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EPA Observes Children’s Health Month/President proclaims Oct. 4 as Children Health Day

Release Date: 10/04/2010
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, jones.enesta@epa.gov, 202-564-7873, 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - As President Obama proclaims today as Children Health Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working with its partners to expand the conversation on what all of us can do to protect children from environmental health hazards. Children are more affected by pollution because of their body weight when compared to adults and rely upon us to provide them with healthy communities where they live, play and learn.

"EPA is asking all Americans to join us this month and every month in making our communities across the country healthier places to live, learn and play for our children and future generations," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "As administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a mother, I know just how important it is that we act to protect our most vulnerable populations, and give them the clean, sustainable environment they need to thrive."


Under Administrator Jackson’s leadership, EPA has taken steps that will help improve the health of children, including taking action on greenhouse gases, strengthening clean air act standards, reforming chemical safety, reducing the impact of coal on the environment and water and working for environmental justice.

The presidential proclamation calls upon families, child health professionals, faith-based and community organizations and governments to help ensure clean air, safe water and healthy communities for our nation’s children.

Throughout October, there will be roundtable discussions and educational events taking place across the country. These are opportunities where parents, teachers and caregivers can learn about environmental issues affecting children, how they are being addressed more effectively at the local and national level, and the simple actions they can take to help keep children healthy.

Children’s Health events:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/CHM_events.htm

Tips to protect children:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/CHM_Calendar_English_2010_508_2.htm/$File/CHM_Calendar_English_2010_508_2.pdf?Open&preview

Tips, in Spanish:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/CHM_Calendar_Spanish_2010_508.htm/$File/CHM_Calendar_Spanish_2010_508.pdf?Open&preview