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Exposure to Pesticides When Pregant Linked to 3 Generations of Disease

Biologist Michael Skinner and his team at Washington State University found that if a rat fetus is exposed to Methoxychlor during the first trimester of pregnancy, the likelihood of kidney disease, ovary disease and obesity in their progeny was elevated for three generations. Multiple diseases were even more prevalent in the third generation than in the second. In other words, Methoxychlor, which was banned in the U.S. in 2003 for a host of human health reasons, can still leave its mark on a population decades after exposure ends. The great-great-grandchildren of a woman exposed to Methoxychlor may still be suffering the consequences.

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Healthy Homes

For children, their home is where they feel safe. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The home can have hidden hazards that threaten a child’s health. One of our key visions is to have every child live in a environmentally safe home. Was your home built before 1978? If yes, you need to learn about lead before you repair or renovate. Click the button below to learn more about health hazards in your home.

Healthy Schools

Children are more susceptible to environmental threats than adults. With equal exposure, children's bodies become more heavily concentrated than that of adults due to higher respiratory rates and smaller body sizes. And where do young, developing people spend a large portion of their school-age years? That's right: at childcare and school. That is why Improving Kids' Environment works to make school and childcare facilities as healthy as possible.

Healthy Communities

Our health often depends on living and working in a healthy community. A healthy community has clean air, clean water and clean soil. Children can live and play there without fear of exposure to toxic chemicals. Across the country, children are facing serious medical problems as a result of living in unhealthy built environments because poorly designed neighborhoods and buildings, roads, and sidewalks that do not foster health, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Don’t Miss the 14th Annual Healthy Homes and Childcare Conference!

Please join us for the 14th annual Midwest Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference being held on October 8 & at the Ivy Tech Corporate and Culinary Conference Center. The conference is organized by Improving Kids’ Environment and the Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance. This year’s conference will provide useful information on topics relevant to healthy homes, communities and childcare.
We are proud to announce our featured keynote speakers for this year’s conference:

  • Janet McCabe, Assistant Administrator, EPA - Office of Air & Radiation, Air Quality and our Future
  • Nikki Crawford, First Sergeant, Indiana State Police - Dealing with Meth in the Neighborhoods
  • Kim Ferraro, Hoosier Environmental Council - Environmental Justice
  • Dr. Paul Winchester, IUPUI – Epigenetics and the Environment

Additional sessions will include such topics as The Danger of Lawn Pesticides, Pets and the Environment, Green Cleaning, Flame Retardants & the Fire Department, The House as a System, Environmental Toxins and Crime, School Indoor Air Quality and many more exciting topics.