What is HEAL?

The Marin Countywide Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative brings together residents and community partners from throughout Marin to create a road map to improve community health. We are pleased to announce we have received a grant from the Marin Community Foundation for HEAL work with families and providers enrolled in our Access to Quality Child Care program. This program focuses on policies, systems and practices to support HEAL work in child care and support quality. Other opportunities include: more training  for the provider community, on-site work with specialists in different areas, garden and nutrition education and much more!

Safer Household Cleaners

HEAL can help support child care providers to learn more about Eco Child Care. Eco Child Care is part of the Children's Environmental Health Network that advocates for children's health through leading research. For more info contact Madelene McCann, HEAL Educational Coordinator 415.491.5784 or email at Household Chemicals & Health Concerns Household chemicals can be toxic to our health and to our environment. A wide variety of toxic or hazardous chemicals are routinely used as ingredients for cleaning products. Household chemicals can make indoor air unhealthy to breathe, irritate the skin and eyes, harm the respiratory tract and pollute the natural environment. Children ar

Making Time for Homemade Meals

Making time to create healthy family meals can be challenging, but research shows the importance of family meals in child development. Modeling good eating habits and shared conversation are just two of the many benefits of taking time to come together over a meal. Make family meals a priority. Serving homemade meals are vital in reinforcing healthy eating habits. Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, strengthen ties and build better relationships. Kids who eat family meals tend to eat a wider variety of foods and become less picky eaters. Ditch the processed snacks. Prep celery, carrots, sweet peas, jicama and other vegetables in containers or bags that ar

Limiting Use of Plastic for Your Family’s Health

So much of our daily purchases are packaged and wrapped in plastic. From water bottles, to plastic lined food, plastic is used everywhere. So what's the issue? Over the years more and more researchers have linked chemicals used to produce plastic to be harmful for our health. One commonly known product is Bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in water bottles and many children's toys. Plastic made with Bisphenol A have been linked to abnormal brain and reproductive organs development. In 2009 a study in Denmark showed a 69% increase of BPA chemical found in human urine, just after one week of drinking cold water out of polycarbonate water bottles. This was a shocking finding especially in collati

Sun Screen Safety

The sun is here. With the warm sunny days here, sun protection for children is an important aspect that should not be overlooked. With increased time outdoors children are exposed to more of the sun rays making them susceptible to sun burns. Sun screen is a go-to for many, however research shows that some sunscreen can contain harmful chemicals. Attached is a simple guide to safer sunscreen by the Environmental Working Group. Here are some keys to keep safe and having fun in the sun! Cover up: using clothing as protection Hats: Make sure your child has a hat for when they go outside and play. Light weight long sleeve shirts are also helpful in keeping the sun’s rays off your child skin. Clot

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