Category: National Center for Environmental Health

Stay Safe in Winter Weather

Note: The below vignette is a fictional account showing possible health risks from exposure to cold weather. Matthew is outside on a cold, winter day shoveling snow out of his driveway. He starts to shiver and feel drowsy, but he decides to keep working until he finishes. When his neighbor Anna passes by, she notices Read More >

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CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network empowers people to use data and tools to take public health action and improve community health. CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network (Tracking Network) has been connecting people with vital public health information since 2009. CDC has made continual improvements to the Tracking Network’s data by developing tools to make 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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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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