Region 1: EPA New England
Protecting Children's Environmental Health in New England
At EPA, protecting children, our youngest and most sensitive citizens, from environmental health risks is fundamental to our vision of making the world a better place for future generations. Today there are more than three million children living in the New England region, and the numbers are increasing.
- Compared to adults, children eat proportionately more food, drink more fluids and breathe more air than adults. As a result, they are exposed to more pollutants per pound of body weight than adults.
- Children may be more vulnerable than adults to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able to metabolize, detoxify and excrete toxins.
- Children's behavior patterns and natural curiosity can put them in harms way, which can increase their exposure to pollutants.
- Children are least able to protect themselves.
- They have a longer life expectancy.
- Fewer than half of the synthetic chemicals that have been developed and released to the environment have been tested for potential human toxicity, fewer still, for their potential effects on children.
- Children represent 25 % of our population, but 100% of our future.
Children grow best in healthy environments!
America's Children and the Environment
America's Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors.
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Pediatric Environmental Healthy Specialty Units
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) form a respected network of experts in children's environmental health. The PEHSU were created to ensure that children and communities have access to, usually at no cost, special medical knowledge and resources for children faced with a health risk due to a natural or human-made environmental hazard. Read more about the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units.
New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Service area: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Academic Affiliation: Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health
Hospital Affiliation: Children’s Hospital Boston and Cambridge Hospital
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Toll Free: (888) CHILD14 or (888) 244-5314
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Identify the Healthiest Fish to Eat
Children and parents can learn how to choose the healthiest fish to eat, using interactive stories and games. Whether you catch your own fish or buy it at a store, click the link below to learn how to select fish that are low in contaminants. The site includes stories focusing on different methods of obtaining fish, along with interactive games, to teach children ages 8-12 how to recognize common fish species and use fish advisories.