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!

Ten Tips For Parents to Create Healthy Environments for Children

The Child Environmental Health Network (CEHN) is an amazing resources for family and child care providers in helping create healthier environments for children. Here are Child Environmental Health Networks top ten tips to create healthier environments for children and caregivers. Try to keep homes, cars and any places where children are present smoke -free. Store all chemicals out of reach to children. Try avoiding to use lead-based paint, but if you have lead -based paint maintain paint to prevent chipping and flaking. Use only cold water


Health Concerns Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the leading environmental cause of lung cancer in America, claiming approximately 21,000 deaths per year. Radon-related lung cancer is correlated with a person’s total lifelong exposure; therefore, the longer you are exposed to radon, the greater your chance of developing radon-related lung cancer. What Is Radon? Radon is an invisible radioactive gas that you can’t taste or smell; therefore, it can only be detected through testing. It is produced by the natural breakdown of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Uranium is found in soils worldwide, with some areas having higher concentrations than others. Any bu

Avoiding Common Household Asthma Triggers

According to the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten school-age children in the U.S. has asthma. Symptoms include a tight feeling in the chest, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. During an asthma attack, the smooth muscles that line the airways to the lungs suddenly become swollen and inflamed and tighten, obstructing or blocking the flow of air, which can be life threatening for both children and adults. Asthma can be caused by outdoor air pollution, but also by indoor emissions of chemicals, strong odors, mold, smoke or other factors. The air inside homes can be two to five times as polluted as outdoor air. So while there is no cure for asthma, you can help

Choosing a Safe Mattress for Your Baby's Crib

Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends that parents look for low-VOC emitting crib mattresses that have been independently verified by a third-party certifier, such as Greenguard or Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and mattresses made without polyurethane foam. During the first few years of their lives, infants can spend most of their time sleeping or crawling in the crib. Choosing children’s products that are good for air quality in the baby’s room can be a difficult task. To help with that choice, EWG talked with Dr. Brandon E. Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University. Since 2011, Boor has been researching indoor air quality and sleep microenvironments. Studies pu

It’s Official: California Issues Caution on Cell Phone Use

California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and limit use when reception is weak. State officials caution that studies link radiation from long-term cell phone use to an increased risk of brain cancer, lower sperm counts and other health problems, and note that children’s developing brains could be at greater risk. The state Department of Public Health was forced to release the guidelines in March after a lawsuit by University of California, Berkeley, researcher Dr. Joel Moskowitz. At the time, the department said the guidelines were only a draft, but they now are the state’s official position. The DPH guidelines clos

Six Questions About Cellphone Radiation and Your Health

The California Department of Public Health released draft guidelines on cellphone safety that outlined the health risks from cellphone radiation, and advised people to limit use and keep phones away from the body. In 2011, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer declared the kind of radiation emitted by cellphones a “possible carcinogen” based on human epidemiological studies that found increased gliomas and acoustic neuromas in long-term cellphone users.Yet the wireless industry continues to insist that the public need not worry and fights efforts to inform the public. To clear up some of this confusion, EWG answers your top questions: Click here!

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