Charity Tuesday- The Fresh Air Fund

With fall just around the corner, I wanted to focus on a FRESH AIR charity for this Charity Tuesday. There is really nothing better than stepping out onto your front porch to breathe in the cool, clean, crisp air of fall. As the leaves begin to turn into beautiful reds, oranges and yellows, I would like to feature The Fresh Air Fund as Filter’s Fast Charity Tuesday pick. With many charities focused on providing fresh water to people around the world, it is refreshing to see a charity that understands the importance of fresh air. In particular, the Fresh Air Fund in New York City has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1 million inner city children since it began in 1877.

The Fresh Air Fund provides two different avenues for inner-city children to experience the country. For many children, this is their first time under America’s starry sky without the interruption of harsh city lights. Fresh Air Fund camps host 3,000 children between the ages of eight to 15 yearly. These camps are split up by age, special needs, and gender, allowing parents to choose the most suitable camp for their child. Many children who have never been outside of the city are able to experience swimming, milking a cow, cabin living and fishing among many other activities. There are also year-round day and weekend camping trips available.

The Fresh Air Fund also provides 5,000 children with the opportunity to spend two or more weeks with a host family in 13 Northeastern states through their Friendly Town Program.  Here, children from disadvantaged New York City communities have the opportunity to live in a small rural/suburban community.  Being a host family for the Fresh Air Family means that you are providing a child with the opportunity to experience life outside of the city and it is rewarding for both you and the child you are hosting!

The Fresh Air Fund is a nonprofit organization that is able to provide these great opportunities due to peoples generous donations. It is easy to make a tax-deductible donation in any amount on their secure website. If you understand the importance of clean fresh air, and outdoor activities for children, then The Fresh Air Fund is the charity for you.

 

*Speaking of fresh air, the Fall can bring unwanted air contaminants into your home, decreasing your homes indoor air quality. If you are concerned about the air quality inside your home, an air filter or air purifier will help significantly!

How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

If you travel a lot, it’s important to stay healthy, and Filters Fast is here to help. Here are some unique ways that you can stay healthy when you’re on the go:

1. Stay in one of Hyatt’s hypoallergenic hotel rooms:

Hyatt Hotels will introduce 2,000 new hypoallergenic rooms in 125 different hotels across the country by the end of this year. These rooms are perfect for people with asthma, allergies or other respiratory sensitivities. They feature amenities that ensure cleaner air for guests, including hypoallergenic mattress covers and pillow cases and medical-grade air purifiers that remove 98 percent of airborne viruses, pollen and bacteria.

2. Use a Plane Clean Air Filter while in flight

Air on a plane is constantly recirculated, meaning all of the viruses and bacteria in the air are redistributed throughout the cabin over and over again. If you end up sitting next to someone who’s a little under the weather, you’ll be more at risk.  Protect yourself from these pathogens with a Plane Clean Air Filter. These attach easily to the overhead nozzle in most planes and remove 99.5 percent of all bacteria and viruses in the air stream.

3. Don’t forget your Filtered Water Bottle

When you’re away from home, you never really know how clean the water you’re drinking is. We have several options for travelers to get access to clean, filtered water, no matter where you are. The Katadyn MyBottle Water Microfilter is a personal water bottle with a filter that is easily inserted and reduces 99.99 percent of all bacteria and cysts as well as other contaminants, bad tastes and odors. This is great to have if you’re traveling to another country where the tap water is considered unsafe to drink. If you simply want to remove the chlorine taste from water that you know has been municipally treated, the 16 oz Filters Fast Filtered Water Bottle will do the job.

Now of course there are other “common-sense” ways to stay healthy while you travel: eat healthy, stay hydrated, take advantage of the fitness room at the hotel, and wash your hands frequently. But now you have a few other items you can add to your list that you may not have known about. Before your next trip, be sure to visit FiltersFast.com so you can try some of these out. We’d love to hear your feedback!

Plane Clean Air Filter from Filters Fast

With the recent outbreak of H1N1 (also known as swine flu), many are fearful of travelling, especially when flying across international borders. That being said, there are precautions you can take when flying. CNN and MSNBC recently ran this article, which advocates using the Plane Clean Air Filter to protect against airborne contaminants while flying.
The Plane Clean Air Filter has been tested in an FDA certified lab and is shown to remove 99.5% of all airborne bacteria, viruses and allergens from your airstream. It mounts easily to the overhead gasper nozzle in most planes. The air from these nozzles passes through an electrostatically-charged filter media that is capable of removing viruses, bacteria and other particulate matter from an air stream. The filter fits Airbus, Boeing, and other manufacturer’s nozzles that have similar shapes to Boeing and Airbus.
Air flow velocity can be controlled by rotating the housing which in turn rotates the gasper. Once the desired air flow rate is achieved, the air stream can be directed onto the user’s face by turning the air exit nozzle.
At the end of the flight, the filter can be detached easily and placed in its storage case. Replacement adhesive gaskets and filter media can be purchased when required. Filter replacement packs come with a single replacement filter and two (2) adhesive gaskets good for a total of 10 flights for only $6.95 (or about $0.70 per flight).
Learn more about the Plane Clean Air Filter here.
See a video of the Plane Clean Air Filter here.