HEC is building on IKE’s great legacy of helping kids in three ways:
Provide an online portal on children’s environmental health
HEC has long been a prime online source for Indiana environmental information. As IKE joins HEC, we are continuing IKE’s excellent online presence and building on it. Our aim is to provide information to Indiana families, educators, and health care professionals to keep the children in their care healthy where they live, learn, and play.
Reduce lead poisoning in Indiana
More than 1,000 Indiana children each year have elevated blood lead levels that could damage their intelligence and put them at increased risk of behavioral problems. There is no cure for lead poisoning; prevention is the only answer. HEC is working with other state health leaders on an advisory committee to look at public policy options and new program strategies to reduce lead poisoning in Indiana.
Ensure Indiana’s children have clean water to drink and clean streams and lakes to play in
Keeping water resources clean is vital for our children. Children drink more water per pound of body weight than adults, and kids love playing in water, be it in backyard puddles, local creeks, or at a lakeshore. The top pollutant in Indiana’s waters is E coli, a bacterium that comes from fecal contamination2. HEC is working at the state and local levels to reduce contamination from both human and livestock waste.
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