I do it (or else I wouldn't do it). 
    All kinds of people justify 30min-1hr commutes with "It helps me decompress after work." How is that a good enough to justify an hour-long commute in a gas-guzzling pick-up truck, but not good enough to justify my 20-minute bike ride? 
    Also, how can I get these guys to understand that I'm NOT torturing myself, I'm actually increasing my happiness, my fitness, my efficiency, and my bank account. 

    • Mary Ruth Kamp's avatar
      Mary Ruth Kamp 10/27/2016 5:02 PM
      Brooke, your enthusiasm will go a long way - towards impacting their attitudes....even if you don't ever see it! Just enjoy the ride!!!!!! Way to go!

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    Brooke Hayes 10/21/2016 6:37 AM
    No bike-commuting today or yesterday due to the rain  (also my sore rear end). It is unlikely that I'll bike anywhere on Saturday either, because I will be travelling ~50 miles to help put on a friend's wedding shower. I did not think about weekends when I set my challenge! We bike to church on Sundays, but I will have to continue to look for ways to bike more and drive less. 

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      Brooke Hayes 10/27/2016 6:42 AM
      I have heard of those but not researched them yet. I think I assumed they would be out of my price range.  But I will look into it; thanks for the suggestion! 
      This article ( inspires me to believe that I can bike as long into the winter as I want to!

    • Aubrey Miller's avatar
      Aubrey Miller 10/24/2016 7:11 AM
      Keep up the good work, Brooke! Hopefully you'll have some good-weather days here this week. Also, have you ever considered something like frog toggs? They're pretty inexpensive and from what I hear work really well for things like biking. Just an idea to consider if you want to brave the elements on the bike and stay happy as a duck! ;)

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    Brooke Hayes 10/19/2016 3:33 PM
    GuYs! I made it home from work in 15 minutes today! I was really booking it, and I didn't have to stop for traffic at any of the spots I normally do. I'm gaining confidence and riding in the road almost the whole way. My legs are going to be Oh So Sore, but it was a great ride!

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    Brooke Hayes 10/14/2016 6:31 AM
    Hi friends! I am excited that the official Challenge starts today!!! I think I'm ready! 
    I started out with biking home from work 2 days a week... and then 3 days the next week... and I biked home from work 4 days this week. 
    One key to success (for me) is to pack extra afternoon snacks so I am not hungry while I bike - because that is no fun :)
    Good Luck everyone, and Happy Friday!

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    Brooke Hayes 10/06/2016 8:05 AM
    Hi friends!

    I added a couple more challenges the other day! I am using this EcoChallenge as an incentive to do some things that I have wanted to do, but not yet prioritized. I have heard about different food documentaries, but I have not ever sat down and watched one. Does anyone have a suggestion of a good documentary film about the food industry? I would like to learn, but I am not looking for a horror film.

    I also added a commitment to not accept any disposable bags when making purchases. I used to be better about this, but now since I know I can recycle plastic bags at Target, I am not as good about bringing my reusable ones! It is a shame, because the energy and resources used to create the bag... and then to recycle it... are not worth the convenience it provides. My husband and I just talked about going shopping this month to get him some new clothes for an internship... a perfect opportunity to get back into the habit of remembering my reusable bags.

    Also, since my bike ride is right around 20 minutes, I added an "excercise daily for 20 minutes per day" challenge. When I have a weak moment and think to myself, "This biking thing is tiring. Four miles in a car isn't really that much of an impact...", I will remind myself that I also bike for my health! Why sit on my tush in a car, when I can get a little exercise while also transporting myself from work to home.

    That is all for now.
    Brooke Hayes

    • Aubrey Miller's avatar
      Aubrey Miller 10/17/2016 8:02 PM
      Of course there's Supersize Me and Food, Inc, but my fave (and a little less horrific although still shocking!): "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story." 

      And the best way I've found to remember to take reusable bags: make them unforgettable. Just keep them in your car.

      Keep up the good healthy work, Brooke! Yay bikes!

    • maria emmons's avatar
      maria emmons 10/06/2016 5:52 PM
      Ohio Deli was showing a series this summer or last. I forget the titles. They might have them listed on Facebook. I will see what I can find.

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    Brooke Hayes 9/28/2016 6:27 AM
    I rode my bicycle home from work on Monday and Tuesday. Both days, I stopped for a quick chat with a friend that I ran into on my way. In a car, that would be a honk and a wave. So far, I love bicycle commuting :)

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      Aubrey Miller 9/29/2016 9:10 AM
      SO TRUE. You see the world differently on a bike. I'm excited for you. Just put on those gloves and a hat as the weather cools... Keep sharing your journey, Brooke!

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    Brooke Hayes 9/25/2016 3:37 PM
    I practiced commuting to work today (Sunday). It is a nice ride, but I'm not looking forward to the weekday traffic. 

    • Aubrey Miller's avatar
      Aubrey Miller 10/19/2016 7:56 PM
      That looks amazing! It's going to be so nice when the leaves change.

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      Brooke Hayes 10/06/2016 7:50 AM
      Hi, thanks for your reply! My bike ride is mostly through residential areas, with only one short stretch on the small shoulder of a busy road. In some parts I ride on the sidewalk, and in some parts, I get in the road - if the sidewalk is really bumpy, or if there is not much traffic, or if I'm feeling particularly fearless. :) The ride is 4 miles long, slightly uphill for the first half, but downhill after that. Sometimes I take Greenwood Ave. in Akron, which is known for its historical and beautiful trees. (I didn't take this picture, it is a screenshot of Google street view) I look forward to some gorgeous colors on this street throughout this month :)

    • Aubrey Miller's avatar
      Aubrey Miller 10/05/2016 6:31 AM
      You got this! Just wear that helmet...💚

    • Mary Ruth Kamp's avatar
      Mary Ruth Kamp 9/27/2016 5:10 PM
      What is your commute like? What are your surroundings, what things do you notice as you are biking? Would love to get glimpses into what you see! Way to go!