October is Children’s Health Month!
The environments in which we spend our time affect children’s health and wellbeing, both in and out of doors. Children’s smaller, developing bodies making them more likely to be at risk from environmental hazards than adults, including hazards like air pollution, pesticides, radon, lead, mold, second hand smoke, and pet dander. Asthma alone impacts one in ten children in America and lead to 10.5 million missed school days per year (NEEF).
Children depend on adults to protect them from environmental hazards. So how can we improve the environments in which our children live, play, study and spend time to protect their health? We have some good ideas.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Become and advocate for improved air quality in and around schools by bringing Idle Free Heat and free Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Webinars to your school district. Click here to learn more.
- Learn how to be an advocate for good air quality policies by joining us over lunch break for this month’s Tour & Talk at the State Capitol on Wednesday, October 17th at noon. Space is limited, so please be sure to register here.
- Pick a few ways you will protect children’s health this month using this EPA poster of tips for protecting children from environmental risks. Spread the word in your community about these tips by sharing this poster on social media and beyond.
- Learn to spot situations that may pose a risk to your child with these guides from EPA on children’s environmental hazards and how to manage indoor asthma triggers.
- Get outside with your kids. Studies show that spending time in green, natural environments can have positive impacts on children’s mental and physical health, such as boosting concentration for kids with ADHD, reducing the impacts of stressful life events like relocation and bullying and reduces the likelihood that kids will be overweight. Check out the National Environmental Education Foundation’s ideas for how to get kids outside in nature.