October 29, 2019

Think you can go 30 days without drinking a sugary beverage?

This November, challenge yourself to live a healthier life by choosing water instead of sugary drinks and take the NB3 Foundation’s Zero to 60 challenge.

Why? Soda is the number one source of added sugar in the American diet and more than 30 percent of all calories from added sugars consumed daily come from sweetened beverages. Excessive consumption of sugar can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Reducing sugar-sweetened beverage intake and drinking more water is key first step towards good health.

To rise to the occasion, challenge participants must drink 60 ounces of water—about 8 glasses—and eliminate all sodas, sweet teas, energy drinks and sports beverages from their diet.

NB3 Foundationoffers five helpful tips that will help you, your colleagues or students be successful all month:

  • Remove all sugary drinks from your home

  • Motivate yourself an...

October 11, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed new Lead and Copper Rule for a 60-day public comment period. 

EPA says, “The proposed rule will identify the most at-risk communities and ensure systems have plans in place to rapidly respond by taking actions to reduce elevated levels of lead in drinking water.”

The proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. Click here to read the proposed rule or to submit a comment. Comment period is scheduled to close on January 13, 2020.

  • EPA proposes to reduce partial lead service line replacements by requiring that all water systems with lead service lines must, subject to certain conditions, “replace the system-owned portion of the [service line] when a customer replaces their portion of the [line]” and must also follow up with practices to mitigate temporary elevations in lead after service line replacement

  • EPA proposes a new 10 ppb “trigger level” for lead in tap water, “a flexible provision designed t...

October 7, 2019

Despite many advancements in the field of children’s environmental health over the past few decades, today’s children face an epidemic of chronic disease and developmental disabilities, most of which are linked to environmental exposures and our changing climate. There remains an urgent need to put children and families back into the forefront of our nation’s decisions regarding health and environment.

October 10, 2019 marks the 4th annual Children’s Environmental Health Day. Led by the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), it is an opportunity to raise awareness of children’s health issues, celebrate successes in the field, share exciting new initiatives, discuss new challenges and assess the road ahead.

Listed below are opportunities to take action on this special day: 

Drinking Water Safety Awareness: You can help raise awareness about tap water safety, and provide accessible and actionable information on what to do, with the Alliance’s fact sheet, Drinking Water Saf...

October 3, 2019

Research shows that the beverages young children drink have a major impact on their long-term health. And with all the choices available these days, it can be confusing for parents and caregivers to know which are healthy and which should be avoided. 

Now, there are new recommendations from some of the nation’s leading health and nutrition organizations, describing what drinks are best for the healthy growth and development of kids ages five and under.

These recent recommendations were developed by experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Heart Association (AHA), under the leadership of Healthy Eating Research (HER), a nutrition research organization, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

While every child is different, these organizations can all agree that for most, the following recommendations can help put them on a path towards healt...

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