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It all happens so quickly. One minute you’re dropping the kids off at day camp and the next you’re sitting in an aisle of your local drugstore staring at the shiny new binders, No. 2 pencils, and superhero-themed backpacks.
Whether it’s your child’s first day of kindergarten or they’re entering the sixth grade, it’s important for parents to consider the health implications that plague the school environment. From school lunch to art supplies to industrial cleaning products, the place your child goes to learn is fraught with health hazards and toxic chemical exposures that could present harm during a crucial stage of development.
According to a recent report published by the nationwide Coalition for Healthier Schools, entitled “Towards Healthy Schools 2015”, “All school children should be considered at elevated risk of health and learning difficulties due solely to the unexamined risks in their school.”
What’s a concerned mom to do? For starters, parents can make safer choices that exercise their purchasing power and become active participants in advocating for change at the school level. Here are a few simple things parents can do to create a healthy environment for children this back-to-school season