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!

Integrated Pest Management

Health Concerns Children may be exposed to pesticides by playing on floors, lawns, and play areas or by eating pesticide-treated foods. When pesticides are applied indoors as a spray or aerosol, vapors often linger in the air. Small droplets from the sprays can end up on carpets, floors, desks, toys and other surfaces with which children may come into contact either by crawling or mouthing objects. Pesticide sprays used outdoors can drift into child care facilities and homes through ambient air or ventilation systems. The health effects of pesticides are dependent upon the chemical class and formulation of each pesticide, the level and length of exposure, and the age of exposure, with childr

Health Concerns with Furniture & Carpets

Health Concerns Though wall-to-wall carpeting provides a soft surface to land on, it can trap pesticides, household cleaning residues, and lead contaminated dust and dirt. Carpets, and the glues that hold carpet in place, release chemicals such as VOCs. Children, especially younger children, spend most of their time near or on the ground and thus breathe in these chemicals, as well as the dirt, dust and mildew that accumulate in the carpet. Exposure to these substances can lead to lung complications and can act as a trigger for asthma attacks. Additionally, household furnishings can contain toxic materials such as formaldehyde and flame retardants. Formaldehyde can be irritating to the eyes,


What Is Lead and How Is It Used? Lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal found in the environment. Lead is odorless and colorless. It is currently used in the production of certain batteries, metal and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) piping, electronic products, art supplies, ceramics and other common and industrial items. Due to health concerns, lead has been significantly reduced in paint, ceramic products, caulking, and pipe solder. The federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978 but older houses can still have lead paint (both inside and outside). Lead was also banned as a gasoline additive in the U.S. in 1978. Lead can still be found in many products including play jewel

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