Environmental health is the area of public health focused on how substances, toxins, and other elements that people encounter daily affect health and how those impacts can be lessened. Everything somebody eats, drinks, breathes, touches, sees, and experiences in their everyday life affect their health. The objective of environmental health scientists and researches is to create those exposures and interactions more beneficial and less harmful.

Environmental health professionals look at exposures that could be hazardous to human health and determine how and why they influence health. The next step, and a huge portion of our mission, is to share that information widely so that people know what to avoid and how to they can make healthier choices for themselves, their families, and the communities where they live.


10 Little Things You Can Do For Cleaner Air

Breathing polluted air can seriously affect your health. From watery eyes to coughing to severe respiratory problems, contamination puts a real damper on your health and well-being.

It’s far more enjoyable to stay busy once you’re breathing clean air. Look at these ten simple things you can do in order to play a role in keeping our air clean and healthy.

At Home

  1. Avoid using chemical fertilizers and pesticides as far as possible. A number of these products emit nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas.
  2. Limit the use of gas-powered tools such as lawnmowers and leaf blowers–even smallish engines pollute.
  3. Avoid burning wood unless it is your only source of warmth.
  4. Grilling? Think about using a natural gas or propane grill rather than charcoal or wood.

On the Go

  1. Walk, jog, bike, or use another kind of active transportation whenever possible. You’re doing a favor to yourself and the environment.
  2. After driving, “chain” your excursions together to reduce travel time and emissions–push to the farthest destination. Consider carpooling and car-sharing programs for regular commutes.
  3. Don’t idle. If you are going to be parked more than you would be at a stoplight, turn off your car.
  4. Get to know your neighborhood mass transit system. Using trains, buses, and streetcars is an excellent way to reduce the amount of vehicles on the street.
  5. In the market for a new car? Factor fuel efficiency and emission estimates into your choice.
  6. Do not fill your car up in the hottest time of the day. Filling up your car at high temperatures increases the amount of ozone released into the air.

Making healthy choices is important, but it is not sufficient to counteract bad environmental conditions that influence our health.

Since our environment has a massive effect on health and well-being, an important part of living well is doing our part to look after the environment. We could work together as communities that are proactive to nurture a safe, happy, and healthy world for many years to come.

Our team created a set of patient handouts that will help you understand what you should do if air quality is poor. The handouts include education for pregnant girls, children in early childhood years, individuals working out, and more.