Your Health – Your Environment Blog Posts

Manage Your Asthma During Disasters

*Note: This vignette is a fictional account showing the risks people with asthma might face during an emergency. Carla* has asthma. To help her manage her asthma, she worked with her doctor to develop an Asthma Action Plan. The plan details the steps Carla needs to take to keep her asthma from getting worse. She Read More >

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National Fireworks Safety Month

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC supports #National Fireworks Safety Month in June and recommends the use of hearing protection devices while participating in noisy activities this summer. Below are some examples of noisy activities Watching summer fireworks on the 4th of July Mowing the lawn Using a gas-powered lawn edger to Read More >

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Coping After Natural Disasters

Note: Valerie Rodriguez Teissonniere is a health communication intern at CDC and is sharing her personal experiences in this post. Growing up and living in Puerto Rico for over 20 years, I’ve faced numerous natural disasters and emergencies. Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 and George in 1998 were most notorious for causing the most Read More >

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How Climate Change Can Affect Your Mental Health

Have you ever felt anxious about the future of our planet or stressed about how climate change could affect your life? If so, you’re not alone. Climate change affects more than just our physical health—it also affects our mental health. Here at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we recognize that mental health Read More >

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Air Quality and Your Health

Imagine getting ready to go for a walk outside only to glance out your window and see a hazy, smoke-filled sky. You check the Air Quality Index (AQI) and discover the local air quality is unhealthy. When you turn on the news, you learn that a wildfire started a few miles north of you. Health Read More >

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The Road Less Traveled – Not All Veterinarians are Clinical Practitioners

Meet Brittany Szafran, DVM, PhD, Toxicologist and Associate Service Fellow for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia. A Brief Personal History Like many other students who pursue veterinarian medicine, Brittany wanted to work with animals from a young age. She tailored her life to pursue the profession. During her Read More >

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

Sparks for Environmental Movement On April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day, established in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to create a healthier environment by protecting our planet and its resources. When environments become polluted or contaminated, they can cause harmful health effects in human beings. Perhaps, Earth Day set the tone for environmental Read More >

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Welcome to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Clear Writing Hub!

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have long been your sources for the latest in environmental health news and information. But now they are your source for clear writing support as well! Read More >

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Radon Action Month – Healthcare Professionals Can Raise Awareness Too!

January is National Radon Action Month, an annual observance highlighting the importance of this public health issue. This also serves as an opportunity for healthcare providers to learn more about the role they can play in informing patients about radon and limiting the effects of exposures. Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas. It Read More >

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Environmental Justice: A Leader Ahead of His Time

Every year we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work toward social justice, civil liberties, and equal rights for all. His actions, including civil disobedience and passive resistance, led to widely known legal achievements such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Might Read More >

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