September 30, 2010
Week #13: Fact: The chemicals in institutional cleaning products can cause a wide range of major health problems for children, including respiratory irritation and increased risk of cancer.
Action: If you have children in day care or school, make sure that the facility is doing everything they can to protect your children from harmful toxins, just like you do at home. Ask the facility to evaluate the cleaners they use.
You can help them by pointing them to resources at http://healthychild.org/blog/comments/getting_your_childs_school_or_child_care_center_to_clean_green/ and http://www.healthyschools.org/documents/green_cleaning_guide.pdf
September 23, 2010
Week #12: Fact: The EPA states that toxic chemicals in household cleaners are three times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor air pollution and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has identified 150 chemicals common in homes linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. Some of the most common culprits include household bleach, all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergent, and dish detergent.
Action: Use non-toxic cleaners (i.e. Seventh Generation, Method, Ecover brands).
September 16, 2010
Week #11: Fact: One in seven newborn babies could be at risk for brain damage and learning difficulties due to mercury exposure in the womb. Women and children are exposed to dangerous levels of mercury when they eat certain fish.
Action: Eat small fish and use the mercury calculator at www.gotmercury.org to find out how much is safe for you.
September 9, 2010
Week #10: Fact: An amazing variety of toxic substances find their way into carpet, including metals (such as arsenic, lead, and mercury), pesticides, pet dander, fungal spores, bacteria, dust-mite droppings also seep into carpets. New carpet can off-gas for weeks releasing such harmful substances as formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene in a mix of up to 200 different chemicals.
Action: Clear out the carpet and use washable rugs instead or install hardwood floors.
September 2, 2010
Week #9: Fact: Toys made out of PVC plastics (also called vinyl) often contain additives, such as lead, phthalates, and cadmium, which can leech out increasing your child’s risk for brain damage, cancer, and hormone disruption.
Action: Purchase toys made out of wood or cloth.
September 1, 2010
Cibolo Canyons Tuesday, Thursday classes are moving to Comanche Lookout Park.
We will no longer have classes at Cibolo Canyons and our first Class at Comanche Lookout Park will be Tuesday September 7th at 9:30am.
There will be a picnic playdate after class for all the kids to use the great playscape.
To celebrate the re-opening of this park Stroller Strides of North San Antonio will run a special “two for one” promotion. If you and a friend come to this class as your first free class you can split the $75 registration fee.
Comanche Lookout Park is located at 15060 Judson Rd San Antonio, TX 78247. We meet at the playscape located next to the parking lot to the Semmes Library.
Contact Lisa DeArmond
with any questions