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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

TOXMAP adds Native Lands layer

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

“The TOXMAP beta now includes a Native Lands map layer that shows geographic areas of certain native populations, including American Indian Reservations and Off-Reservation Trust Lands, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas, and Hawaiian Home Lands…”

Read the full announcement from the National Library of Medicine TOXMAP News, https://nnlm.gov/bhic/3lkf. The announcement includes a link to guides on how to use the new features.

 

Building Environments for Active Living

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Having a place to exercise or play sports is an important part of healthy living. But many lack access to sidewalks and safe paths for running, walking or biking. The opportunities to play sports may not exist. The according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), zip codes can be more important to health than genetic codes. RWJF works with communities across the country to promote cultures of health in communities, including safe places to play and exercise. Read more about this effort at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/ob4d. The Centers for Disease Control also offers a tool kit for communities to assess built environments in order to improve them, at: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/4t7d

Health and Well-Being for All Meeting-in-a-box

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Health and Well-Being for All meeting-in-a-box, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6, provides resources needed to explore the determinants underlying health problems faced by patients and communities. This tool incorporates a big-picture visual with supporting materials, including data cards, group dialogue exercises, and facilitator tips to identify and engage collaborators. Currently, there are three modules: obesity, gang violence, and asthma. The box can be purchased or the Facilitator Guide and materials for each module can be downloaded for free from http://bit.ly/29PV1vZ.

Text adapted from CDC Foundation, http://bit.ly/2afpRj6 

Protecting kids from Zika

Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control has information for parents about Zika, including printable fact sheets and kid-friendly activity books.

Zika – Parents: http://bit.ly/2a6stji

 

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Monday, July 18th, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 50,000 people a year visit the emergency department because of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, but poisoning can be prevented.

Resources to learn more include:

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Poisoning Prevention (CDC): http://bit.ly/2ab3kql

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (MedlinePlus): http://bit.ly/29QhRWa

EPA Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool (version 2.0) is an easy way to find out how prepared your community is to handle emergencies that impact your water systems and learn about tools and resources that can be used to build resilience.

The self-assessment in the tool is for:

  • drinking water and wastewater utilities
  • state primacy agencies, hospitals
  • public health agencies
  • fire
  • police
  • emergency managers
  • elected officials
  • concerned citizens

For more information and to download the tool, visit http://1.usa.gov/1TIeTAu

Learn from University Green Cleaning Leaders

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Learn from the Leaders: Community Engagement in Higher Education
May 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. CST
Register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/1TMSVOw

From Healthy Schools Campaign and Green Clean Schools

This webinar will showcase the innovative green cleaning programs at Texas Tech University and University of California, Irvine, with special attention to their ability to galvanize their students, schools and larger community around health and sustainability. Participants will have time to connect with presenters and ask questions.

April issue of NIH News in Health

Monday, April 18th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, gardening to promote health, and avoiding childhood sports injuries.

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Greenness Around Homes Linked to Lower Mortality

Monday, April 18th, 2016

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:

“Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes. The results were published Apr. 14 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.”

Read more about the study: http://1.usa.gov/1WaZSes

Full-text: http://1.usa.gov/22HsNH1

Interested in adding more vegetation to your area? Cooperative Extension can offer advice. Find your local office: http://1.usa.gov/1SUN06Y

EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt