WCPP Announces SmartScan App for Apple iPhone

The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project is excited to announce our new free iPhone app that helps you identify healthier choices for everyday items in your shopping cart.  We call it SmartScan and it is the only current app that enables you to Scan a product barcode and go. We are introducing this free on-line mobile application to allow families to immediately learn more about ingredients in the products they consider before they buy them from food to fertilizer to make-up; thus enabling them to make more intelligent choices.

WCPP SmartScan

Scan a product barcode and go – it’s easier than ever to know what is in the products you buy. Here is how it works: SmartScan checks ingredients against the SmartScan database of “potentially hazardous substances”, and ingredients that match the blacklist are given a “hazard rating” derived from the NFPA704 standard, California Proposition 65 list with some gaps filled in with Wikipedia resources. If no harmful ingredients are found, an “All Clear” notice is displayed.

“As one of the beneficiaries of last year’s Turkey Trot, our Board of Directors discussed the best use of the funds for the benefit of our community in your ongoing efforts to reach more people quickly with helpful health information, which is a core part of our mission. Instead of printing old-school style flyers, we decided an application for smart phones could better provide quick and easily accessible research on healthy products” commented Theresa Keresztes, Board of Directors with the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.  The result was an application that is apparently the only app that tells you what ingredients are potentially unsafe or harmful – from the supermarket to the hardware store.

We are pleased with the results and especially impressed with the two former Wellesley High School students; Davis Foster and Nicholas Perretti who worked tirelessly to bring our idea to life completing the app in record time for their Senior project last spring.  We are grateful for their timely efforts, dedication and level of professionalism. “Working with Davis and Nick was like working with seasoned technology consultants whom I have worked with during my career in technology and they are just getting started!  We wish them all the best at the Rochester Institute of Technology where they have begun their Freshman year.” said Linda Griffith, President of the Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project.

To download SmartScan to your iPhone or other Apple device and learn more about the app pictured above, you may access it here in the upper right margin of our home page @ www.wcpponline.org

To follow Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project’s health promotion educational programs, please follow us on Twitter @ WCPPOnline or Like us on Facebook. You may also wish to add your name to our mailing list via info@wcpponline.org

Giving Tuesday is Here! Give the Gift of Prevention

Today, “Giving Tuesday,” December 2, 2014, people will come together to support non-profit organizations through their generosity and giving. We at WCPP would like you to consider making either a financial donation or volunteering a few hours of our time in 2015. Since WCPP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.

WCCP’s mission is one of education and information-sharing for better health. We support public health initiatives and provide education and information via our website and forums held at the Wellesley Free Library and other venues. Our educational efforts focus on steps you can take to mitigate environmental factors that can impact your family’s health and increase your risk of cancer and other illnesses such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease.

Your help will allow us to reach more families with information and tools that can assist them in improving their health and environment in which we live.

If you wish to volunteer your time for educational, communications, event management, or business development, please send an email to: info@wcpponline.org

To make a tax-deductible donation, please use to this link on our website http://www.wcpponnline.org/index/donate

You can also mail your donation to the following address:

WCPP – PO Box 812387 Wellesley MA 02482

As WCPP completes its 17th year and its 12th year as a 501(c )(3)non-profit organization, we continue to grow our supporter base and have added this year an annual scholarship award for a deserving Wellesley Hight School senior who demonstrates environmental stewardship, working with the Wellesley Scholarship foundation and a free mobile smart phone app called SmartScan, which lets you make more informed buying decisions from food to house cleaning products to personal care items and can be downloaded from the Apple Store through the on our home page or ask us to provide the link on your home page via info@wcpponline.org 

In the coming year WCPP is planning educational forums in March, and May along with several co-sponsored events with our Alliance Partners.

In the meantime have a healthy and happy holiday! Thanks for your continued financial support and your assistance in helping Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project to thrive.

Best to you all,

Linda Griffith, President of Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project (WCPP)

2014 Annual Wellesley Cancer Prevention Recognition Award

In keeping with the our mission, The Wellesley Cancer Prevention Project’s annual recognition award celebrates and acknowledges those individuals in our community whose diligence, philanthropy and passion promote education and research that will help prevent cancer and other illnesses.  It is with great pleasure that we recognize Alice & Philip Shabecoff, co-authors of Poisoned for Profit: How Toxins are Making Our Children Chronically Ill for their relentless pursuit of environmental toxins that now affect 1 in 3 children with illness. Poisoned for Profit

 “Some people use Google to search for information and others use Wikipedia but for me when I am looking for definitive information about environmental toxins and their impact on our health, I use the Shabecoff’s book as my guide.  One of our Board members told me she believes that this book will have as much impact as Rachael Carson’s “Silent Spring.”  Commented Linda Grifith, President of the WCPP.  “The Shabecoffs not only report facts and figures but analyze the problem down to an assessment of core values—on governmental, corporate and personal levels.”

The Shabecoff’s were awarded with a glass work of art by Simon Pierce entitled the “Spiral of Flame” to commemorate their comprehensive research and collaborative efforts to educate and inform us about environmental factors that may lead to cancer.

Alice has been quoted as saying, “Most Americans would not dream of exposing their children to poisonous chemicals or criticizing neighbors who were trying to protect their children. Their values would not permit it. But it is probably safe to say that, by and large, people running the daily marathon of life and work give little thought to the dangers that surround their children “Parents have to become educated consumers”  In their book, Philip and Alice make it clear “The first line of defense for the children is, of course, their families. Parents can do much to shield their children, including providing them as toxic-free an environment as possible.”

 “As the years go by, the rates of childhood illnesses – from autism and ADHD to cancer –just continues to swell.  Philip and I were truly grateful and gratified to be honored with a recognition from WCPP…especially since we know that yours is one of the most active and effective community-based organizations in the nation.” said Alice Shabecoff in her acceptance speech.  “You know that we started on our journey because we wanted to understand why are own grandchildren were suffering from chronic illnesses; our research led us to discover their troubles are far, far from out of the ordinary.  And we find that, in the years since we first became acquainted with WCPP, the rates of childhood chronic illnesses have only accelerated.”  Some alarming statistics:

  •  Since 1945, chemical production has increased more than 15-fold in the U.S. EPA has listed over 84,000 for use.
  • Approximately 700 new chemicals are introduced each year.  EPA allows their use even though the majority are known to be animal mammary carcinogens or endocrine disruptors.  (These statistics are from the California Breast Cancer Research Program)
  • Although attention and funding are predominantly given to ‘cures.’, only 6.5 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is allocated to cancer prevention.  Hazards in the environment receive very little attention.
  • Among more than 2,500 doctors surveyed, nearly all said they routinely counsel their patients on diet, exercise, and smoking, but only 20 percent said they addressed environmental contaminants.
  • Only one in 15 physicians had received training on the harmful reproductive effects of toxic chemicals.

For more information, please visit their website @ www.poisonforprofit.org

The WCPP is grateful to the The Wellesley College Club, Winston Florist and the Tom Doran trio for the lovely music and help with making our annual recognition event a great success!  We also wish to thank our WCPP supporters and guests who made contributions to WCPP via our website or by mail to help make this lovely reception and other WCPP events possible.

Philip Shabecoff was a reporter for The New York Times from 1959 to 1991, who has since specialized on environmentalism. He left the NY Times in 1999.  He then founded and, for five years, served as publisher of Greenwire, the daily online digest of worldwide environmental news coverage, which remains today a leading source of environmental news.

Mr. Shabecoff grew up in the Bronx, New York, attended the Bronx High School of Science, and earned his B.A. from Hunter College; he earned his M.A. degree from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Shabecoff has received many awards including the James Madison Award from the American Library Association for leadership in expanding the public’s right to know and was an original selectee for the Global 500 award from the United Nations Environment Programme.[2]  He also received the National Wildlife Federation’s “Connie” Award for achievement in conservation, the Sierra Club’s David Brower Environmental Journalism Award, and the Worldwatch Institute’s Environmental Leadership Award “In honor of 20 years of pioneering environmental journalism”

Alice Shabecoff is a freelance journalist focusing on family and consumer topics. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune, among other publications. She was Executive Director of the National Consumers League, the country’s oldest consumer organization, and executive director of the national nonprofit Community Information Exchange.