May 08, 2019

A Message to the Class of 2019

We know that graduating can leave you with that “what now?” feeling. You’re probably reflecting on all the decisions that got you to this moment while trying to predict how all of your subsequent decisions might affect your future.

While we can’t land you your dream job, or help turn your mom’s eBay room back into your bedroom, we do have some simple advice: Do not underestimate your power to be a changemaker. Small day-to-day decisions have a huge impact.

These simple steps to a healthier lifestyle will positively impact your health, the health of your neighbor, and the health of the environment. Day-to-day decisions also send messages to your peers, politicians, brands and to huge corporations. Being a beacon for change post-grad doesn’t have to be complicated. Start small with these 10 simple steps.

This documented was adapted from material created at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for its Children’s Environmental Health Center ( and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures (


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