Family Corner 5/27/15

Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
Engineer: John Greenman

Issue: Daily unseen environmental hazards

Program Name: Healthy Environments: Protecting Children from Unseen Dangers

Broadcast Date: May 27, 2015

Broadcast Time: 10-11:00 a.m.

Program Topic: Environmental Diligence

Key Discussion Points:
a) Many of the hazards – lead, water and soil pollutants – aren’t visible, have odor or taste
b) These toxins can be very damaging to young children especially because of the dose-intensity relationship to their physical size, but long-term exposure over time can be equally damaging to
adults and seniors causing, for example, cancer and lung problems
c) There are resources in Maine to help residents test for and mitigate these dangers

Andres Smith, State Toxicologist and Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Program within Maine CDC
Nikki Fox, Community Health Coordinator with Healthy Acadia