Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Aligns with National Awareness Campaign to Ensure Health and Wellness for New Jersey Families
Newark, N.J. (October 18, 2016) – The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is focused on ensuring health and wellness for families, especially related to childhood lead exposure. Throughout the year, its Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP), which is funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, offers programs to promote awareness and prevent the threat of lead poisoning.
In advance of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which takes place annually during the last week of October (23-29), CLPPP has developed five safety tips that New Jersey families can adopt to protect both their children and their homes from the effects of lead.
According to CLPPP, these five tips can prevent the harmful effects of lead exposure:
- Get children screened and tested for lead regularly.
- Keep children away from chipping or peeling paint.
- Wash children’s hands and face after play, before eating, and at bedtime.
- On a weekly basis, use a damp cloth or towel to clean toys and windowsills and use a wet-mop to clean floors.
- Feed children a healthy diet with foods high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C.
“Lead poisoning is damaging to the brain development of a young child. The harm that lead causes can be prevented. Parents, caregivers and educators can drastically reduce children’s exposure to this toxic substance,” explains Ilise Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey. “Our organization shares strategies to prevent child lead poisoning with community members year-round. This month, during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, we intensify our efforts. Anyone interested in learning more about common sources of lead and steps to keep children safe should contact our office and ask to speak with our lead poisoning prevention staff.”
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is an initiative supported by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This year’s theme focuses on “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” For more information about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, visit: https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-poisoning-prevention-week-2016
Throughout October, CLPPP is co-hosting a series of events and awareness initiatives across northern New Jersey. For more information and to learn about common sources of lead and steps to keep children safe, visit http://partnershipmch.org/programs/leadpoisoning/ or call at 973-372-4353.
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c )(3) organization of health care professionals and consumers dedicated to providing education and increasing community awareness by facilitating collaboration among the private sector, the public sector, and maternal and child health care providers for the delivery of high quality coordinated maternal and child health care.