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Comment Period for Fish Consumption Advice Closing

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing a Federal Register Notice announcing that in 30 days, the FDA and EPA will close the public comment period on their draft advice on fish consumption for certain population groups. Following the close of the comment period, the agencies will review the public comments and determine whether to further revise the advice for fish consumption for these population groups. In June 2014, FDA and EPA updated their advice on fish consumption for pregnant women, women likely to become pregnant, and young children, encouraging women to eat more fish and to eat and serve to young children a variety of fish from choices that are lower in mercury. In addition to accepting comments on this draft advice, a November 2014 public meeting provided a forum for open discussion of the issues.

The June 2014 draft advice updates previous advice published jointly by the FDA and EPA, and incorporates advice previously published by FDA and USDA. Specifically:
·        In 2004, the FDA and EPA advised women who might become pregnant, anyone who is pregnant, breastfeeding mothers, and young children, about how to gain the benefits from eating fish (the advice refers to fish and shellfish collectively as fish) while minimizing any risks from mercury in fish. The 2004 advice recommended avoiding the four types of commercial fish that are highest in mercury and eating up to 12 ounces a week of a variety of fish that are lower in mercury.
·        In 2010, the FDA and USDA released the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. That document recommended that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding consume at least 8 and up to 12 ounces per week of a variety of fish lower in mercury. This established 8 ounces as a minimum recommended amount.

The FDA is accepting public comments on the draft updated advice until March 25, 2015.To electronically submit comments to the docket, visit Docket No. FDA-2014-N-0595 on To submit comments to the docket by mail, use the following address. Be sure to include docket number: FDA-2014-N-0595 on each page of your written comments.

Division of Dockets Management HFA-305 Food and Drug Administration 5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061 Rockville, MD 20852

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Our Initiatives

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.