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Open for Public Comment: National Healthy Housing Standard

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The American Public Health Association and the National Center for Healthy Housing have released a draft National Healthy Housing Standard to reflect current understanding of the connections between housing and health.  Public Comment from health and housing professionals and other stakeholders is open until July 31, 2013.  To read the draft standard and offer comment, go to the National Center for Health Housing website:

Bothered by bugs? Resources on Insect Bites and Stings

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Itching and scratching from bug bites this summer?  Go to the MedlinePlus for resources on avoiding and treating Insect Bites and Stings, including the safe use of Insect Repellent.

Insect Bites and Stings Health Topic Page:

Listen to Your Buds: Resources to Prevent Hearing Loss

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month.  The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has created a campaign to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.  To get lists of warning signs, inforgraphics and resources for parents and educators, go to ASHA’s Listening to Your Buds site:

Water and Sun Safety Resources

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional start of the summer recreation season in the United States.

To help keep kids and others safe on the water, check out the MedlinePlus Water Safety (Recreational) page:

For information on enjoying the sun safely, go to the Sun Exposure page:


It’s Spring Cleaning Season!

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Spring is finally here. And, that means spring cleaning time! View “It’s Spring Cleaning Season!” to get tips for heavy duty and earth friendly cleaning.

It’s Spring Cleaning Season! (HealthDay video, March 22, 2013 on MedlinePlus)

Flood Safety resources

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

With the arrival of spring comes increased risk of flooding in many areas.  The National Weather Service has declared this week to be Flood Safety Awareness Week.  MedlinePlus has a health topic page for Floods, which includes resources on preparing and responding to flooding in your home and community:

Birth Defects: A Tool Kit

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a new Birth Defects Toolkit,, which features a variety of communication pieces including key messages and talking points, a fact sheet, and some sample social media posts. Also see the CDC’s tracking tool, Birth Defects and the Environment:

Tips to Reduce Flame Retardants at Home

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Silent Spring Institute, an organization staffed and led by researchers dedicated to science that serves the public interest, has released a new prevention factsheet for consumers.

Consumer products such as furniture, textiles, and electronics often contain chemical flame retardants. These chemicals can come out of products into house dust where people are exposed. Many of these chemicals have been linked to cancer or hormone disruption, or have not been adequately tested for safety.

Read “5 Tips to Reduce Toxic Flame Retardants at Home” to see how you can make a difference:

Beware of Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offeres several  important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season.

Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Children may be exposed to it from consumer products through normal handling of the product. They often place toys and other objects, as well as their fingers that have touched these objects, in their mouth, which exposes them to lead paint or dust. Read more at: [CDC Current Features]

Free Webinar: Leading Health Indicators

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Approximately 127 million people in the United States live in counties that do not meet national air quality standards. Safe air, land, and water are vital to a healthy community environment. The environment directly affects health status and plays a major role in quality of life, years of healthy life, and health disparities. On Monday, December 17, 12:00 -12:45 PM EST, join for a free webinar on environmental quality: “Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?” Register here: