Healthy Child Healthy World (Healthy Child)
is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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focused on improving children's health by eliminating toxic chemicals from their environments
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. Formerly known as the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC), Healthy Child was founded by Nancy and James Chuda in 1992, after their daughter, Colette died from Wilms' tumor
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—a rare form of non-hereditary cancer
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Healthy Child Healthy World inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. Their mission statement:
- "We are leading a movement that educates parents, supports protective policies, and engages communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.
- "Healthy Child Healthy World exists because tens of millions of American children now face chronic diseases and illnesses including cancer, autism
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, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, allergies, learning and developmental disabilities, as well as a host of lesser but disruptive ailments. Credible scientific evidence increasingly points to contaminants in our environments and toxic chemicals in everyday products as causing and contributing to many of these diseases.
- "For the past two decades Healthy Child Healthy World has been the nation's leading organization of its kind. We help millions of parents, educators, health professionals, and the general public take action to create healthy environments and embrace green, non-toxic steps."
Jim and Nancy Chuda established the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) in 1992 following the loss of their daughter, Colette, to a non-genetic form of Wilms' tumor.
The organization originally focused on outreach through scientific research and legislative change. In 1996, the coalition began publishing the CHEC Report, an educational newsletter, marking a shift in the organization’s goals from research and legislative initiatives to the direct education of parents.
Six years later in 2002, CHEC launched their online campaign by establishing Health eHouse, a database aimed at identifying environmental health hazards, as well as Health eNews, a bi-monthly e-newsletter containing related news briefs and health tips.
The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition was officially rebranded in September 2006. After renovating the website, the organization re-launched under its current name, Healthy Child Healthy World.
The CHEC Report was re-launched the following year as a monthly e-newsletter called Healthy Child Times, and the organization’s official book, Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home
, was released in 2008.
- In February 2002, CHEC's HealtheHouse, an online portal identifying environmental health hazards, was launched on Good Morning America
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and The View with the help of Kelly Preston
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. With the rebranding of the organization four years later in September 2006, the website was officially re-launched.
- Mom on a Mission
- A program designed to celebrate the contributions of a mother dedicated to creating healthier environments for children and families. Shelby Rodriguez, the first “Mom on a Mission,” was honored at the organization’s fall event in October 2009.
Transform the Marketplace
- Healthy Home Party Kit
- In December 2007, Healthy Child began an in-home education kit program called the Healthy Home Party Kit.
Promote Protective Policies
- Trusted Partner Program
- Healthy Child aligns with businesses whose products meet the organization’s quality standards. The program allows Healthy Child to provide their constituents with guidance in purchasing safe consumer products. The program also promotes businesses that are environmentally conscious and using safe products. Partnerships are available on three donation-based tiers. Depending on the level of partnership, the companies may receive media and event exposure, PR, social media exposure, and web presence. Trusted Partners may also receive inclusion in the Healthy Home Party Kit program.
- Healthy Child supports several pieces of legislation that promote the increased regulation of chemicals in consumer products.
- Safe Chemicals Act
- The Safe Chemicals Act will amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976
The Toxic Substances Control Act is a United States law, passed by the United States Congress in 1976, that regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. It grandfathered most existing chemicals, in contrast to the Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals ...
to ensure that risks from chemicals are adequately understood and managed, and for other purposes.
- “America’s system for regulating industrial chemicals is broken,” said Senator Frank Lautenberg, the bill’s sponsor. “Parents are afraid because hundreds of untested chemicals are found in their children’s bodies. EPA does not have the tools to act on dangerous chemicals, and the chemical industry has asked for stronger laws so that their customers are assured their products are safe.”
- Safe Cosmetics Act
- The Safe Cosmetics Act will amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act of 1938 to allow the federal government to regulate chemical ingredients and\or raw materials used by cosmetics manufacturers.
- According to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics’ understanding of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010, provisions of the legislation will:
- Phase out ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
- Create a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;
- Close labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company web sites, including the constituent ingredients of fragrance and salon products;
- Give workers access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
- Require data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing;
- Provide adequate funding to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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(FDA) Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry; and
- Level the playing field so small business
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es can compete fairly.
- Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act of 2009
- The Endocrine Disruption
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Prevention Act of 2009 will amend the Public Health Service Act of 1944 to authorize the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
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to conduct a research program on endocrine disruption, to prevent and reduce the production of, and exposure to, chemicals that can undermine the development of children before they are born and cause lifelong impairment to their health and function, and for other purposes.
- Ban Poisonous Additives Act
- Ban Poisonous Additives Act will ban the use of bisphenol A
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in food containers, and for other purposes. Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the body's own hormones and may lead to negative health effects. Early development appears to be the period of greatest sensitivity to its effects. Regulatory bodies have determined safety levels for humans, but those safety levels are currently being questioned or under review as a result of new scientific studies.
- BPA-Free Kids Act
- The BPA-Free Kids Act of 2009 will prohibit the manufacture, sale, or distribution in commerce of children’s food and beverage containers composed of bisphenol A, and for other purposes. BPA is used to make plastics clear and shatter-resistant, and is commonly found in water bottles, food containers, baby bottle
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s, some dental fillings
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and the coatings for the inside of cans containing foods. While BPA has earned approval by the FDA for what are called “food contact” consumer products, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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(CDC) research has shown that 95% of tested Americans have BPA levels at or above those found to cause abnormalities in animals. Bisphenol-A has been known to mimic the hormone
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and recent studies have raised concerns about the hormonal impact the chemical can have on the prostate gland, mammary gland
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, and reproductive development of fetus
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es, infants, and children.
Improve Preventive Healthcare
- Household Product Labeling Act of 2009
- The Household Product Labeling Act of 2009 will require that household cleaning products and similar products bear a label that contains a complete and[accurate list of all the product’s ingredients.
- Green Mattress Program
- “Healthy Beginnings for Babies: Free Green Mattress Program for Hospitals” Is a public service project of Healthy Child Healthy World and Naturepedic, giving free GREENGUARD certified, organic baby mattresses/pads to hospitals.
- Health eHome
- In February 2009, WebMD and Healthy Child collaborated in launching the Health eHome program, a virtual tour of toxic home hazard
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s, available nationwide on WebMD.com.
Board of directors
CEO / Executive Director
Lawyer, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean
Founder and CEO, Cause & Affect
Board Chair / Web and New Media Strategist
Green Living and Holistic Lifestyle Expert, Mother to India and Dante
Dr. Alan Greene
Founder of DrGreene.com, Author of Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care
Zem Spire Joaquin
Editor-in-chief of Ecofabulous.com, Environmental Consultant, Mom of TK
Rene Jones: Director, UTA Foundation
Media Industry Leader
Jena King: Environmental Activist
Tanya Murphy: Environmental & Human Health Activist
Anne Robertson: Environmental Philanthropist
Healthy Child Board Treasurer
David Carpenter, MD
Professor of Environmental Health & Toxicology University of New York at Albany
Theo Colborn Ph.D. President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida, Gainesville
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, PhD, MPH Director, Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; author, The Secret History of the War on Cancer
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, M.D Professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health; Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition
Brenda Eskenazi, Ph.D.
Professor of Maternal & Child Health & Epidemiology, Director, Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research School of Public Health
Ruth Etzel, MD, Ph.D.
Research Director South Central Foundation
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, MD John Hopkins School of Public Health
Dr. Philippe Grandjean
Adjunct Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Herbert Needleman, MD, known for research studies on the neurodevelopmental damage caused by lead poisoning, is a pediatrician, child psychiatrist, researcher and professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an elected member of the Institute of Medicine, and the founder of the...
, MD Professor of Pediatrics & Child Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh
Leslie Robison, Ph.D
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
Joel Schwartz, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health
Leonardo Trasande, M.D.
Assistant Director, Center for Children's Health and Environment, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
John Wargo, PhD
Director, Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Yale University
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