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Healthy environments for healthy children

A child born today has a much better chance of reaching her fifth birthday than ever before. But climate change and environmental degradation threaten to reverse progress on child and adolescent survival, health and well-being. Children worldwide face a host of environmental hazards, like polluted air, water and food; exposure to toxic chemicals; unsafe infrastructure; […]

Quality Child Care and Environmental Health

Quality Child Care and Environmental Health   The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a heightened focus in child care settings on maintaining safe and effective cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilation practices. This is important for not only children’s health but also for staff safety. The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs offers early childhood leaders […]

Environmental Factors that Affect Health

From the quality of the air you breathe to the condition of the roads you drive on, environmental factors can have a major influence on your health. What’s more, these factors have evolved considerably over time, due to both natural and human-caused events. Professionals in the environmental health field examine how people interact with the […]

Children’s Environmental Health: Risks and Remedies

Overall child mortality declined significantly in the 1990s, but environmental hazards still kill at least 3 million children under age 5 every year.1 Such young children makeup roughly 10 percent of the world’s population but comprise more than 40 percent of the population suffering from health problems related to the environment.2 Children worldwide require special protection […]

Children’s Environmental Health Facts

Asthma Asthma is a common chronic disease among children in the United States. In 2006, 9.9 million children under 18 years of age were reported to have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 6.8 million children had an asthmatic episode in the last 12 months. The hospitalization rate for asthma remained at 27 per 10,000 children […]

How the Environment Affects Your Child’s Wellbeing

October is National Children’s Health Month, which brings awareness to protecting and developing children’s health with holistic lifestyle choices and pediatric medical care. When we think of children’s health, many think of vaccinations, dental hygiene and healthy nutrition. While those things are essential, we often overlook a key aspect of every child’s wellbeing: playing outside. […]

Good Health Depends on a Safe and Healthy Home

By Kathy Attar, Engagement Manager, Eco-Healthy Child Care® June is Healthy Homes month! Good health depends on having homes that are free from physical and environmental hazards. For home-based child care providers, ensuring your home is safe and healthy is of the utmost importance. Building materials, furnishings, poor maintenance, and occupant activities can add chemicals and […]