A Watershed Moment: Children’s Health

On today’s episode we hear from Paul Haan, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan, who discusses children’s health and explains why children are more vulnerable to their environments.

The environment children live in can get surpassed when looking at factors that play a role in their development, however are a vital contributor to their health and learning ability. Lead poisoning and poor air quality are very dangerous, not only for adults, but children who are still growing. As a child, the brain and respiratory system are still developing, and when influenced by distressed housing, can lead to the development of allergies or health issues that can keep them away from getting a good education.

“If we fix the household ecosystem, children can be healthier,” says Haan.

Children are also more vulnerable to developing health problems than adults because of the way they interact with their environment. Crawling, playing on the ground, and putting objects in the mouth make kids more susceptible to whatever allergens may be lurking in their house.

“Our children can clearly be impacted by environmental situations that are 100 percent preventable,” says Haan.

To listen to this episode, click here.

“A Watershed Moment” is a weekly radio program focused on environmental news and happenings in West Michigan, plus solutions for living a greener life.  Broadcast on WYCE-FM 88.1 on Tuesdays at 8:30am and 5:30pm, this program is produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center and West Michigan Environmental Action Council.

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