7 Family-Friendly New Year’s Resolutions for a Healthy 2017

Happy New Year!

A new year provides a fresh start, giving people the opportunity to make positive changes to their habits and behaviors. As you make your resolutions for 2017, we urge you and your family to consider some of our additional recommendations to keep your family and your home safe and healthy for the New Year.

  1. Check your smoke alarms monthly. Get your family into the habit of checking your smoke alarms regularly by starting strong in January. Additionally, make sure to replace your smoke alarms every 10 years (if you can’t remember when you replaced them last, make it a January priority!)
  2. Stop smoking. If you smoke, make it a 2017 goal to quit. After all, tobacco smoke can be harmful not only to you, but to your family as well through secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Learn more about how tobacco smoke harms children in our recent blog post.
  3. Eat lead-fighting foods. Proper nutrition plays a significant role in preventing lead and other harmful substances from being absorbed into the body. Make sure your family eats foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
  4. Drink more water. If you don’t know how much water your children should be drinking, it’s time to find out for sure! Make sure your children are drinking at least six to eight cups of clean, lead-free water per day. For more information, check out our recent blog post.
  5. Wet-wipe and wet-mop. Household dust is a major source of lead. To protect your family from the harmful effects of lead this year, make wet-cleaning a priority. Use a damp cloth or towel to clean toys and windowsills and use a wet-mop to clean floors on a weekly basis.
  6. Keep your kids up to date on vaccines. Making sure that your children have received all of their vaccines and boosters is an easy and effective way to protect them from vaccine-preventable illnesses. Not sure if your kids are up to date? Get a full list here.
  7. If your home was built before 1978, get it tested for lead. If you own an older home, there is a good chance that it contains lead-based paint. Prevent your children from being exposed to lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust by getting your home tested.

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey wishes you and your family a safe, healthy, and fulfilling new year!

For more safety tips and information, please contact the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Program at (973) 372-4353.

 

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