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Environmental Contaminants and Your Child’s Health: What Does the Science Say? What Can You Do?

Posted by drewbendon on February 13, 2008


Wednesday April 2, 7-8:45 p.m.

A Parent Education Evening at Beach School Auditorium
Presented by the Tri-School Parents’ Clubs

Do you feel confused or alarmed by conflicting news stories about which products, foods and environments are safe for your child and which are hazardous? You aren’t alone! It’s hard to sort through all the information that is available and to know which is reliable. Over the past 60 years, the volume of chemicals that we use or are exposed to in our daily lives has increased dramatically. Much of the health impact of this trend is still unknown, but some of it is known (even if this information is not always disseminated well to the public). We are very fortunate to have a panel of experts in children’s environmental health joining us to discuss the latest findings, answer your questions, and offer some practical steps you can take to protect your children’s health in three areas:

Indoor Air Quality: What effects can our indoor environment have on our children’s health? What can you do to minimize your child’s exposures to pollutants such as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) indoors? What are “green” products? What is a “green” school? What strategies, tools and information can you use to make informed decisions on purchases to prevent adverse exposures? Speaker: Toni Stein, Ph.D. California Dept. of Public Health – Indoor Air Quality Section

Pesticides: Are pesticides commonly used in the home and garden hazardous for children? What are some non-toxic or safer alternatives? Are pesticides and mercury really a concern in food? Is it important to buy organic? Speaker: Mark Miller, MD, MPH. Director of UCSF‘s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and Public Health Medical Officer for the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Plastics: Which types of plastics are safe for use by children and which pose a threat (and why)? What is the latest research on the endocrine disrupting (hormone mimicking or altering) effects of phthalates (chemicals used in plastics manufacture)? What are the risks of exposure to bisphenol A (found in many plastics)? Speaker: Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., MPH. Associate Professor and Director, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Department of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Sciences, UCSF (And Beach mom!)

2 Responses to “Environmental Contaminants and Your Child’s Health: What Does the Science Say? What Can You Do?”

  1. trood said

    With all the building or rebuilding happening in Piedmont – why not make our schools greener?
    20% of America goes to school every day. More than a quarter of these students and teachers attend schools that are considered substandard or dangerous to occupant health.

    Public and private schools alike are realizing that going green is a no-brainer. On average, green schools save $100,000 per year – enough to hire two new teachers, buy 200 new computers or purchase 5,000 new textbooks.

    If all new school construction and school renovations went green starting today, energy savings alone would total more than $20 billion over the next 10 years.

    Green schools can make a tremendous impact on student health, test scores, teacher retention, school operational costs and the environment.

    The new Havens should be designed to earn LEED certification by the US Green Building Council.

    Learn more at http://www.buildgreenschools.org

  2. drewbendon said

    I agree and hope that everyone concerned about this issue will press the School Board to make sure that these issues are addressed in the Measure E building process. Havens in particular, if it is going to be built from scratch, presents a significant opportunity to apply these principles.

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