Health & Nutrition Links
- Bisphenol A (BPA) Information for Parents
Learn all about Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, and how to reduce exposure to this chemical.
- Buy Fresh Buy Local
Buy Fresh Buy Local makes it easy for you to find, choose, and appreciate great local foods while supporting the farmers and lands that produce them – just enter your zip code.
- Eat Well Guide
Be sure to check out this free online guide to finding local, sustainable, and organic food in your area. Eat well and live well!
- EPA’s Care for Your Air: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality (PDF)
The air we breathe has the potential to put us at risk for health problems as it can contain pollutants that are especially harmful for children, the elderly, and those already with health concerns. Learn about various pollutants and learn ways to improve the quality of your air and ultimately the quality of your health.
- EPA’s Children’s Environmental Health: A Call for Global Protection (PDF)
A healthy environment is fundamental to children’s health and survival. Yet still children everywhere are being negatively affected by environmental conditions, causing children to have health concerns and issues such as asthma, developmental disorders, and childhood exposure to chemicals and toxic substances. View this printable brochure for more information.
- EWG’s Guide to Safe Drinking Water (PDF)
Staying hydrated with good, clean, safe drinking water is essential to a healthy body. Read these tips by EWG researchers to learn how to keep hydrated while reducing your exposure to common pollutants found in drinking water.
- The Food Studies Institute
Learn about The Food Studies Institute, a nonprofit devoted to improving the health of children through food-based solutions. The nonprofit was founded by Antonia Demas, Ph. D., who created the award-winning curriculum, Food is Elementary ©, that teaches kids about food and nutrition through dynamic multi-cultural lessons that engage all the senses.
- KidsHealth: Overweight and Obesity
Maintaining a healthy weight is a large part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As the percentage of overweight children in the U.S. rises, we must find ways to help kids maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- Let’s Move
Check out the Let’s Move campaign, a nationwide initiative to promote healthy choices, covering topics such as: raising healthier kids, food and nutrition, physical activity, and more.
- Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC: Baby Steps to Green Parenting
View Magee's new film "Baby Steps to Green Parenting," a guide to environmental health for families.
- National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: Eat Right
Learn tips for how to eat right and stay healthy.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK): Understand Adult Obesity (PDF)
Obesity puts persons at increased health risk for chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and some forms of cancer. View this fact sheet and learn all about obesity and what you can do about it.
- Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides (PDF)
Many people remember to rinse their fruits and veggies before preparing and eating in attempts to avoid consuming pesticide residues. But does it help? Read this guide to find out the facts about pesticides effecting produce and shop safely.
- Smart Growth America, Surface Transportation Policy Project: Measuring the Health Effects of SPRAWL: A National Analysis of Physical Activity, Obesity and Chronic Disease (PDF)
Much focus has been put on Americans eating too much fattening food, but low levels of physical activity are also a cause for obesity. Public health officials are wondering whether the design of our communities makes it difficult for people to get that needed physical activity and maintain a healthy weight. Read this study for more insight.
- Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) by NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease): Helping Your Overweight Child
Healthy, nutritious eating and regular physical activity are important to your child’s health and well-being. Eating too much and exercising too little can lead to overweight and related health problems that may continue into a child’s adult years. Learn healthy eating and physical activity habits that are part of a health lifestyle and learn more about overweight and related health problems.
- What’s On My Food?
What’s On My Food?, a project of the Pesticide Action Network is a searchable database designed to make the public problem of pesticide exposure visible and more understandable. Learn information about pesticides and how it affects your food and your health.