Your Health – Your Environment Blog Posts

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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Three Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Protector


We live in a noisy world. Some noises can damage our hearing, leading to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and difficulty communicating especially in background noise. Permanent noise-induced hearing damage is incurable. Read More >

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International Noise Awareness Day – Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Loud Noises Damage Hearing

International Noise Awareness Day is an annual observance held on the last Wednesday of April. This global campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of noise on the health and welfare of people. Read More >

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Introducing ATSDR’s Community Stress Resource Center

Community Stress Resource Center

Life in a community experiencing long-term environmental contamination can be stressful for many reasons, including uncertainty, health and financial concerns, and feelings of powerlessness. While it is normal for people to feel stress in these situations, chronic – or sustained – stress can pose health risks on top of those related to environmental exposures. Read More >

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Life Chose A Different Path for Dr. Patricia Ruiz

Dr. Patricia Ruiz

“I believe that we always have a dream for our lives — but some plans may change because of a situation that goes against our will. When things don’t go as planned, those are learning opportunities. In those times we need to be brave, be flexible, refocus, persevere, and never give up,” says Dr. Patricia Read More >

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