Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Healthy Child Healthy World

Our nonprofit of the month, Healthy Child Healthy World is all about creating healthy spaces for children to grow. The health of our children depends on the health of our world, and vice versa.

According to the HCHW website, this generation of children "face[s] an historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, ADD / ADHD, and learning and developmental disabilities." And if the cause could be environmental contaminants and the some 80,000 chemicals we're exposed to in our lives now, they're working to eradicate toxins and create natural, green spaces to thrive in instead.

There's one for a bunch of huge issues: plastic, toys, school lunches, formula and sunscreen to start. Download them and read them, print a copy to bring with you when you're shopping and to share with your friends. 

If you feel daunted by the whole subject, check out their 5 Healthy Steps as a starting point (each contains more than one thing to do, but they're great general categories to focus on):

*manage pests safely
*use non-toxic products
*clean up indoor air
*eat more organic and healthy foods
*be wise with plastics

Here's to a healthy world and healthy kids inside it.

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