Environmental Health

We have until January 29 to stop the current Administration from delaying and weakening policies that are reducing salt in school meals to healthier levels. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to delay planned sodium reductions for three years (and stop future reductions) will mean American kids will eat 84 more teaspoons of salt. Complete the petition on this site to send a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue.

JAMA News article may be of interest: Medical Community Gathers Steam to Tackle Climate’s Health Effects


As many of you may know, the AAP passed a resolution at the Annual Leadership Forum to encourage pediatricians to educate their families on mitigation and adaptation strategies and work to provide sustainable practices (by example) in the office and hospital settings.  COEH will work on providing these tools to pediatricians through the Climate Change Toolkit.  In meantime, this is discussed in a recent JAMA News article that may be of interest to you.  Several of our AAP members are mentioned.