October is Children's Health Month!

Children's Health Month Logo 2011

Scientific research shows that children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental hazards. In addition, EPA reports that warmer temperatures from climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, are making allergy seasons longer and worsening smog, exacerbating childhood asthma. One in ten children in the U.S. already suffers from asthma, and these numbers go up in communities of color, low-income families, and tribal populations.

Children's Health Month Resources from EPA

Children's Health Month 2017 regional activities

EPA offers more than 20 free down-loadable publications on Children's Health, some in both English and Spanish, with classroom posters and other notable reports including, but not limited to:

  • America's Children and the Environment (2003):  This report brings together quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors.
  • Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments (2011)
  • Fact Sheets on Children's Environmental Health Disparities by Race for Asthma and Secondhand Smoke
  • A Network of Experts on Children's Environmental Health (2009):  A brochure that provides a general introduction to the PEHSU network. PEHSUs offer advice and information on environmental exposures on children's health.
  • Student Curriculum:  Recipes for Healthy Kids and a Healthy Environment (2013; ages 9-13) a nine-lesson program designed to excite kids about environmental health and empower them to take steps in their everyday lives to improve the environment for their community and reduce their environmental risk.