Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Actions to Protect Health

What can we do to protect the health of everyone?

  • Cut down on air pollution by using public transportation, driving less, and using fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • Make your home more energy efficient.  Buy products with the EPA's Energy Star label, and practice the three Rs---reduce, reuse, recycle.

  • Choose to use fewer chemicals in your home and on your lawn.  Don't use pesticides if you don't have to---look for alternatives.  For cleaning agents, use water, soap, white vinegar, baking soda, borax, and hydrogen peroxide.

  • Ask your pediatrician to take an environmental health history to assess environmental conditions that may prevent your children from reaching optimum health.  Have your children's blood lead levels tested, especially if you spend time in a house built before 1960.

  • Vary your children's diets as much as possible while giving them plenty of fruits and vegetables.  Consider buying organic foods if available.

  • Tell your elected officials that you want government policies to protect children's health from toxic chemicals and other environmental hazards.
Source: The Green Bible

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