Healthy Indoor Environments
Because Americans spend the majority of their time indoors, their homes, schools, and workplaces are huge influences upon their health. Understanding the relationship between the indoor environment and human health is key to ensuring all the spaces we live, work and play will help promote physical health and enhance quality of life.
Asthma and Allergies
Asthma and allergies affect a large portion of the population, and the number of sufferers, particularly among children, is increasing every year. In most cases, both asthma and allergies can be managed. One important way is to avoid things that can trigger an attack, many of which can be found in houses, schools, and other places where people spend a lot of time. Understanding common triggers and eliminating or avoiding them can help reduce asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.
We rely on energy in almost every aspect of our lives: to heat and light our homes, fuel our vehicles, and power our communication devices. Energy availability and cost depend upon dwindling natural resources. A basic understanding of how energy is used, how that consumption can be reduced, and energy alternatives can help individuals save money and preserve vital resources for future generations.
Every day, 676 Tennesseans visit an Emergency Room to seek treatment for an injury. Thirteen Tennessee citizens will die as the result of an injury every day. Injuries can be prevented. Longer, healthier lives are possible with careful attention to personal, home, and vehicle safety.
By definition, an emergency is an unwelcome event that cannot be avoided. Nevertheless, the degree to which an emergency creates havoc and disrupts lives can be diminished when individuals, families, and communities create and rehearse preparedness plans and coping strategies.
Clean Drinking Water
While we usually take our drinking water supply for granted, it is vulnerable to the effects of bacteria and chemicals. Drinking water, free from harmful pollutants, is an issue for everyone but especially troubling for those with a private water supply. Clean water is critical for good health.
America’s “spacious skies and amber waves of grain” are a legacy entrusted to her citizens. It takes but a little effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and to leave behind a minimal carbon footprint.
A healthy community is one that is safe, affordable, and sustainable, with a focus on disease prevention and staying healthy. Healthy communities are developed through collaborations linking public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address the underlying causes of poor health.
Selection, Use, Care, and Maintenance
Our homes and their furnishings and appliances are a major investment for most people. It’s important to make informed decisions, use products appropriately, care for them properly, and maintain them to extend their useful life.