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What would you do to keep your child healthy?

October is Children’s Health Month. Of course, we worry about our kids every month, but this is a good time to assess some of the less obvious factors that contribute to their health.

Almost 20 years ago, President Clinton established the Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children, and in 2010, President Obama charged the task force with “developing strategies to protect children’s environmental health and safety.” When I was a kid, parents’ biggest worries were keeping knives out of a kid’s reach and preventing them from racing across the street. It’s a lot more difficult now.

Heads of both the EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services chair the task force with priorities including climate change, asthma-related problems, chemical exposure and healthy homes. Not surprisingly, these dangers are frequently related.


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