World Environmental Health Day 2015
Children are our future - let’s protect their environment and health
CIEH's leading role in World Environmental Health day 2015
The health and wellbeing of children was the theme of World Environmental Health day on 26 September 2015. The day was led by the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH).
Peter Archer, CFCIEH, IFEH president elect, said: ‘Children represent the most vulnerable section of our society. In comparison to adults, they have less resistance to infection, poor diet and nutrition, chemical contaminants and air pollution and they are at higher risk of injury from accidents at home and road traffic.’
Ms Smith, CIEH Regional Stakeholder Manager, commented: ‘The CIEH welcomes the timely theme of this year’s World Environmental Health day. We know that children are particularly vulnerable to adverse environmental and behavioral factors and that our daily work as environmental health professionals plays a great part in supporting their health and wellbeing, from before birth into young adulthood. We would urge members to get involved in our activities linked to the day.’
For general information on last year's theme and how you can still get involved please contact Sharon Smith.
The CIEH supported the international action through:
Environmental health Conversation
CIEH stimulated discussion about how environmental health contributes to the supportive, safe, heathier and sustainable environments in which children are born, grow and develop. You are still invited to take part and let CIEH know your thoughts, experiences and share your successes and challenges around delivering environmental health outcomes to children and young people. Join in the conversation:
Why focus on Children?
“What happens during the early years (starting in the womb) has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and wellbeing - from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status” - Fair Society Healthy Lives, Marmot.
The foundations of good health and wellbeing are set at the beginning of life and therefore promotion of public health must equally start before birth through childhood and the teenage years and into young adulthood.
Contribution of enviromental health to child health and wellbeing
Experiences in early life have a lasting effect on adult health both directly and through influencing health behaviours, therefore the work that environmental health undertakes to support healthier and sustainable communities is vital to ensure the conditions are right to support safe and healthy environments for children, young people and families.
Working to support child health is not new to environmental health and action taken.