Air Quality Awareness Week/Twitter Chat

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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. Use the hashtag #AirQualityChat in your messages during the chat to join the conversation.

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