October is Children’s Health Month and this October 29th and 30th, the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers will celebrate 15 years of the Children’s Centers program in a joint scientific meeting with clinicians at the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs). The conference will bring together researchers, physicians, scientists, and representatives of professional organizations focused on children’s environmental health. Register or Learn More!
Houston Initiative and Roundtable Discussion: The Environment Related to Asthma and Respiratory Disease in Pre-School and School-Age Children
The initiative is an invitational Roundtable Discussion to address the need to improve asthma and respiratory disease prevention and management in pre‐school and school-age children within Greater Houston Area. The Children’s Environmental Health Institute will present the findings at their Eighth Biennial (2014) Scientific Symposium.
The goal of the project is to develop a set of recommendations to serve as essential core elements, in action plans to decrease environmental exposure triggers that exacerbate asthma and other respiratory diseases in pre-school and school-age children in the Greater Houston Area.
The project supports the following initiatives:
- President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children: Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.
- US EPA 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Goal 4 – Ensuring the Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution - Objective 4.1: Ensure Chemical Safety. Specifically, proposed activities will increase the number of people taking essential actions to reduce exposure to indoor chemical and environmental hazards and protect children’s health from chemical and environmental risks.
The Children’s Environmental Health Institute is grateful for the generous sponsorships for the Houston Roundtable from Region 6 US EPA, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Saint Susie Foundation, Reliant Energy, Kirksey Architecture and the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health.
The Children’s Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) appreciated the opportunity to present the first ever Track on environmental health risks to children at the 49th Annual Texas Association for the Education of Young Children Conference that took place on October 3-5, 2013 in historic San Antonio, Texas.
The track provided an overview of adverse health effects to young children occurring as a consequence of their exposure to toxins in their microenvironment and provided ways for caregivers to ensure that they provide a healthy environment for children to learn, play and grow. The agenda provided a broad overview of children’s environmental health and then gave specifics relating to Air, Materials, Products, Cleaning, Pest Management, and Food and Nutrition.
Donald J. Dudley, MD, CEHI Board Member
Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Fernando Guerra, MD, MPH, FAAP, CEHI Board Chair
Former Director of Health, San Antonio, Texas
Public Health Consultant, Clinical Professor Pediatrics,
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Nona Evans, President & Executive Director, Whole Kids Foundation
Stacy Murphy, Region 6 EPA Schools Coordinator
Mike Wells, AIA, CEHI Vice Chair, Bright Horizons
Bad News About Cell Phone Radiation and Children
Read about how in 2011, the W.H.O IARC spent a year reviewing experiments and heath studies and concluded that cell and cordless phone radiation was a “possible human carcinogen.” This is the same category as lead, DDT and engine exhaust – compounds that are subject to serious regulation and control today. This new article reviews new studies published since the W.H.O review and concludes that this radiation should be re-classified as a probable human carcinogen. Impressive reports that have studied those who began using cell phones before age 20 find a 4 to 8 fold increase in brain cancer as well as increases in leukemia. In addition important new study found that cell phones do produce hot spots in living brain tissue, contrary to the assumption used to set all standards today. Finally, this report documents the growing shortage in oncology services yet to come. View Full Text
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Towards Healthy Schools 2015 Report Now Available!
The Towards Healthy Schools 2015 Report cites multiple studies documenting the benefits of healthy indoor learning environments on attendance and achievement, then presents state-level data and policy summaries. (Click report cover below to link to the full report).
Spotlight on CEHI Student Volunteer
Upasana Prabhu, freshman at Westlake High School and CEHI volunteer, with her parents at the reception at the Dell Children’s Medical Center for the Seventh Biennial Scientific Symposium, How School Environments Affect the Health and Educational Performance of Students, hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Institute (CEHI). To read Upasana’s address to the participants, please go here .
Picture the Children Photo Exhibit
Children and Their Food
Sponsored by the Whole Kids Foundation
The Children and Their Food Photo Exhibit debuted in October 2012, during National School Lunch Week, at CEHI’s Seventh Biennial Scientific Symposium at the Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
The Picture the Children program of the Children’s Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) is an approach to evoke an emotional experience for the viewers to envision the unique relationship children experience in their environment and the impact on their wellbeing. The images document the joy, discovery and positive health outcomes children experience in natural and healthy environments.
In partnership with the Whole Kids Foundation, the focus is on children and their relationship with food for the Picture the Children Photo Exhibit. In an effort to advance the discussion about children’s health and their environment, select photographers were invited to turn their lenses toward children and their food. Photographers were selected by the Advisory Panel to submit photographs representing the relationship between children and food.
Eating is a learned behavior. Healthy eating in childhood and adolescence is important for proper growth and development and is associated with reduced risk for many diseases, including several of the leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Poor nutrition is a major cause of health problems such as obesity and chronic disease, which are now increasingly beginning in childhood.
Susanna Finnell, PhD, Jury Chair
Marla Camp, Owner and Publisher of Edible Austin
Marise McDermott, President & CEO, Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
Lise Ragbir, Owner of Ragbir Art, Art Consultant
Penny De Los Santos, Senior Contributing photographer to Saveur Magazine and a regular contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine and Martha Stewart Living
To view the Picture the Children: Children in Nature Photo Exhibit by Roberto “Bear Guerra” go to http://www.bearguerra.com/slideshows/cehi_exhibit_final.