Your Health – Your Environment Blog Posts

A summer internship at CDC

My name is Georgia Parsons, and I am an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University. This summer I interned with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Office of Communication. NCEH/ATSDR protects people’s health from environmental hazards that can be present in the air we Read More >

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It’s time for action, together we can protect our children’s environmental health!

Graphic design showing children wearing masks and fall clothing while outside. The title “Children’s Environmental Health Day” appears across the image.

Children’s Environmental Health Day (CEH Day) is an annual event devoted to raising awareness about children’s environmental health issues. This day gives agencies, like ours, a chance to celebrate our success and work dedicated to children’s health. This is also a day for individuals and organizations to take action to prevent potential environmental exposures that Read More >

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Join ATSDR in observing Children’s Health Month and advancing children’s environmental health!

October marks the beginning of one of our favorite monthly themes: Children’s Health. This month serves as a reminder that children are vulnerable to harmful substances in the environment. Protecting children’s health from environmental hazards is one of the most important responsibilities of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). In recognition of Read More >

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. While approximately 15,000 children ages 0-19 are diagnosed with cancer each year, the cause of most pediatric cancers remains unknown. CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) are working to increase our knowledge about and ability to prevent pediatric cancers in Read More >

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Emergency Preparedness

Make a plan. Build a kit. Be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month. Each year, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense because of climate change, urbanization, and other factors. Emergencies can happen any place, at any time. It is important to be prepared to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When disaster Read More >

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Planning for Disaster Recovery and Protecting Children’s Environmental Health

Each September, National Preparedness Month is observed to promote family and community disaster planning throughout the year. Every year, we are reminded just how unpredictable disasters are and how far-reaching their impact can be. ATSDR recognizes that preparing for the unexpected is important, especially when it comes to protecting children from harmful exposures during disaster Read More >

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Staying Safe from Cyanobacteria (Blue-green Algae) in Fresh Water

Summer Scenario This summer, a family went on a hike around their favorite lake with their dog Max. Brian, the dad, led the way and chose a route known for its lake views. Midway through their hike, the family stopped for a break and to admire the view. Mia, the family’s mom, looked out over Read More >

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Our Health and Our Environment Are Intertwined

Meet Kelsey Benson. She works at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in the Office of Community Health and Hazard Assessment. Read More >

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Fireworks Safety Month!

Fireworks Safety Month

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC supports #Fireworks Safety Month 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 manicure the lawn Read More >

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Preventing Food Allergies in Restaurants

Many restaurants had staff who had not received training on food allergies and lacked key knowledge about allergens. Training often did not cover important information such as what to do if a customer has an allergic reaction, and staff with less experience in the restaurant had less knowledge about allergies.

When Erin and a friend stopped by a sandwich shop one Saturday a few years ago, she decided to treat herself to a lemon cookie. “I’m allergic to coconut; does the lemon cookie have coconut in it?” she asked the server taking her order. The server said no. She believed him and ordered the cookie. Read More >

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