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Healthy Communities, Healthy Children – EPA Region 7 Observes Children’s Health Month in October

Contact Information: 
LaTonya Sanders (sanders.latonya@epa.gov)

Environmental News


image of Childrens Health Month logo(Lenexa, Kan., Oct. 3, 2016) - EPA is committed to protecting the environment and public health by providing our children and our communities with cleaner water, cleaner air and an improved quality of life. A strong and healthy America depends on strong and healthy communities. EPA is reinforcing these themes in October as part of Children’s Health Month.

EPA’s mission is to preserve the environment for generations to come and to protect public health in the places where people live, work, learn and play. Ensuring that children are not exposed to toxins and pollution or other environmental threats in their homes, in their schools, or anywhere else, is central to the agency’s work. Protecting the health of our children is one of this administration’s highest priorities. And protecting our environment is critical to our children’s health.

EPA is taking steps to ensure that an awareness of children’s unique susceptibility will guide every action the agency takes to protect public health and our environment. Children are so often among the most vulnerable to environmental health risks. Children face significant, long-term, and unique threats from environmental toxics. EPA is committed to a comprehensive approach to providing children with stronger health protection against those threats. By protecting children, EPA protects all Americans.

To learn more about EPA’s children's environmental health work, visit: www.epa.gov/children.

EPA works with parents, teachers, health care providers and community organizations to promote healthy environments where children, live, learn and play. EPA needs your help to create a sustainable and healthy environment for children and adults in every single community. To learn more about what you can do to protect children from environmental risks, visit EPA’s website.

EPA offers a variety of free online resources to promote awareness and understanding of children’s environmental health. EPA’s Student Curriculum: Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment is a nine-lesson program designed to encourage kids (ages 9-13) to actively explore the environments in which they live and play. Each 45-minute lesson empowers kids to improve the environment for their community and to reduce their environmental risks. The curriculum is ideal for after-school programs and clubs.

EPA also offers more than two dozen free Children's Health Publications that can be downloaded for general information and to promote awareness of children’s health issues.

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