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Air Quality Awareness Week/Twitter Chat

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

Air Quality Awareness Week 2015 Family Outdoors

What can you do to protect your health during Air Quality Awareness Week? Pay attention to the Air Quality Index (AQI). The AQI is a tool that tells you when high levels of air pollution are predicted and tells you how air pollution affects your health. Finding the AQI is easy. It’s on the Web, on many local TV weather forecasts, or you can sign up for free e-mail tools and apps. The AQI is easy to use. If the AQI predicts a “Code Orange” (unhealthy for sensitive groups) day don’t cancel your plans—use the AQI to help you plan a better time or place for them.

The AQI tells you about five major air pollutants in the U.S. that are regulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, including ozone and particle pollution. Ozone and particle pollution may harm the health of hundreds of thousands of Americans each year.

To learn more about how air quality affects your health join experts from CDC, EPA, NOAA, and the National Park Service Thursday, April 30, at 1:00 pm EDT for a TwitterChat about air quality, physical activity, and health.

Meet the Scientist Featuring Dr. Andreas Sjodin

Categories: Division of Laboratory Sciences, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health

DLS scientist Andreas Sjodin.  Photo courtesy of Andreas Sjodin.

DLS scientist Andreas Sjodin. Photo courtesy of Andreas Sjodin.

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of NCEH/ATSDR scientists. The series also aims to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health.

For three decades, scientists at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have been keeping America safe from hazards in our environment. For example, scientists at ATSDR have worked in more than 900 communities across the nation to assess and explain the health risks involved in exposures to hazardous substances and educate community members so they can keep their families safe.

Earth Day and Environmental Justice: Connected and Working Together Side-By-Side

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health

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Sparks for Environmental Movement

On April 22nd, the world will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Conceived by former U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was established to focus on creating a healthier environment by protecting our planet and its resources. Perhaps, Earth Day set the tone for environmental protection, education, and advocacy. Senator Nelson said the idea of Earth Day evolved over a period of seven years starting in 1962. This was a time when the fight for civil rights characterized activism against injustice, brutality, and dehumanization, and a time when Woodstock represented a peace and love generation.

HCDI Influences Billion Dollar Spending

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

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CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative (HCDI) is a key source of federal expertise to help states and communities integrate health considerations into transportation and community planning decisions. As part of a pilot project with Nashville, Tennessee, HCDI is influencing how billions of dollars of transportation spending will occur. Keep reading to learn more about how HCDI can impact the health of millions of Americans through this project.

A Snapshot of HCDI’s Influence

  • At the local and state levels, HCDI has funded or provided technical assistance to one-quarter of the more than 300 Health Impact Assessments conducted in the United States to date.
  • At the national level, HCDI works with partners on transportation and health research initiatives.
  • At the metropolitan level, HCDI has most recently partnered with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to pilot methods that integrate public health into transportation planning.

Are You a Public Health Nerd?

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

public health nerd

Do you like science and care about saving lives? If so, you might just be a public health nerd!

In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched the Public Health Nerd (#PHNerd) online campaign to mobilize people who are passionate about public health and its role in creating and sustaining a healthy, stable society. The campaign promotes awareness about CDC’s work to protect the nation’s health and safety. It also hopes to encourage learning and increase knowledge about public health.

National Public Health Week (April 6-10)

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services

National Public Health Week 2015

Your address can play an important role in how long you live and how healthy you are. The physical design of your community affects your health every time you step out your front door. Sometimes making healthy choices is not easy—being physically active is hard if you do not have access to sidewalks or parks, and eating right is hard if healthy foods are not available.

During National Public Health Week (April 6-12), learn how you can make the healthy choice the easy choice in your community.

More information:

 

National Public Health Week Daily Themes- Tuesday, April 7: Starting From Zip

Prepare for Spring Weather

Categories: National Center for Environmental Health

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Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

Learn how you can prepare for Spring weather.

Voices from the Field: Susan McBreairty

Categories: National Center for Environmental Health, Voices from the Field

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR’s blog series titled “Voices from the Field” gives readers first-hand accounts of NCEH/ATSDR staff experiences working in communities to protect public health.

This post features NCEH/ATSDR Health Communication Specialist, Susan McBreairty. Read on to learn how Susan helped facilitate communication technical support for the CDC/Liberia Ebola response.

Off to Liberia!

When people ask me about my deployment to Liberia last fall, I answer without hesitation, “It was awesome.” Nevertheless, I’ve caught myself thinking, almost simultaneously, ‘That must sound awful, given the dire circumstances in which Liberians and other West Africans find themselves.’ Truly, there is much sorrow and heartbreak occurring in the countries where Ebola is not yet controlled and far from eliminated. However, this was not my first time deploying to another country. From 2005-06, I served in the US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe.

Learn More about Toxic Substances

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Toxic Substances

ATSDR’s Toxic Substances Web Portal makes it easy for researchers and citizens to find information about toxic chemicals and related health effects. Learn how toxic substances can affect health and how to prevent exposure.

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) Toxic Substances Web Portal provides comprehensive access to the best science, the latest research, and important information about how toxic substances can affect health.

ATSDR makes it easy to find the information you want to know about toxic substances and related health effects and exposure risks.

You can search for information alphabetically or by

  • Key terms
  • Organ systems
  • Audiences

Where Do You Get Your Water?

Categories: Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health

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You turn on the tap and there it is—water. At least that is the case in most of the United States. But do you know where your water comes from? As essential as water is in everyone’s life, many are not aware that much of their water comes from the ground.

March 8-14 is 2015 National Groundwater Awareness Week in the United States. The purpose of this observance is to stress how important ground water is to the health of all people and the environment.1

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