Jennifer Hankey, founder of Healthy Green Schools, shares her best advice for keeping kids healthy at school.
What are some common health risks kids encounter at school?
Common chemicals of concern include triclosan (a common antibacterial chemical), phthalates (found in soaps and cleaners), formaldehyde, VOCs and other harmful chemicals in common cleaners. Even the most often used cleaners like Clorox and Lysol have been shown in studies not only to trigger asthma, but also to cause asthma in otherwise healthy individuals.
Why is it important for schools to consider safer, more sustainable alternatives?
With 12 percent of children now with asthma, 13 percent with food allergies and 30 percent overweight or obese, we must stop using cleaning chemicals that can potentially harm these children.
How can parents get their kids’ schools involved in the Healthy Green Schools program?
Gather a group of parents who are interested in seeing the program at their child’s school. Once schools learn the program is easy, beneficial and cost neutral, they are excited to start!