Presentation on theme: "An Environmental Health Curriculum for Youth Available at Presented by: Jessica Kochert and Joy."— Presentation transcript:
An Environmental Health Curriculum for Youth Available at http://florida4h.org/projects/headlines_for_health.shtml Presented by: Jessica Kochert and Joy Jordan
Children today will be exposed to more chemicals over their lifetimes than any previous generation. According to the EPA, every 13 seconds poison centers throughout the U.S. receive a call about someone being exposed to a poison. Forty percent of those cases involve a child under three years old. According to the American Association of Poison Centers, more than half of the over two million poisoning incidents each year involve children under six years of age. According to the EPA, the average home can accumulate as much as 100 pounds of household hazardous waste in the basement, garage, and storage closets. Lead-based paint was banned in 1978. However, today there are still about 38 million homes that contain lead paint—about 40% of all U.S. housing. Statistics like these prompted the creation of Headlines for Health.
HHP S (H AZARDOUS H OUSEHOLD P RODUCTS ) M OLD R ADON L EAD A IR P OLLUTION A STHMA
While anyone’s health can be impacted by regular exposure to environmental hazards, those most susceptible are C HILDREN O RGAN S YSTEMS are still developing I NTAKE proportionate to their size Same P HYSICAL L EVEL as most hazards
E DUCATE youth about: Common Hazards Warning Signs Associated Health Risks Ways to Minimize Exposure Provide O PPORTUNITY for youth to take message home to their families R EINFORCE proper techniques by providing a healthy environment for learning