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‘Little Things Matter’ Exposes Big Threat To Children’s Brains

Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth?

A lot, especially when considering the cumulative effects of this chemical cocktail on children, warns a video unveiled Thursday during an environmental health conference in Ottawa, Canada. The seven-minute project, “Little Things Matter,” draws on emerging scientific evidence that even mild exposures to common contaminants can derail normal brain development — lowering IQs and raising risks of behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

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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).

The 14th Annual Healthy Homes and Childcare Conference was a Big Success!

The 14th annual Midwest Healthy Homes & Childcare Conference was held on October 8-9, 2014 at the Ivy Tech Corporate and Culinary Conference Center. The conference is organized each year by Improving Kids’ Environment and the Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance. This year’s conference will provided useful information on topics relevant to healthy homes, communities and childcare.
The featured keynote speakers for this year’s conference were:

  • 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 included such topics as The Danger of Lawn Pesticides, Green Cleaning, Flame Retardants, The House as a System, Eco-Child Care, Urban Gardening, School Indoor Air Quality and many more exciting topics.