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October Is Children’s Health Month, Trick Or Treat!

2009 October 6

As a kid growing up in the Midwest, I always looked forward to visits to the pumpkin patch and apple orchard in October. Fall just makes me yearn for caramel apples with crushed nuts, apple cider, and finding the perfect pumpkin to carve; it is without a doubt my favorite time of year. I still love the orchards and you can’t help but feel energetic when the smell of leaves fills the air and the air turns just a bit more brisk. This year I’m enjoying the beginning of fall in the same way, albeit hundreds of miles away from my home town of Indianapolis. And not only am I spending my favorite autumn season in our nation’s capitol, I am observing another celebration of sorts in the office I’m interning in. October is Children’s Health  Month! This year’s theme is that ‘Everyone can help to provide a safe environment for America’s children’. During my time here thus far, I’ve learned so much about what everyone can do to make environmental health better for children and consequently, you! All children deserve an October to enjoy and there are plenty of things that you can do to help make the environment safe for America’s children! Who doesn’t want to enjoy the crisp, fall air and roll around the leaves besides kids at heart like me? In honor of my favorite month, here are some ‘trick or treat’ centered tips to enjoy October as Children’s Health Month!

  • Trick or treat, trick or treat, give me something good to eat! Washing vegetables and fruits can make the world of a difference and it only takes a few seconds under the kitchen sink.
  • ‘Trick’ your parents into having those air vents in your house cleaned out to reduce asthma triggers. No, but really, if they don’t get tricked, you can arrange it yourself, and everyone’s lungs will thank you later!
    Treat yourself and children to a smoke-free home.
  • Trick or just really convince your schools to go green! In honor of Children’s Health Month, suggest a day where everyone can come in with the best green costumes in honor of being ‘environmentally green’.
  • Here’s a free treat: walk to school in October or ride a bike! Before the snow starts to fall, you can get some exercise and be proud that you’re not putting harmful emissions into the air!

There’s a ton of activities going on this month and you can visit a calendar of tips every day as well as learn about environmental hazards and prevention in honor of Children’s Health Month. Happy haunting and happy October! Everyone can help to provide a safe environment for America’s children!

About the Author: Emily Bruckmann is an intern at the Office of Children’s Health Protection. She is a senior attending Indiana University who will graduate with a degree in public health this spring.

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  1. Johnny R. permalink
    October 6, 2009

    As a matter of fact, addiction to refined sugar begins with such innocent seeming celebrations and proceeds to obesity, diabetes and complications thereof. Remember those pictures of President Reagan popping jelly beans at conference tables? Died of Alzheimers, another result of sugar addiction. I get sores that could eventually develop into cancer if I surrendered to my “sweet tooth” having already lost several from decay intensified by sugary sweets. But FINALLY, some hospitals are removing the junk food machines from their lobbies and waiting rooms!

  2. Jason Estes permalink
    October 6, 2009

    Thanks Emily, the calendar of tips was very informative. I have been talking to my kids a lot about going green since my company is now a green business. They have really taken an interest in sustainable resources, and how they can do their part to support green living. My son even came up with his own game plan to reduce energy, and recycle more products for our household! The more they learn the more they want to make a difference, I’m so proud of them :)

    Jason Estes

  3. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    October 7, 2009

    There is a world of things that can be done to improve health and safety of children, and as we improve it for children, for adults too. One thing is to eliminate lead paint in houses, apartments, day care centers, and schools. Another is to eliminate contaminants from drinking water that can cause disabilities and birth defects. Another is to make illegal ecigarettes that are aimed a children and inhailing the fumes gets the same tobacco scent of real cigarettes. The FDA has found some of the things in ecigarettes can cause cancer just like they can when used in real cigarettes. And there should not be in the home cigarette lighters that look like childrens’ toys. These and many more things could be done. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  4. Jason permalink
    October 7, 2009

    SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs) student!!

  5. Patrick C. Hickenhawk permalink
    October 7, 2009

    Emily,
    I thought your blog piece was very well written and a breath of fresh air for this blog. As a fellow mid-westerner living in the DC area, I get a nostalgic feeling when you talk about orchards and a brisk breeze on a fall day. I strongly believe in a smoke free and green environment and I am currently working on changing my house into an environmentally friendly place.
    Good luck with your internship and with your senior year at Indiana.

    Patrick C. Hickenhawk

  6. Jackenson Durand permalink
    October 7, 2009

    As in my fiction and vision book; I could see that all United States parents are saying to clothe all children in green color with flowers in hands this month.

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