Week #8: Fact: Bottled water is less regulated than tap water and can contain chemicals leached from the plastic.
Action: Bottle your own water and use a stainless steel or aluminum reusable water bottle.
Week #7: Fact: In a recent warning about lead exposure, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically recommends that shoes remain outside the house. According to a report called the Door Mat Study, lead-contaminated soil from the outside causes almost all the lead dust inside homes, and it notes that wiping shoes on a mat and removing them at the door cuts lead dust by 60 percent. The study explains that limiting the amount of dust and track-in may also help reduce exposure to lawn and garden pesticides, wood smoke and industrial toxins, mutagens, dust mites, and all
Action: Leave the dirt at the door. Wiping our shoes off and leaving them at the door reduces the amount of contaminated dirt tracked in. Think about this, your babies and kids are the ones who spend the most time on the ground in your home – crawling and playing.
Week #6: Fact: Personal care product companies are not required to test their products for safety prior to selling them and can put in virtually anything they want. Not surprisingly, there are many ingredients that have been found to be harmful.
Action: To reduce exposure to carcinogens, neurotoxicants, and reproductive toxicants, purchase products that do not contain:
Skin Deep safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products (brought to you by researchers at the Environmental Working Group) is a great resource for what type of chemicals are in over 25,000 products – you can search by product type, by brand etc. Find out more at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com.
In honor of it’s 50th anniversary, our September book will be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. So go find your high school copy and get ready for a classic American novel. Of course our theme will be good ol’ Southern food, and Amy B. will be our hostess. In addition to book club we will also be doing a book exchange. If you have some old books you’re finished with, bring them and trade for something new! (this is for fun and not required to attend the meeting!)
I know there are many new members of Stroller Strides and we would love to have some new faces join our book club.
September 8th at 6:30PM, Visit MeetUp for more details.
Week #5: Fact: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, organophosphate pesticides (OP) are now found in the blood of 95% of Americans tested and levels are twice as high in blood samples taken from children than in adults. These pesticides are linked to hyperactivity, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, developmental delays and motor dysfunction.
Action: Use non-toxic methods to manage pests and weeds.