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Children’s Health Month – How are you Celebrating?

2010 October 5

fall-leaves.2By Stacy Murphy

October brings to mind different images for different people: bright fall colors; crispy nights,  packing away summer clothes and pulling out jackets and sweaters. But to me it also means one more important thing: Children’s Health Month.

Children’s health is my #1 priority and the reason that I come to work every day.  Indoor and environmental air quality is a big health issue for kids, since they spend most of their time indoors. Even normal outdoor kid activities, like sports or playing outside, can expose them to many environmental health hazards.

Here in Region 6 we have a lot of great Children’s Health Month programs planned, including our showcase event where a cross-agency team will provide education on pesticide safety and asthma management to migrant farm worker families at Dia de los Migrantes in San Juan, Texas.

But you don’t have to be an “expert” to carry the message of protecting kids from harm to your community. That’s the beauty of the Children’s Health Program. Anyone can take action to promote children’s health. For example, you could provide local organizations, like non-profits or faith-based groups, with information about how kids are affected by indoor and environmental air quality. You can access educational materials for free on the Children’s Health Month section of the EPA website.

Although October is officially Children’s Health Month, EPA really works to protect children’s health year-round. For example, the IAQ Tools for Schools program supports children in schools by maintaining safe and healthy learning environments, which can significantly impact achievement. Each January the IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium provides an amazing opportunity to learn strategies and tactics to improve student and staff health, as well as reduce absenteeism, increase student and staff performance and enhance community relations. Everyone from the IAQ novice to national experts can benefit from attending the symposium. I’ll be there and I hope to see you there too.

About the author: Stacy Murphy joined EPA in 2005 and currently serves as the Schools Coordinator for EPA Region 6 where he manages programs to improve school indoor environments, including IAQ Tools for Schools and the Schools Chemical Cleanout Campaign (S3C).

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

Editor's Note: The opinions expressed in Greenversations are those of the author. They do not reflect EPA policy, endorsement, or action, and EPA does not verify the accuracy or science of the contents of the blog.

8 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    October 5, 2010

    When I refilled cellular yesterday, storewoman left her kid in the saddle of her motorcycle. Sure, her kids felt from it. Most of mothers here “do not care” about their children. They don’t know how “bring up” the children.
    Congratulations EPA’s Children’s Health Month. Good Luck !!!!!

  2. Kate permalink
    October 5, 2010

    Children’s health is definitely of importance. Fortunately a significant proportion of their health (as well as that of adults) is within our control. And this is mainly through what we take in. One of this is what Stacy has mentioned , which is air quality. Another that i think is very important is our children’s diet.

    A poor diet will build a weak body, prone to disease and syndrome no less than poor air quality. We need to teach our children to love whole food, vegetables and whole fruits. Equally important we need to make these healthy foods available and affordable. Otherwise we end up with cases like the story of this 18 yr old…

  3. sisca permalink
    October 5, 2010

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this health issue, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

  4. stomiko23181 permalink
    October 6, 2010

    I have two children in middle school. I agree that providing a healthy learning environment is essential. My kids get sick a few times a year but sometimes it seems like a revolving door. Once one child gets sick in school it spreads. It is so important to remind children to wash their hands. I know when colds and flu’s start spreading at my work, those who wash their hands more frequently seem to get sick less.

  5. Edgardo Berraz permalink
    October 6, 2010

    It’s very important for me,as an ancient Pediatricien,today retired but ever preoccupied about the children’s health.I think than very few causes can be so many redituables as look after for this issue,not only because kids pay with a wide smile when has been recovery their wealth,so also because maybe it’s one of the more easy task when some people take over this matter and put hands in work.

  6. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    October 10, 2010

    This was a great article especially about the cross-agency team put together to teach migrant families about pesticides and the impact of their use on children (and adults) with asthma. This I think is very important. I wonder if Region 9 has a similar program? Or, if not what it would take to put one together. People don’t realize, but much of California is rural to semi-rural. And a program like the one sited being done now in Texas could really benefit people here too. Best wishes, Michael E. Bailey.

  7. Healthy Living permalink
    October 11, 2010

    It is important that children are encouraged to engage in some form of physical activity on a regular basis. Nutrition and activity levels have a key impact on children’s health and well being.

  8. Health News permalink
    October 20, 2010

    Unfortunately here in morocco as in most of African countries children’s health is at its lowest levels in the world, many of them die from ridiculous illnesses. “Children health month” maybe it’s not celebrated here too.

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