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The "Healthy Child" Grass Roots Movement

9 Dec. 2011 Posted by Hannah Mich
healthy child, hazardous chemicals, green baby, organic baby products

Thursday I listened to the "Lunch and Learn with Healthy Child" webinar on December 8, 2011. The keynote speakers were Elisabeth Rohm and Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff. This is the first time I had really heard of this grassroots campaign to empower parents through education. It focuses on ways to provide a safe environment that is free of hazardous chemicals, such as pesticides in the backyard. The webinar was a great way to learn about what the "Healthy Child Healthy World" campaign is really trying to do to improve our environment, products and children's health.

"This campaign is a great opportunity for parents to become more educated"
On the other hand, I think it lacked some organization, and failed to provide adequate tips parents could immediately use to improve their child's health and safety . It was simply too vague most of the time for any listener or newcomer to this movement and campaign. Instead, the speakers spent time merely referring to their website for such information, which I have taken a look at. It is worth any parent or soon to be parent to "bookmark" this site; www.healthychild.org. Regardless of the lack of detail in this webinar, this is a campaign I highly encourage any parent to get involved with, or at minimum support and keep track of the movement. This campaign is a great opportunity for parents to become more educated and a great platform for parents all over this nation [and world] to be heard by companies and political leaders.

Highlights of the Webinar

  • Infants are born with approximately 200 chemicals already in their bodies due to prenatal exposure, or while they are still in the womb.

  • Eighty thousand chemicals have been registered for use, but little is known of their affects on children.

  • One in seventy boys are diagnosed with some degree of autism.

  • Some girls are beginning menstruation as early as seven years old.

  • Childhood cancer has increased by 30 percent in the past 60 years.

These problems and exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals are likely preventable, and the "Healthy Child Healthy World" campaign wants to start leading the way in reducing and eventually preventing such health concerns for children and future generations.

Tips From the Webinar

  • Buy USDA organic food, including organic milk [it is worth the extra cost]

  • Read labels on products

  • Be aware of products that have "fragrance" in the ingredients

If you want further information and reading, consider reading the "Healthy Child Healthy World" book available here http://healthychild.org/book/.

I am looking forward to future "Lunch and Learn with Healthy Child" webinars. I think this helps to open up more conversation between parents across the nation, and, therefore, making parents feel more comfortable sharing concerns, problems and new ideas. Parents should not feel alone when it comes to picking out the right food, clothing and cleaning products. Parents should not feel alone when it comes to dealing with a sick child. We need more grassroots movements like "Healthy Child Healthy World."

Additional Reads and Resources

"Slow Death by Rubber Duck" by Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie

http://akintogreen.com/blog/2011/09/09/personal-battle

http://akintogreen.com/blog/2011/08/07/balance-life

http://video.pbs.org/video/1841157252/

Image: Clare Bloomfield / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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